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  1. Optical Serenity

    Optical Serenity Member

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    What is the weirdest survival type item that you have? I'm looking for more items for my manpurse.
     
  2. Cosmoline

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    Calcium carbide lamp. They're currently only being made by an old Victorian era factory in India, and calcium carbide is notoriously difficult to find. But I managed to get them all together and the results are extremely cool. Quality light that never runs out of batteries and runs off water and rocks!
     
  3. Optical Serenity

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    Sounds neat, do you have a link to one? And a picture?
     
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    that sounds like it would be neat i would like more information also
     
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    You can find carbide lamps in shops that cater to spelunkers. I used to use them all the time exploring limestone caves in WV.

    Calcium carbide + water = acetylene gas.

    My weirdest are a couple of Krill lights. They're basically battery powered chem lights and have a 120 hr run time off a AA battery.
    I also keep a magnesium stick with flint striker and an ACR Firefly strobe.


    For carbide lamps.http://www.caves.org/imo/frames1.htm Click online catalogue "headlamps". Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll find a picture and diagram.

    Optical Serinity,

    The company is located in your backyard.
     
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    A one pound ingot of misch metal. Great fire starter and generates its own spark.
     
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    Cosmoline - you forgot to mention the most important reason you have one... the dang thing works in the cold Alaskan climate!
     
  9. ctdonath

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    <scratches head> Dunno. Much as I'd like to offer up a strange item, can't think of one - and I've got 4 BOBs packed. ...maybe those bags themselves are odd.

    BoB #...
    1. Normal. Occupying a Camelbak HAWG, this is the normal BOB for 1 person on foot 3 days. Closer to a normal light backpacking setup than anything.

    2. The cammo BOB. Where possible, everything therin is cammo/conceal oriented with more of a E&E, combat feel. All stuffed into a cheap large cammo waist-pack.

    3. Manpurse. A blue & black satchel from Eddie Bauer just big enough to hold my ultraportable computer. Carry it everywhere, including work - ergo, low-profile is key. Contains minimal survival gear: bandages, compass, flashlight, lightstick, ranging monocular, knife, etc. Side pocket has ASP baton; being black & non-descript, none notice. Of note (maybe the strange bit), other pocket has matching blue-black water filtration bottle - never used; nobody questions a sports-type water bottle nor suspects its filtration ability & survival intent.

    4. Dollar Store Special. As detailed on another thread, I went to the local "everything's a dollar" store with $15 and walked out with a well-supplied survival bag, including backpack, water, rice, cooking pot, matches, knife, two ponchos, radio, and assorted other gizmos.

    I guess the strangest survival item is #3. Most people I'm around would think I'm strange for having that much survival stuff with me all the time and "concealed in plain sight".
     
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    I don't think that this is "wierd", for it might come in quite handy. It's a home-made animal snare stick. I made it out of PVC pipe that I re-enforced with a discarded aluminum pipe (from an old push broom).

    It's about 5' in length, and the "snare" end is capped with the correct size of PVC cap. A steel cable runs through the PVC pipe and exits through a drilled hole in the PVC cap, then the cable is looped at the "snare" end and fed through a second drilled hole in the PVC cap. Both loose ends of the cable come out through the handle end, with one end being stabilized (fastened securely to the handle end) and the other end of the cable is used to adjust the size of the snare loop.

    So far, I've only used it on rattlesnakes, but it could be used on just about any small-to-medium sized animals.

    For "survival" purposes? Well, you'd be able to snare animals for food, instead of shooting them.
    It would probably work for catching fish, rabbits, and just about anything that you might be able to corner. I also use it as a walking stick when I hike....and it's great for checking shrubbery or underneath rocks that you might have in your path.
    So far, I've only snared 4 rattlesnakes (and, yes they DO sort of taste like chicken!)
     
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    I gotta try the dollar store BOB...
    I guess the strangest things in my BOB are the two kids toys and the Bible. Something to try to keep all of us occupied when there is no power/TV/Internet/etc.
     
  12. ctdonath

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    Actually have been looking for a Bible small, light & durable enough for a BOB. A little suitable reading for downtime while civilization collapses.
     
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    A tomahawk.
    Good for lots of things. Not so conventional.
     
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    Some things that would be useful in a community shelter situation but are not traditionally considered survival items:

    Deck of cards
    change for vending machines and pay phones
    phone numbers-address book
    a good book
     
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    A dear friend just suprised my wife with a BOB (guess I can pound sand). It included:
    • a dozen candles for heat/light and a plastic tub containing several pounds of rocks to hold the candles.
    • about two pounds of condiments, paper napkins and plastic utensils
     
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    Try one of those small Gideon Bibles for the BOB. I carried the same one in my back pocket for about 2-3 years with only minimal loss of pages. Besides the durability, they can be found in several translations and they are free.
     
  17. Optical Serenity

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    Very good ideas here. I especially like the dollar store idea.

    Also, thanks for the link to the IMO site, will have to check them out.

    I also picked up some lithium AA and AAA batteries for my manpurse. They have a 10 year shelf life, so they'll get stashed away with the lithium 123s.
     
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    Calcium carbide is the same stuff used in those toy cannons, right? Might be possible to get some from places that sell that kind of thing. Though it would probably be at a ridiculously inflated price.
     
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    I would think candles were pretty common, but who knows?

    Pretty good source of light and heat, compact, easy to store.

    A tarp with an aluminized lining (like a space blanket, only stronger).

    Thermometer. (not medical)

    Benadryl.
     
  20. Brandon

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    A water key...

    One of those little things with a square socket that fits "security" hydrants at schools, churches and most shopping malls etc. Costs less than 2.00 at the hardware store.

    I carry a smaller tomahawk so I can carry a smaller knife.
     
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    Pilot Lighter

    Water Key - Agree!

    Also with Tea light Candles, and B-day candles.

    I made another "Pilot Lighter" for someone. You know the pilot light goes out and one needs to re-light stoves, hot water heaters, the furnance...maybe the gas line is cut off and after fixed getting everything up and running.

    You can get these from the Gas Company , Hardware Stores and such, fancy, looks like a pen with pocket clip...or make one.

    To Make:

    1 Alligator clip ,
    small like used for electrical stuff. Radio Shack sells these in a package.

    1 old busted antenna off a portable radio, rabbit ear for TV etc. Telescopes down, telscopes out longer.

    Crimp the Alligator Clip to the small end of telescoping antenna. Crimp it good and hard.

    To use:

    Simply extend antenna, insert Kitchen Match into Alligator Clip , strike match and now you can reach up into where you need to light gas appliance.

    Give folks more than one, have them keep near gas appliances. Not a bad idea to have spares in vehicles, or BoB.

    Works well for lighting Coleman Stoves, Lanterns, Oil Lamps, Kero Lamps...and of course gas appliances.

    Kids need a project for school? Have them make these for Elderly Folks. Radio Shack and other places have inexpensive antenna to buy to make these with.

    Now you know why that busted radio and antenna is out in the garage - huh?
    :)

    Steve
     
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    brerabbit: wth's misch metal?? Magnesium?
     
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    Tampons and feminine pads

    The work great to plug bullet holes and make light battle dressings. The tampons even have strings for easy removal. Five bucks will buy you a lot of both at dollar / discount stores. Small, lightweight and very portable wound care.

    :D
     
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    ctdonath:
    Take a look at this one, the Battle Zone ESV Bible
     
  25. Capital Punishment

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    Now that people mention it, I could use a good tactical Bible. My old leather one just aint cuttin it :D
     
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