Today, I’ve got 3 quickies for you…The first is how to cheat at primitive firemaking with a tool that you’ve had on you 24/7 since the day you were born.
If you saw the Mythbusters episode where they collected a pile of earwax and tried to burn it, you might have the mistaken belief that earwax won’t help you make fire in a survival situation. That, my friends, is poppycock, and I’ll tell you the proper way to use earwax to make a fire.
While it’s true that earwax is not flammable, it IS very useful for making fire.
In short, when you make fire with a bow drill, you want as little friction as possible at the top of your drill, where it touches the socket, and as much heat from friction as possible where the drill hits the fire board. Two easy things to put in the cup of your socket to reduce friction are oil from the side of your nose and behind your hear and ear wax.
If you don’t know, I love primitive fire making in general and the bow drill in particular. I spend a lot of time in isolated areas and carry a lighter and/or a sparking device with me year round, but it’s comforting to know that I can always fall back on my primitive fire making skills if all else fails.
Second, today is a dry fire drill to help you with cornering and switching hands.
This drill combines strength, stretching, and firearms fundamentals–not everyone will be able to do the advanced version of the drill, but almost everyone will be able to do some version of it.
What you want to do is find a chair or piece of furniture that you can pretend is cover…that it will stop incoming bullets…that is as wide or half again as wide as your shoulders.
For optimal safety, use an inert training platform like the SIRT or a blue gun and make sure that you remove all “real” firearms and ammo from your training area.
Let’s assume that you have a desk, kitchen cabinet, or couch-like chair that has the right dimensions for you.
Start by standing an arm’s length away from the cover with your feet spread out ALMOST as wide as the cover is. So, if the item that you’re using as cover is 30″ wide, stand so that the outside of your feet are 26″-28″ apart. You don’t need to measure this. What you want is to have your feet as wide as possible for the exercise and stretching component of the drill and you want your feet as far inside of the cover as possible for the tactical component of the drill. These are competing goals and you’ll have to decide what your priorities are.
Next, hold your inert weapon in a right handed grip, lean so that roughly 80% of your weight is over your right foot, and engage an imaginary target around the cover while exposing as little of your body as possible.
Pull your weapon in and transfer your weapon from a right handed grip to a left handed grip as you transfer your weight from your right foot to your left foot. Now, engage an imaginary target around the left side of the cover while exposing as little of your body as possible.
What I do to make this drill harder is to transfer my weight back and forth while squatting and keeping my butt as close to the ground as possible instead of standing up. Only widen your stance as far as you comfortably can and only drop your weight as far as you comfortably and safely can, but once you know how far you can go, you can start moving in “box” and “x” patterns.
To make this drill even harder, add in a flashlight or a tactical reload as you’re switching from one side to the other.
And the third is a quick note on rattlesnakes and terrorists that my mom sent me. I liked it so much that I decided to share it with you today.
After the Boston bombing the news media has spent days and weeks
trying to determine why these men did what they did. They want to know what
America did to make these brothers so angry with us. They want to know why
these men were not arrested before they did something so terrible. The media
is in a tizzy about this new era of home grown radicals, and about why they
could live among us and still hate us.
A friend of mine from Texas explained it all to me:
“Here in west Texas I have rattlesnakes on my place, living among us.
I have killed a rattlesnake on the front porch. I have killed a
rattlesnake on the back porch. I have killed rattlesnakes in the barn, in
the shop and on the driveway. In fact, I kill every rattlesnake I encounter
I kill rattlesnakes because I know a rattlesnake will bite me and
inject me with poison. I don’t stop to wonder why a rattlesnake will bite me;
I know: It will bite me because it’s a rattlesnake and that’s what rattle-
snakes do. I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake…I just kill it.
I don’t try to get to know the rattlesnake better so I can find a way to
live with the rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me…I just kill
them. I don’t quiz a rattlesnake to see if I can find out where the other
snakes are, because (a) it won’t tell me, and (b) I already know they live
on my place. So, I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.
I don’t look for ways I might be able to change the rattlesnake to a
non-poisonous rat snake…I just kill it. Oh, and on occasion, I
accidentally kill a rat snake because I thought it was a rattlesnake at the
time. Also, I know, for every rattlesnake I kill, two more are lurking out
there in the brush. In my lifetime I will never be able to rid my place of
rattlesnakes. Do I fear them? No! Do I respect what they can do to me?
Yes! And because of that respect I give them the fair justice they deserve
…I kill them…”
(Now this certainly isn’t a 100% correlation, simply because America wasn’t built on charging, convicting, and sentencing people for thought-crimes or pre-crimes. That being said, it is a good illustration that venomous pit vipers will be venomous pit vipers regardless of how much we understand them, “send good thoughts” their way, or go out of our way to appease them.
Co-existing in close proximity with an un-caged venomous pit viper that is willing to strike and kill you if you annoy it is simply not an option. You’ve got to either cage it, relocate it, decide that it’s life is worth more than yours and leave, or decide that your life is worth defending and act accordingly.)
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