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Eating Out

This week we are going to highlight a few useful plants that are native to the pacific northwest.  You have no doubt encountered these in the mountains and forests already.  If you forage for mushrooms, pick huckleberries, or just like to hike be on the lookout for these.  If you make a habit of identification then you will be able to find these plants with ease should the need ever arise.  As with any foraging of wild edibles DO NOT consume without being 100% certain you have identified it correctly.

 

Bear grass

looks like a giants q-tip and easy to identify.  Always find these at high elevation.  The root can be boiled and eaten like a potato, but is very stringy.  The most useful part is the leaves.  They are super strong and can be used for cordage, natives used this often to weave baskets.

 

Fireweed

Can be found in burnt areas and clear cuts.  Young leaves and shoots are high in vitamin C and can be eated raw or cooked, treat it like spinach.  In early stages of growth when the leaves are still pointed upward the whole plant can be cooked like asparagus.  The unique vein in the leaves can help with identification.  Can have a laxative effect if eaten in large quantities.

 

Pineapple weed

I always found this in heavily trod areas like rock driveways, but it can be found in the wild.  Often referred to as “wild chamomile” it has a very pleasant smell when crushed.  The dried flowers can be used to make a tea just like chamomile.  The leaves are edible as well, but are slightly bitter.

 

Wild Ginger

Found in dark forests with plenty of shade.  Look for it in our old growth cedar stands.  Treat it just like commercial ginger.  Although in the wild variety the leaves have a stronger flavor than the root.

 

We tried to pick a few that are not widely talked about, but are plentiful here in the pacific northwest.  Again do not pick and use any wild plant or fungus without being positive you have identified it properly and understand its uses.  Have fun looking for these plants and shoot us some pictures if you find these while out foraging.

 

 

 

 

Talk about being caught with your pants down…

“How early is it?” You think to yourself as you sit in the dark. Your nights slumber having been interrupted by your need to heed natures call. Of course you hadn’t looked at the clock on your 25 foot travel to relief. “It has to be just about time to wake up.” With one push of the button on your Casio watch your eyes clearly make out the time 1:57 AM, but the light also made it so that you can’t see anything else… All night vision now just consists of a glowing orb, and blackness. Then you hear it down the hallway, the slow creak of the door. You know it’s not the dogs because dogs never open a door nicely, it always sounds like you are being raided by the ATF! “What the hell is that noise?”All at once its coming down the hall, heavy steps pounding the floor, sounding like a busy trap field closing in on you. Its something big, and its coming your way. “Why hadn’t I filled out the paper work for that Honey Badger, two NFA stamps, one form 4 (suppressor) and a form 1 (for the SBR) and I would be ready for this situation” Hell now it sounds like who ever is coming down the hall is riding a Clydesdale horse, or at least a morbidly obese Shetland pony. “The pistol is in its regular place, shotgun is too far away too.” Is this how its going to go down, someone is going to break into the castle, and kill the king, on his throne? Not on your watch, you look around for what can use to stop the situation. Deodorizer spray it is, if that door opens, someone is getting a face full of fresh linen glade, then its gonna get crazy. Your starting to believe it too, “feeling froggy, jump frog, jump!” Beads of sweat build on your brow. At the same moment you see four little fingers creep under the bathroom door. “What are you doing in there Dad?” You hear a tiny voice say, (How does a 35 pound boy walk so heavy on his feet, your almost 8 times as heavy as he is, and you can walk anywhere without even squeaking the floor, he on the other hand sounds like a jack hammer covered with silverware, pounding on bubble wrap everywhere he goes).” Buddy, give a minute here, you know what I’m doing”. “But Dad I had a bad dream, I’m a little scared” you hear him reply. “You and me both brother…”

Lately a lot of attention has been put upon ones EDC. If Brad were in the situation above he would have been fine, he would be wearing his tac belt with two pistols, 2 knives and probably 350 rounds of ammo on him, he wears that stuff to bed I’m pretty sure (and chances are that he sleeps naked too!). The first time that I met Mr. Michael, Kris asked Brad to show me his pistol (mind you Brad had just rode his motorcycle up from St. Maries to Post falls Idaho, and didn’t know me from Adam) Brad without missing a beat, pulls his pistol out, clears it, and hands it to me. Then proceeds to pull out 3 knives carried in different locations. That is Brad, he does it daily, he is a prime example of staying true to his beliefs and being prepared. But to a lot of people the work in different industries, carrying your full load out isn’t an option. I work for a beer distributer, they do not look kindle towards me carrying at work, so in order to keep a pay check coming in, I have to obey their rules (to an extent). My primary carry piece is a Smith and Wesson M&P45C in a Blackhawk serpa holster, I carry outside the pants with a cover because its more comfortable for me, by the same token, it is not the easiest thing to completely conceal (especially when you are not really supposed to be carrying one at your place of employment anyways.). In turn I end up with a core EDC, that no matter the day, I always have on me. I carry a Gerber (for now) recoil multi-tool, and  CRKT Hammond Cruiser (not the most expensive knife in the world, but it works well) On the weekend I carry my M&P. To me, a big part of your EDC is what is available to you at all times. As I have mentioned many times before I tend to carry a fair amount of gear in my vehicles, from basic survival gear, to specialized equipment for different situations, I can use whats on my person to get me to my cache of other supplies. I know, I know… What sense does it make to have a firearm that you train with, and not carry it? The answers simple, sometimes I cannot carry my firearm, be it at work or in places that are considered “gun free zones”. “Well don’t go to those places” I can hear you saying it right now. As for places that I choose to spend what little money I have, your are exactly right, (I still haven’t eaten at Buffalo Wild Wings.) but there are certain times that I just plain don’t have an option about being able to carry or not. When I take my Son to school, pick him up, or go to one of his many functions, weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited. So do I break the law (intentionally), and do it anyway because I feel that weapon free zones are complete nonsense? I don’t, My rights mean way too much to me to potentially jeopardize them, And I do not believe that I should have to become a criminal in order to defend myself from criminals. So what other options are there for situations in which you have to be some place that won’t allow you to carry? Well there are actually quite a few options and theories about how to handle gun free zones (please bear with me on this one, I personally don’t agree with most of these, but by the same token, maybe one of these options would be perfect for you).

Pepper Spray: Some have decided oc pepper spray is the way to go.  If you decide to go the pepper spray route, be warned that there is a lot more to safely carrying/using pepper spray then just throwing it into a pocket and thinking that you are well prepared for any situation. Traditional defensive sprays have a horrible tendency to drift back and get into the shooters eyes. Luckily, now companies have identified the faults of their ways and tried to make pepper spray more user-friendly with products like “Pepper gel” from the Sabre company. Same principle as the original (spray enters the assailants eyes and air passages, virtually shutting down their sight and breathing.) The new formula does not leave the canister as a mist, but a stream that actually travels around 20% farther than traditional sprays. Still, you need to practice to become competent, luckily Sabre also sells a practice can (same stream, just with no pepper irritant) that sells for about $5.

Asp/Batons: Asp’s have long been used by professionals in security industries. They are a collapsible baton that can be carried on the belt, unsheathed and deployed instantly with a single motion. (If you want to know what your state laws are as for collapsible batons click “HERE”) The problem is that you are still going to draw quite a few looks from people, and depending on interpretation of the law, you may still end up in jail. Police are trained to strike limbs, and soft spots on the body with this style of batons, staying completely away from the central nervous system and skull. Why? Because batons will kill people, they will break bones,  and they will stop a potentially life threatening situation. It’s up to the owner to know the legality, practice often, and be responsible for the potential actions that using a weapon like this could cause. (Now were getting into the meat and taters!)

Knives:  Check your local laws, and check what documentation is on the “gun free” signs. If the sign states that it is a “gun free zone” you may be alright carrying a knife. Now do I recommend that you whip out a Down under knives Outback bowie at a Buffalo wild wings? (I will address both issue with the statement above… When drawing a knife that has a total length of 16″ and a blade that measure 11″ the only term to be used professionally is “whip out”, secondly  if you are going to un-sheath a beast of a knife like that there is only one place to do it at… Outback steak house of course, when they bring out your “bushmen bread” with that steak knife they expect you to cut it with, you must hand the steak knife back and say… “That’s  not a knife”… (“whip out” said short sword) “That’s a knife” and point the tip at the waiter. That’s the gentleman’s way. 🙂 ) Carry knives have come a long way, with tons of options as for fixed blade knives, and sheath configurations that make them easier to carry that are both vertical and horizontal. Choosing one is really a personal decision that has to be made by the carrier. Reputable knife makers are popping up everywhere. Check out knives made by ESEE , the carry a full lifetime warranty, even covering modifications done by the user, and that pretty tough to beat. The amount of folders on the market is also growing daily, as mentioned before I carry a CRKT and have been pretty happy with it (read: I’m happy with it until I get something else that I enjoy more than it), with modern pocket clips, and limitless blade options you can find a knife that is easy to carry and suits your needs. But don’t think that your out of the woods just because everyone carries a pocket knife, try flipping out a Mantis MT-8 Siko to clean the dirt underneath your nails at your next family gathering, and I will bet my lunch money that no one is going to ask you to baby sit their kids. Even a legal to own, legal to carry knife can cause quite a stir, if the wrong eyes happen to fall upon it. This is where a gentleman’s folder can be the ticket. When I think of a gentleman’s folder I think of Case knives, simple, slim, and they sit in the bottom of the pocket where no one knows they are there. As for a fighting knife, or “weapon” they do have their drawbacks, (No locking mechanism, and blade shape) but they also are perceived to be less intimidating by those un-initiated. Even a multi tool and its somewhat hard to reach blades provide a viable option in a “politically correct” package, that can and may save your life. What is better in a time of need, a less than perfect tool, or no tool at all? (Here comes the curve ball…)

Tactical Pens: Yep I said it. You all know how much I hate new stuff, especially things that seem gimmicky in the least. But recently I have done a little research into this fad… And I don’t think it’s too bad of an option. Remember when you were little and your mom would yell at you because you were running down a flight of stairs with a popsicle in your mouth, stating that if you fell on it you will surely die? That was just a tiny wood stick, now imagine that instead of a wood stick it was actually a piece of titanium, aluminum, or steel? How would that feel if you fell on it? Speaking as a man who has fallen on his keys a time or two, I can vouch for the fact that metal things tend to hurt ya pretty good, and they definitely redirect your thought process. That is the whole principle behind the tactical pen. You probably use a pen daily, and never give any thought to it. You may be signing for deliveries, doing inventory of stock items, or simply writing a check, a pen is a very recognized and widely used item that draws little if any attention. Now take that pen, machine it out of robust material, throw a glass breaker point on it and increase the weight to around an ounce or two, as a last-ditch defense, I can come up with quite a few worse options. What stops an attacker much faster then being impaled by a piece of machined metal?  Will it take the place of a bullet? Not in my book, but it is a viable option that I hope to never end up on the business end of.

Your home is your castle, and as comfortable as that should make you feel, you should always be ready to defend it. When you enter the realm outside your draw bridge, you have to be prepared for things that may come. Even in situations and places where your normal array of defense weapons are made unavailable to you. Arm yourself sufficiently (even in places where you can’t follow your EDC protocol completely), and stay alert and aware of your surroundings (condition yellow), carry yourself in a manner that shows other that you are confident, and not a victim. In your house try to keep it simple and streamlined, when Harbor Freight has the coupon up for free flashlights, go pick one up, keep doing so until you have one in every room of your house. They may lack the light output of your favorite Fenix PD-35, or the striking bezel of your Surefire E2D, but in a pinch, when something goes bump in the night, that light may be the only thing available to get you out of a sticky situation. Arrange your home in a way that you can work from room to room with options as you go. Make a plan, and most importantly PRACTICE, become proficient with your defense tactics, and leave yourself with no option for failure. Because God forbid anything actually happens and you are forced to use your plan, and you get caught with your pants down.

-Grant Willoughby 03/19/2017-

Hello… Is there anybody in there…

In case any of you are keeping track, this is the 40th weekly blog that I have written. 40 week is long enough to gestate a human being for God’s sake. 40 times I have thought all week about what I wanted to share with you, then spent what few hours I have on the weekend alone (useually in the wee morning hours from about 4-6 AM, sometimes late at night) typing away at these keys in hopes that it means something to someone. (Remember that show Doogie Howser, and how at the end of the show he was always typing into his computer… It looks just like that, except I’m not a 14 year old surgeon, and a lot of times I have a cocktail by my side for encouragement)  We have spoken of everything from mall ninjas, to political theories. From forging your own knives to foraging for mushrooms. Every diamond has many facets I guess…But our conversations have become monologues, with myself giving long-winded speeches about how “MPBR” can be the best friend or your worse enemy of the average hunter depending on practical application, or about ways to not look like an idiot at the gun counter. Maybe im preaching to the choir, or maybe im just preaching to myself. I guess there is no way to know for sure…

“I ain’t never seen a hearse with a luggage rack”-George Strait. Kind of a weird thought huh? The new, cool, skinny jean, no socks with summer shoes in the winter, ride a bike with tires made of hemp (because its greener man), grow the front of your hair real long and cut the back short (then wear a beanie on the back of your head for some dumb reason, even in the summer) wear horn rim glasses with no lenses, use a beard as a fashion statement hipster revolution has bought into quite a few things (even though they will tell you that they invented them all). 2 of the biggest being “YOLO”, and “bucket lists”. YOLO (standing for: You Only Live Once) is pretty much their excuse for making stupid decisions. “Hey yo Bruh, why did you get that tattoo of my little pony burning an upside down cross on your face?” “YOLO Bruh.” That’s considered an acceptable answer! Never in my life have I ever wanted to strangle a man with his own purse, or choke someone out with their own man bun so badly. The “bucket List” is even funnier. People will see someone else doing something “Epic” (another word that drives me nuts) or “LEGIT” (maybe im just getting old, Matlock and porch-swings here I come) and start saying things like #BUCKETLIST. In other words stating that what ever said action was, they want to complete it before they die (kick the bucket). Maybe “YOLO” really does stand for “You Obviously Lack originality”, or maybe Jack Black was right when he stated that “I’m fairly certain that YOLO is just Carpe Diem for stupid people”. People get so caught up in what they can take from the world, they never give a thought to what they can give back. They want memories of experiences, that they can say changed their life. As a matter of fact, we all do, but in different ways. To validate ones life, some resort to jumping out of a plane, or scaling  Mt. Everest (by the way, I Google mapped it, and it looks like a HORRIBLE place to hunt, you may want to search a little longer for a better place to hang your deer stand for next season. I mean who is going to hike that far without even the chance of shooting a monster?)  Some even say that they “Live” for it. Well if that’s what it takes, so be it. But what is experience, and memory without companionship and the ability to share it with someone else? I personally have been privileged enough to experience a lot of different things in my life. Given I have not summited K2, but I have been to a lot of beautiful places, from remote glacial lakes to mountain peaks, I have had the ability to explore the world around me. Now being a father,a husband and a friend, I am blessed to have the opportunity to share these experiences with those that I care about.

I think of my bucketlist differently… My bucket is one that is full of hard-earned knowledge that I need to give away. What kind of legacy do I leave if my son does not walk out into this world with everything that I know already up his sleeve? Why do you always swing a baseball bat (or a golf club, fly rod, ax, or a sword ) with fast hands? Because the hands lead the weapon, the same way the brain leads the hands. Be it a solid base hit, a perfect cast, or a fell tree, it is all the same knowledge that one only gets once he understands it completely. Why should a 5-year-old understand how to make a debris shelter, how to trick a shy brook trout into collapsing on a fly, how to find a good crop of mushrooms, or the correct way to breast a grouse? Because it provides character, it allows him to be able to sustain himself if he decides to pursue the life style that I have, and because it keeps him close to his roots. It humbles you. Why does my son almost always shoot his Nerf gun from a prone position (feet flat as to not move back and forth and give away location), why does he (try at least, he still has little hands after all) hold his toy pistols with a thumbs forward IPSC grip? Well, that’s what Daddy does. Why do I do it that way? Because it cost me thousands of rounds of ammo, and countless hours at the range to find out that there is a reason why all the best shooters do it that way. Because it works, and it takes away a lot of the variables. By no way am I saying the my way is the only way, but it is a better starting point then ground zero. I guess thats what I have tried to do with these blogs. I feel that I have information that someone would like to have, I feel that the hours that I spend honing my craft can be put to good use. Maybe give someone a good nudge in the right direction, The problem is, I don’t know what you want to learn. If you want product reviews, I will start doing that. If you want more informative blogs explaining single subject matter (guns, knives, etc.) we can do that too. Or have you just grown tired of my writing, and want something different all together? Anything I have, and everything I know is available to you. If I don’t know the answer off-hand, I will do the research and give you whatever I can find, that knowledge is important to me too. But I want this to be a conversation and not a monologue. With out you, there is no reason for me to do this. Teach me something, pique my interest, we all have our comfort zones, and areas of expertise. Now its time to share them, after all you can’t take them with you when you go.

-Grant Willoughby 03/05/2017-

Anatomy of a Truck gun

The sun leaks over the horizon like a tipped kettle of molten steel, as the morning try’s to bid you a new day. But you have been awake for hours already, sleep was fitful at best. The image of the young calf, laying there lifeless, hamstrung and partially disemboweled by its assailant is all you can see when ever your eye lids try to close. “They aren’t evil, it’s just an animal doing what an animal does, trying to survive…”You mumble, hoping that somehow you can talk yourself into believing your own statement. ” That’s all I’m trying to do too, trying to survive.” You believe this statement more than the first. Since moving out West you have tried, and failed at quite a few things. First you were going to be a trapper, with dreams of 100 pound packs of beaver plews, only to find that you were not the first man in these parts to try his hand at it, and fail. With what little money you had let after wondering the woods helplessly, you squared away a plot of land. “Fair priced too”, you remember. Hindsight being 20/20, you know now why the bank had been so willing to let the homestead go so easily. The soil was rocky and not workable, only thing that would grow was blue stem and buffalo grass. So much for being a farmer. Then it happened. One day why you were out kicking rocks, and cursing the worthless dirt that the bank had stuck you with. You see in the distance, a man on a horse pushing a small band of cattle across the prairie, your prairie. You remember the man riding up, dismounting, and shaking your hand. He was friendly, and introduced himself. “That’s one hell of a pasture you got out there, where  you keep your cattle? A man could make a killing if he never had to buy feed.” You try not to show excitement, but in your mind the gears are turning. “This is the break you are looking for, this is where the tide changes” you think to yourself. “Well Sir” you say to the man. “Kind of new to these parts, and looking to get into the cattle trade, but after buying this patch of land im left with little extra. Would you be interested in doing a little horse trading?” That’s how it had all started, turns out the kind horsemen was a fourth generation cattlemen, and there was nothing that he didn’t know about working cattle. Riding, roping, you name it and he knew it. You offered up your land for his winter range, if in turn, he would supply you with a few head of cattle come spring. But, he gave you much more than that. That first winter was hard, but he had fed you, he helped you find and cut wood to keep your small house warm, he tought you the in’s and out of the “Texas longhorn cross” that he raised, hell he even gave you a rifle. Under his careful watch, you were crafted into a cattleman yourself. He tought you the most important lesson “Keep your herd safe, no matter what the cost”. As your reverie passes, you realize that you have already been in the saddle for more than an hour, the sun now lays long shadows across the shallow valley. Ahead you see your herd gathered together feeding. From the lowly 4 head that you had started with, you now have almost 100 cattle that wear your brand. Had it already been 10 years? Then before you can see it, you feel it. The hair raises on your hackles and you know somethings wrong, the cattle start to gather tighter. You watch there movements and try to determine what has raised the fuss, suddenly you can see it. Moving like puffs of smoke you can see the three wolves closing quickly on the herd. In one motion you are off your horse, rifle free of the scabbard and you are closing the distance. “Not today” clears your lips almost as a war cry as you kneel, and fit bead to buckhorn of your old trusted rifle. The first shot comes from nowhere and the barrel is already swinging toward the second dog as the first is crashing to the ground. You lead him a good 2 feet in front of his muzzle as he races at full speed, as you gently squeeze off the second round, you see the third dog in the pack turn tail and head for the hills. You don’t waste the bullet. Two threats down, and one calf lost. The herd lives to die another day…

We in these modern times like to think that we created everything, and that all ideas are new ones created by us to solve some problem that only we have experienced. Look at the survival industry, and all of the coined terms for instance: EDC, truck gun, bug out bag, they have always been around, they just didn’t have cool mall-ninja names yet. In the old west everyone carried  survival supplies, salt, flout, lard, a gun, a pan and a knife. (And to think they didn’t even have an Emerson wave with a modified tanto blade or anything.) They were just called tools, and one of the most important was their rifle. Whenever you took to horseback a rifle was always present, be it in a scabbard or tied across the back of the saddle. It provided food by way of hunting, and protection from predators on both four legs and two. Given, the days where most had to travel by horseback are long gone, but the same staples should remain. A firearm in the vehicle is pretty much a must in most suburban parts of the country. When ever I take the family for a ride I almost always carry 3 things: A chainsaw (that’s full of gas), a survival kit (that’s stocked with supplies) and a gun (that’s full of bullets), for me personally that is a bare minimum for a safe excursion to any place that is off the beaten path. This raises the question “what is a truck gun?” Most will say that a truck gun is an inexpensive firearm that lives in ones vehicle, often times citing such firearms as a Hi-Point C9 or a Mosin, stating that it should be a firearm that you can beat up and is easy to replace if it is stolen. What kind of bull crap is that? Why would you ever buy a firearm with plans for it to be stolen at some point in time? To me personally, a “truck gun” (by the way, when I say “truck gun” it is an all-encompassing term, it doesn’t have to be a truck, it could be an ATV, side-by-side, tractor, combine, boat, kayak, even a car (probably not a Prius)) has to be a firearm that is dead reliable, accurate, fun to shoot, fits within your budget, is always taken, and serves YOUR purpose! If you (like in the story above) own a ranch, your truck gun may be a little different then some. Coyotes, wolves, bears, and the neighbors dog, all can cause a real problem to someone who raises livestock, and as you do your daily tasks of tending the herd and acting as the Sheppard you may run into situations where you may need a more powerful/and or long-range weapon then a standard carry firearm. Coyotes play hell come calving season, don’t believe me? Ask a farmer if you can coyote hunt their property when the are calving (cows don’t drop one time of year or the other, they tend to breed them when they have a healthy supply of help, so it varies from ranch to ranch) Most farmers will gladly let you, and I can bet that most dogs shot that time of year will have grey crust on their muzzle (from eating calf patties full of mama’s milk) and have been living pretty good on the cow’s placenta (sorry if your eating breakfast). Once those two resources are gone, you can guess what the next step is. The calf itself. In this instance you may want something like a .223, 22-250, and similar varmint calibers. But any deer caliber will serve the farmer well (.243, .270, .308, 30-06 etc.) On top of the risk of predators, you always have the chance of an injured animal. Given, you can displace an injured cow with a pistol (I know a man who raises buffalo, and only kills them with a .22 lr revolver!) but in the given circumstances, needing a do all weapon, I would take a rifle in its place. Period! So then, what is the ideal “truck gun” for the average Joe? Well who is “average”, and who is “Joe”? If I get to lay definition to the “Truck Gun” term, it would be a light (probably less than 8 pounds) fast handling (no magnum barrels, and muzzle break’s on this one) firearm,in a caliber that you can shoot effectively (that is up to you and your intended want/need), with iron sights (I’m by no means discounting red-dot’s or scopes on this one, im just saying iron’s for back up). Finding a rifle that still has iron sights, is a little like trying to find an honest politician or a fisherman that has a ruler that reads correctly, difficult, but not impossible. Ruger has a coupe that come to mind, namely the M77 compact magnum, and the gunsite scout (both of .308 Win), also viable options are all of the lever guns currently produced (Rossi has quite a few in both pistol and rifle calibers (pistol calibers make a good accompaniment to revolvers in the same caliber), Marlin 336, 1894, and 1895 (once again in pistol and rifle calibers)) But in all honesty these firearms are pretty expensive on the retail market, so why not buy used? The used market is filled with firearms from yesteryear that ware iron sights proudly, and can still be had for only a mild investment. On top of these you have quite a few choices as for “non-traditional” truck guns. When I sold firearms I sold a ton of AR-15 rifles to guys that harvested grain. As their combines cleared paths, they would often raise coyotes. The collapsible stock configuration on a standard AR lends itself well to being tucked behind the seat of a tractor, and to keeping the old farm dog and chickens safe. On top of the AR platform, there are plenty of firearms that can fill the void in your truck gun collection, if price is a major determining factor (like it is for me) then look towards firearms like the Hi-Point 995 (both 10 and 20 round magazines of 9mm, .380, .40 s&w, and .45 acp models available starting at $315), the Kel-Tec SU-16A (accepts standard AR-15 magazines, and it folds down, with a MSRP of around $600) or the Kel-Tec sub-2000 (the rifle folds completely in half  with closed dimensions of 16.25″ x 7″, it comes in 9mm and .40 S&W, and you specify upon ordering which magazine configuration you want. Models are created to accept pistol magazines from the Smith & Wesson M&P 9 or 40, Sig 226 9 or 40, Beretta 92 or 96, or Glock 17,19 or 22,23. That’s a lot of options if you already carry one of those pistols. MSRP of around $500)

Lastly, if you are not a rifle guy, all is not lost, shotguns are a viable option too. A good Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 will serve most people for most situations. From clay pigeons to real pigeons, and duck’s to deer, a shotgun can really do just about anything with correct loads, remember they call it “riding shotgun” for a reason. In skilled hands a Ruger 10/22 is as viable of an option as anything else. Handy, available, and accurate. (I carry a Henry survival AR-7 for the same purpose, it doesn’t have the magazine capacity of the Ruger, but it does collapse down into 3 parts that can be stored inside the floating stock) If you just don’t want to carry a long gun in your means of transportation at all, but you carry a pistol daily, use that extra space in your “truck” for magazine. If a guy happens to carry a Glock 17 every day, and carries one extra mag on his person, he has 35 rounds (one in the chamber) on him at all times. If you carry eight standard 17 round magazines, and two 33 round magazine (hey, why not!) stashed in your vehicle, you have a total of 237 rounds of available ammo. Even being lost for a month you got a pretty good chance of bringing ammo back with you. The important thing is to have them available to you, but not so available that someone else gets the wise idea to steal them. There are solutions readily available from companies like Tuff Security Products, (they offer under seat security safes that will hold both pistols and Long guns, as well as magazines and valuables) and from Truck Vaults ( same as above, plus console security systems). Given if someone wants whats in the safe bad enough, they will steal the vehicle. But in most instances, if they get into your vehicle, and they can’t get into the safe, they will probably just steal your favorite Lionel Richie CD and that sweet “black Ice” air freshener that you have (what does “black ice” smell like anyways?) that’s what we like to call “averting the smash and grab”. Most importantly, don’t just leave your gun’s in the car, gun deserve to be inside, there are certain circumstances where we are forced to leave them there, but once you return to your house, bring them inside with you. Vehicles are prone to condensation, condensation causes rust, and rust (on a long enough timeline) renders firearms inoperable, not to mention the havoc that it can play with ammunition. What good is a firearm that won’t function, and ammunition that won’t fire? Evenworse if your firearm is stolen, not only do you no longer posess it, but someone no-good criminal now does. Best case scenario: They pawn it. Worst case scenerio:… Well I don’t even want to think about it.  Remember that the purpose of the “truck gun” is to step in at times where your primary arm may not be sufficient, because first and foremost you have to “Keep your herd safe, no matter what the cost.”

-Grant Willoughby 02/25/2017-

…And the truth shall set you free…

I have said it before, and I will probably state it thousands of more times before it is all said and done… People suck! Not you or I of course, But a lot of people that we allow to share the same planet and oxygen with us. Every day a new “Johnny-come-lately” shows up on the scene and tells us something that we already know, so that we can more easily relate to them, then they will try to fill your brain with their psychobabble, As you accept and believe, they feel better, they feel powerful. Who cares how you feel or what it does to you? (Listen to “Liar” by Henry Rollins. Talk about the groundwork being laid…)

The latest and greatest “Snake Oil” scheme has everything to do with “PREPPING”, as soon as shows start coming out on the discovery channel, you can just about bet that ship has already sailed. So what do these shows do? Sell product. Period. Why else would otherwise logical people start buying shipping containers and filling them with God-knows what? Am I saying that prepping is wrong, hell no! I base most of my life on the ideals of prepping. But my theories are based of personal experience, and catered to my skill set. If given the opportunity to share my experience and theories with someone who has questions, I will gladly, by no means would I ever tell anyone I am an expert, How can someone ever be an expert in something that has no set parameters for its inception? The industry has banked on the fear of their consumers. I call it “prep-aganda”, they feed people full of extremist ideas, and show them the 1% of hard-core prepping. They make people question why they don’t have a bunker buried with enough food to feed Coxey’s army until the next apocalypse? Why don’t you have 15 crates of Mosin-Nagants, and 2 “spam can’s” of ammo for each of those rifles? Do you have a few extra 55 gallon drums lying around full of fuel that you use and replace in a piecemeal fashion? How big’s your bunker bro? People get so caught up watching how the lunatic fringe conducts business, they become worried,  thus creating “prep-paranoia”. Some people (like you and I) can see through the garbage, and sift the good out of it. But to someone who is new to the idea of self-reliance, these shows may not only overwhelm them with their over the top force feed, it may even turn them away all together. Pushing someone to a mindset where they will rely on any one other than themselves in a survival situation is  not something I want on my conscience. We as the “informed” need to give reliable information, and be helpful. We all had to start some where, and without help from those that had already learned those lessons, we would all still be in the dark and unprepared. I think one of the biggest things we can do is “de-bunker” some of the prepper myths.

  • “We all need to prep now, because  (the ozone is depleting, solar flares are coming, EMP’s, zombies, the government is corrupt… You get the picture, pick one insert it after “because”)” Prepping is not a new idea , it even talks about it in the bible: I Timothy 5:8 says. “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”, and Proverbs 21:20 states. “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. “ The term “prepping” is the only thing that is new. We use to call it “being a grown up”, you don’t need a have a pig farm where you harness methane gas to run your stove, or a M35 deuce and a half that runs on canola oil, the basis of the whole thing is the ability to survive with only what you have on hand. Some can survive with less, while others need more. What is truly important is having the ability to understand your potential situations, and being honest enough with yourself to plan accordingly.
  • “Buy tons of guns in common calibers, 5.56, .308, 9mm,40 s&w, 45 acp, that way you will be able to scavenge ammo if you find places where people have left. Plus the military/police pick those cartridges because they are the best…) Hell, I will be the first pot to call the kettle black on this one, I sold firearms for a living for pete’s sake. I even sold firearms during the last Obama election and the 2013 ammo shortage, And I sold a lot of guns. I may have learned quite a things also. Lets say you own all 5 calibers I mentioned above, and you are left in a world that has gone to shambles… You happen upon a house and the doors are open, you decide to walk in and look for supplies. What will you find? My bet is nothing! There are 2 reasons why a person would abandon their home, 1: They decide to leave and travel towards some destination. 2: They were looted, and probably worse. Either way you’re not going to find ammunition. If you leave under your own free will and have firearms, you will pack all that ammo with you come hell or high-water. If the house was looted, you can bet that the culprits will take whatever has value, including the ammo. When the ammo shortage set in, it was pretty safe to say that those 5 calibers mentioned above were the first to be sold out (lets not talk about .22 long rifle, that is still a point of contention for me.) 25 different slots for 9mm, and all of them empty. What was on the shelf? .327 Federal Magnum, you know why? Because no one owned one, yet. I ended up selling a few for that reason alone, there were cases of ammo, it was less than a .357 magnum, more than a .38 spl. and you get 6 shots out of a revolver, not 5. The problem really levered on people knowing that there was a shortage, and hoarding like crazy. Common calibers were first to go, but it touched every round the same. Ammunition companies had to shut down some calibers for a period of time to keep up with demands of the popular ones, either way there were a lot less boxes of ammo on the shelf. So what is the answer? For me, it is to buy a caliber that you like to shoot, that you can afford to shoot, that you can find components to reload with , and learn to reload. Look at systems like the Lee loader pistol kit, or rifle kit, they are simple small kits that allow you to reload ammunition in about 30 seconds a  round. You won’t be breaking any speed records but you will be able to reload live ammo without having to haul you reloading bench with you. Bullets, powder, primers, a small mallet and a kit that is about the same size as your favorite Jetro Tull  8-track tape.Also take a look at Trail boss powder by hodgdon, it will work in just about everything. Another great option is to buy common calibers that aren’t really in the lime-light. 30-06 is a great one, plenty of ammo options, and every place that sells guns or ammo will have it. Other good options are, 30-30 Win, 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 win Mag, .270 Win., .243 Win… and the list goes on and on.
  • “Prepper’s are anti-government, and are all preparing for the collapse of civilization.” Sure, some maybe, I however am not. I do take the stance of liking smaller government, but I thoroughly appreciate our military, and law enforcement officials. They fight to keep our country free, and our family’s safe when we can not do it for ourselves. That is heavy burden, that comes with a lot of responsibility. They deserve much gratitude. And what will cause the collapse of our civilization anyhow? Will the infrastructure just totally collapse, and the whole land will fall into complete disarray and anarchy? Will the Government decide to eradicate the whole population? I refuse to believe either. We, when placed in stressful situations, push forward into a structured society, creating laws, protecting those that need it, and crafting civilization. We did it back in 1776, and we can do it again if be, it’s the American way.

So what is the correct answer? Take care of yourself, take care of your family, perpetuate better living through knowledge, understanding and practice. If the sun burns out, what does it matter if you have 500 gallons of gas? It doesn’t! If the power goes out and the gas pumps don’t work, whats important is to have your vehicle full, and enough spare fuel to last you through the pinch, thats being practical. Practical prepping is what our forefathers did.  Living in North Idaho the potential of losing power for 3 days at a time is pretty likely (it happened last year), there for I have enough food, water, dog food, medication, gasoline and cooking fuel to keep my family (including my parents who live a couple of miles down the road) going for at least 72 hours, without experiencing any sort of real discomfort.I have enough ammo to keep me busy for a while, and enough books to keep my wind working, and learning. If we can’t continue to learn, then we are completely lost. When you learn a new trick or skill, practice it until it is perfected, then share it with others that you care about, once they have it perfected, ask them to do the same to those they care about. Share fact, not misguided opinion, be honest and be truthful. Share that truth, and the truth shall set you free.

-Grant Willoughby 01/29/2017-

 

Lions and Tigers and Gear, Oh My!

As you read our blog at PWP you can see most of the articles are about a way of life.  Whether it be hunting, fishing, camping, surviving in the wild or urban environments, prepping food,  gardening, etc. we are also avid craftsmen.  We believe that gear is as personal as it gets and if you EDC (every day carry) or have packs at the ready you have no doubt spent plenty of time dreaming about a perfect item, or wished you had a better method of carrying an item or attaching it to another piece of gear.

This weeks article is just a short reminder that we at Post World Patriot have also felt that pain and frustration.  So if your still searching for that perfect gear or have a great idea you cannot find in the public market place be sure to send us a message and let us help you bring that dream to realization.  We currently make custom knives, custom knife scales, build personalized packs, bags and kits that contain only what you want and need.  Not stuffed with cheap or filler items that wont serve your individual needs.

Custom kydex sheath with tek lok for this beautiful BHK
Custom kydex sheath with tek lok for this beautiful BHK
Custom black walnut scales for a damascus tracker
Custom black walnut scales for a damascus tracker
Custom kirinite scales
Custom kirinite scales
Custom molle lock sheath for stiletto
Custom molle lock sheath for stiletto
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forged tomahawk
We the People ammo airbrushed ammo storage box
We the People ammo airbrushed ammo storage box
The CareTaker personalized all in one survival pack
The CareTaker personalized all in one survival pack

Why is your freezer empty…

If you are reading this on a Sunday, we can draw a couple conclusions…

Conclusion #1: There is a chance that you are a fantastic hunter. With archery elk opening on September 6th, archery deer opening on August 30th, and fall bear (you pick the weapon) being open since August 30th also, there is a chance that you have already tagged out on all of your big game for the year. Now you are just biding your time until October 1 so that you can slay a bunch of ducks and geese. If that’s you… Got any ideas how a fella could fill his freezer that you would like to share? If Not, then we can move on.

Conclusion#2: You  have been out hunting a few times already and are wishing that you had bought a B tag, and never decided to pursue critters with stick and string.You just needed a break. Hey I been there too my friend. There is a reason why people say that any animal that is harvested with a bow is a trophy, The amount of miles covered (quietly) and the amount of work entailed in  putting yourself into range with a bow is truly commendable. But you know as well as I do that the chances of shooting a critter from your couch are really limited. (If you regularly shoot critters from your couch, and you decide that you want to adopt a 33 year old fat guy… I might just know one. 🙂 )

Conclusion #3:You either go to church on Sundays, or Sunday is your “family day”. Both are acceptable answers, and I respect both answers equally. We would all love to spend every waking moment in the woods chasing dinner, but most of us have regular jobs that allow us very little free time. With only 2 days a week that don’t require a time clock, it is pretty hard to juggle your real priorities, God, Family, and Hunting! I personally try to limit my hunting excursions to one day out of the weekend (and boy is that hard to do when you got onto a good scrape the night before, or saw a ton of green heads land  just after shooting light  when you were picking up dec’s.) But, as for me at least, I feel that it is important to spend some time with the fam. Now when my boy gets old enough to carry a rifle and give it a go himself… Well, I should  just start apologizing to my wife now…

All things being considered, I think most people fall into group #3. That being said, It is always important to hedge your bet a bit by being proactive. So here are a few things that you can do before rifle season opens so that you don’t have to waste what little hunting time that you have getting ready.

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1: A man is only as sharp as his knife: It sounds silly, but a sharp knife is one of the most important items that any outdoors men can have, especially a hunter. With a little practice and a small sharpening kit you can maintain your own blades in almost no time, and its always better to start with a sharp blade and be able to touch it up. Believe me, having to sharpen your knife mid-deer stinks. You can take an hour or two (after work) and probably sharpen all the knifes and hatchets that you will need for your hunt. Another nice tool to have especially for game processing is  the Piranta knife made by Havalon. They are basically a gutting and field dressing knife that uses replaceable 2 3/4″ hermetically sealed scalpel  blades. If a blade gets dull or breaks, just swap the blade out. Is it a replacement for a good fixed blade knife? I don’t know that I would say that. But I do know a guy who raises buffalo, and it is the only knife that he uses for processing them out (field dressing and caping) and that says a lot.

ob32: Shoot your rifle: Its the easiest thing to take for granted. “It shot straight when I put it away last year.” Yes it did, but it has been stoved up in a case or gun cabinet since then, it has been cleaned and oiled, and maybe it has even been knocked around a little bit. I try to pull my shootin irons out a couple weeks before season starts and give them a good once over. Make sure all the screws are tight, run a few dry patches through the bore, then take it out and put a few rounds down range. if all goes right, the rifle prints right where I’m aiming. At this point I DO NOT clean the bore until hunting season is over, a bore that is clean and oiled will shoot to a different of impact then one that has been shot in. because of the residual oil,  rifles will tend to ( but not always) throw the first couple rounds high, due to less drag, and settle as they wear off the oil. Plus it gives you a little time to re-familiarize yourself with your fire arm. I know it is expensive (I shoot a .338 Win Mag for elk, and at $50+ a box I feel your pain) But if you cant afford to burn a half a box sighting in, you probably cant afford to hunt.

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3: Batteries, batteries, batteries: What do you have in your hunting kit that uses batteries? If you said everything you are correct! GPS, walkies, range finders, flashlights, head lamps, if your lucky… a camera. Yep, you already thought about those, but what about for your ATV and truck?  Make sure everything has a good battery in it, and make sure they are all charged up and ready. Foul weather brings out the worst in everything electronic. While your at it, maybe change the oil, air filter, and even throw a little fuel additive in the gas tank. Be prepared for all the challenges that arise in the field, you know what they say about an ounce of prevention…

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4:Packs and survival gear: This is by far the easiest and most fun pre-hunt preparation you can do. Dig out your pack frame, your hike pack (hopefully if you have been listening, your survival gear will already be in there. 😉 ) and check the condition of both, as well as what you have in inventory. Do it in the living room, in the middle of the floor and get the kids involved. If they see what it takes to do what you do, they will be super excited about it when they get to do it themselves. Matches, lighters, fire starters, knives, sharpening stones, tinder, game processing bags, meat sacks, something to boil water in… Its awesome, it is exciting, and its what you are about. Share the experience, if you don’t have kids, do it with your hunting buddies, when you compare and contrast what you carry, you may just learn something new, or you may get to share some lessons that you had to learn the hard way.

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5: Fellowship: I am very lucky to have a group of friends that share the same values as myself. In that, most of our conversations usually are about either hunting, fishing or guns. Big surprise huh? No, that’s not all that we talk about, but much like every road in Idaho leads to the bunco, all conversations lead to those topics. If you want to get ready to go on your fall hunts this year, I have a super easy recipe that will get you there. Grab a 6 pack, wrangle up your buddies, and talk about hunting. Talk about how much fun last year was. Talk about the ones you got, the ones that you missed, and about “the Big One” that you just know is out there. Talk about how good the coffee was in the morning, and how tasty the beer was when you got back to camp. Talk about hunting camp breakfast! Talk about how much it rained, or snowed or whatever. Reliving last years adventure is a sure way to wet the taste buds for this year. The memories that you make afield, are addicting. The more you make the more you want to make. Start a tradition and stick to it. Wouldn’t you love to be able to one day talk to your great grand children about your hunting adventures and show them a picture like the one above?

22 days… That is all the time left before opening day of Idaho’s general elk and deer season. The time is running down, fall is in the air. I wish you all the best of luck in all of your adventures, if you don’t hunt, that’s fine, fall pike  fishing is some of the best of the year, no to mention the steelhead run on the Clearwater. In whatever you do, make memories and traditions that will last a lifetime. Even one day in the field, will make the five days that you spend in the salt mines well worth it. Be safe, and good huntin’.

-Grant Willoughby 9/18/2016-

If you don’t want to have to hunt for your kids…

My advise is to take your kids hunting… or fishing…or on an atv/motocycle ride… or anything besides leaving them bored and un-stimulated. Why? Because children (more importantly YOUR children) have been studied, and researched since the beginning of study and research, to establish if the ol’ debate of “nature vs. nurture“has any basis.  Guess what? They figured out what we have already known… 51% of a child’s behavior, and existence is based upon the environment they grow up in . “So there is only a 2% difference between your  genetic predisposition and your learned traits? That doesn’t seem like much to bank on it does it?” I hear you question. Well pump the brakes on that thought for a minute… No wait… Slam the brakes to the floor and put that idea through the windshield. If I told you that I have developed a new gambling game, it cost $20 dollars, and if you win, you double your money. The win/loss ratio is set at 51%/49% in favor of the gambler. First off you would call me an idiot for making a game where the house doesn’t win. Then you would be the first person in line, the “odds” say that you will win more often then you lose. “Yeah, but that’s gambling, not raising children. Compare apples to apples will ya?” Ok, Lets say that you had 2 parents that are both world class athletes, and they have a child. Upon having the child they decide that it doesn’t fit into there life style and put it up for adoption. The child is adopted by a family who eats fast food regularly, and maybe doesn’t exercise as much as they should (read “not at all”). The child’s predisposition says that he or she should grow up to be fit and in good health, and more then likely have a fair amount of athletic potential. But without an outlet to further develop that predisposition, the child will most likely become someone who eats fast food, and doesn’t exercise enough. Nurture will always win that battle. Have you ever seen a Labrador retriever, that is “birdy as could be”, but then that dog goes to a house where no one hunts. The dog adapts to there new owner, and they may show moments of “the hunting dog that they once were”, but the other 99% of the time, they are just a jungle gym for the kids, and a good house pet. The same happens with children.”So what can I do about it, kid’s will be kids right?”

Stop right there and listen to what you just said. That makes no sense what so ever. I have had a son of my own for just a smidge over 5 years, but before that I ran after school and summer programs for North Idaho Youth for Christ. In our programs the predominate theme was kids that were either at-risk or that were already in trouble (Juvenile detention program etc.) and the recurring theme was a very simple one. Children, much like the dinosaurs in Jurassic park,  are willing to  test every inch of there boundaries, be they electrified fences or consistency of discipline. That goes for adults too, think about your daily life, how many of you drive 3 mph over the speed limit because you know that no cop will pull you over for such a small violation? Then because you got away with 3 mph, you try 5 mph, and get away with that too. Then its 7 mph and you get the ol’ flashing lights , license and registration dance going on. Then as you drive away (ticket in hand) you are upset because yesterday 5 mph over was Ok, and today 7 mph got you a ticket, after all it was just 2 mph over what that cop had seen you driving  yesterday. The real problem comes from the fact that you didn’t get a warning when you were making the small mistake. When you got away with something small, you wanted to know how far you can take it before you got in trouble, you are willing to keep testing the boundary until you find the end of the chain, and you don’t like the repercussions. If your a parent, and you tell your son or daughter to be home by 10:00 pm and you don’t scold them when they get home at 10:15, then what time will they get home tomorrow night? and the night after? and the night after that? I think you see where I’m going here.

“Yeah kids need rules, and discipline is important…Yadda, Yadda, Yadda.. But what the hell does that have to do with hunting?” Well that is simple, If you don’t hunt, plug in some activity that you are passionate about. As for me I love the outdoors, and all things associated with it. My son see’s my enthusiasm and want’s to be a part of it. As a small child he was introduced to the outdoors and fell head over boots for it. He sees me throw my pack into my truck or carry my decoys out and he knows that I am going hunting. He wants so badly to be apart of that passion, when I get home, he wants to hear every detail of the hunt. His toys consist of trucks with trailers, atv’s, dirt bikes, you name it, if it has anything to do with being in the wood’s, he wants it. (and thanks to the Grand parents, he probably has it:)) “So what does that have to do with raising a good kid?” This is my favorite part. You want to know a super good way to keep your keep from staying out til God knows when, doing God knows what on Friday night? Take them hunting at 0′ dark thirty Saturday morning. It’s a mean little trick isn’t it? If there love, or passion for something is great enough, and they have the ability to have the option, what will they pick? I’m guessing 99 times out of a hundred they will take the hunting, or fishing or what ever it is, over the hood-rat crap that there friends are doing, and you may be surprised that on some of those mornings, one of your child’s friends may be sitting on the front porch tackle box, rod and reel in hand, just waiting to go. “So your saying that if I spend time with my child, learning what his or her motivation is, then work that towards my favor I am guaranteed a good kid?” Absolutely… not. But what are your options? Look at children that grow up in difficult homes, some turn out great (mostly because they find some kind of outside the home “roll model”  or motivation (read “sports”) and build there own foundation from that) but for the most part they struggle growing though adolescence  and into adulthood. Do you think those same children, if given more attention and opportunity, would have had an easier time growing up? I sure do. When I was in high school I didn’t have a curfew, it wasn’t because my parents didn’t care, it was because my parents trusted me, and more times then not I would rather be at home. I never knew when Saturday morning may bring a little fishing or if I was really lucky, maybe an impromptu over night camping trip. My parents never had to walk the streets looking for me, all they had to do was holler down the stairs and I would be right up.

I guess what I’m trying to say to you is this, if you really want your children to live up to the expectations that you have for them, you had better live up to the ones they have for you. If you hunt everything that has fur or feathers, you owe it to your child to bag out on one day of going with your hardcore buddies, to take your kid. There is no place that brings family closer there sharing a passion for something. You want to know whats going on in your kids life? Try sitting in a duck blind with them. I will bet that 20 degrees and a 15 mph wind  (at 4 A.M.) will stir up the conversation rather quickly. You want to know how your kid is doing in school? Strap on the waders, and grab the fly rods. Find a quiet creek and let the current be your guide, and if you want your children to be honest with you, be honest with them. No matter how tough it may be at times. Just like Uncle Ted Nugent says “If you take your kids hunting, you wont have to hunt for your kids.” And that is a lesson that I think we can all take to heart.

-Grant Willoughby 8/14/2016-

lets all be seated…

I have been struggling with what to let loose down the post world patriot pipeline this week, I absolutely love to try to be funny, interesting and most of all I want to be informative to all of ya’ll. I would rather teach then give you a shame session.That isn’t my nature. But its pretty hard to speak to a point that no one wants to talk about, I want a conversation, not a monologue… But maybe I haven’t been open enough, maybe I haven’t been honest enough, maybe you don’t know me (by “ME” I mean a “Post World Patriot“). So this may be a little different blog post then before, and I hope that maybe me flexing my voice and opinions, will make you do the same. I feel that I have the ability to speak as the voice of PWP, which means (if you are reading this) that I am your voice too. So please find your seats. This is the sermon of the “Post World patriot”

My name is Grant Alexander Willoughby, I am in fact an ordained reverend,  I have actually married people… Kind of cool stuff huh? I spent quite a bit of time working for North Idaho Youth for Christ. ( about 6 years) working with kids that didn’t have a chance. That’s why I wanted to be a teacher when I got out of high school, went to NIC for a year, then decided it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to craft our youth, it was the fact that I couldn’t pay my bills with there salary (next time you go to a parent teacher conference be heartfelt and thank your kids teacher, there doing it because they love your kids, not for the money… Because there isn’t any.) Then I did a correspondence course and became a Gunsmith. Filling out paperwork to prove that I know about guns seemed a little redundant, but I finished a 9 month course in a little over 6 weeks, with scores that perplexed the makers of the program. I wasn’t learning anything, I was just proving what I already knew. And now I am a husband, a father, a son, a beer warehouse supervisor, and an active member of my community. But….

(You were waiting for the tie-in huh?) I am the “Post World Patriot“. Not that this was my idea, that’s not what I am saying at all. People, as a whole are “johnny come lately’s” PWP wasn’t something crafted because prepping was all the rage, or 2nd amendment , or organic farming, or hunting and gathering. “WE THE PEOPLE” have always done this, We didn’t start doing this when PWP  was created, We have always done this, and a name finally  came about. We didn’t invent PWP, it was a living brand of our lives. It isn’t a group to join, its a support group for those that do. Teach, learn, and grow everyday. Be honest, Love and learn. Stand on your own two feet… and have support in us. Want to know the best caliber pistol to carry? The best way to carry it? How to start a fire with a maxi-pad and a plastic bag filled with urine? how about how to get your Kids outdoors? I want to share the skills that I have, and I would love to know yours. That I owe 100% to my parents and my raisin’, I have always been a Post World Patriot, Kris, And Brad would explain there upbringing the same way. We don’t do this, this is who we are. We are as different as you could imagine. Kris has a way of interpreting things that goes without explanation. If he were a super hero, his super-hero persona would be “Mr. Matter-a-fact” he believes in two things… right and wrong, they create a balance, and are both needed. But he does, and teaches, the right way… no matter what the cost, and the pain you have to endure to get there. You earn your knowledge. Brad, if you have never met him, is as charismatic as they come, he doesn’t know a stranger. He is a good father and husband, and the life style that he lives is what he wants his children (and yours) to be blessed with. His gifts are yours, just ask. Now I have to explain me, and I don’t like doing that. I’m not perfect, In fact I might be the farthest from plumb pillar in PWP. I am both sides at once, if you hop up in my truck you may listen to Killswitch Engage,  Merle Haggard or Bubba Sparxx, I don’t feel a need to fit into any idea, all I can do is be me. With an open heart ill give you my last nickle, and my last breath (I can’t thank my parents enough for instilling that ability in me) I know about a couple things, if your willing to learn, I am willing to teach. And vice-versa… Hopefully. What I’m trying to say is that “Post World Patriot” isn’t something that we take lightly, It is the idea that makes us believe that tomorrow can be better then today, it is the mortar that holds our foundation together, preserving the foundations  of freedom. “We The People” are a community, we are a revolution,  We are an embodiment of tomorrows hopes, we are family… Warts and all. I hope that I am as important to you, as you are to me. This is our chance to do something that matters, to be a part of something that changes not only our lives, but tomorrows generation too. Remember when the United States was the land of opportunity? It can be that way again. Remember when you could leave the front door open, or your truck doors unlocked without worrying about being robbed blind? We can still have that. It will just take some work. Stay the True North, don’t falter, when we do whats right, we become what is right. No matter the burden, always stay true not only to yourself, but to what you represent… “We The People”…  AMEN!

-Grant Willoughby 7/24/2016-

A country boy can survive…

Lately my Blogs have grown long and pretty serious. This week I will try to refrain from both. I think its time that we lighten up a bit. But if you guys have anything that you would like us to do some research about and throw into a blog, leave us a comment. For that matter, if you just like what we have already done, leave us a comment too. Video ideas? How about you leave us a comment? Maybe I should do a review on shovels, for all the digging I’m doing for a comment here folks. I want to keep the Post World Patriot fire burning, and as much as I like to run my unfiltered mouth through my finger tips, I want to write about something that interests you. And if you are already a loyal reader of my nonsense, and you appreciate what we are doing as a PWP community, then share us with your friends. As we learn more together and we grow as a family, we all get closer to true enlightenment. But as for now your just going to get good ol’ fashioned run-on, over-hyphenated, Grant speak. lets let-er-rip tater-chip!

  Hank Williams Jr. said that all you need is a shotgun, a rifle, and a 4 wheel drive and a country boy can survive… And that’s one hell of a starter kit. But you and I both know that that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Cool beans, you got a rifle and you shot a deer for food, but how are you going to clean and butcher it without a knife? I don’t know if you have ever tried to clean a critter with a shotgun or  a 4 wheel drive, but it ain’t easy brother! (Notice I said it ain’t easy, I never said it was impossible 😉 ) So what I am going to do is go through my list of mandatory items for survival. Yes I will start with the the trinity ,with explanations for each, But then I will add a few of my own.

  1. shotgunShotgun. Everyone needs a shotgun. Period. Some will say that a shotgun is grossly overrated as a weapon, to that I would simply say “prove it”. A shotgun is one of the most versatile weapons ever created, even without the ability to aim every single pellet individually, a shotgun lays a swath of destruction that almost nothing can compete with. Shotguns bank on the laws of averages and math. Without going to far into multiple-hit theory and cumulative-kinetic energy, lets just agree that even a load of #8’s out of your lowly shot-sucker is pretty impressive. And name me another weapon that can be used for as many purposes. From hummingbirds, to home defense to charging bears (with proper shot selection of coarse), its pretty hard to find a match for a good shotgun.
  2. weatherbyRifle. Those that spend any amount of time in the great outdoors, know the true value of a rifle. From gathering food, to protecting the homestead from vermin(be they 4 legged or 2) its hard to beat a good rifle. Especially if you own a rifle in an easy to find caliber. In selling firearms, I have sold literally hundreds of rifles, In every caliber from .17 hmr to .50 Bmg, but the caliber that I sold the most of was the good ol’ 30-06 springfield. Why?  Well it has been said that the aught 6 is about the most recoil that the average shooter can handle, And to an extent I can agree. I personally have quite a few rifles that kick harder, but for a new shooter the 110 year old cartridge seems to cover just about every situation. With standard bullet weight from 150-220 grains, everything walking the  north american continent (save for the largest of coastal bears) is fair game. And the ammo is still reasonable priced, and readily available. Everyone should own at least one rifle…for each member of there family… in each caliber. Oh boy here I go again.
  3. 4x44-Wheel drive.Maybe my opinion is just super skewed because I live in North Idaho, But I cannot imagine owning a vehicle that isn’t 4-wheel drive. I know someone will come out of the wood work and say that a good front wheel drive car with studded snow tires can go almost anywhere that a 4×4 will. The imperative word in that statement is “almost”, Yes a front wheel drive car does better on the snow and ice then a real wheel drive car does, but lets be honest here, do you really believe that your 2010 Honda civic will go anyplace that my 1993 Ford F-350 crewcab 4×4 will?  Sure my truck can get stuck just like anything else, but it has 2 things going for it that are hard to replace: Ground clearance, and 4 tires pushing me where I want to go. “But I live in California, and I have no need for a big gas sucking truck” Yes you do, you should trade in your Prius, and get a truck, then load all of your belongings into it, then move out of California. Quality of life greatly improved just by buying a truck. Funny how stuff like that works.
  4. randallA Good Knife. Ok you will probably want more then one, but lets start off with one. A good knife is a tool that it is almost impossible to live without.From cleaning critters to making dinner, a knife is a must have. A good fixed blade knife is hard to beat, They range in price from $35 dollars to pretty much as much as you would want to spend. Think of it as an investment, if you buy a solid knife made with quality components (quality steel blade, quality handle material etc) and you take care of it (keep the blade sharp and free of rust) it will outlast you and provide many lifetimes of service.
  5. 10-22A .22 lr.  Everyone needs a .22, from honing your skills at the target range, to use as a hunting instrument, a .22 lr. (pistol or rifle) is really hard to beat. Even with the elevated prices that have now become standard on ammo, the .22 is still pretty reasonable to shoot, and it is still probably one of the easiest calibers to introduce a new shooter with. Plus they are just a ton of fun, its amazing the accuracy that you can muster out of such a tiny cartridge. Everyone remembers there first .22, and all of the adventures they had because of them. Why do we all throw one in when we head up into the woods? Because its tradition, and just in case you get stopped by the country boy inspector, you don’t want to get demoted for that one.
  6. ms261cmA Chainsaw. No Self-respecting red blooded American, would even consider themselves a country boy without a good chainsaw. Just saying chainsaw makes me smile, I recorded the sound of my chainsaw and I use it as the ringer on my phone for petes sake! I had a hand me down McCulloch  pro mac 10-10 for years, it was given to my Dad 40-some-odd years ago by a guy who worked at the factory. That saw is HEAVY, but it always starts on the third pull, and in all the years of service, we have never even had to change a plug on it. Just sharpen the chain and cut. But last year I decided to make the investment and get a newer saw. I ended up getting a lightly used (were talking all of the stickers from Ace hardware store are still intact and still on the original factory air filter and plug) Stihl MS290. I know that the 290 is not a pro-level saw, but holy nuggets man, the new saws are awesome. With a 20″ bar and a 55.5 cc motor, the saw rips. anytime I head up in the woods I throw my saw in, it doesn’t matter how good your 4-wheel drive is, if there is a big log across the road, your adventure is over.
  7. fnxA Pistol. You need a pistol, there is no way around it. caliber isn’t as important as some would lead you to believe, but a quality pistol is definitely a good investment towards your country boy merit badge. Be it a revolver, or a semi-auto it doesn’t matter. Just get one that you love, carry it always and shoot it constantly. If you hunt, a sidearm  (in my mind at least) is a necessity, not only for personal protection, but also for dispatching game humanely. If you have ever tried to deliver the coup de grace from close range with a .338 Win mag you will know what I mean.
  8. gloomisA decent fishing pole. If only once in your life, buy a decent fishing pole. Not that there is anything wrong with a store assembled combo, but there is something special about searching out the correct rod for you. I personally like a 7′ 2-piece medium spinning rod, and a decent midsize spinning reel that holds a fair amount of 10-12 pound test line. I want it to balance well, be light enough to be able to cast it all day, but have enough backbone to be able to horse pike or bigger bass off of the bottom. If you primarily fish for pan fish (perch, crappy, blue gill etc.) you may want a lighter profile rod with extra length for casting smaller lures, if you primarily target catfish you may want a heavy weight rod that is built for presenting huge baits on the bottom. No matter what you target you owe it to yourself to use the right equipment, you wouldn’t use your kid’s sled and try to qualify for Olympic bobsled, the same can be said for using a down-rigger combo to ice fish. Can you do it? Sure. Would it be more enjoyable with the right gear?  You bet.

Maybe all you really need is a shotgun, rifle, and a four wheel drive, but if I’m going, I’m gonna be loaded for bear, There are plenty of other things that I would have liked to put on my country boy list, I love my ATV, and don’t get me started on bows, arrows, muzzle loaders, air-boats, brush burners, loud guitars, a good dog and mud tires, but that’s just me I guess. The most important factor in country boy survival is (and always has been) the want to survive. Be proactive in your quest for knowledge, be prepared, and surround yourself with others that are striving for the same goal. Learn from, and teach each other daily, become well rounded, and most off all never lose your drive, not only to survive, but to thrive.

-Grant Willoughby 07/17/2016-