Well, while cruising YouTube the other day, I ran across one where the dude was filming himself shooting his .45 caliber Glock. Things were going fine…until the thing blew up in his hands! Ouch! This isn’t an exclusively Glock problem, but strangely seems to happen to that brand more often than we would like. Read on.
Fortunately, other than some bruising, he was OK. Watch his ‘boom’ and his analysis of what happened here. He is spot on for the cause of his malfunction, as he pointed out that he had shown someone what over crimping of a hand reloaded cartridge looked like and forgot to reset his sizing dies back to where they were supposed to be!
Folks like him and myself, who reload their own ammo, have an obligation and self interest to pursue this activity with the utmost care and caution, because “simple” mistakes like this can be devastating! One may find all sorts of ‘load guides’ on the internet for hand reloading of cartridges, but unless you’re an experienced person who is self confident enough to risk blowing up a weapon and possibly losing a finger or eye in the process, you should stick with the ‘professional’ guide books one can buy or download free from the gunpowder manufacturers websites, such as Accurate Powders. These books and online sources are the ONLY sources of information on this ‘hobby’ that I trust.
If you’re feeling not quite up to par, or you’re emotionally distracted (fussing at the kids or arguing with your wife), or have a headache or a TV going in your loading area, you are asking for trouble because of dangerous distractions or missing a detail you would normally catch if you weren’t feeling bad. So, load another day when you feel OK….and turn off the stupid TV!
As the Glock boomer pointed out, the critical mistake he made was over crimping the case neck as his loading gear produced the final stage of the process of seating the bullet into the case. His nice illustration pointed out that in that situation with his Glock, or any other auto-loading, straight walled cartridge firing weapon, you have a possible disaster in the making. The bullet, wedged into the area ahead of the chamber neck, has no place it can go, so the massive pressure of the gunpowder gases has nowhere it can go other than to find the weakest area of the weapon to escape through. And considering the typical chamber pressures of a normally fired .45 caliber bullet is in the area of 20,500 PSI, when it’s backed up against a bullet “plug” in the barrel, well, then you can count on disaster. A .357 magnum full power load cartridge can routinely hit over 34,000 PSI, but that’s a different critter altogether, for a completely different firearm.
Now, I’ve reloaded my own handgun (and some rifle) loads for quite the while now. And I have had an issue or two that could have been much worse than they turned out. On one occasion I was running .357 magnum handgun cartridges, lightly loaded for Cowboy Action shooting. I switched over to .38 special on the same loading machine and ran a few hundred of those. Then I went back to the .357 cartridges, but forgot to ‘reset’ the powder measuring device for the slightly longer .357 cartridge. So, I get out to the next competition match for that sport and about halfway through the day, I’m in a stage, shooting away when my rifle goes ‘putt’ instead of ‘bang!’. I instantly noticed that, and as I worked the lever, sure enough an empty casing is ejected. I knew then that I had fired a ‘squib’ load, which is an under charged situation which lodged the bullet in the barrel instead of firing it out to the target. Had I not paid attention and fired the next bullet in line, that would have probably blown up my Winchester lever gun. Instead, just lesson learned and match lost.
I no longer use that particular loading machine ( a Lee Pro 1000) not just for that issue, but additionally because I now prefer to inspect each and every bullet, case, primer and powder charge for every single cartridge I reload on my Lee turret press. And the turret press can switch over to a completely different cartridge setup by just changing the turret assembly with the required dies installed into it. It takes a few more pulls of the handle to crank out a cartridge, but I feel the process is worth it for the better quality ammo I can produce. I also meticulously weigh the powder load at the start of every session, and again half way through the usual 50 cartridges at a time, verifying the charge against the manufacturers data, and use calipers to measure the finished cartridge dimensions to make sure they are as close as possible to those specs, plus or minus within .002″ particularly of the case neck as I reload 9mm Luger ammo for my new toys and other 9mm handguns. Reloading your own can save a pile of money. Or get you better stocked up for ‘whatever’.
For a 9mm cartridge, as you see above, the highlighted numbers are the crucial ones. The .380 neck diameter MUST be met as closely as you can, for every cartridge you reload. Being .002″ over probably won’t hurt anything, unless the gun is so filthy the firing chamber won’t allow the cartridge to seat at all. The overall length must not be exceeded or you’ll be having failure to feed properly issues and / or the situation also pointed out in the video where the bullet ‘ogive'(at the .3550″ dimension) is too close to the start of the rifling which can also create a disaster. Being undersized, say at .370″, is where you start risking a ‘boom’.
Anyway, if you were on the fence about reloading your own ammo, don’t be too put off buy this kind of thing. But you must be extremely vigilant about every step of the process. Watch the YouTube channels of people who have been successfully doing this for quite a while, like FortuneCookie 45LC or perhaps Ammosmith Reloading for some useful ‘how to’ information.
Safe shootin’, pardner.
Welcome to my latest posting under a split topic of tested gear and firearms.
And that will be on the latest item from Beretta, their “Storm” series of pistols and carbines that share ammo. In this particular version, the 9mm platform.
Images from http://www.beretta.com/en/
Some years ago, Ruger made a series of pistol caliber carbines that they labeled ‘Camp Carbines’ and came in .45 caliber and 9mm. I had the 9mm Camp Carbine and found that the Smith and Wesson 53 series pistol shared the magazines with the Camp Carbine. Since both had been on the market for quite a while, one could easily find many useful accessories, such as 30 round magazines that worked on both. Kept that pair for quite a while until the political climate changed when 0bama became president. So for a Christmas gift, I “loaned” this pair to my brother, who basically had nothing for self defense in his home. No, I didn’t take it back after 0bama only became the world’s greatest motivator in the firearms business, yet didn’t ever get his gun-grabbing wet dreams fully engaged, thanks only to the majority party in congress being the spineless republicans who barely stood up for our 2nd amendment rights. They still sat on their thumbs while he relentlessly cranked out executive orders while giving congress the middle finger, which infringed citizens rights in many areas.
The 2016 election cycle is now down to two of the most disgusting choices of ‘president’ in my lifetime, and as Han Solo might quip, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”. Clinton, of course, has been anti-gun rights her entire criminal politician career, and Trump was anti-gun before he ‘converted’ to republican. Question is, will he revert back to the original Trump should he be elected? There’s no question at all, that should Clinton be elected, that our Constitutionally guaranteed rights will instantly and constantly be under attack by manipulation through the supreme court ‘getting it wrong on the 2nd amendment’ and insane federally imposed regulations of all sorts by executive order. In any case, I sense a disturbance in the force, if you will, that smells of the dark side. At least that’s my excuse for going out and buying some new toys since that Rossi .357 lever gun last year.
So, checking around my local gun stores I’ve done business with, I worked up a package deal with my buds at the store where I bought all my Cowboy Action Shooting gear and grabbed the Cx4 Carbine and the Px4 Pistol at the same time. The links take you to the Youtube channel of Hickok45, who has posted a very large number of gun evaluation videos without generally showing little, if any, bias against or for the guns he reviews. I took that Rossi lever gun and left it there on consignment to get a few bucks back on the deal, which was $1,450 or so out the door after taxes for the pair. I had researched pistol caliber carbines pretty well prior to this decision, and while there a quite a few out there, there really aren’t that many that have the complete magazine interchangeability and manufactures reputation that this Beretta set has. Also these are available from Beretta in .40 caliber and .45 ACP platforms. The way I figure the ‘worst case scenario’ for the coming years, I’m guessing that if Clinton wins, there won’t be a firearm or bullet left on any shelf in any store across the USA before she’s sworn in, because they’ll all be bought before she gets the chance to ban them all like Bill did with so-called ‘assault rifles’. So, in that kind of situation, having a side arm and carbine that share a pretty common caliber bullet just may be a good thing. And even better, is having the skills / equipment to reload your own ammo.
OK, now, finally on to the actual guns. The Beretta brand is famous, apparently, for their ergo-dynamics and design configurations and it shows very well with the Cx4 carbine and the Px4 pistol. I suppose that being in the business for a few hundred years helps with that. And the package deal that I experienced with both items was very satisfying. The Cx4 Carbine came out in a huge cardboard box, which had me a bit confused at first. However, as things were brought out, my grin got bigger and bigger. Seems the Cx4 Carbine deal included a hard case, a soft backpack type case, 3 butt plate extensions, picatinny rails on top and the lower fore-grip set, along with a “hidden” rail, 2 seventeen round magazines, a thumb saver magazine loader, the sights adjusting tool, a sling, cleaning kit, the manual and warranty papers.
I added one of the butt plate extensions to the one installed from the factory to make it perfect for length for me. The AimPoint style sight I’ve added fits in the hard case with no problems. However, the rail mounted flashlight I like on my weapons has to come off for it to go back into the hard case, because I like it on the left hand side of the lower rail block so I can thumb it on or off. A compact laser would fit nicely on the lower front rail underneath without having to come off, which is nice because it wouldn’t compromise your point of aim from taking it on and off.
The ‘hidden rail’ is revealed by pressing in the front sling post, allowing it to slide out for mounting a small item, perhaps a miniature laser and in case you don’t like the lower rails located where your favorite holding position might be.
I put a label on the sight with the battery type listed so that I can keep track of such things. The hollow spaces between the butt plate extensions are handy for small, crucial items like that. You only need a slotted screwdriver for access, which of course should be in your Leatherman type belt tool that you wear daily, right?
Next, the Px4 Pistol. Almost as many ‘freebies’ came with it. Comes in a typical manufacturers hard case, along with 2 extra back strap options, 2 seventeen round magazines, a cleaning kit, the ‘thumb saver’ loader again, and your paperwork.
My hands are kind of large (maybe bigger than Trump’s) so I swapped out the standard installed back strap in favor of the extended one that you see in the center of the case. . The weight is surprisingly light because of the mostly polymer construction, but it has a hefty barrel / slide weight which makes it comfortable to shoot and recover position for the next shot very quickly. Since the Px4 has a built in lower rail, I’ll very likely add a compact laser to it.
As Hickok45 demonstrated in his videos, these guns are ambidextrous in configuration and can be ‘flipped’ to suit a left handed shooter very easily. They are also accurate, easy to shoot, utterly dependable.
Because the Storm series is fairly fresh, the aftermarket hasn’t yet caught up with the higher capacity magazines that were available for the 92 series pistols and the earlier version carbine which shared up to 30 round magazines. But, Beretta has a nice deal for the 20 round magazines they do stock. Don’t know how much longer it will be in effect, but I ordered 2 twenty round Px4 magazines and got their custom retention holster with magazine holder attached for $18 off the retail price of $28 as a nice discount. Shipping was pretty quick, only about 3 business days to get here. The fitted holster is fully adjustable for the angle of draw you prefer and the magazine holder adjusts for retention tightness pretty well.
So, there you have it. An excellent pairing of carbine and sidearm, for that particular niche. I’ll get back later, after a few thousand rounds through each and do a part two posting.
Boutwell Auditorium last week housed about 300 homeless people a night last week.
Yeah, old Crazy Barney is a really compassionate leftist moron, is he not? Throw ’em out, I gotta have the space to spout my BS about socialist ‘compassion’ and ‘care for the poor’.
If we expect to save America as we know it, it’s time to get off your backside and do something about it. Get involved. Become a sentinel. Take America back.
THIS is the kind of thing that preppers are all about. The crazy rains, tornadoes, snow and ice coming down for the past week or so, this proves again we should all be more prepared for unexpected events. In my own area, over flood stage creeks, rivers and lakes have caused havoc with closed or washed out roads to neighborhoods or individual homes. So, if your driveway or road to your house was washed out, how long would you last before you had to get across for more food or other supplies?
The FBI has launched an investigation after 150 prepaid mobile phones were bought from local Walmarts in Missouri. This comes after the theft of dozens of propane tanks in the area.
Keep alert people, the muzlims are seriously up to nasty business in Missouri….lots of propane tanks stolen, mass prepaid cellphone purchases by ‘middle eastern types’ …..and:
Explosives found on a jeep trail…seems the courier either dropped that load in the wrong spot, or the hunter found them before they could be picked up.
Despite the obvious connection that explosives, cellphones and propane tanks have in terrorist usage, the FBI has downplayed the idea….maybe these muzlims are just planning to have a huge bar-be-que pork feast on a large number of gas grills, right?
Always stay on alert stage 2 everywhere you go, and carry concealed if you have the license and skills to be effective. Should you see some muzlim type lugging a propane tank around or with a heavy (or any kind for that matter) backpack going into a school, shopping mall, sport event, etc. watch them closely. If they set that down somewhere and hurriedly walk away, sound the alert NOW AND LOUDLY to get that place evacuated FAST!
This is a report generated by “Silas Longshot” author of SURVIVING URBAN CRISIS for personal use and general knowledge of useful information during a ‘crisis situation’ when doctors and typical medical supplies may be limited or nonexistent. or if one desires to just be ‘off grid’ and self reliant.. In no way do I pretend to be any kind of medical ‘expert’. This report is for general purpose knowledge and as been compiled from common sources of information available from the internet. Quotes or sources are hyper-linked and are highlighted and underlined.
Today’s discussion will cover the mineral supplement “SELENIUM” .
Selenium is a trace element that is naturally present in many foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Selenium, which is nutritionally essential for humans, is a constituent of more than two dozen selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-HealthProfessional/
Selenium is available in multivitamin/multimineral supplements and as a stand-alone supplement, often in the forms of selenomethionine or of selenium-enriched yeast (grown in a high-selenium medium) or as sodium selenite or sodium selenate [2,5,6]. The human body absorbs more than 90% of selenomethionine but only about 50% of selenium from selenite [6
Groups at Risk of Selenium Inadequacy
Selenium deficiency is very rare in the United States and Canada, and selenium deficiency in isolation rarely causes overt illness . The following groups are among those most likely to have inadequate intakes of selenium.
People living in selenium-deficient regions
Selenium intakes in North America, even in low-selenium regions, are well above the RDA
People undergoing kidney dialysis
Selenium levels are significantly lower in patients undergoing long-term hemodialysis than in healthy individuals. Hemodialysis removes some selenium from the blood .
People living with HIV
Selenium levels are often low in people living with HIV, possibly because of inadequate intakes (especially in developing countries), excessive losses due to diarrhea, and malabsorption [2,24]. Observational studies have found an association between lower selenium concentrations in people with HIV and an increased risk of cardiomyopathy, death, and, in pregnant women, HIV transmission to offspring and early death of offspring [25-29].
Selenium and Health
Because of its effects on DNA repair, apoptosis, and the endocrine and immune systems as well as other mechanisms, including its antioxidant properties, selenium might play a role in the prevention of cancer [2,9,34,35].
Arthritis sufferers have a similar problem. Most arthritis patients have low levels of Selenium, resulting in a weaker immune system which can trigger arthritic symptoms.
Selenoproteins help prevent the oxidative modification of lipids, reducing inflammation and preventing platelets from aggregating . For these reasons, experts have suggested that selenium supplements could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or deaths associated with cardiovascular disease.
Getting off our couches and DOING SOMETHING will also help a lot towards cardio health. Put down the remote and walk around the block, if nothing else.
Serum selenium concentrations decline with age. Marginal or deficient selenium concentrations might be associated with age-related declines in brain function, possibly due to decreases in selenium’s antioxidant activity [52,53].
Selenium concentration is higher in the thyroid gland than in any other organ in the body, and, like iodine, selenium has important functions in thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism.
Health Risks from Excessive Selenium
Chronically high intakes of the organic and inorganic forms of selenium have similar effects . Early indicators of excess intake are a garlic odor in the breath and a metallic taste in the mouth. The most common clinical signs of chronically high selenium intakes, or selenosis, are hair and nail loss or brittleness. Other symptoms include lesions of the skin and nervous system, nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, mottled teeth, fatigue, irritability, and nervous system abnormalities.
The following section covering interactions is from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1003-SELENIUM.aspx?activeIngredientId=1003&activeIngredientName=SELENIUM
Be cautious with this combination – moderate interaction:
- Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with SELENIUM
Selenium might slow blood clotting. Taking selenium along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
- Medications used for lowering cholesterol (Statins) interacts with SELENIUM
Taking selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E together might decrease the effectiveness of some medications used for lowering cholesterol. It is not known if selenium alone decreases the effectiveness of some medications used for lowering cholesterol.
Some medications used for lowering cholesterol include atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), and pravastatin (Pravachol).
- Niacin interacts with SELENIUM
Taking selenium along with vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene might decrease some of the beneficial effects of niacin. Niacin can increase the good cholesterol. Taking selenium along with these other vitamins might decrease the how well niacin works for increasing good cholesterol.
- Sedative medications (Barbiturates) interacts with SELENIUM
The body breaks down medications to get rid f them. Selenium might slow how fast the body breaks down sedative medications (Barbiturates). Taking selenium with these medications might increase the effects and side effects of these medications.
- Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with SELENIUM
Selenium might thin the blood. Selenium might also increase the effects of warfarin in the body. Taking selenium along with warfarin might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Be watchful with this combination – minor interaction:
- Birth control pills (Contraceptive drugs) interacts with SELENIUM
Some research shows that women who take birth control pills might have increased blood levels of selenium. But other research shows no change in selenium levels in women who take birth control pills. There isn’t enough information to know if there is an important interaction between birth control pills and selenium.
Some birth control pills include ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (Triphasil), ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7), and others.
- Gold salts interacts with SELENIUM
Gold salts bind to selenium and decrease selenium in parts of the body. This might decrease the normal activity of selenium, possibly resulting in symptoms of selenium deficiency.
Gold salts include aurothioglucose (Solganal), gold sodium thiomalate (Aurolate), and auranofin (Ridaura).
Table 1: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Selenium 
|Birth to 6 months||15 mcg*||15 mcg*|
|7–12 months||20 mcg*||20 mcg*|
|1–3 years||20 mcg||20 mcg|
|4–8 years||30 mcg||30 mcg|
|9–13 years||40 mcg||40 mcg|
|14–18 years||55 mcg||55 mcg||60 mcg||70 mcg|
|19–50 years||55 mcg||55 mcg||60 mcg||70 mcg|
|51+ years||55 mcg||55 mcg|
*Adequate Intake (AI)
|Brazil nuts, 1 ounce (6–8 nuts)||544||777|
|Tuna, yellowfin, cooked, dry heat, 3 ounces||92||131|
|Halibut, cooked, dry heat, 3 ounces||47||67|
|Sardines, canned in oil, drained solids with bone, 3 ounces||45||64|
|Ham, roasted, 3 ounces||42||60|
|Shrimp, canned, 3 ounces||40||57|
|Macaroni, enriched, cooked, 1 cup||37||53|
|Beef steak, bottom round, roasted, 3 ounces||33||47|
|Turkey, boneless, roasted, 3 ounces||31||44|
|Beef liver, pan fried, 3 ounces||28||40|
|Chicken, light meat, roasted, 3 ounces||22||31|
|Cottage cheese, 1% milkfat, 1 cup||20||29|
|Rice, brown, long-grain, cooked, 1 cup||19||27|
|Beef, ground, 25% fat, broiled, 3 ounces||18||26|
|Egg, hard-boiled, 1 large||15||21|
|Puffed wheat ready-to-eat cereal, fortified, 1 cup||15||21|
|Bread, whole-wheat, 1 slice||13||19|
|Baked beans, canned, plain or vegetarian, 1 cup||13||19|
|Oatmeal, regular and quick, unenriched, cooked with water, 1 cup||13||19|
|Spinach, frozen, boiled, 1 cup||11||16|
|Milk, 1% fat, 1 cup||8||11|
|Yogurt, plain, low fat, 1 cup||8||11|
|Lentils, boiled, 1 cup||6||9|
|Bread, white, 1 slice||6||9|
|Spaghetti sauce, marinara, 1 cup||4||6|
|Cashew nuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce||3||4|
|Corn flakes, 1 cup||2||3|
|Green peas, frozen, boiled, 1 cup||2||3|
|Bananas, sliced, 1 cup||2||3|
|Potato, baked, flesh and skin, 1 potato||1||1|
|Peaches, canned in water, solids and liquids, 1 cup||1||1|
|Carrots, raw, 1 cup||0||0|
|Lettuce, iceberg, raw, 1 cup||0||0|
*DV = Daily Value. DVs were developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help consumers compare the nutrient contents of products within the context of a total diet. The DV for selenium is 70 mcg for adults and children aged 4 and older. Foods providing 20% or more of the DV are considered to be high sources of a nutrient. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Nutrient Database Web site  lists the nutrient content of many foods and provides a comprehensive list of foods containing selenium arranged by nutrient content and by food name.
|Table 3: Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs) for Selenium *|
|Birth to 6 months*||45 mcg||45 mcg|
|7–12 months||60 mcg||60 mcg|
|1–3 years||90 mcg||90 mcg|
|4–8 years||150 mcg||150 mcg|
|9–13 years||280 mcg||280 mcg|
|14–18 years||400 mcg||400 mcg||400 mcg||400 mcg|
|19+ years||400 mcg||400 mcg||400 mcg||400 mcg|
*Breast milk, formula, and food should be the only sources of selenium for infants.
Personal note added: One should estimate selenium intake from above food chart information for an ‘average intake’ PLUS THE SUPPLEMENTS consumed!! In other words, the ‘average American diet’ may be close (for some people / conditions) to being adequate (per this government sponsored data) for ‘recommended daily intake’. Doing this may help prevent selenium ‘overdosing’.
NOTE: Any ‘study’ done by any government agency should be suspect until researched all the way back to point of origin for probable association with pharmaceutical companies having influence on the data, biased against natural substances which can’t be patented for profit.
Well, it’s been a heck of a few days lately, ain’t it?
Yet another mass shooting at your liberal Utopian idea, a totally gun free zone of yet another college campus, and as usual before the blood is even dry on the floors, the left is calling for more gun control as they stand knee deep in bodies that show how well that works. A quote from the past goes something like ‘insanity is doing the same failed thing over and over, while expecting different results.’ Then the media comes out with pictures of the SURVIVORS being searched and patted down as they try to get away from the scene of carnage! You people with common sense out there….you need to have this BS removed from your state colleges as soon as possible, overthrowing this stupidity that endangers YOUR KIDS. If you want your kids to be safe while in college, check out this info: Guns on Campus’ Laws for Public Colleges and Universities
In case you want to verify the validity of concealed carry on campus vs on site massacres, do a little research and see if any campus in those ‘red states’ has had a mass shooting, I suspect there are none.
Then we get to the weather. Another doosy of that pesky global warming thing, we have a hurricane in one corner and a very high pressure cell in the other…..and the entire east coast USA in the middle. Flash floods, storm surge tides and nasty weather for days on end as these two babies hyper accelerate bad weather between them. Are you ready for a couple weeks without power, not only from this storm system, but the winter that’s supposed to be worse than the last few with blizzards and snowfall? A source to get you ready, with customer feedback on every item: Surviving Urban Crisis supply store
The ‘economists’ have finally updated the REAL numbers of unemployed Americans….well over 94,000,000 US citizens are more or less permanently unemployed, more that 37% of the population. http://www.rt.com/business/us-unemployment-economy-crisis-assistance-006/
Prepping is for all kinds of disasters, weather not the only thing, becoming unemployed is also a disaster on a personal level. If you have months of food and supplies, you may be able to scrape by, still making your house payment or rent by working however you can, if you have your expenses to a minimum already. Don’t be up to your eyeballs in credit card debt, car notes, furniture store credit on top of your mortgage. Pay cash for whatever you can, or at least be able to double down on payments you do have. Keep that car you bought for at least ten years, and save the money you would have spent on car note payments. Refer to ‘Consumer Reports’ magazine online to do research on dependable, long term transportation. They tell it like it is! I’ve been driving Toyota’s for decades and my current pickup since ’07 with only scheduled maintenance as the expense. If you want to cut transportation expense even further, get your Consumer Reports data in hand and shop the used vehicle sites. Find a ‘bargain’ and correlate it with your reliance data, check out the mileage and condition of your candidate and jump on a deal, and drive that one for 10 years!
And lastly, for today’s chat, there’s the colossal failure, yet again, of the idiot we have in the white house, weak and condescending to the muzlims and enemies of the USA. Russia, having NO fear of the USA with 0bama in charge, has been giving the universal single digit salute to us as a nation for months now, and has just started bombing the anti-Assad rebels that WE should have been helping far more than we did (if at all), since 0bama started destabilizing the middle east with his stupid policies. There’s no need to compare this idiot to other presidents, as the fool time and again shows his unique ideas are utter calamities. As the world careens towards yet another world war, worldwide economic collapse and other little things like that, I seriously advise you to get your stuff together and get ready for some rocky roads, folks.
More useful information on wild ‘pickin’s’ for wilderness or any other type survival situation. You could be walking by enough food to keep you alive for another week, and never know it.