Episode-51- TSP Rewind – All About Ballistics and Ammunition Components

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-382- All About Ballistics and Ammunition Components and was originally published on February 19, 2010.

I get a very large number of questions about ballistics terminology, cartridge specific questions and a lot of questions from very new or even aspiring first time gun owners. Well today I am going to help you with the “ballistics code” so to speak. Often you can hear a conversation between two experienced rifleman and it sounds almost like a foreign language. So today I will tell not just what many of these terms mean but why they matter and even why some don’t matter that much at all.

Tune in Today as we Discuss…

  • What is bullet vs. what is a cartridge vs. what is a case
  • What is trajectory
  • What is ballistic coefficient
  • Why more velocity or a lighter bullet is often not the answer
  • What is sectional density
  • What is expansion, why does it matter
  • What is a magnum round vs. a non magnum round
  • What do all the numbers mean
  • Why is a 38 Special a “special”
  • How can a 38 Special be the same caliber as a .357 magnum
  • What is necking up or necking down
  • How are most “new” rifle rounds created
  • How can a short 308 be almost as powerful as a 30-06

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Death in a Lonely Land – By Peter Capstick – Item of the Day

deathEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book Death in a Lonely Land, by Peter Hathaway Capstick.  Most of Capstick’s books are now in limited printing or simply being sold on what is left in stock.  So the hard covers are all over 20 dollars.  Some of the first editions I own are now worth over a hundred dollars.  But fortunately almost all of them are now on kindle and can be had at more affordable prices.

This one, Death in a Lonely Land is one of his best as it is a collection of shorter stories from Africa and across the globe.  Hair raising dangerous game stories of a time since passed.  Capstick’s work took up where famed writer Robert Ruark’s ended.

He was an amazing guy, with a really amazing life.  After a short career as a Wall Street stockbroker, Capstick headed to Latin America, where he traveled widely while hunting and fishing.

A few years later he returned to New York, where he founded a business arranging professionally guided hunting trips. Shortly thereafter, he took a position as hunting and fishing director of Winchester Adventures. In that capacity he made his first trip to Africa in 1968.  Subsequently, he worked as a professional hunter and game ranger in Zambia, Botswana, and Rhodesia.

He became a successful author in the 70s, wrote many books and was a featured writer for many magazines including Guns and Ammo and Sports Afield.  His books make you feel as though you are there, tracking the leopard or dodging the angry buffalo.

Sadly in 1996 at only 56 years of age he died of heart complications.  His work though lives on in his writing.  Also fans of this podcast owe Death in a Lonely Land a special little debt.  You see one of the last little stories in this book is about biltong.  Capstick describes his craving for the stuff while living in his semi retirement in Florida.

He discovers that he can simply hang red meat, dredged in apple cider vinegar and coated with salt, pepper and coriander in his home and in 7-14 days have wonderful biltong.  No stupid “biltong box” or dehydrator required.  In most instances just hang it, if it is abnormally humid just point a fan at it.   Sound familiar.

Yes Capstick didn’t just make me love hunting even more, he didn’t just let me travel to hunt Lions, Leopards and Jaguars with him, he also taught me about biltong, a debt I can never repay.  I will warn you though if you pick up Death in a Lonely Land you man find yourself like me, with every book the man wrote in your library or in your electronic collection.

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Episode-50- TSP Rewind – 15 Items for the Prepper Kitchen and How to Use Them

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, 15 Items for the Prepper Kitchen and How to Use Them and was originally published on July 5th, 2016.

Today we are back after the 4th of July with the number one voted on show for July’s Tuesday “Just Jack” shows. I didn’t really expect this topic to do well, it was just something on a lark, may be people will like it.

One of the Greatest Kitchen Tools You Can Ever Own

One of the Greatest Kitchen Tools You Can Ever Own

Though as I have often said cooking may be the most relevant of all modern survival topics in our daily lives. The benefits are numerous, real, relevant and frankly immediate.

Think about cooking this way, it is the preparation or preservation of food. What is more relevant to our daily survival and long term welfare than that?

Additionally it has both immediate and long term positive impacts on our wallets and our health. Show me a family that eats out 5 times a week and I will show you one bleeding money. Show me a family that eats processed foods 5 times a week and I will show you one destroying their health.

Do you realize that in some households no one ever actually cooks anything. I know of families where 100% of food is restaurant, take out or delivery. Seriously!

The thing with cooking is it can be intimidating. No one wants to mess up and make a bad meal. Want the secret to cooking, GET THE F OVER IT and just drive on. To this day I still occasionally screw something up, over cook something, make it too spicy for my wife, etc. I never even let people tell me something is good when I know I did something wrong. But the way forward is “duly noted, don’t do that again, move on”.

Today we look at 15 items for your kitchen, how to use them and how they fit into making great food at home, storing food for the future and enjoying it all at the same time.

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Camp Chef Ranger II Table Top Stove – Item of the Day

stove

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Camp Chef Ranger II Table Top Stove.  I break down the value of this stove into four distinct areas.

First if you are on electric for your stove and the power goes out you do not want to try to run your range with your generator, unless you have a huge one.  Running a coffee maker puts a hit on a small gen set let alone a stove.  So it is back up cooking for those of you with electric.

Second is for the camper that “truck camps”.  I mean this is no back packing stove but mostly when I camp now I have my truck with me.  So between this stove and my Steven Harris battery system in my truck box, I feel like I am on grid.

Third is for you folks with electric stoves even when you do have power.  Look cooking on gas is just a hell of a lot more fun then electric.  This little thing has as much power as my gas range in my kitchen.  Many home cooks would love to have a gas range but just don’t have gas service and a big propane pig is not practical.  This is the next best thing.

Fourth is what I consider life style enhancement for all of us.  Let’s say it is a beautiful morning on a non work day.  You and your family want a nice breakfast.  Well go out on the porch or the deck and cook outside.  Just set this guy up on a table and get to work.  Get yourself a nice French Press and boil some water and make coffee or hot tea to go with it.

adapterA quick note, this stove comes with a hose and is designed to run on 20 gallon grill sized propane tanks.  If you want to run small one pound cans (which is really convenient for this stove) you need to add the small bottle adapter to your order.

I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the value of the Camp Chef Ranger II Table Top Stove.  It really blows me away that you can get a portable two burner stove that cooks as nice as my 1200 dollar range in my kitchen does for under 100 bucks.  And like everything I recommend it is very highly rated on Amazon with 4.5 star with over 130 reviews.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

Episode-2101- Dr. Ken Berry on Lies Your Doctor Told You

Dr Berry has practiced family medicine in a rural Tennessee town for over a decade.

During that time he has been collecting lies. Lies told to patients by doctors, perhaps well-meaning, but unfounded in either science or research.

Lies My Doctor Told Me is the book, to be released in October, that documents these medical lies.

Although board certified as an allopathic physician in Family Medicine, Dr Berry’s practice has grown into a Functional practice, focuses in prevention and optimization.

Dr. Berry states it this simply,

“Doctors should consider themselves honor-bound to tell patients only things proven to work, but they very often stray from this. Doctors should study the research around any medication before they prescribe it, but they usually don’t.

There are a long list of nutritional and pharmaceutical recommendations that doctors give their patients that actually do or have done harm. I believe this is a big part of the reason people are reaching out to other forms of healing, and avoiding the doctor.  Good health and nutrition are the bedrock, without them you can’t prepare for anything else”.

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The Quail Tracker System is Here – Order Yours Now

As promised Brad Davies, Steve Larkin and I have officially launched the Quail Tracker System via KickStarter. This system has been developed over two years. When you see it you may wonder why it took so long as it looks somewhat simple.

The reality is we used it, we tweaked it, we made it better, we used it some more. We found every problem we could, solved that problem then, used it some more, found more problems and eventually got this system to do everything and anything you could ask of it.

Our primary goal with our system was to make raising poultry profitable, fun, easy and doable in any backyard in America. We wanted anyone from the person with a full on permaculture backyard. To the person living dead center of a Tyrannically run HOA headed up by the worst Bluehairs you could imagine. To be able to produce meat and eggs and improve the quality of their land while doing so.

And We Are Already about 2/3rds of the Way to Our Goal!

That’s right with only a posting to facebook and a mention on yesterdays show the Quail Tracker Project is already about 2/3rds funded and we are within striking distance of our goal!  And we still have 19 days to hit it.  So you know we are going to!

That means you should consider getting a system for yourself perhaps two.  If you do by spring you could be doing the following.  Raising the best quality meat and eggs for your family and improving your land and making compost all at the same time.  And doing it with birds getting to behave like birds.  Out in the yard, eating bugs, weeds, seeds, etc. and enjoying their lives, and blue hairs be damned, they are just your pets.  Quiet pets by the way that no one can see in a backyard unless they are peering over your fence!

Quail really are the perfect back yard poultry. They are quiet, they qualify as “pets” where that is an issue and frankly our system makes it likely no one will know you have them anyway. They are very easy to breed, incubate and brood and grow to meat harvest size in 6 weeks and start laying eggs at 7 weeks. If you keep them under lights (easily done with cheap solar yard lights) with at least 14 hours of light a day, well fed and watered the average hen will give you 28-30 eggs per month, every month.

Our Quail Trackers are light enough that even the average 12 year old child can move it easily to the next location. The material is a very high end cage material that is hard to even buy unless you are commercial builder.  The wire is coated with a completely non toxic material that makes it easy on your animals, in other words, no foot lacerations or “bumble foot” to deal with. Well cared for our Trackers will last for decades, they will never rust and can be cleaned by simply hosing them off under a spray nozzle.

It really is the ultimate backyard egg and meat production machine.  To learn more and get your Quail Trackers on order today visit our Kickstarter Page and select the options you want today.

P.S. – The Quail Tracker System is the first product being released by our new company called Perpetual Food Systems, LLC with our website located at www.homefoodsystems.com

You can expect more to come from our company as we seek to empower Americans to once again feed themselves from their own back yards.

Frontier Organic Lemon Pepper – Amazon Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Frontier Organic Lemon Pepper.  As always I recommend buying herbs/spices by the pound, buying by the ounce is a suckers game.  Also while I don’t eat 100% organic, I feel in this case you really should. 

Lemon pepper is made with lemon zest (the yellow part of the peel).  The citrus industry is one of the most heavy users of pesticides in the world.  When you think about these things being sprayed and the out side of the peel being removed and eaten, well, if you want a conventional product go for it.

Okay so as you might imagine this one is going to come with a recipe, but not just any recipe, the best lemon pepper herb chicken you will ever and I mean ever eat.  If you are making a lot just double the recipe, and it will work with any chicken but I formulated this for either boneless skinless thy or breast.  If you are doing breast cut it into thinner and smaller slices before starting.

Jack’s Lemon Pepper Herbed Chicken

  • 1/3rd cup of olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon and the zest
  • 2 oz of white wine
  • 2 tsp of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp of lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary (if it is large needles crush it with your fingers a bit)
  • 1/2 tsp of basil
  • About 1 teaspoon of dry mustard – or as much as you need to emulsify.
  • Skinless boneless chicken (as much as you want to make, the above will do about 4 breast halves or about 8-10 thy cutlets.

Wait?  What the heck is emulsify?  Okay this marinade is made of oil, lemon juice, wine and rice vinegar.  Do you know what happens when they are put together, well in short they don’t get together.

The wine, vinegar and lemon juice all blend and the oil floats on top.  How can we get a good uniform marinade like that?  Well we can’t!  So we need an emulsifier, this lets us blend an oil and a water based liquid and keep them together.  For instance mayonnaise is an emulsification.  Made mostly of eggs and oil.  This emulsification is much easier though.  The dry mustard will allow us to mix oil and the other liquids and suspend them while keeping the mustard flavor very low compared to “prepared mustard”.

So take a ball jar and put all the ingredients except the chicken into it.  Put the lid on and shake the hell out of it.  Like for a good 45 seconds to a minute.  Stop shaking and let it sit for about a minute, take a look and see if the liquids stay mixed.  It is normal for the herbs to settle some but the liquids should not separate.  If all is well continue, if it is separating give it another bit of dry mustard and repeat.

Put all your chicken into a large zip lock bag, shake the marinade one more time to get the herbs all suspended again and dump it into the bag.  Push most of the air out of the bag, massage the bag and work the marinade all over everything.  Put in a bowl (in case it leaks, which would suck without the bowl) and put it in the fridge.  Leave it over night, a few times during this period massage up the bag and flip it over.

The next day remove the chicken and put it on a few paper towels for about 30 minutes at room temp.  This is important or you will be frying in a pool of oil and it will be hard to get  good brown.  Then fry in a pan of your choice or grill until done.  Don’t over cook it!  Cook to 145 if you use an instant read thermometer, but I can just tell when it is done by feel.

You can make this with any lemon pepper and it will be very good, you may find yourself addicted to it.  But if you want a superior organic product consider adding Frontier Organic Lemon Pepper to your pantry today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Episode-49- TSP Rewind – Raising Quail with MoonvalleyPrepper

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1071- Raising Quail for Eggs and Meat with MoonvalleyPrepper and first published on February 14, 2013.

The following are the original show notes from that episode with additional links mentioned in today’s intro segment.

MonvalleyPrepper (aka Brad Davies) is a long time member of the TSP audience and community.

A few months ago he chimed in on a comments thread here at the TSP Blog about raising quail When I heard the shear volume of production in such a tiny foot print I knew I had to get him on the air.

Coturnix Quail Eggs with a Chicken Egg for Scale.

Coturnix Quail Eggs with a Chicken Egg for Scale.

It got better though! Next, I heard he lived in the suburbs, had neighbors on either side. That inspire of that he was able to produce in the range of 20,000 eggs a year and hundreds of meat animals.

Now get this his neighbors didn’t even know they were there!

Once I heard all that I knew how important this could be for other preppers. I also realized it might be a solution for many of our members that want to homestead in the city or the burbs and not call down the wrath of code enforcement officials or blue hairs running the local HOA.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • The basic process from start to finish
  • Setting up housing and equipment
  • Getting incubation of your eggs right
  • Inputs and outputs of the system
  • Specific suburban issues to consider
  • Using quail tractors or going large scale
  • Breeding to improve stock and culling to curb undesirable traits
  • Avoiding common getting started/first season mistake
  • Some specific equipment and feed recommendations

Links Mentioned in Today’s Intro Segment

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Bird Specific Resources for Today’s Show

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Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light.  I have to say this is one of  the most unique ways I have ever come to learn about a product.

I received an email from a guy that said he found one of these up in a drop ceiling doing some work at a customers building.  Given it was long abandoned with dead batteries he took it home.  Found that it took 3 AAA batteries and popped a set in, his first thought were “man this thing is bright”, his second thought was I wonder how much they cost.  A simple web search led him to find this amazing little light is only about 8 bucks.  He then emailed me about it.

I ordered two, and now I will be ordering more.  This little thing is just slick, super light weight and fits in a shirt pocket easily enough.  The base is flat so it will stand up on any flat surface and the clip has a magnet so it will both stick to metal or you can hang it on anything convenient in the area.

Many years ago (like in the mid 90s) I did a lot of cabling work in buildings for computer systems, I can tell you exactly why this thing was up in a ceiling, it would be GOLDEN for work like that!

How bright is this thing, try 170 lumens with only three measly AAA batteries.  To really get how bright that is see the video below.

One note, for some reason the description of this light says it is made with aluminum and that the base is magnetic.  There are definitely errors there.  The body is a good quality plastic and the magnet is in the clip not the base.  I checked and there are other colors of this light on Amazon, there are also like 4 packs of various colors.  None of those listings have these errors.

So why am I linking to the one with errors?  First because I do believe it is an error not a deception.  I have learned that this light is very well known in the electronics and computer world so I doubt they are trying to trick anyone.

The bigger reason is because this one is the BEST PRICE I can find, that is why.  The price on this is 8.53 with free shipping.  All the other single listings are over 9 bucks.  So this is simply the best deal.

Well unless you want 4?  Pretty close to the same price but you can get a 4 pack in 4 different colors 32.99 with free shipping, which is 8.24  piece.  So the 4 pack would save you $1.13 on four.  Not huge but a buck is a buck and likely you are going to want 4 of these things, I think they should be in every tool box, tackle box, range box and glove box personally.

So whether you just want to pick up 1 or 2 for 8.53 a piece, or you want to get a 4 Pack for 32.99 check out the Nebo 6350 Larry Work Light, it deserves a place in your kit and on your homestead.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

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Episode-2100- Ben Fitts on Cryptocurrency and Crypto Gulch

Ben Fitts founder of Crypto Gulch joins us today to discuss his new company and cryptocurrency in general.  Ben and I have worked together in various ways since the 1990s on many projects and business ventures.  So when he told me that he was launching a cryptocurrency mining service I was quick to want to learn more.

Over the past few months we have worked together to determine the best path forward for Crypto Gulch from a service and pricing structure.  While I have no official ownership position in Crypto Gulch Ben has been very open to my advice on some tweaks and I feel together we have set things up in a very good way.

Ben is also very tied into cryptocurrency and let me know about a lot of really interesting things going on in the space during this interview.  This includes some thoughts on Dubai’s new currency EM Cash and a potential new Russian coin called the cryptoruble.

We also discuss another pending Bitcoin fork, wallets, exchanges and more.  I am pretty sure this interview will be very informative on cryptocurrency in general and will also give those interested a better understanding of Crypto Gulch at the same time.

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