Episode-300- Listener Questions 10-20-09 — 10 Comments

  1. Jack – you were right on about the 1895 Marlin .357. DH has one that I got to shoot a couple weeks ago and it was a blast! (ooo-pun intended!) Fun gun to shoot and I loved it. I actually liked shooting it more than my .308 Model 99 Savage (although it’s a great gun too!). Nice that it shoots a pistol round also-got plenty of those on hand so whichever task is required I’m ready. Great show as always – a day without having TSP’s inspiration is like having a gun with no ammo – an empty deal. Thanks for all your dedication to the show. You keep DH and I inspired to continue to prep and work toward more self-sufficiency. TBM

  2. Congratulations on 300! I’m still playing catch up on past episodes. I’m on this time LAST year. I’ll get up to speed…eventually!

  3. Thanks for the answer Jack. Checked Marlins site and with a guy at the gun shop in town and Marlin is now making the 1894 357 carbine in stainless and they are on the market but just started shipping so I am going to pick one up.

  4. Jack,

    Congrats on episode #300. May you be around for 30,000, Me too.


  5. Great show, but I just wanted to correct something you said about GMRS radios. I am a licensed GMRS user, so I had to read the rules in and out. The license that GMRS radios talk about is an actual license, not something that is inherited in the packaging. Here is the way it works. The radios that you buy at the store are usually FRS/GMRS which means they operate on both services. FRS is free and GMRS requires the license, which you apply for through the FCC ($80 for five years). It turns out that it is kind of an honor system for the licensing since you can use it without, but just don’t get caught. There are 22 channels and some have 2 power settings on the radios. channels 1-7 are shared, 8-14 are FRS only, and 15-22 are GMRS only. You can operate on 1-14 without a license but only on low power. You need the license for 15-22 and to operate on high power. FRS has a maximum power of I think 2 watts and GMRS can be up to 50 watts. But as always with UHF radio signals, antenna height and position are much more important then power. If you find a GMRS only radio, which is much more high quality and expensive, then you will have a detachable antenna and more power to play with. Hope this helps. Me and a fellow survivalist are starting with the two of us but trying to setup a GMRS emergency ring in our area.

  6. You did a lot of thanking at the end of the show, and I wanted to say thank YOU Jack! I’m sure I don’t just speak for myself when I say that you’ve had a big impact on my life in the last year and a half, and it’s all been for the good. Congratulations on your 300th episode, and thanks again for all the hard work you put in to try to help improve our lives.

  7. I have purchased or printed hundreds of topo maps for adventure racing, orienteering, and other activities. is a superior source (I have a membership and MyTopo is much better). With MyTopo, you can print or purchase a map that is centered where you choose — meaning if you are interested in an area that overlaps with several USGS quads, you can get the area on a single map instead of buying the multiple USGS maps and patching them together.
    Also, most of the larger adventure races I have done in the past few years used MyTopo as their map supplier.
    Note that I have no relationship with MyTopo other than being a very satisfied customer.

  8. I finally found time to get online and check to see if the GMRS information had been corrected and am glad to see it has. I am a ham operator and have had a GMRS license also that I have not renewed. The GMRS license that is basically purchased from the FCC is valid for the entire family living in your home. You can put up repeaters on the GMRS frequencies as well, which means if you get a high location, you may have much longer line-of-sight communications with GMRS similar to the UHF frequencies on ham radio.