Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hearing Safety by John O' Conner

This is a guest article from John O' Conner:

Hi my name is John O' Conner, I am a father, outdoorsman and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in hearing loss. MY father and grandfathers, who are and were all hunters, are affected by hearing loss. I feel that is a gerneral lack of understanding around the issue it is our job to spread awareness where we can.Chekc out my new blog at bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com

Hunting and Hearing Safety

People don’t always make the connection between recreational sports like hunting and hearing loss. Although hunters spend billions of dollars on equipment each year, not all of them know to properly protecting their ears against noise injury. Hearing is often a neglected sense. Taking proactive steps to protect the delicate components of the ear will increase safety while out on a hunt.

My father and I have been hunting for many years.  When I was a young boy I remember helping him pack up all of his gear but don’t remember there ever being hearing protection with it all.  Looking back this wasn’t a good choice because now many years later, my father is affected severely by hearing loss.  He loves to still get out and shoot but because of his hearing loss he has to wear hearing aids to help him hear well.  Along with his hearing aids he always makes sure to have his hearing protection on as well. 

Let’s Talk About Noise Trauma

The hearing risk associated with gunfire and hunting comes down to one thing – noise. Sound pressure is an indicator of intensity or loudness. The higher the sound pressure, the louder the noise. Firearms produce an impact sound because of the high sound pressure. This key factor figures into the potential hearing loss for hunters.

Initially, there will be a temporary loss where hearing shifts back to normal within a few days. Longer, more pronounced exposure, leads to an increase in symptoms until the loss is permanent.

Hearing Safety Measures

For hunters, safety is not a new concept. They can take precautionary measures to insure ear health to make the sport even safer.

Know the SPL rating of the firearm. This refers to the sound pressure from the gun or rifle. As a general rule, the longer the barrel, the lower SPL decibel is for that weapon. For example, a shotgun with an 18-inch barrel has an SPL of 156.30 while a 9mm handgun registers at 159.8. Accessories like a muzzle brake increase the noise level. Even a small difference in SPL matters. A 10 dB doubles the loudness of the firearm.

Wear ear protection when you hunt. Hearing protection devices have a rating system to gauge effectiveness. Hunters should use protection with a noise reduction level of at least 29 dB.


Earmuffs provide an acoustic seal that reduces noise.  Hunters should select muffs with a rounded or tapered edge. A common failing of earmuffs is the point of contact between the protection device and the cheek. The weapon stock presses against the muff, raising it up and reducing the effectiveness on one side. Muffs must fit snuggly without coming in contact with the weapon. Earmuffs offer warmth during fall and winter hunting excursions too.


The right earplugs may be a better option for hunters. Foam plugs are comfortable to wear, fit snuggly and do not interfere with the hunt. The foam means the plugs are lightweight and easy to transport while moving through the field. Earmuffs and custom fitted plugs are expensive, and may have short shelf lives. The cost of foam products makes them a practical option.

Electronic Protection

Electronic protection devices come in both plugs and muffs. The design allows the hunter to hear the environmental background noises without suffering the effects of sound pressure from the gunfire. Electronic protection pieces contain a filter that eliminates any sound over 85 dB. This means wind, voices and the sounds of wildlife are still within hearing range.

Hearing is a sense that is often times neglected and not taken seriously.  In following some of the tips above and making smarter choices when out in the range, one can ensure healthy hearing for the future.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Adventure Medical Kit BIGHORN

                           Please check this product out and more from Adventure Medical Kits.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Home security


                              As they say a man's home is his castle, and it's the place he keeps his most treasured items. Such as his electronics, guns,cars and the most prized possession his family, all the more reason to maintain security. My day started as usual with me going to work the day went well, until on the way home, I received a phone call from my wife. She said that there was man in the yard, and when our kids noticed him, he ran into the woods. I told her to check the back yard she said that no one was there. Then she walked into the living room and looked out the front door an saw a truck coming form  around the side of the house. She called the police who came, but since nothing was taken, they couldn't do anything at the time. I try to keep my home safe and secure for my family, but after this I will be taking more necessary precautions. The first thing I'll be doing is installing surveillance cameras as well as No Trespassing signs. Things are continuing to get worse as the times change, but when people come up in your yard with your family home and try to take what you own in broad day light it really makes you think and step up your game plan.

                         I would like to know what you guys have in the way of personal security around your homes. So please leave me a comment, and if you don't have personal security systems but have ideas please let me know what they are as well. Thanks guys and remember to always be safe and God bless America.

Max Malone,
Maximum Survivalist

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bug Out Vehicle

                       Guys what vehicle would you take in a bug out situation, and what would you have in it? I have a family of four. So I couldn't take my big F150 with big tires because there isn't any room; so that's out. My wife's SUV has a lot of room for all of us, and room for all of our gear .Now packing the car for a bug out situation would be my wife's job because I think she can pack a month of clothes in one suit case, she is that good at packing.I have pretty much ever think together that I would take with us. A good thing to remember is to always have your car in good running condition such as good tires, batteries, gas, etc...When stuff's hitting the fan you don't want to have to be worrying weather you have had an oil change or not. I try to keep water, fire extinguisher, blankets, and a medical kits in the car at all times.You will need a good plan on what route you would take out of town and once you got out where would you go. These plans must be well thought out. You may need to do dry runs and see how long it would take you to get there, and what alternate route you can take if the first route was blocked with debris or even if there is a traffic jam and its so backed up that you can't get through. When things get this bad, and it will guys, be ready on all ends. Have tents/campers/buses (what ever you can get). To take care of your family. If you and your family can afford it buy a piece of land somewhere and start prepping and tell no one about the location or what you are doing. When SHTF you will need guns/ammo and a lot of it, if you guys have kids teach them how to shoot and how to prepare- so they can survive in the world after the storm

Preferably a 4x4 vehicle would be best due to maybe needing to travel off road to go around traffic jams or destroyed roads. Older vehicles that does not require computors or other technologies such as sensors would be easy to repair on your own. I would suggest also packing a basic tool set and jumper cables in your everyday carry in the vehicle. Jumper cables can also be used to start fires in a pinch. Diesel engines can run longer on crappy fuel better than a fuel injected vehicle.

So basically in a nut shell, also spend type prepping your vehicle you plan to bug out in.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Adventure Medical introduces the Big Horn

                          The Big Horn Medical kit it designed for the great outdoors. You can take this kit on hunting , camping, boating, ATV, hiking, trips, and you can keep it in your RV .This medical kit has all kinds of things that will help you to survive in your time of need. It has band-aids for small scratches and it has big  bandages for bigger cuts.It has a CPR face shield for someone that needs CPR. These are just some of the things that are in this kit. I have listed everything that is in the kit .These kits are easy to store in your backpack, saddlebag, bug out bag, just about any where, you never want to leave it behind. Now I hope  every one has a medical kit in your home, car and/or office, but if you don't have one then the guys over at Adventure Medical Kit can help you out. They have all  you need when it comes to any kind of medical supplies for the average person . Not only does it have all of the supplies you need for your injury, it also has a guide book written by a physician to instruct you on how to help those who are injured

Here is a list of Contents:

              Field Trauma Pak   (Detachable)                                  Wound Care/ Blister                                 
          1 QuikClot Sport 25g                                                       1 Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
          1  EMT Shears                                                                 1 Irrigation Syringe 20cc w/ 18 gauge 
          1  Trauma Pad 5" x 9"                                                        catheter tip
          1  Trauma pad 8" x 10"                                                     1 Wound Closure Strips 1/4"x 4" Pkg 10
          1 Cohesive Elastic Bandage 2"                                          2 Skin Tac Topical Adhesive Wipes
          1 Petrolatum dressing 3" x 3"                                            1 Povidone, Iodine 3/4 oz
          2 Sterile Gauze Dressing 4" x 4" Pkg/2                              8 Antiseptic Wipe 
          1 Nitrile Gloves Pair                                                         3 Triple Antibiotic Ointment Single Use
          1 Triangular Bandage                                                        2 Sterile Guaze Dressing 4" x 4" Pkg 2
          1 CPR Face Shield                                                           2 Sterile Gauze Dressing 2"x 2" Pkg 2
          1 Aspirin (325 mg) Pkg/2                                                 2 Non-Adherent Sterile Dressing 3"x 4"
         14 Moleskin Pre-cut and Shaped Pieces                            1 Conforming Gauze 3"
           3 Safety Pins                                                                   1 Nitirle Gloves Pair
           1 Instruction Easy Care Bleeding                                     4 Adhesive Fabric Knuckle Bandage
           1 Duct tape 2 x 50"                                                         6 Adhesive Fabric Bandage 1"x 3"
                                                                                                  14 Moleskin Pre-cut and Shaped Pieces
                                                                                                  1 Cotton Tip Applicator Pkg/2
                                                                                                  1 Instruction Easy Care Wound
           1 Wilderness & Travel Medicine & Comprehensive Guide


            1 Aspirin (325 mg) Pkg/2
            4 Ibuprofen (200 mg) Pkg/2
            2 Anti-Diarrheal (Diamode Loperamide 25 mg) Pkg 1
            2 Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg) Pkg 1
            2 After BiteSting and Itch Relief Wipe
            2 Disposable Thermometer
            1 Instruction Easy Care Medication

Again this is a comprehensive kit capable of taking care of most of your possible wilderness injuries. I would recommend this to anyone in search of a Medical Kit. Adventure Medical Kits offer other medical and survival gear, that are worth checking out. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Meats for prepping

SPAM<sup>®</sup> Black Pepper

              When stocking your shelves with some good canned meat always remember to buy the ones with the longest expiration date, and also remember to get the ones high in protein. Any of you guys who go to   Walmart with your lovely wives toss some into the buggy. It doesn't matter if you grab a couple of cans a week, or a month as long as you are preparing for the future. Now remember guys when you are getting these canned meats to make sure they are not dented cans. Dented cans do not hold the integrity of the foods in them and tend to spoil quicker, and have been known to cause food poisioning

Friday, November 16, 2012

Signaling Devices for your PSK

                                                 How to use a signaling devices.....

Thursday, November 15, 2012

SOL Origin by Adventure Medical Kit

                                Very nice survival kit by Adventure Medical Kit....come on and check it out

Personal survival weapons


                          These are my personal survival  weapons  of choice .....what are yours?      

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SOL Origin Survival Kit

                      The sol origin survival kit  is a abs plastic water case .with a flip- signal mirror, fire striker, compass and a folding - blade knife are stowed on the outside  of the case .What is so nice about this is some of this items can be used while still in the case such as the compass, whistle and the LED light..The compass is very useful and the box has been demagnetized so that it can be used while still on the box. Now  while having some of the items are on the outside like your knife, compass,whistle,fire striker led light .you can open up to the inside and there you will find 150lb.- test braided nylon cord,mil-spec stainless wire, tinder quik, fire starting tinder,aluminum foil, safety pins and 62 tips on survival.

There is extra room inside the kit to add more items for you to personalize the kit. The lid of the kit has a acrylic signaling mirror and it can be used with the kit being closed. I've tested it out to some pretty far distances and its rated as being tested out to 20 miles. The flash light can also be used for signaling. The spark wheel striker can be held up in the air and striked to make a signal also.

Some extra space can be given by removing the wrist lanyard and hooking it to the outside of the box. It keeps it handy.

Buck Tildon has written the survival tips book that is included in the kit. It has 62 survival tips in it to help you survive, pretty good stuff. The color of the kit is bright orange to help you find it in your backpack or if you drop it on the ground.

I reviewed the Spark Lite fire starter and the Firestriker is very similar. The tinder quick tabs work good, especially when wet. You just pull them apart and spark the wheel and you got fire. They will burn about 3-4 minutes. But you can also use them with matches, lighters, or firesteel.

This is a good personal survival kit. Its small and lightweight and easy to carry and the whole kit weighs 6.25 ounces. You can buy these at Sportsman's Warehouse. Check out Adventure Medical kits for more information.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Paracord for the Zombie Apocalypse Series

TypeMinimum strengthMinimum elongationMinimum length per poundCore yarnsSheath structure
I95 lb (43 kg)30%950 ft (290 m; max. 1.57 g/m)4 to 732/1 or 16/2
IA100 lb (45 kg)30%1050 ft (320 m; max. 1.42 g/m)<no core>16/1
II400 lb (181 kg)30%265 ft (81 m; max. 5.62 g/m)4 to 732/1 or 36/1
IIA225 lb (102 kg)30%495 ft (151 m; max. 3.00 g/m)<no core>32/1 or 36/1
III550 lb (249 kg)30%225 ft (69 m; max. 6.61 g/m)7 to 932/1 or 36/1
IV750 lb (340 kg)30%165 ft (50 m; max. 9.02 g/m)1132/1, 36/1, or 44/1
 Paracord is the ultimate tool to have in your survival gear, because of it's versatility.You can use 550 cord in hundreds of different situations. There are different  types of paracord such as I, IA II, IIA, III, IV. Type III has 7 inner yarns each made up of 3 strands. Keep in mind that paracord also comes in dozens of different colors and designs as well. You should keep at least 25 feet of paracord 550 on you.It is good for setting up traps for the zombies, you can also use it for snares, fishing, setting up tents, and tying up food in the trees so that the zombies and or wild animals don't get it.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

BIC lighter for you PSK

                                          BIC it's one of the items I keep in my PSK

Boil water using a cup made from aluminum foil

                          Check out how you can boil water in something as simple as an aluminum foil cup