Episode-1183- Listener Calls for 8-9-13 — 31 Comments

  1. Jack:
    I had a similar problem with the 5 gallon water bottles and I switched to a 4 gallon Sams water bottle, they are BPA and tough as nails, I have dropped them full of water on concrete and it only left a small dent in it, I don’t know if it’s stronger because it’s a gallon smaller or if the Sam’s brand is just tougher

  2. the MT Knives stakeholder program sounds awesome! i am definitely considering this. when you mentioned the price point of $500 – $600 i was genuinely surprised. i was thinking more along the lines of 1k or more. if it stays around that price i think it will be an easy sell to the wife.

    i think the benefits of helping get patrick started on his own for good, the quality of the product, and the potential to have a little residual income down the road are great and something i really look forward to learning more about, and hopefully taking advantage of.

    i tried to connect with a local knife maker through a mutual friend and i thought we hit it off but i haven’t heard from him since. it looks like regardless of what happens with me and the stakeholder option i have found a new knife maker for myself.

    • Not to be a bitch of The Man, but are we sure this is legal? I thought public offers of stakes in private corps had to be to “qualified investors” meaning net worth > $2M and/or annual income > $200k/yr. Not trying to be a party pooper, but wanna keep it on the up & up before anyone gets involves & gets disappointed.

      • i don’t see how ‘the man’ has any say in what a group of people do for another one. to me it would seem like it’s a private contract between two people. in this case it’s 100 private contracts between two people.

        if the stipulations that you listed where true then only people who are doing ‘well’ would be allowed to invest. also given jack’s track record i don’t think he would be advocating something illegal like that.

      • Yes it is legal because it is a membership with privileges. We don’t covey rights with this program, just privileges.

  3. Hey, Jack. That MT knives thing is EPIC. I saw on the site that the price for buying in is only 549 dollars? Holy CRAP, man, I was thinking this was gonna be at least in the 1000-1500 range. My only problem now is I’m terrified I won’t get in on this before it sells out on day one. I would sign up this damn second if I could.

  4. Re: the Lady who is having problems with her Ar-15″not feeling right”is probably not holding it as trained in the military. You are spot on that.I don’t think its a size problem. I am a nearly 60 yrs old women, at 5ft 4 ins, and 125lbs. I love my AR. My husband is a Vietnam vet, and shot thousands of rounds through his M-16 rifle. Our youngest son, 28yrs old is an 8 yr Marine, and still active duty. Both of these men, have trained me on my AR-15, and the right way to shoot it. and all my guns. As my everyday carry Glock 19, my concealed carry Glock 26, and my back up carry Ruger LCP. Each gun is different,and you just need to practice.I think she needs to get training from someone with military background to help her.I think with proper training, she will come to love her AR. And no you didn’t sound like a jerk, you were just being real.

  5. Last year I got a 2010 Jetta TDI for my girlfriend with 77k miles. I checked the Carfax and it was all highway mileage between California and Texas. Just last month I purchased a 2009 Jetta TDI for myself with 27k miles. Talk about lucky finding that gem.

    Back to the diesel topic, the injectors create a finer spray and improvements in the glow plugs help the new trucks start better. This is from one of our GM diesel techs here at the shop. Hope that helps!

  6. Jack, if you go back and listen again I said six position stock on the AR15. I did kind of mumble it but I listened to it twice and heard it the second time. The funny thing is, I think your advice still works out well. I talked to her about it today after the show and she said that it was not the position, rather the large ear muffs that she was wearing at the time that threw her off. They kept her from getting a proper head/neck position on the rifle. I guess we are going to go to ear plugs now so hopefully that solves the problem. Thanks.

    • I have always found that ear muffs get in the way of a proper cheek weld. The low profile ones are better…….but for shooting rifles, or shotgun, I always prefer ear plugs.

      Just a general statement, to Jack and anyone else who may be trying to teach someone proper form when firing an AR (Tip of nose to charging handle). It should be made clear to the uninitiated shooter…. that they are NOT going to be hurt by recoil.
      Everyone knows to tell new shooters of any other type of rifle NOT to put their eye right up to the scope, or NOT to hold the butt plate out away from their shoulder (because they will get hurt), and a lot of new or inexperienced shooters instinctively know that recoil can hurt them, so they are a bit timid when it comes to figuring out how to properly hold a weapon.
      So it is important for new AR shooters to understand that they will NOT be hurt by recoil…then they can concentrate on proper hold, site picture, breathing, trigger squeeze, safety…………

  7. And no I’m definitely not mad. I asked you for help. If I became mad about how you tried to help then thats my fault not yours.

  8. Regarding magazine springs:

    About a year ago, I had 2, standard, 30 round, GI mags that had remained fully loaded for a little over 4 years. Both magazines performed flawlessly when I loaded them into my AR15 and sent all 60 rounds down range. I reloaded the same mags for more shooting fun, and they continued to feed rounds into my rifle without fail.

    I keep several magazines (GI and PMAG) loaded all the time and they’ll sit for several months before being used. I have never had a magazine spring fail.

    Also, during my 10 years of service in the Infantry and 5 years in law enforcement, I don’t recall ever having a failure to feed due to a bad magazine spring.

    I hope this helps.

    • Regarding springs:

      Hickock45 addressed this. Sounds like unloading and loading all the time would actually do the damage rather than leaving them compressed. And it still may be minimal.

      Good channel. This video doesn’t have a lot of content but others are very informative.

  9. A thought on today’s call about earning extra money packaging food and selling with o2 absorbers in buckets. I have for several friends and family gone to their homes, purchased the needed supplies and food and packaged it for them to maintain as emergency stock. I did not do this for a fee but simply out of concern for my friends and family. This could be a potential business opportunity for the caller. An advantage to this as a potential business model as I see it is the customer gets to see and inspect all food items prior to packaging. Another advantage I see is as I did with my family/friends before starting the process we talked about what these families ate on a regular basis and what their cooking ability was. This is an added value that one would not get simply by buying more expensive long term food items online. No offense but I personally would not buy a bucket of food someone packaged at home and sold at a flee market. Finding customers might be a challenge but I am amazed at how many of my non-prepper friends have been more than happy to recieve this help while they covered the cost of the project. Just a thought.

  10. Regarding the drug testing: The gentleman should remind his wife and daughter that refusing to run around the field carrying a bat over your head doesn’t get you thrown out of school (or into jail) like failing a drug test does. Also, there are no false positives involved with refusing to carry a bat over your head.

    • Yea well that might be true if you can show me one student athlete prosecuted for popping positive on a drug test unless say there were already on probation for drug use or something similar.

      On false positives it does happen but it is quite rare, in any event every school, employer and agency I know of has always allowed an immediate retest to rule out a false positive.

      I haven’t heard of a student kicked out of school over this either but I am sure that could happen. Flatly though while I would support an effort to change this policy it won’t happen now and the girl must decide because by the time the battle is won or lost her years of playing may be past her, indeed if she is good college scholarships may be lost.

      People think scholarships are all about guys and football or basketball but talented young girls have real opportunities with colleges, specifically in soccer and believe it or not volleyball. I have several friends with girls at great universities on full scholarships for both sports.

      I try to say this all the time, as libertarians there are two worlds we exist in. The way we know it should be, we live in this world when we are on our own land or where we can live on our own terms. Then there is the world as it is and when we want to coexist with others in institutions like public schools, etc.

      We have three choices in regard to that world…

      1. In some instances we really don’t have a choice we do have to be involved and yield to certain things, this is NOT the case here.

      2. In others we don’t need to participate, our lives won’t implode if we opt out but for one reason or another we WANT to participate. Then we must decide if we comply or simply opt out and put our principle above our wants. The choice here is always shades of gray. This IS the case this time.

      3. In others we don’t want to participate so we simply don’t the choice there is always easy.

      In the end though this girl and all young people will become adults and face similar choices again and again. If this girl is talented and can play at the college level it absolutely will be in place at any university and in fact if you have a scholarship it is required by the NCAA.

      See now it isn’t such a simple thing is it? Pee in a cup and do good in school and play well and get a full ride to a school that would cost 25K a year to attend otherwise.

      I served in the Army, I had to submit to drug testing. It came with the job. When I ended up in an aviation unit supporting special ops troops for one rotation we were tested about every other week. Quite a few guys popped positive for fricken CRACK, frankly I was glad they got caught. I worked on trucks that fueled aircraft but some of those idiots worked on aircraft! Crackheads setting tork levels on aircraft bolts, no thanks man.

      Well high school softball isn’t that critical I know my point is if you are going to do anything significant in your life drug testing is going to come up. When I worked for Sage Telecom I had a drug test prior to being employed, Same with Fluke Networks. They were conditions of employment, they were great jobs so I took the test. I could have refused and worked for smaller companies with less opportunity but that would have been a big mistake.

      Keep in mind this is all coming from a guy that wants to repeal all drug prohibition because I know it is a failed policy that does far more harm then good.

  11. I may be a day late and a dollar short here, but I’d like to comment on your suggestion for a podcast just interviewing WWII / Great Depression survivors. I too would love to hear a podcast like this, but more importantly know that there are still records of their stories. I think it’s a brilliant idea….

    And if there is anyone who has the ability to do this, i.e. basic computer skills and knows enough survivors of this time to get the ball rolling, I think it would be amazing.

    If there is anyone interested in doing something like this but doesn’t really know how to get started, I’d be more than happy to put 10-20 hours into helping them get established. A computer, internet, and people to interview is really all you’d need to start the project. Maybe $100 startup costs to start it off the right way, but that’s adjustable. I hope someone jumps on it. And feel free to reach out to me if you need help.

    P.S. This might make a great project for HS or College students looking to have some real world experience to add to his/her resume.

  12. Jack, I too love the idea of interviewing the WWII generation. How about after the women of prepping series is wrapped up, you do a series of interviews with these older folks?

  13. I can’t wait to get an opportunity for a stake in MT! Excited to get a chance to support a guy in my home state.

  14. Hey Jack, I would seriously consider adding John from West Virginia as a regular contributor to your show. He doesn’t even have to introduce himself. We love him!!!!!

  15. I met this Canadian WWII pilot in March of this year:–a-Reunion-of-Man-and-Aircraft.aspx

    I was in Cornwall, Ontario dealing with my ailing mother. I went to high school with his daughter. I mentioned to her I always wanted to shake the hand of a WWII Vet, she arranged for us to meet. He told me a story about how he landed a plane in the same spot he took off, without turning. Anybody care to guess?…

  16. Hey Jack and TSP listener, beside bullet casting…… What do you think about extracting gold from old computer parts as side income? Is it just another internet myth?


  17. Jack – Just to note, your math was a bit off on the show when you stated that people who were 18 at the end of the war would be about 68 today. I wish that were the case, but in fact they would be about 85. My father is 82 (mom 68 – born on VJ Day) and being in my thirties, there is a bit of a generation gap between my parents and I. I actually think this has worked out to my benefit because as I see a lot of my friend’s raising teacup’s, living life via Facebook and unable to comprehend the world that is approaching, I had grandparents who lived through the depression and a father who was a teenager during WWII. Now that I am older I realize why my grandmother would have my father fix her appliances rather than always running out to buy new ones…because they grew up during a time when you made due with what you had. My father tells me stories about the under ground food trade in NYC when he was a kid because of the rationing during WWII and going to neighbors basements to buy eggs…because they were the ones who had chickens. Unfortunately my grandparents are all gone and my father is close to the end of his life, but he’s taught me a lot and when I tell him that my wife and I have chickens and are growing are own vegtables…he laughs because he is reminded of times when he was younger. He’s told me that he wishes that he would live to see what happens to this country, but at least he knows we’ll be ok. I was also taught to have a strong believe in our constitution…something I don’t see from the teacups.

  18. I disagree with your advice on the selling of cast bullets. Manufacturing ammunition or ammunition COMPONENTS requires an 06 FFL and ITAR registration. These will run about $3K for the first year.

  19. In regards to food grade plastics not harming you: most of them leach estrogenic chemicals ( This was the original concern with BPA plastics, turns out avoiding BPA doesn’t help that much.

    “The testing showed that more than 70 percent of the products released chemicals that acted like estrogen. And that was before they exposed the stuff to real-world conditions: simulated sunlight, dishwashing and microwaving”

    The team concentrated on BPA-free baby bottles and water bottles, Bittner says, “and all of them released chemicals having estrogenic activity.”