|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on June 29, 2020 at 5:30 PM||comments (16)|
First understand this is my plan and opinion that stands alone from those I train with and it doesn't represent anything they have conveyed to me. THIS IS MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT AND MINE ONLY. I have purposely left out the mention of the boys and operating with them after the hammer drops. They are not included in this because we have not had a conversation past Evasion survival. I cannot implicate them in my words- it's just not polite or safe.
Sometimes the content and finances of one's existence will impact on their survival plans. Well, in ALL case your financial ability will impact your preparations- This is not to be confused with the falsehood that your finances enable you to buy your way out of preparing, training and foresight into what is to come with the fantacy purchase of an exemption- Even Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is learning he cannot buy his way out of this mess since the mob stationed a guillotine outside his DC house today (FUK YOU-YOU DESERVE IT). Doing nothing produces nothing othen than misery and defeat, but pandering and kneeling just brings it faster. With the expansion of experience, finances and a new location after I got married, new options and tasks have presented themselves to my spiderweb plan. I have recently started to lay out a new Spider Web plan since I dismantled my old one last year in hopes for a new direction and plan- Then the King Wuhan attack hit in January and now we have an insurrection that's going on and it's pushing forward my plans to survive this coming mess into the double time. This has pitted my traditional thinking and the urge to just go with it as is against the obvious advantages that have presented themselves. Those older way were born from minimal fincases and location, but now it levitated towards a new direction with more options and reach that I hope to clearly lay out in this post to help others prepare. As always this is my plan for me here in Alaska. Take what you need from it for yourself and adjust and fit it to YOUR NEEDS and situation just like I have done for myself over the years.
I've always condoned a large rucksack and an LBE set up for the Rural Evader. I still stand by this as it relates to my past situation, however situations change as I mentioned to you here. For me it's always been one LBE and one Rucksack- and GO to the Wilds! This is and was fine for my past situation. However now I'm thinking about speed and the certain inevitability that I will be fighting my way to the wilderness to plan to do what I gotta do next. In the past I could not afford the gear I wanted so I went with what I could afford that would work properly and I fitted in where I could, as best I could to get the best use from it without overly naive expectations of the kit and my ability to use it. Sadly with the current asymmetrical threat situation we have now (EVEN HERE IN ALASKA) I know fighting will be inevitable from the start.
With my current location there is no way I'm going to Escape to the wilderness with a monster extstance Rucksack and a survival LBE as I was able to in the past, and thus fight from it and expect to move too and all the while making sure my wife is safe. She is a tough and capable Native woman but compared to my experience and ability she is but a toddler in a room full of angry snakes when compared..I didn't know I was already on the path to a solution- Yes I do this a lot- I think of thing to improve and just do it with an almost subconscious reason knowing they will fall into place later down the line. So last summer I decided to back up my load some and go in reverse with a lighter "Micro Battle Rig". I really really liked this rig set up but no matter what i did with it, it fell short of providing all the necessary kit to live from should I lose my rucksack or not be able to make it to the next shelter. If I upped its ability it negated its micro rig purpose and I ended up with a soup sandwich served in a tissue taco- It simply wasnt working. I was faster, more manuveable, more limber and flexible, I burned less energy and was able to go farther and faster with less issues dealing with the terrain but when it came to anything else it simply proved to me a mirco rig didnt stand up to a dedicated fighting as a survival rig- AND THIS STANDS TRUE.
With all that being stated, it's clear to me that the Evaders Survival Rig to fight from when its needed is not the same as an Evaders Fighting Rig to survive from and vice versa. Though the two overlap in a great many ways but they will remain as different as they are the same thus serving different functions and purposes. I don't see a way to morph the two and get the best of both rigs in one without submerging either into the uselessness of liability and burden in the form of bulky overweight loads-Remember Evader is not a soldier- you have to take what you need to survive with you ALL THE TIME and the support you have is the preps you stash before the HAMMER DROPS (IT HAS DROPPED) ..Much of the centric of the two issues can be solved with adding and moving kit to a rucksack or pockets, but only slightly, and it won't be enough in either spectrum to fight AND SURVIVE.. There must be separate rigs for separate uses for the situation I'm in now- and the situation will vary in callings of requirements. The above rig can and will still be used once the I penetrate Ft Wilderness but I know things will continue to change once the game begins but for now this will do and decrease the confusion and libility. But alone there is no way it's going to serve me fighting my way out of the area of Palmer Proper, deep in a developed community- even one as small as this. Nor will it serve me post-collapse when the HAMMER DROPS should I need to go on the offensive. I will purposely negate situations/tasks either will be used in. You know why.
The OPFOR has already made itself and their intentions known in this area with many followers willing to sell themselves and others out to the evil for the illusion of a free pass and safety- but I digress... In short I will be going back to micro rig and be retrieving my Survival LBE rig once I'm in Ft Wilderness and see how things go. This will mean stashing the Evder Survival Rig and all its accessories in the waiting. I have a few sets of PLCE LBE with mirrored kit compliments so this will not be too hard- Keeping bear out will be the hardest task of all. This is a far cry from years of depending on one method of kit suspension for all tasks. Equally I see the stakes are now higher than they ever were in the past- talk has turned to action and ppl are dying and being arrested.. I thought i'd see things better after the collapse and I'm sure I will because this is FAR from over (and it's not going to stop until it's stopped) but right now it's clear what is going on. Their racist end goal is equally clear, and with that so are the solutions for my own survival- Make no mistake I will have no issue turning Blue Helmets and trucks inside out and upside down. Self Defence is a human right...This is the future the OPFOR has chosen. It makes no difference whether they chose it later or now- the choice was made. When I saw an article the other day saying certain groups will deal with "Inter-racial relations" in their own way, things changed for me. My wife is Yupik and I am of European ancestry- Fuk you throughly. And dont worry, I'm not mad and out of control- I'm just ready and watching.
Recently I have started to purchase buckets from Home Depot for the new Spider Web. They run about 5$ and an extra $1.50 for lids with rubber gaskets that seal tight. Once the lid is applied and snaps into place it is there until you peel the side strip off that releases the snap apparatures. Then you will have a removable lid you can take off and put back on but until the side tab is peeled they are fixed tight and permanent..The above cans you see are storing two changes of all season clothes, fire kit,cooking kit, shelter sheet, and enough food for about 2 weeks of hard work/high calorie use. These pods will still be divided up into areas (on private lands) with different pods in different locations so I wont lose everything if one gets found out. One bucket will also hold a set of PLCE LBE and boots in my size. These buckets are super useful and a far far far cry from the detergent pod cans I used to use. So I will be updating my kit page to reflect the approach ill be using for the Evader "fighting load" LBE and Evader "Survival loads" LBE and their general uses and differences. Things will change but will also look familiar. That is until this page and my channel are shut down. I fully expect this any day now..
I hope you all are ready- Don't despair. We knew this was coming. Just like King Wuhan, this too isn't going away. Stay the course- We're not the first in history to see such days and we won't be the last. Much will be lost. Teach your children about REAL freedom so it's not forgotten. Warn them about the alibi of "freedom & Equality" that the totalitarians scream at the masses and tell them who brings nothing but death and misery.. Warn others and make no mistake they will come for them.. Re-enactors for all time periods, Opera and classical music, country music, perceived "cultural appropriation"or anything they see as 'White Supremacy". Whats more is that that word has nothing to do with KKK fuks, Nazi fuks or skin heads fuks and eveything to do with destroying white culture that has it roots in Europe. They literally almost lost the White House last week. if you don't think this is serious- you're not paying enough attention....I fully expect Blue Helmets and other "Militia" sometime very soon.... prepare.
Im looking for more Evaders... You will be screened for Cluster-B bullshit personality issues, dip-shittery fuk-wadness and a bad attitude. if this excludes you and you're interested contact me..
Evasion Survival, Aalska.
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on May 27, 2020 at 11:15 AM||comments (18)|
Yesterday we were able to field all three members of the training group together. While i have had assessments and drills with both of the others individually over multiple trips, scheduling and civilized life had separated our paths from group training, however this seems to be stabilizing and schedules are coupling so I suspect for the most part you'll see us together over the coming months. The only time we were all three together was a group meeting we had a couple of weeks ago. The physical objective of this final Scout/Drill was to explore the outskirts of the base and head north to the lake, but over top that it was also to get a feel for one another and see how we work together as a group. I mentioned to them at the beginning I don't want to be anyones leader, commander or anything else in that sort of way- I stated to the boys at our meeting that "we're all adults here and the mission/ vision of what this is all about is clearly obvious on my website and other garbage that I post". Refreshingly we all agreed on this. Whats more is we ALL WANT TO BE HERE FOR THE SAME REASON. It was abundantly clear that we're all on the same page starting from the smallest details like the simplicity of field rations to the over-all objective of putting together a group "Spiderweb Strategy" on a group level.
We hike in about a mile before putting on face-paint. Once our CAMCON was strait and in order we immediately stepped off to the west and turning north deciding to Hand-Rail the main access road. Huginn took point w/o being asked- I like that shit ! I took up the rear position with Bjorn in the center. I was most impressed with Huginns memory and feel of the land with just one prior visit to this place with me a few weeks back. He had no map and never (that I saw) looked at his compass. I could tell he was simply feeling the terrain. I never really worried he was going to get us lost. It was evident his experience was in the game and even as he went I would anticipate direction in my head that were the correct routes and as a matter of someone that knew what the fuk he was doing my anticipation was matched by his actions.
I will say Bjorn is an excellent middle man. Just as competent as Huginn was at the lead. There was no shortage of guys looking back at one another to be sure we were all still there...
I will say I QUITE enjoyed just hanging at the back. I quite enjoyed not being a one man team with all the absolute burdens and responsibilities being on me, and whats more Is I thoroughly enjoyed not having to hull 3-4 days worth of kit that is my usual compliment when out there alone. I even sported a simple light weight 20 round mag in my M4 (green tip ammo) Picking up the rear of the line was a very welcome relief that I had not fully anticipated. It was amazing having the weight of being alone off my shoulder for a day, and it was equaled later by the amount we would accomplish on this scout.......
We must not forget about our lead scouts. The two dogs constantly stayed in the lead no matter who was in the lead position guiding the group, only occasionally breaking away to check on the rest of us but always returning to the lead.. It seems nothing gets done with out dogs. The Olaf and Mishka were the stars of the show in terms of clearing the way with their noses and bells to warn predators and moose we were there. Once again it was quite a pleasure to see Bjorns dog grow and come into his own as a wilderness dog. The Olaf and him make great companions.. These two are the best way to keep the group safe as we train.
As Huginn guided the group I felt 100% confident in his lead. As we went I felt like we should be getting close to something that was related to the base and once again his instinct was delivering. As we went I was expecting to see an old fence post, old Government trespassing sign or something old. The forest was a healthy mix of openness, swamp, shin deep marshy filth and tick vegetation. With that being said Im of the habit of not exactly taking the same path as the leads in front of me to save energy and to spread out our sphere of relative control in the event of OPFOR issues, plus staggering my path might put put me at an advantage if aggressors from the front if they cannot anticipate where the tail end guy is -ANYHOW... doing this payed off as I spotted something the group would have otherwise passed right by.. On one piece of ground I circles around into a lower areas in stead of following the groups direct path.. Sure enough I spotted a concrete formation that I thought was a bunker. This would have been amazing as the chances were it laid undiscovered by others over the years. Sadly upon further inspection it was merely the sewer drain for the Admin area of the base and it was super closed off with re-enforced concrete. This told us we were getting very close. However a sew drain means access points at some point, someplace, so we changed direction and followed the obvious route that would lead us to the immediate perimeter of the base. Bjorn then took the leade from there up a while. (Again its was very fluid- Like Huginn Bjorn simply just stepped up)
With Bjorn in lead we crept close to the edge of the forest that meets the base perimeter.. It was evident we were very very close and Huginn was right on the money. Not just by the sight from the thinning of the trees and the abundant of light coming in low down on the trees, but the radiant head bouncing off the low growing vegetation that shot heat at us like Greek fuking Fire- IT WAS HOT..You knew you were close to a clearing simply by the temperature shooting up to what felt like 10 degrees hotter. Soon low and behold Huggin original direction combined with this alternate route Bjorn was leading had put us right where we needed to be but he also delivered to us the surprise that was finding this old, and totally overgrown sewer cover with access...We wont get into the specifics but I think the picture speaks enough about it..
From this point on Bjorn would take lead for the remainder of this portion of the creep until we would would eventually get to the lake. It was abundantly evident by now we were forming a tempo/rhythm of non-verbal and communications that was becoming much easier as we went. I appreciate that Huginn would look back to be sure I was still there and safe and that no raping from bear was in the happening..We didn't use traditional military hand signals and for that i was sorta grateful because it meant we were communicating on a level removed away from the mechanics of military training- This was something all our own.. We just used looks and mocking gestures combined with simple commonsense ,low report, mimicking actions that usually did the trick. At one point Bjorn came up to an old satellite dish. I could tell what it was but I wasn't 100% so I made a stupid child like radar dish tracking imitation with my hand and he immediately understood what I was asking and confirmed it. When we rallied up for a pause I asked them about what I was seeing in terms of the group getting a tempo and it was unanimous by all we were indeed adapting to each other very well. And this is what we all want for a group-and what I always envisioned in a REAL functioning group. Adults that get to know one another and are mature enough to stick to the script. Though we are just 6 months in to this, I feel slow is steady and the steady pace will grown and improve.
After finding and digging out the undiscovered man-hole, it was marked on the maps and GPSs and we continued under the hot afternoon sun. We followed the outer perimeter of the base for a short piece then broke off into the deep forest as to make a huge circle to reach our main objective. Sweat was rolling down my face with no reprieve from endless spiderwebs and face-paint conspiring to make my face itch in constant teasing. The forest was heating up relentlessly. Bjorn continued in the lead- We later rallied up and he looked over his admin shit consoling with the rest of us as to our next action item and how to go with it. We were on the way to the lake. Once settled and we all knew what was next, we then kept going about our way remaining in Creep Mode, silently moving through the forest. Again cutting through soaked marshes, thick Alder and Devils Club. This will only get harder as the green season hasn't fully exploded yet- GOOD TIMES!
We eventually reached the lake. The remainder of that portion of the trek was uneventful but mentally and physically exhausting. Even the dogs were ready to have a long well earned break. The plan was to rest there, have lunch and assess that lake and over all TA: MOSCOW for future use. It was quickly decided by all that this TA is FAR superior to TA: Rhodesia and that this TA will be the TA we use for the 3 day drill coming in a few weeks. Whats more is it will also be used for improvised raft drills, Rucksack Raft Drills and a rucksack float drill, as well as fishing and improvised survival drills this green season. This was my 4th trip to this TA in the last month so I was all for this being the exclusive use TA, and all agreed with much less time here. This area was MUCH less trafficked and used compared to TA: Rhodesia and this area will be the main TA from here on out. And whats more is it has Urban and the wilderness combination we simply will not find anywhere else... It was unanimous..
I needed water. I had plenty in my backpack but I didn't want to use it, but rather planned on taking it from the lake. The lake water was nice and chunky as there was only so much reach in my arm to avoid the muck and slime at the waters edge. I did have my filter bag in my LBE and It was put to use. I used chemicals to kill the water in a metal Austrian canteen and then I sent it to the water bag to remove the muck and slime. I was having dehydrated Raspberry Crumble for lunch. It ended up tasting like Raspberry Iodine in the end but it was still a welcome feast to a hungry belly. The Olaf helped me finish it off.. It was a nice pause by the lake. It rained a few time and sunned a few times, all in the matter of the short time we were there. I have 0 tolerance to wet and cold so it wasn't long before my sweaty clothes started to cool me down. I was just on the cusp of being uncomfortable but the view and company of my friends was enough to keep it away. The time was spend jaw jacking, talking about kit and life, with healthy amounts of discussion on how to get the best from this training area. I re-inforced them Id rather spend the time driving here once or twice a month then going someplace closer once a week and getting much less from it. Its simply worth it to me. I think we all came away from the discussion with that adult like way of making a mature decision.. We also had a visit by an otter but that will be in the v ideo soon...
After we a long break we once again assed up and struck off into the wilds once again.. I warmed up quickly and soon the shivers from remaining static vanished. I was soon back to sweating and breathing in the warm afternoon air. It had been a very long day at this point and it was reaching late afternoon. I saw some tired in everyone, especially the dogs.
As we left the area, and some time up away from the lakes, we returned to and just skirted the Missile base just ever so slightly on the perimeter. However this was enough to remind us that if we are there on foot, others can get there too. I was in the rear. Suffice to say I did not follow the others in a line as I mentioned before. (As they read this I don't even know if they knew this). From what I remembered and to my perception (I could be wrong as to where they were- It was a ways up) they were on an old path and I took a path that was in the brush .. Just as all 5 of us had come around and we were all heading in a direction that would take us to the forest to the north, out of no where came the low hum of an ATV. I saw the reflection of the chrome around his front light, just to my right, through the trees as he passed one of the Launch Bunkers and I yelled "Contact" and dumped off into the brush. If i had have been on the road/path directly in line with the others were on I would have been made. They were far enough ahead that they had plenty of time to take cover and with the turn he made there was a smaller chance the ATV would have seen them but surely he'd have seen me If i had have been walking in rear of the single file directly behind them. Its amazing how fast and quiet his ATV was... The dogs in the lead seemed to follow Bjorn and Huginns lead. I did yell for The Olaf and Bjorn had gotten Mishka. I think The Olaf went to Huginn first then me..He did eventually come to me in a rapid fashion like he knew what was happening, and I laid on top of him. Having been shot at a few times here in Alaska I promptly dumped The Olafs bell harness- Its still sitting there.. As the threat passed and i went to find the others it was evident how effective their CAMCON was. We eventually regrouped and sat it out back in the forest- We could still hear then but there was no way they could see up. This was a SMASHING example of NPC-OPFOR (None-Playing Character- Opposing Force).....
We continued deeper into the forest heading north this time. We were well away from the base at this point . We found an old dirt road that was on Bjorn's Sat pics and followed it. Its just seemed to go on forever and later investigation on the net would show it did indeed just go into the beyond of the wilderness. Ive spoken of the "pull" in earlier Blog Posts. Bjorn felt it, as did I, but we all pressed on regardless. I had mentioned that the Army had cabins back there at one point. From WWII to the 70s for Officers to hunt and fish and this further fueled the "pull"... Bjorn was in the lead, I was middle man this time and Huginn was the tail man. I must admit I did not look back at him as often as I should have- This will be something I will work on. We eventually came to a place where the path dropped down into a marsh and we stopped. Plus we had Raven dive screeching us. I had never seen this behavior before but knew it either meant we were coming up to something they were eating, and that would donate a possible predator kill that may still have the predator on it, or they were nested there but most Ravens nest in the mnts. Just then we saw a nice semi dry pile of bear scat. Adding all these things up we decided to save this path for another day and head back to the Missile Base. I was hoping to find some old cabins and mark them on the GPS for future use. Maybe next time..
That was one tired Puppers!
End-X had been called. We simply followed the road back to the Missile Base and headed to one of the Rocket bunkers for a simple AAR/Peer Input type thing. We ended up staying there a VERY long time putting us in the field and Wilds for nearly 10 hours. We shot some vids and just hung out. We actually did "interview" type videos. This should be interesting once the video is done. Its a totally new thing for me to have such video, as it was new for them too. They did VERY well and even I was "interviewed". They go over their gear and their thoughts for Evasion Survival Alaska in regards to what I put out and what they found upon their start here- There response was amazing- So please watch once the vids goes up soon. . i think you all will enjoy it. When we realized how much time had passed and how late it was getting at that point we simply took the road back to the vehicles- Just then the sky opened up. It was raining HARD. The familiar roll and drip of the rain off the brim of my boonie cap was a welcome sight..
In closing I will say this group has a 90% of surviving. The coupling of attitudes and purpose is amazing to me. Its safe to say I trust them both..We spent the entire day scouting nearly 10 miles of terrain just tasking, and never once argued, there was no bickering masked as debating decisions, no "alpha" chest beating bravado, and no one trying to recapture their younger days as soldiers by coming off as this was a military unit. And there was no politics discussed nor was there any real moments of indecision..
Some Kit shots.. They discuss this in the next video..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on May 15, 2020 at 12:25 PM||comments (18)|
Drills will start in June so we needed one more scout of TA: Moscow and we hope to get in one more scout of TA: Rhodesian too. To kick off the GReen Season we have decided on a 3 day-2 night drills of varying tasks. The general plan is one night of a simply relaxed RON to plan the next two days and night but on the second night the plan is to do a tactical Hard Routine-RON after a day of varied tasks being conducted. However Scouting on this day we scouted " TA:Moscow" again. Mrs. Bergmann was not with us. There will be 3! of us when drills start- Me, Bjorn and Huginn... On this scout my friend "Huggin" was with me. Ive known his about a year, he even attended my wedding with Mrs. Bergmann, and our lives finally aligned and we're able to get him into the field now.Bjorn was busy with life or it would have been a 3 man scout but 2 was fine.
Simple sketch map I used. It was a big help..There we Sat pics from the 90s till 2018. I just stuck to the pronounced details otherwise the entire page would have been filled with all the changes from over the years. I was sad that the Admin and other building were there right up to 2012- I just missed them before the place was cleaned out. On my last trip there I made mental notes of the decent amount of marsh and other water sources. This is important because that place really is located in a vast forest. Its not like the other areas I have used with water water everywhere. Satellite pictures indicated it was basically surrounded by swamp and marsh inside a vast forested area- Being on the ground was a totally different view.
Some Kit we used..
Kit was simple LBE rigs and day packs. Nothing special or high-end. Just kit. LBE, Day pack, Rifle, Pistol etc etc etc..
The Old Admin area...
We checked out what was left of the Admin buildings- There wasn't much left and whats more is they were in a wide open field, or right off a maintenance road thus of little use
Old dog Kennels..
Huginn next to a buildings remains.. Looks like steps that went down..
Me next to what remained of a bulding.. Its sad.. there were even towers here at one point...
The day was a productive one. We just strolled the roads occasionally cutting through forested areas around and inside the complex grounds. The lack of water in the area was very pronounced and a bit shocking. Last visit a week ago the place was sopping wet with small shallow marches and ponds everywhere. The up side was there were no mosquitoes but you cant drink mosquitoes... The plan of the day was to make it out to a lake a few miles away to see if that was fit for use. Experience tells me it was probably not. I was guessing it had dried up a lot and than shrunk putting the water in the center of a mud bog that was totally unreachable..
At one point we climbed up the berm that divided the compound to get a better view. Above is a view of another building skeleton. Looked like a vehicle garage at one time...Up there The Olaf decided to french kiss another porcupine so everything stopped while we used a Multi-tool to de-quill his face and inside his mouth. Wont you ever learn, Olaf? Id like to thank my friend for all the helpwith The Olaf when he tried to rape yet another porcupine..It was the worst yet. 5x worse then his last run in.. It was so bad there was luaghing or taking pics.. He needed help bad..Thank you Huginn!
The Olaf was fine after we plucked his quills... I found more when we got home though..
After summing up the situation water was the issue. The lake was over a mile away (1 way) and If we couldn't reach the water we would have serious issues. Judging by what I saw around me there was a huge risk of ending up with no water if we went. And this was just a scout. There was no pint in pushing it. Water was the issue and in my experience of reading AK it would remain so for a long while with a chronic dry season seemingly here to stay.. On the way out we wanted to take a trail that cut through the forest that we suspected would take up to the main road but the prospect of it actually going another direction, up the way, discouraged that idea, otherwise we would end up bushwhacking with little to no water to drink. The safest route was to just sticking to the main road. We used the cleared area that use to be the outside fence perimeter to get to the main road. It was a good choice. While eating lunch we actually saw 2 adult males (NPC-OPFOR) on mountain bikes peddle past Bunker 2. They looked like they were coming in but saw me and promptly peddled off..
So in closing the lack of water posed a few challenges I think we can handle. This would make for a good practice drills for using the sun and earth to collect water using a few methods. It could also be dangerous so that needs to be taken into consideration. We pondered the idea of someone coming back with a Mountain bike to place water stashed or someone just doing a quick run back to the lake on a bike to check it out. We have options and there's a lot to think about. The other two are MUCH closer to this area then I am so it would be on them to do so. Otherwise we may just consider focusing on TA:Rhodesia for the three day-2 night drills when all scheduling and pre-drill time factors are considered with real life taking up peoples time in normal life. We have nearly a month to decide. We have to watch the weather patterns and weight all the options.. The water situation even effects our plans to fish for food by improvised means (yes you can fish in this area though its super far from me) in the next drill becuase if we cant reach the lake you cant fish! TA:Rhodesia suffers from the drought much less...
Anyhow thank you for your time.. look for the video coming out regarding the latest scouts for a real life view and not just stills.. Below are a few words from "Huginn"..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on May 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM||comments (18)|
A total rucksack overview is not my intent today. I'm simply passing on some ideas i think will come in useful to others looking to Evade.
In this article I hope to pass along some quick and simple ideas to help. I use, and am a loyal user of the British PLCE "Bergen" Rucksack. This is probably the best rucksack I have ever used and it continues to prove that its a loyal custodian for all my cargo needs for training in the now and for when the Hammer finally drops. It consists of a very simple 3 cell system. One large main cell and two smaller side cells. The two side cells are 20 Liters each while the main cell sports a 90 Liter capacity. This is the "Long Back" version that I HIGHLY recommend over the short back version. Its also has a zipper pocket above and under its lid that seem to be very convenient and well though out. Its build for simplicity and function. You wont find Gucci pocket organizers and pocket pussy pouches like on commercial designs and as found on many military packs these days. You will not find a rats nest of MOLLE webbing and a cluster fuk of unorganized and unruly adjustment straps. Its really just a very strait forward pack that delivers support and service to the Evader.
Whats more about these rucksack is that they are designed to ride high. This means they are ideal if you are wearing web-gear/LBE of a traditional configuration..They are designed to use with the British PPLCE LBE system but will act the same with most others, just to a point though. Thet seem to require a firm and robust type pouch on the LBE/PLCE webbing to rid on. They absolutely can be used w/o such support and go good with chest rigs or vests type LBE units.
So to start the green season i wanted to address a few issues I had with this ruck that caused me to try to stray away a few times over the years. Regardless of my misgiving I always returned becuase it truely has always been the best for me, but the issues were still there. I realized I was looking at the problem from a contemporary perspective and through a scope that was the given norm. And it was wrong. And again doing what the "heard" was doing has proven to me once again that it will NOT to fit into the Evader perspective and requirements. The pack wasn't the issue, my perspective and subsequent execution of the task was the problem. I was applying my E&E perspective but not going far enough with the pack and what it could offer and being blinded by my own perspective and past experiences. The answer was there I just didn't see it. I didn't need a new rucksack, I needed to use it in a different way!
One of my biggest issues was the one main cell (and the smaller ones to a lesser extent) were a SUPER PAIN IN THE DICK to get things in and out of, especially in the cold. I hated it. Fuking hated it. With one large cell I would load thing in and hope later I wouldn't need to gut the ruck to get to them, but it was never so. It felt like it was a cycle of madness I resented the shit out of. Trying to remain at the ready with kit and remain organized was taking too much time and effort because I was simply looking at this from what I thought I knew- The conventional thinking of how to load a ruck... That was my main peeve with the main cell. To a lesser extent I had the same issues with the side pouches as well. Though more so with the ration and cooking kit side pouch rather then the shelter and construction side. The construction side was what it was and was usually used once and that was that. But the ration side was used a few times a day and between the rations and cook kit there was never enough room go go past 2-4 days depending on season and how hungry I became. Its was a constant unloading of the pouch to get the task done. Add in fatigue and/or bad weather and it pissed me off.
The first thing I did was take out the sleep sack. Strait away this freed up nearly half the room in the main cell. I then thought about the winter. I usually use a sled in the winter and stow the Arctic sleep-sack in that separated from my ruck .. So moving that aspect of this task aside I went to a green season sleep requirement. A lightweight system on the outside was the answer and a very simple one. I simply took a British DPM bivvy bag and shoved a poncho liner inside, rolled it up and lashed it on using 550 cord. Sso it could still stay in the winter as a back up because of the Arctic sleep-sack in the sled. With the Bivvy sleep sack on the outside this will offer me convenience and expediency. I have a place to sleep that is simply two lashing cords away and I don't have to gut my rucksack to get to it. Its smooth,less visually and audibly reporting and whats more is that the rest of my ruck is still intact so If i have to flee and leave the bivvy behind i stand a better chance of getting away with the remainder of my kit... The bivvy offers a respectable amount of protection from the elements in the event slinging up a shelter isn't safe. The Evader must know the difference between a hasty RON and a relatively secured RON when it comes to selecting a spot to sack out for the night or a few days.....
I also added a professional grade water-tight liner to the main cell. It cost a nut and a toe so itbetter keep my kit dry inside..
The second change I did was to move all the cooking kit outside the the ration pouch to its own spot in a new pouch. This freed up loads of room by half ! It always surprises me how fast room is used up in a rucksack. And again this freed up room provides smooth expediency and access to kit aiding in organization and maintenance. I have a German Mess Tin with cooking stove and utensils, plus a cup and wash rags inside this pouch. The pouch is made from a separate side pouch from another PLCE Rucksack, cut and sewn to purpose. Its attached by simple fastetx snap clips and is 100% removable. When I took out the cooking kit I was able to double my ration haul. From a slim week to a full belly week. Now I can just open the side pouch and take out what I need and not have to dig and unload things. If I organize meals i can simply start at the top and never have to worry about digging in the pouch. There was no way to do this before- The cooking kit would only sit firm and stable at the bottom of the side pouch. It had to be stored at the bottom also because sitting the rucksack on the ground often damaged cans and packaged after prolonged hauls- This is still a worry but the benefits outweigh the risk. With the new liner in the raition pouch it offers a good element of cushion like protection because its thick and oversized. This water tight liner also provides protection so I don't have to worry about perishables being ruined by the elements.
With room gained in the main cell I can now store 2 full sized Austria Zeltbahn shelters, and my Survival Smock inside it. Storing the smock there, and at the top of the mouth, is important. The weather here is now very hot and if its located at the mouth this makes it easy to grab and ditch the rest of the ruck should the need arise and to also retrieve it for use around RON camp. The spare clothing complement has stayed the same and will remain so. I see no point in changing it at the moment. The construction side has also stayed the same with its compliment. I will in time, as my PT progresses to start this season, be examining this too for changes and modifications to its compliment of tools and materials. I have also decided to use the small mess tin pouch that is located under the bivvy bag and that is standard option of this rucksack as my weapons cleaning pouch. As this unfolds I will get into it more. I thought all of this this would be a good topic to share..
Simple mindfulness serves me well. I'm human and I'm not perfect. Some things come to me fast-others not so much. There is still much to do- it doesn't end. I'm sure there is more I haven't discovered that I could change for the better, but I'm looking forward to it. Its an evolution. Smooth is fast and smooth is productive. The less the burden, the better the situations start and end for the Evader. The less noise and fuss the Evader produces when deploying his kitthe better off the Evader will be at avoiding OPFOR and becoming dead or skull raped by
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Remember .. "DONT FEAR THE RUCK"
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on May 6, 2020 at 8:40 PM||comments (22)|
Today was very "on the fly" type Scout. Last night I decided I wanted to get out and suck up some wilderness air but before bed my kit wasn't sorted to go back to "TA: Rhodesia" so I thought Id take a smack at a place I tried to locate in October of last year. Being a first timer there I didn't go full on kit. This is my rule for whenever I check out a new place. I just go resembling something like a hiker or hunter looking over the lands as not to draw attention because you really never know what or who you might find... Anyhow last year I went in search of this old NIKE mIssle Base using a map a friend had drawn me by memory- Sadly it was off by miles and I never located the the remains of this compound and the internet wasn't much help with the few clues and rumors I had to go on at the time. And by my mistake I didn't bother to corroborate his map using satellite pictures, rather just taking his word for it and trusting his memory. It was totally unproductive.
However I wasn't put off by this- I simply went back today as I had planned to but this time by consulting some internet maps and Sat images after I found out a few more things. BINGO I found it by comparing it to his map, following some clues I gathered the last time so I went to see it first hand. ...My first concern were legal ones. I don't want to trespass and rumor had it that the land had been bought by a local university, fenced off and was posted. I saw 0 fences and 0 No-Trespassing signs- It had indeed been bough buy a local school but they soon realized the area was useless and sold it back to the state of Alaska. They in turn simply added to lands owned by Alaska and its open to wondering around if you can find it. There are lots of signs about NO SHOOTING and no DUMPING. I still saw shooters around the land area as we got there and evidence of recent shooting practice but I saw no dumping and was thrilled the place had been cleaned as throughly as it had been before Alaska made it inaccessible to vehicles.
This was the condition of the road into the area that once served this Base long ago. Its a few miles just to get to the main compound. There were DEEP (8-10 feet) trenches cut in the road at about 30 foot apart that were cut the full width of the road with high burms. From what I gathered it had been years since these were build and it seems to have worked in keeping vehicles out. I suspect most ppl looking to party or to conduct acts of ill repute are simply to lazy to walk it in. The area is surrounded by swamp so its the only real way in with a vehicle.
We arrived around late morning. My kit was just a simple rucksacks with simple supplies. By simple supplies I mean my Survival Smock rolled up inside, jug of water, large knife and enough other shit to get by if something went bad, and I had my G3. My wife had a street sling bag with girl shit in it and a side arms. We looked like just normal ppl exploring and outdated and historical site of curiosity. The G3 may have been out of sorts for any hair-bun wearing, skirt dressed in, millennial vagina farmer but none were to be found way back there and i had no fuks to care if there were. The word on the street was this was the place to hang out back in the day. Airsoft and paint ballers use to us the place and trash dumping was such an issue the state spent 1 MILLION dollars to clean it up and close it off to vehicles.. Now its just really far back in the forest and the only was to get to it is by foot power, though we did see signs of sidexsides had been there but no way to tells who it was, DNR or just normal ppl.
Once we reached the compound for the NIKE Bunkers we walked right on. There were no fences or Trespassing signs. If there was I would have simply left. We walked up a surprisingly clear road for about 20 minutes and ran into our first missile storage bunker.
Bunker #1 had some trash, and nasty olf sleep sack and what looked like a fire with still whole hotdog buns in the ash. The area was littered with spent shell casings and bullet damage to the re-enforced concrete structure. We explored it and moved on..
It wasn't long before we found Bunker #2
Bunker #2 was in much better shape. No trash at all and barely any empty shells casings around or in it. Lazy has it uses I suspect, being this was father from the roads..I didnt mind The Olaf wondering around inside this one. There wasn't anything he could hurt himself on like Bunker #1. These soon fed my thirst for exploring but it was time to keep going. I didn't even look around the backs or the adjoining roads because I knew I could only do so much today, plus I wanted to save some for the return trip.
We set out again on the road. Up in the distance I noticed some HUGE flood lights on the poles just as the road turned to the left. I knew lights like that mean business when it came to illuminating an area so i figured that area must have been important. We set off in that direction. Rounding the bend after a while of walking we saw the first of two launch bunkers. I was amazed at how cleaned up it was. We went strait for it..
The hole in the wall with my G3 next to it was where someone busted a hole in the concrete to get to the lower levels. I have seen pictures of the lower levels and pictures of ppl exploring them. I did not go down and I probably never will. There were some adjoining rooms to the first Launch Bunker we did go into. they had very thick blast type doors. It was quite impressive but it had a lot of fire damage inside form asshole trashing the place over the years.This building would prove to be in the worst condition of the two I saw this day. Nearly all the roof was gone as well. My excitement for training possibilities went nuts, not just for this 1st Launch Bunker but the complex in general.
Moving on to Launch Bunker #2
This building was in MUCH better condition. I even wanted to go to the roof but I decided to save it for the return trip.
This door was identically located to the one in Bunker #1. Sadly it was welded closed. It looks like its taken a beating over the years from ppl trying to get it open to access the lower levels. One even looked like someone may have placed a small bomb to try to break the weld judging by the splash marks . I tugged the door but its didn't budge so I left it at that. I suspect this too goes into the lover level of this Launch Bunker and there is more to that i intend to share later in another Blog Post. My wife pointed out the fish-hook air vest in the field across from the launch bunkers. Ill make no attempt to gain access to the lower levels though I would love to see them one day.
This is the view of Bunker #1 while standing in front of Bunker #2
The day grew hot and dusty and the naked trees offered no relief from the rising sun and temps. After the LONG HARD winter we had 60F feels like an East Coast Appalachia 100F without argument. The Olaf was about spent and I dare not bend by wife's tolerance to my need to explore any father then I already had. She was a great sport but I didn't wanna make her go any farther just because I asked... I had explored enough to know I wanted to know more. However I also wanted to save what I could to come back later. In closing I will say this place gets an A+ for training erection inducing- but will it keep it, that is the question..? Can TA:Moscow deliver? I like the dash of urban elements and the wilderness combination i was feeling and I think it has a lot of potential for a myriad of uses. It will take some more Scouting to explore what else it has to offer. I plan to do just that very very soon. It has a lot of useful features though I saw no sustainable water supplies anywhere unless you ventured into the swamps surrounding the area, but it seems to offer resources any wilderness in my area that I use offers. I would also like to add the the forest in this area is more a kin to something Id see on the East Coast in terms of how the terrain is rolled out. Its more open and flowing with less wreck and ruin that I'm usually greeted with. I like that its open to the public in such a way as to say you can come here, but you have to earn it to see it. Its been cleaned up nice as well and thats inviting to me.This are is very secluded.....
Thank you for your time.. 2020 is shaping up with a good Green season.. I HOPE.. I NEED IT..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on April 30, 2020 at 11:15 AM||comments (29)|
Bjorn and I have executed 3 successful trips to the wilds that were not just wasted time, but productive endeavors.
A few days ago Bjorn and myself, along with both our 4 legged companions set out to scout a new TA for use this green season. Stepping off early the weather was brilliant as were the attitudes of all involved. We opted to go light on this scout to save time and energy. This later would pay off in discoveries and terrain that was covered. We stepped off early without a soul in sight where we parked our vehicles.
We met and the first order of business was to let the dogs meet one another. The Olaf is a scrapper but has never not gotten along with any dog he was around when permitted to roam free as he likes. It was strange event letting the two out of the cars. I expected a tiny tornado of fur, clams and teeth, but alas they pretty much ignored one another save for the ritual butt hole sniffing. After that is was almost like they had known one another for ages and just went about their business occasionally checking on one another like old friend might do.. Getting any good shots of these two would prove challenging through out the day. The above would have been an amazing picture worth framing to the wall but just as my finger pressed on the shutter button they both split in two and that is what I got.. But there were other opportunities and I grabbed them..
The dogs really had a great time. Bjorns dog was on his very first off the leash trip to the wilds. A VERY NERVOUS time for new dog owners but it was obvious Bjorn has put time into him.. I cannot tell you how many signs Ive seen posted on the border of the wilds over the years of ppl dogs just taking off never to be seen again..Bjorns dog had a great example to follow with Olaf and it was amazing to watch him learn throughout the day, much like The Olaf did back in the day.. After the dogs were found to not want to destroy one another we slung on our rucksacks for a long day into the wilds. We stepped off and headed a few miles through the forest via an old logging road to reach the main river. It was uneventful and the logging trail was well rutted and muddy. We mostly got caught on the Wuhan virus situation and other topics, all the while watching our step and navigating the endess trip hazards and low hanging tree obstacles. The dogs all the while made no effort to stay with us and ran and played in the water and mud like one would expect a good wilderness dog to do.
Our kit for the day was very simple. Bjorn had a simple Russian made day pack and a side arm, along with his survival smock and binos. I had a WWII German Rucksack made from a zeltbahn that was either POW made or Refugee made after the war. I carried just an MRE and a liner for my survival smock, binoculars, with some camera kit inside as well. The ruck held well against the brutal terrain we tore through. Alaska played no favorites with age but there was no damages to be found. The days objective was to reach a slow moving creek that fed into the main river. The slow moving creek was a treasure find for a place to train. A near PERFECT spot for rucksacks rafts, raft construction and other water-born tasks to be held. It was relatively safer then any other spot I have ever found, and in the summer after the thaw has washed through the forest, the steam was relatively crystal clear with a depth of about 8 ft (last time i was there). I actually found this stream years ago but life being life I never made it there to execute the plans I had set out. electing to work on the Spider Web project nstead..
When we reached the main river it was a sight to behold. The dance of clouds and sunlight was simply epic. You could just see the glacier off in the distance. This made one grateful for the gift of life and the gift of living in Alaska. Whats more is there were no shortage of eagles hunting for their morning meal to greet us in a way only Alaska ever has.. We saw MAD eagle dives into the water and fighting over thier prey but it was all too fast save a few shots Ill show on the next video. Enjoy the still shots below..
After a couple hours reaching and hanging out at the river we decided to head out. We glassed the area, consulted maps and the GPS and decided what way we wanted to go. Our path would eventually leads us off the beaten path and from all signs we encounter, a place where no one seems to go. Most, if not all, ATV/Side x Side tracks stopped at the main river- for that we were grateful- We're looking for a place to go where no one else goes but a place we could reach by foot
.. It wast long before we ran into the mouth of the creek off the main river that we had been looking for that was our main objective. All in all I'm not sure how long it took us to reach it but the scout was far from over- we had no schedule other then making it home that night. We then decided to head up creek to see what we would find. The farther the better! It was all on the farthest reaches of our map but just inside where we might fall off the edge if we kept going. Finding and following the river was a real treat. Strait away It was 100% obvious this was a TA wonderland of sorts. It had just about everything we needed. Seclusion, challenge, depth and WATER. and best of all none of the rules you will find other places in Alaska. You can have fires and build shelters here w/o worry of fines or worse. If we had an ATV or horses we couls use them too! But alas its all boot power for us..
As we traveled hunger creeped in so it was time for lunch. A spot next to the creek was chosen and we had at it .. We discussed various topics, One of which was what we experienced that day and what I described to Bjorn as "The Pull".... Its the sense of discovery and adventure I feel when Im in the wilds and he was feeling it too. This sensation can be deceptive and it can be gravely dangerous. When I'm out and have a very productive time I WANT MORE. Its almost like feeding a high.. I first noticed this years ago at "Goat Ridge" when I noticed once I reach a peaks or cliffs height- I wanted more and old areas no longer filled the void of discovery. So Id simply go father, or higher and keep going. If one is not careful they will go out so long, or so high and so far out that they have put themselves into a deficit of energy Vs Distance/terrain... If you get into trouble out there this can mount into disaster. When you are tired you make mistakes! I use to fall for this a lot when I first got here 12 years ago. The power of "just a few more miles" just to see what is there is VERY strong. Its almost like a Witch Hag drawing you in with some sorcery that takes over your mind with the promises of filling your curiosity with a new discovery. Never fall for this! Its dangerous! 99% of the time there is never anything up ahead but more wilderness.!
As we traveled into the Hinterlands the terrain started taking on alien look. Ive been here 12 years and Ive never seen terrain like this- but to be fair Ive never been to many places in Alaska. I was used to seeing this type of terrain at altitude and on hills. We were close to see level and inside an old glacier valley. It literally went on for miles. It was VERY grassy, relatively flat and dotted with waterlogged patches of grass, trees, low alder thickets and game trails.
It just seemed to go on forever. Bjorn climbed a broken tree here to have a better look. He shouted down that this terrain went on as far as he could see right up to the feet of the mountain ridge. This tree was very pronounced so I decided to make this a land mark on the map and GPS. Its now known as "The Tree of Woa".. If you know the original Conan the Barbarian, you know the reference.. I think it might be fitting see how one can really end up in mortal danger out there w/o even trying..
"Tree of Woa"
After a few hours of scouting around I decided to name this place as I do most of all the places Ive used but it wasn't clear what name to go with this time. It was on my mind for a while but I just couldn't put my finger on what this valley remind me of. Then it it hit us and we nearly mentioned it at the same time! Africa! So then and there it was coined- "Rhodesia Training Area", or" TA Rhodesia".. Other then the mountains its looked like pics from the Bush wars.. so there you have it..
Just when we were about to start to head back "The pull" was screaming at us both at full volume. The day had been so productive from ID'ing area to use, to the abundance of resources (Fishing license and hunting license will be purchased) that it was hard to call it a day and head back...We found a game trail that looked like it would take us in the general direction of where we stepped off but "The Pull" was beckoning us to travel father up stream to see what we would find... Bear in mind its been a long ass day already. We were muddy, tired, hungry and had a LOT of miles to put in before we got back to our vehicles.But we said FUK IT.. lets keep going...
So what did we find? Laughing Loki pile of Shiet!
We pressed on a few more miles hand-railing the river as we had the entire day.. I was eye balling behind us and Bjorn was on the glass and spotted a structure. Obviously man made. I glassed it to. Seeing this threw us for a serious loop to question where we thought we were. If it was a house or cabin we were woefully off course and had gone much father then we though.
Before I/we go any further please refrain from posts about warnings- Deliverance... banjos.. male on male rape... and all other obvious urban puns, or real issues that can come with such a find. We know- we have discussed and it doesnt need to be rehashed because EVERYONE is going to say the same thing. We are adults making adult decision. end of story.
You'll notice in the above picture there is mashed down grass. After Bjorn spotted the manmade structure we pressed forward to see WTF was going on. We knew there was no way in hell we went to the next town over 20miles away and in the other direction, so what the fuk was it? We advanced up the road hoping to see someone or something to help us get our bearing. We were baffled as fuk. We got closer and saw a pronounced absence of "No Trespassing" signs, so the next obvious thought was that D.N.R had some sort fo station out there only it wasn't on any maps nor was there any r information i had heard about regarding this... And again there was an absence of any identifying marks as to what we were walking up on...
So What The Fuk was it?
Wind chimes made from bones....and the ground was littered with bones from various animals..Sadly i had no inclination to take my eyes off the surroundings so i made very few pictures..and some i accidentally deleted like a dumb ass...
it got more interesting....
A quiet box for a generator...
Everything there was painted to be hidden. And once spring comes in full bore and the trees are green the structures will be absolutely hidden. With 24 hour sun in the summer they could operate undetected w/ little difficulty..Whats more is the camp seems to be located out of the general corridor for air traffic lending to its suspect nature... Some structures had camo tarps over them and all the gear was stored under the platforms that had been erected to set up for the wall-tents on and the huge tarps that we saw were all dark brown or camouflage in scheme.. The platforms themselves were painted dark Olive Green..There was fish process tables as well. Nets and some sort of trapping equipment were identified. As mentioned the ground was littered with animal bones, but very little trash. The gov would not have bones laying about like that and whats more they would have signs up for warning of such a station- That and there being 0 trespasser warning signs lead us to believe this is a poaching station in regards to its location. We even found a large camouflage canoe with no registration numbers on the side. As we searched the place we both were on the look out for trail cams and traps. We were both worried about the dogs as well. My assumption was there were no traps because an injured person or dog would draw absolute attention to the camp- They were rolling the dice on someone just leaving the place be. There we no trail cam that we saw. If i had have saw one it would have went home with me- Not from sheer thievery but IMO that place is illegal and I don't want them having pictures of me. We may have missed one but between Bjorn and myself I doubt it..
What do we plan to do with this place? Absolutely nothing. It means nothing to me either way. Its a tool of the terrain now...This place was marked on the map and GPS as OPFOR base camp and will be used and observed as such. Its now part of the Evasion Survival Alaska Fictional OPFOR training. With that being said we will stay well clear of it. However just knowing such a place is in the area (23 square miles of it) will add an element of urgency to training and remaining hidden.
This is as INACCURATE (yes inaccurate) an rendition as I can provide to show you an idea of what we did w/o showing you what we did. It was over 10 miles (probably 13) that day. The terrain was fuking Rhodesia all the live long day with the clumps of forest here and there, and mostly WET AND MUDDY open grass lands with spars trees, brush and forested bounderies.. In the green season (week or so) this entire area will look like something else but will remain "TA Rhodesia". I think its quite obvious what this maps shows. The only questionable characteristic would be the "Tree of Woa". Its the round green spot just off the path at the top. Remember this are is more the 23 square miles- We still have lots to do..
So what did we get from this scout.. A LOT. I wont get into the details but its everything we need to have to open and close this green season with a well rounded, multi-faceted goal of success..The next leg, of two that we have planned will be coming in from the other direction. We got more done today in the area then I ever dreamed getting done in one day. Having a training partner that WANTS TO BE THERE for the SAME reasons that I do is priceless. I thanked Bjorn for not turning out to just another dick that was fixing to fill some Tv fantasy-He thanks me for the same. Thus far scouts and outings are going well. He has even earned his Wolverine Patch that I gave him on the last scout trip.
After the camp was stumbled upon and it was time to go he took lead and navigated us back to the vehicles. He did a fine job with what he had to work with. Being alone I would have never taken the route he took to get us back becuase of emergency and energy issues, but with two ppl it made perfect sense and we didn't have to pay for the same realestate twice..He has a good grasp of reading the land and knowing where he is. To say I trust his words, actions and instinct would be accurate. As always time will tell but I have high hopes this summer will be legendary for Evasion Survival Alaska. We have a third man joining us soon too- So join us wont you?.
By Request.. a few picsof my rucksack... Narration at the bottom..
Its a simple rectangle piece of camo fabric folded over to from a square piece of fabric sewn together. The eyelets are actually hand sewn! Its had a wide mouth with a simple drawn-cord cinch close design. The lid is simply a flay with a button. The shoulder straps are none adjustable and also made from zeltbahn material. Fabric has simply ween folded over a couple of time and sewn into a strip then attached to the ruck at the top between the shoulders spreading out and down to the corners of the square..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on April 22, 2020 at 5:25 PM||comments (12)|
The emulation is real out and so is the threat from it that it brings to the Rural Evader. Free thinking will take you far. If you're stepping out looking like your fav SF Operator or suffering from some OCD that keeping you from breaking up your silhouette/ thus the group then you're absolutely doing it wrong. The military forms up in uniform for a reason. For both the logic of it and for the rules of war. As an Evader its folly to dress in head to toe in the same manner as the Military. YOU ARE NOT THE MILITARY. As mentioned before that you've been handed the most priceless gift you could possibly be handed- and that's the gift of the freedom to think for yourself and adjust to the situation for proper adaptation..
Bjorn (Bear) and i were talking this morning and he told me he has acquired a Partizan suit, but elected to get a different pattern then my SS Leto version. I was delighted to see him once again step up with some individual effort to get the best from our time out, but most of all I strongly disagree on groups forming up all in the same camo/uniform and kit. Not just because it looks Walt Mitty as fuk, but him electing to get a different and distinct pattern was a VERY GOOD THING were CAMCON is concerned in its application to a group, or team. Granted it easier to spot one individual Evader in a group but IMO its a necessary evil whose value outweighs the hazard in the grand scale of not getting made by prying eyes. Ive never had this discussion with anyone else because I have been alone for so long but the logic is sound for the Rural Evader.. I told him how a large groups, or even two man team wearing the same patterns as the next man in the team absolutely gives off a signature when observed by sharp-determined or trained eyes. Forming up head to toe not only scream Walt Mitty conformity emulation- Its just plain fuking stupid and wrong for the Evader- You're not a fuking soldier so stop trying to look like one! (I didn't say this to Bjorn- Im saying it now). End of Story. Here's why..
Russian "Spectre" Bjorn has... and... Russian SS Leto Partizan Scout suits I have. Two very distinct patterns.CAMCON does not stop at the individual Evader in a group. The individual makes up the whole and the whole determines the successful CAMCON of the group or team. Just like wearing different patterns on the body hides the Evader so wearing different pattern throughout the team hided the team much better as a whole. Its just simple science of light, colors and contrast. However I wouldn't even stop there with different suits. Kit, trousers, cap, gators and so on should be of varied patterns. Every aspect that can be switched up should be switched up as best as possible..
This is me a few years ago utilizing Soviet design Birch mixed with DPM, and another shot of me mixing WWIi British Cam with DPM..
Years ago I read an article about how the orders for the Waffen SS in Russian forests. Where it stated that in groups of squads and larger operating in woodland areas of Russian were ordered to alternate from soldier to soldier utilizing the Spring and Autumn side of the helmets and smock so to maximize the best CAMCON effect of their camo over garments for the best possible results for the groups operating in mass. Example: take 4 Soldiers- one would have the autumn side out, the next would have the spring side out, and so on, thus the soldiers with autumns sides out on their helmet covers would have the spring side out on their smock, and so so and so on staggering who had what side showing. This made absolute sense to me!...
So this is just a quick CAMCON note of something to think about as the loner Evader or a group of Evaders. On another note early next month I will be closing my YT channel. I'm sick of their filthy Communist Ork tactics, and its just a matter of time until they get to my channel. I don't believe in letting the OPFOR have first strike- Im heading to safer pastures while the getting is good and I will continue to operate my information from here.. All videos there will be transferred and hosted HERE, bot past, present and future videos..
I hope you all are safe and healthy.
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on April 14, 2020 at 11:55 AM||comments (6)|
Above: A very old project- Replaced the orginal soup sandwish pockets with Liebermuster cargo pockest from Swiss Trousers.
The point of this post is not whether or not I will replace any smock, or to shine a light on anything I am using at the moment. Its simply to show you can make your own reliable kit if you want. It costs a fraction of what vendors ask for kit that is usually total shit. It doesn't have to be HSLD with all the latest BS- It just has to carry your pocket kit in an organized manner and provide a certain amount of cargo capacity should the need arise. It also has to protect you from the elements and provide appropriate CAMCON to the Evader. Making your own kit doesn't mean you're cheap or cheating yourself. Making your own kit shows you are training and thinking outside the box of conformity trending internet bullshit.. I would take a guy that makes his own kit with me into the wilds 100x over someone who shows up with kit that looks like he watched YT and Fb ads all his life and bought what he was fed. This entire project took about 8 hours over about 2-3 days.
Its simple: When you actually use your kit-you will actually know your kit. Used kit is ALWAYS mod'ed and its always dirty. The first rule about it is that NO ONE knows what you need better then you ever will if you get out and use it. If you don't-you're just sitting in front of the computer waiting for someone to sell you solution to a problem they invented and that never even existed in the first place.. The Survival Smock is a shining example of this. Ive never seen a smock that comes as it needs to be. They always seem to be over super over engineered to the point of ridiculous stupidity, or under engineered to the point of negligence. On the over engineered end falls my two German Flecktarn-made to order for the German BW- Survival/utility smocks, and at the far end are my British s95 Rip Stop Smocks (and earlier models) that have been mod'ed properly to suit my needs. My point being that you are either adding or subtracting factory made option to get the desired performance from the garments. NOTHING comes as needed and stay that way with use for the prepared Evader who has put himself through the paces as best he can.
The purpose of the Survival Smock is utilitarian us and the over all organization of his/her pocket kit, and to expand pocket kit in such a way as it improves the Evaders chances of survival when he is left with just the clothing on his back-figuratively and literally. From the kit its made up with, to a certain finite cargo capability that will provide the Evader with the ability to stay mobile with as little burden as possible. Like I spoke of in one of my vids with the Rucksack load compliment- You need room for items you have scavenged and foraged, and your kit needs to be orginized and at the ready to be used without a uneeded burden or liability being created. The same rule applies for the Survival Smock.
During this time of the Chinese/CCP Virus where the Peoples Liberation Army has to date killed over 21,000 US citizens, Im, like most others staying home while I can. So with that being stated I decided to build a Survival Smock with some random items i had around the house, all being added to an existing light weight Fleck-tarn parks thus turning it into a totally servicable Survival Smock. The two items I took from where 2 simple sets of BW Flecktarn trousers. I scavenged the belt loops and pockets from both. Second was a specialty type Flecktarn shirt I got in the wrong size and tried to make work but was unsuccessful making the shirt serviceable...
The base for the homemade Survival Smock was just a simple 4 pocket BW issue Flecktarn light weight parka. As is these parka are made for the relatively light winters of Europe. They boast 4 simple pockets and one small shoulder pocket. These mods were super easy and simple to apply and the end results speak for themselves, as you will see below. YOU DO NOT NEED TO SPEND HUNDREDS ON A SURVIVAL SMOCK. The "Poor Mans Survival Smock" approach will work just fine. You can make your own for a fraction of the cost. These parks are no thicker in weave then a temperate weight US BDU top. So they are appropriate for hot weather and cold weather use if one desired. The are single layer construction throughout so this means no redundant layers to trap unnecessary body heat. This is excellent for hot weather use and releasing heat, and equally for winter use with the addition of a liner and other layers its appropriate for winter use as well. This one is, of course, over sized to promote my rules about trapping heat and letting air flow to stay cooler in the summer. My S95s and my German ones all have redundant layering through out and this is IMO a bad thing.
Some of the mods are very obvious, and other, not so much. I added foliage loops around the front and back of the shoulders and added two to the upper arms using the belt loops from the trousers. I added the arm pockets from the flecktarn shirt, and last but not least- I used all 4 leg pockets from the trousers to make the rear cargo pockets. Whats more I that inside the right leg or each flecktarn trousers pocket there is a small pocket inside used for a pocket knife. I removed this pocket as well and sewed them inside the cargo pocket, on either side, Thus now I have a small interior pocket on each side. One housing my small lock-blade and the other housing my Multool.. I will show these and other small mods below.
All pockets throughout the Survival Smock have a dummy cord anchor points for its respective cargo. I was careful not to add too many option and negate the purpose of the smock. I didn't want to have too much unneeded cargo area thus adding material/weight to the smock. Weight adds up fast with a smock. Experience will show you what you need.
As of now the pockets just have the original metal snaps. I have confidence in them but I will be adding some secondary buttons in the even the snaps fail Howere in all my years Ive seen only two snaps ever fail.
Above are the pockets within the pockets. These are a mod I did on my first homemade Survival Smock years ago and the mod proved super helpful in keeping things organized inside the main pocket.. Ive used them also to store water filters, spare mags for the pistol and Emergency flares. Here they house a Milti-Tool and my pocket knife on either side of the smock. The pocket knife and 550 cord are in the same pocket but separated. This helps keep the knife from getting tangled in the 550 making for smooth use, easy access and 550 cord at the ready with the knife and 550 stored in the same spot.
Im not a huge fan of arm pockets. The tend to get in the way of the Rucksack straps when taking it on and off. However in this case I made it a point to put them on. They are harvested from the specialist Flecktarn blouse from above. With the absence of lower front bellowed cargo pockets I needed the room. The pockets themselves are not very invasive, and are sort of the small side of shoulder pockets. I added the Velcro and then simply sewed them on- Though its not easy getting the machine inside the arm- you can see a few mistakes, but the pockets are solid and will not fail. You can see where I also added the mentions rows of camo foliage loops in the same area. As mentioned above there are made from belt loops on the Flecktarn trousers.The lower front zipper pockets remain and are unchanged but the cargo capacity is no that great with these. I did install dummy cord anchor loops in both. There is a GPS and a Map Compass either. I was able to harvest 16 in all. The negation of front lower bellowed pockets frees up room and clutter when the need to go prone presents itself. The tread may appear white but its in fact a grey. Its simply a hard contrast against the dark camo
One of the other areas I fixed was the wrists cuffs. Though I have no issue with Velcro I wanted to replace them with buttons and open the cuff up to ventilation. These buttons and the button hole tabs were both harvested from the Specialist Flecky shirt. I added a square nylon webbing to shore up the tab. For whatever reason my machine was not liking the cuffs and I didn't trust the seems it produces. I also removes the gusset at the writs opening it up for ventilation and easy of rolling up the sleeves in hot weather, when appropriate to do so. However how it was manufactures it made rolling up very difficult and uncomfortable- This open design works much better. The air flow it provides is very good. Ive already used this smock on some PT and I noticed the difference strait away. Though its not as good as the full length zippers on some smocks.
A Survival Smock shouldn't be a burden to the Evader. It shouldn't break the bank or be a season specific item. It should be a year round item that can be fattened up, or thinned down depending on the season. With some imagination, experience, proper use and some simple sewing skills you should have the ability to produce one tailored to your needs. Survival smocks are a MUST IMO. Ive tried to lighten up and get away without one. I saw liabilities open up in my plans, especially my fall back plans. IMO its as important as a god set of boots are.
Some helpful links:
*Kit Page Here:
*Poor Mans Survival Smock
*Survival Smock Dummy Cords
*Survival Smock Content
Thank you for your time.. Try not to buy CHINA made goods if you can.. and if you must try to get it second hand... Starve the filthy red into submission..
Be safe and Stay Healthy!
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on February 26, 2020 at 12:50 PM||comments (18)|
Step off time was 0700/7AM before sun up. The expected temperature was about 10F but much to our surprise it was every bit of 20 below 0F. We un-assed our kit, strapped on our snow shoes, wrapped ourselves in our webbing and slipped our rucksack over our heads. Then with kit sorted and weapons in hand we gingerly followed a utility trail into the frozen dark forest for about a mile, all the while keeping a keen eye for moose feeding in the tree line and out in the tall dry grass. The hike in was uneventful-just cold and silent. With the sound of the snow crunching under our snow shoes, the hisses and crunch of ice and snow were cutting through the silence for all the wilds to know were were there.. Once off the utility train we broke off into the edges of a frozen marsh into the thick pine-trees that were well packed tight and close like the beams from a 1700s Stockade Fort. The ground was deep and soft with snow and many trip hazards hidden in its depths let us know they were there. There were no shortages of falls in the snow but there were no tempers to be aroused on this creep.. Its the name of the game until you get your snow legs sorted.
Kit for the day was simple as always:
*Rifle and Side Arm.
Ill save you the details. Basic kit content never changes but sometimes the rig itself will. I opted for the PLCE belt kit and an old East German Shit Bird Rucksack. Bear had a rucksack and webbing of Russian origins. As a team seems to be forming with the new fella we started to agree on a few standard items. One being the caliber 308. This discussion made agreed upon that 308 is now the preferred standard caliber of the new team. This vastly improves our firepower in this vast land of wilderness. On this day, however, Bear had his Russian 308 and I had my M4. I opted for the M4 this day because I knew I was totally out of my PT routine and I didnt wanna spend the day looking at my boots. It turned out this was a sound choice as I was not low on energy for the vast majority of the day. Bear hauled his 308 w/o issues. We also both carried Zeltbahn and these seem to be also becoming a standard item for the newly forming team.
There has been no shortage of winter this season. nearly a month or more of sub-arctic/below 0 temps and remaining below 0 with lots of snow. We had one pause in this, and a week prior to this drill the forest had experiences a hard thaw only to be followed up with the deep sub-arctic temperatures returning to freeze the wet forest back into suspended animation. I had seen this happen many many many season over the years and it makes things quite interesting. Some branches shatter like glass while other resist the slightest pressure with the power of tempered steel making movement difficult in strength and stealth. You also run into various types of snow at various depths. On this morning I had to make fire to make water and it was a adversary to be reckoned with but one I knew well. There are times here when you simply cannot get a fire going- Its as simple as that.
Our original plan was a tactical creep across the forest. Bear had made a winter werewolf suit from an old Czech camo net and I was set with what I had at the ready with snow over-whites, so we were ready to do just that. Maps, GPS, compasses were readied. We had even taken the time to break up the rifles with white tape Sadly in the forest-however the temperature was ass bite cold. How cold is "ass bite cold"? Very dangerous cold- MUCH too cold to expose the face to the cold and use face-paint. Our first objective before getting into creep mode was to get a simple fire going to make water. I do this probably 90% of the time i go out as to keep my fire skills fresh and honed. On this day Alaska tested this with its frozen forest not cooperating in any sense of the word. We had stopped inside this frozen marsh and it was cold, dark and the snow was very deep. The deep snow and temperature really REALLY conspired to slow us down to a near stop trying to gather materials for this fire. Whats more is there was nearly 0 birch trees to harvest bark from and the ones we found were totally frozen on the outside. All the pines had gotten wet and then froze as well so tiny tinder was near ruined and usless... It was impossble to use our touch sense to read what any of the gathered material was like- it was just too cold to tell ice from just cold. Pealing the birch trees was beyond difficult- to impossble at best. The bark was frozen and the trees we had were not giving any pull tabs to help harvest the bark...It was like pealing paint from a car. It took forever and we had got the reality of just how cold it was during this time. We eventually did get the fire rolling. I bet it took 2 hours or more. Bear got it started with his fero rob and I preformed CPR on it for the majority of the time. We took turns gathering what we could that we thought was able to burn. Most of it just thawed out in the heat and steamed but eventually it did get hot enough to flash dry the tinder's and roll on by itself-thus water was made. I could have simply used my stove but if i was really out in the wilds after the hammer had dropped i may have to conserve my fuel or it may be that I had used it up..
After making water we assed up once again and simply picked a direction to explore and we set off. We alternated breaking the snow. Bear was very eager to improve his snow legs so he took point much of the time. I had no issue with this. I trust him in that respect and it was nice to just let someone else do some thinking while I'm out there. We did have to continue to keep and eye out for moose though- That was our OPFOR- A very real OPFOR. It was cold and the sun wasn't even up yet. It was just a glow behind the mountains for a while. I longed for it. Even on a cold day of this degree the sun will warm you to a very tolerable level. At times it can warm you too much if you're on the move. We did keep moving until the sun was well over the tops of the mnts. I don't think the temperate went up very much when the sun had been in full view for a while but I know my homemade wool had sure got warm on top. So much that my head was sweating, later the rest of me start to sweat too and Bear. sweating too, suggested we have a break and slow down. We had not been in the sun very long at all, relatively speaking so the tempo of the day had been set at that moment....
The terrain varied and changed as the day went on. There were more stretches of thick pines that eventually opened up into relatively open hilly forest. The trip hazards and voids under the snow did dramatically increase as we hit the open forest, and more so as we neared a large stream we eventually crossed.. At this point no one fell over in the snow and -snow leg equilibrium- had been obtained. Bear was carrying his Saiga 308 (with a homemade stock he made himslef-Above) with ease and how it best worked for him and I was doing the same with my M4 and kit. The difference being he used one pole and I used two. He preferred just one because of the length of his weapon, and his prior experience had, at that point, coupled with what he was learning and it showed in a positive light. I was used to using two poles with either weapons (G3 or M4). I always keep my weapon relatively loose and at the ready stowed to my side. Neither is wrong- This isn't the military and we are free to build our own SOPs as we see fit and as experience dictates. As long as the Evader is smart enough and trains enough to know with absolute certainly he is not creating a liability- its not wrong! Training enough and being smart enough brings this possible team to a new avenue- We both are vastly experienced in what we do and have loads of skills to pass to one another- We both look forward to this. Ill speak more to this as time goes on. Suffice to say I'm beyond impressed with the commitment he has shown strait out of the gate.
Me glassing a gigantic eagles nest. I estimate it was probably 5-8 feet across. It was truly an amazing sight to behold. Sadly it was empty However it was a good sight to see, none the less.
Eventually we came to stream that needed to be crossed. It was just a few feet feet at the most and a few inches at the least. We we had to slide down was just over a foot. Alone I have never fuked with water. I know better-especially on a day like this. However having another person adds resources and a safety net to training so we simply crossed it. We did this by simply sliding down the short slope, landing feet first in the water and exiting. We opted to keep our snow shoes on since they have cleats and could grip any hidden ice under the water. The short slide allowed this as did the risk versus reward factor. Sadly you.ll have to wait for the video to see us doing this but it wasnt a bug deal and we preceded w/o incident, gin on our merry way just after crossing.
Our legs had got soaked but as far as I could tell neither of us had water penetrate to our insulating layers. My gators protected me as i thought ,so for that Im thankful. Later our legs did freeze solid on the outside. You'll have to wait for the video to see the result of my deep freeze. It was quite amusing and a relief that my layers held up. Oddly though (or not so much) it was so cold on this day my toes did get cold later but not because of the water. After 10 years I think I may beed new liners in my boots- The current ones have become compacted and lost loft. This day was a special kinda cold I seldom get out in do to timing and real life getting in the way . It was cold. The deep freezing mountain air was flowing from the mountains right into our area. I expected this but I did not expect such a constant deep freeze. It was unrelenting and thoroughly had our attention throughout the day. We adapted and moved on. No pussy dicks we exposed..
Eventually it was lunch time. We had both worked up a furious appetite, and with many miles still ahead of us we were ready for some hot food. No fire this time. We used our burner kit- or what I like to think of as our "silent sustenance readiness apparatuses". If you plan to evade you better have a way to warm food or water w/ as little signature as possible.
I was ready to mix up some of my "tasty tasty" Ramen and pulled pork ass combo.I utilized my heat shield on my burner. I tore it on the bottle and simply slide it into place when I cook. It slides back down when not in use and is super easy to stow when Im done. Using this shield cut the cooking time by a third when compared to Bears burner, as we started at nearly the same time. This shield idea is nothing new. Ive used it for years. I think around 4 or 5 years. I may have mentioned it in the past- I really cannot remember at the moment. The entire idea of a shield is not new but the idea of having it stored around a bottle was something Ive never seen before. It works amazingly well to conserve heat and fuel. Bear immediately wanted to use this idea for himself and that is what this is about- Learning.
Bear ready to suck done his lunch.. However thats is not the entire point of this picture. Whats is, and will escape most readers at first glance is that Bear is still wearing his camo, and his webbing under his werewolf suit. This is of his own accord and a testament to his prior training long before he came to Alaska. This was not mentioned by me as a standard practice of Evasion Survival Alaska. His readiness has been top tier exemplary when he arrived, and to be honest shined a light on a few of my bad habits i have let creep in over the years. Its refreshing and revitalizing. Not just to have such commitment around me but to give me a nudge back on course after so many recent pitfalls over the past couple years. This readiness and commitment is something I have tried to send home with nearly everyone I have ever trained with, but you cannot get a tempo with ppl who do not want to keep pace with the preset training theme of a group. Bear has come prepared. Now If i can just get him to ditch the black hat.. haha ;-)
My leg frozen solid on the outside. it was quite a surprise. It was a kin to a panel of wood without exaggeration.
Lunch was done.. roll out time..
After lunch we eventually made if from the forest to the the open areas of the frozen marsh and swamps. The sun was blazing at this point. We had to seriously pace our movement as it was getting easier to over heat regardless of the ass bite cold temperature we were operating in. It was so bright i had the opportunity to use my homemade sunglasses one more. I made these last year and they worked great. Ive since added some camo to them as well. The homemade cap and homemade eye protection gave me a comforting sense of self reliance just knowing they were created by my hands and worked as intended.
We stomped snow for hours and hours. I think we got back 10 hours later. All in all we slayed 8 miles. Thats strait measured miles and measured on the bases of flat ground. It was not measured by taking in account the deep snow, with snow-shoes, heavy boots, heavy kit and terrain. All in all i bet we killed 20 miles worth of calories and engery. In the end leg we cut across frozen bogs catching some old ski tracks and following them for a few miles. We both were doing great but we both could feel the days expulsion of energy was going to meet a reckoning soon.
On the way back we were about a mile or so before we were back at the utility trail to head another bit of distance to pick up and we had a bad run in with a moose. This moose had not one fuk to give that we needed to pass his immediate area. In fact he was outright defiant about it. We tried to give him a wide birth and it still didn't matter. Its a shitty feeling thinking your going to get charged and stomped by a moose with snow-shoes and kit on- You simply cannot move and fight as freely as you think you will be able to. Its impossible.. To say I felt constricted and claustrophobic was an understatement. Moose move through deep snow like a breeze over a pond. He had every advantage should he had have decided to stomp one of us. At one point he went right at Bear, stopped and just glared at him with a 'fuk you- Im gonna stomp you into the earth' look on his face. Almost like he was daring us to get any closer though we went out of our way to get away from him... I thought for sure a shot was going to be needed and at that point we were both drawn and ready as we headed in the other direction. It was no joke. He was Mr. Pissy pants and outweighed us by about 600lbs or more. I got a bit of it on video but yull have to wait for that..
Ive left the pictures below quite large so to give the reader of better view of what Kit we took that day..
The day drill was a complete and total sucess regardless of the change of plan and circumstances we were handed. We adapted and both gained valuable experiences. A lot was accomplished. Not just with what we physically covered over land and with our kit, but a lot of discussion was settled on the prospect of forming a team and what we expect from it. We have decided to keep it very simple.
1* All team member must have a stocked survival smock and have it with them in all seasons and weather.
2* 308 and 9mm is the preferred caliber of the Team
3* E-tool will become a standard item for patrol kit (as we plan to get into building hides this summer and as a regular skill set)
4* Werewolf Suits will also be a standard item that is included in normal patrol kit.
A few of the mentioned above items will allow us to make better plans on the fly. Alaska ALWAYS finds a way to punch a plan in the face. No plan survives first step off in Alaska. This is fact. We also plan to do rucksack raft water crossing this summer and rope work that includes rappelling when the weather clears. However none of this will happen over night. Getting to know and trust each other better is the base of success here. Time spent out in any capacity with new people is time well spent and will show you what the future brings. Past and current behavior coupled with ones actions will usually dictate what sort of behavior and commitment a potential member brings to the table. To say that I'm satisfied with my new team mate is a sound statement. Bear comes to the table with loads of experience and motivation that is fast translating into a valuable member and training partner. This is not a militia or the military. We are both adults and the theme of what I do is not in anyway obscured. So anyone thinking they will want to join the team has had the bar set high as fuk as of now..
The video link will be posted here when Im done with it. The above picture is a slight glimpse at something new it will cover along with this days drill. I took a lot away from this drill. I want to get back into leather production/making more of my own kit and I want to start using more old kit again. I tend to learn more with older kit- and I tend to trust it more. Its no more a liability to me but mores the challenge in many ways. The up-coming video will discuss that and also future plans for Evasion Survival Alaska. Things are changing, and I hope they keep progressing to a more prosperous future that expands training that can only be accomplished with a partner (or partners). The new guy Bear is also into sewing, leather work and making do with what he has. A very very refreshing change from past experiences..
Thank you for your time..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 21, 2020 at 5:10 PM||comments (2)|
I thoroughly believe there are few products that come off the shelf that will adapt -as is- for the Evaders needs. The more you train and use your kit the more you will bend and adapt to simply modifying kit to be functional, accessible and to balance that with protecting it from the elements to minimize the necessary burden of kit maintained. A sound, protective holster is one of those area Ive visited before. I spent many months using the MOLLE Pilots protective survival holster but grew bored with its wide profile that took up a lot of panel space and the protective flap fasteners also left me to desire more from a protective holster. To use it with my Glock I has to fashion a plastic insert shaped like my Glock and employ it in the holster If I wanted to keep one round in the chamber because the holster was super thin. I thought to convert it may time but after much use and thought I lost confidence in it due to its many shortcomings. I then moved onto an open holster that exposed my pistol but offered excellent access and drawing, but time and again this proved to expose the Glock to much too much snow and debris. An Evader on the move simply cannot afford such a liability if they expect their weapon to function and remain ready if the situation rises to such a level.
Yesterday was the last draw. I was out with a new fella and the Glock was simply showered with snow the entire day and it became a frozen mess. Thinking of what I had in my inventory, I thought to simply fashion a protective flap but then this would lead into how to fasten it correctly, how to sew it on the holster w/o interfering with the MOLLE webbing etc etc etc. In the end it was too involved and chances were I was heading into a rabbit hole that would probably not end as functional or practical as I wanted..
I had a surplus German P38 Holster I picked up some time ago at the second hand store. The glock fit it and fit it well other then an inch of extra holster at the end of the barrel. But the fact that the Krauts use thier own suspension system for LBE made me lose interest in it. Thier belt is pictured above and mates with that holster via thier funky design they nicked from the Canadians. However it was really my only option at this point unless i wanted to spend money, and I did not. So i dug the holster out and got with it. I also used some German webbing from a web belt part of the German LBE kit. I chopped off about a 5 inch piece to work from. Knowing the holster and portion of the web belt would mate w/o issues I though to simply make a panel and to adapt that to my MOLLE rig..
*Cut piches from the belt itself.. You'll need to think of how long depending on the poach you wish to adapt.
*Sew MOLLE webbing to the pieces of belt..
*Rear to mate with the rig..
*Front to mate with the holster.
The machine gave me a fit a few time during this project but she got the hang of it after some coaxing.
* Sadly getting the entire area of the nose that I wanted to sew under the hold down leg of the machine was a messy task and didn't end as well as I wanted. However its strong and sound and will hold. Again I ran several seems into the tape, thus adding to the over all stregth of the seem end. She punctured it w/o issues and I saved an inch or so of kit from hanging down..
*The final modification was to add a loop to make it easier to grasp and pull open the inter secure strap for the pistol. There was barely anything to grab with my fingers so never-mind trying to grab it with cold or gloved fingers. A simple loop attached sufficed to fix this issue..
*The end result is very satisfactory. Normally a fish mouth gap like this behind any sort of pouch would drive me mad as a liability or issue waiting to happen but I suspect this will be fine and its not really bothering me at all. Im am not recommending this idea to anyone but merely offering an idea to start from if they are having the same issues finding a good protective holster that they can drawn a weapon from relatively easily..
*So its done: I mostly wanted to post this to share with others so to give them a base idea on how they can use these holsters on normal ppl rigs. IMHO the Krauts really dropped the ball on this rig I canabalized. The pouches they have are extremely durable, very robust, and functionally practical but the suspension design is absolutely ridiculous rubish and over/under engineered at the same time. There is simply no way to adjust thier rig on the go and it fits like you're wearing a picket fence..But back to the holsters: They are very very common and very cheap to purchase. They offer excellent protection and access to ones pistol but you must converts them. Stum/Mil-Tec makes an adapter to use on there German pouches on normal web belts but I have never tried them. It runs along the same principle as the idea Ive used here but with ALICE clips. If those clips are made in China I wont be trying them anytime soon, Ill just make my own..
Greetings From Frozen Solid Alaska..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on January 3, 2020 at 2:45 PM||comments (10)|
"The buses with prisoners from the gun round up in Winchester will be traveling east on RT50 at 1800, here..."
All jokes aside ppl preparing to throw down about this one possible outcome to the VA situation need to stop talking about it in public unless its about political channels and political change.. You wouldn't tell the bad guy where your LPOPs were, your base camp is located, man power numbers, hides or where your patrols were headed would you? No- so STFU and go silent.. Ever see me talk specifics about anything? No- And why not? Because its not a fuking game.
If you're serious about this, the threat and the implications of all this then you need to just go dark. STFU and go dark. Give the OPFOR NOTHING. You need to get your stupid heads out of the trap that is the Internet and start to cultivate and work on local support and supply networks, you need to focus on the formulation and delivery of serious and hard hitting propaganda campaigns (Your message is more important then any soldier with gun- Without the support of the ppl you're done before you start ) to get the truth out to counter their inevitable, and well constructed lies that will come from the OPFOR to make you look bad. Ppl also need to work on the plethora of comms that will be need to sustain any sort of real campaign.. Start making face to face contacts with ppl in YOUR AREA to get things started- But STFU about it all. Going dark and not making any sort of public recognition of anything regarding the situation is what ppl need to be doing- and STFU about it all. Draw them to act first, one way or the other, and have a propaganda answer for it-- and just sit back and watch what happens when they don't know where you are, or who you are, or what you're up to.
All this cry baby shit on social media is just letting them know you are their future problem, where you are and how to find you...This blog shit and constant emotional based ranting is so beyond counter productive- its ridiculousness even below the worst amature. Even the Taliban is smarter then that- Even Somalian Pirates are smarter then that- Gang bangers are smarter then that!....Fuking control yourself and STFU. The endless emotion outcry on social media has got to stop.
Blogs and FB is absolutely the worst place to be posting your garbage about this in regards to any planning or intentions.. SERIOUSLY? You wanna generalize about preparing and training-FINE you should be. But casting attention on yourself, your blog members or customers for clicks and dollars make you a piece of shit who simply doesn't understand the depths of what is going on. If you think for one second they are not monitoring and recording everything in a quad-state area around VA, or beyond, that is being posted about this situation you live in a fuking fantasy land. One well known trainer out there is even forming a "community outreach" to train ppl to fight?? Really? Why not just make a list of everyone who ever took a class, or anyone who signs up and hand it to the VA-DA, because casting a light like that on customers and students is simply FUCKING ludicrous and if things go bad they will pay for it! I cannot even fathom the type of mind set that would sanction and initiate such a thing. If you're visiting these blog and pages where this eruption of unbridled emotions is taking place, and your being drawn in with emotional bait- STOP. Simply stop. Fuking control yourself and get your head out of other ppls traps and away from the net. Social media has tricked so many ppls minds into think they are detached and what is on the screen isnt really part of them. That the next meme to be posted or arctical to get pissed off about is somehow not a part of them when ppl are now talking about Guerilla war and other types of planning. All you self proclaimed leaders out there enabling this and condoning this for clicks, attention or cash are part of the problem- Not the solution. Too many are leading ppl down the emotional rabbit hole that leads to nothingness.
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on December 12, 2019 at 10:20 AM||comments (10)|
I know last winter I tried to ditch the smock concept all together- This however, was a mistake. Though I tried, and there's nothing wrong with stepping out of what you think- you think- you know to try different approaches and to gain new perspectives, it sometimes does not work. Regardless you and me will learn when we do this. We learn in- the now- while we have the convenience and luxury to make mistakes. With that being said Alaska showed me, in no uncertain terms, that ditching the smock was a mistake that made things worse as a whole. In a terrain and environment like Alaska I get little say in what I need to take with me to get by out in the wilds.- The smock concept is and will obviously remain a staple to my survival-ability in the wilds. This seem to be non-negotiable. Example- You cannot bring a 22 to a Bear fight- The laws of nature and the math will not fit the situation, just as there is a math and a solution to all survival issues and topics the Smock is not exempt. E&E In Alaska demands a certain compliment of kit and readiness to deal with the hammer dropping and living to tell about it.
The Evader needs a smock for the appropriate amount of every day pocket and last ditch survival kit, and its proper stowage as to not cause burden or liability it its usage.. The smock also offers outstanding on the go utility and weather protection. A well rounded Evader should have no issue getting on with simple pocket kit that is found in the Survival smock. From life sustaining items to First-Aid and land navigation kit- The smock provides an invaluable base for all of the above.
While I wanted to go back to the smock concept- I didnt want to return to using the same old homemade Survival Smock made from British S95 DPM Smocks. Don't get me wrong they are outstanding once converted with the addition of more pockets and other options. However they are super thick around the shoulders, arms and chest, and options for proper heat management work completely against the Evader. The lack of underarms zippers and the fact that the upper shoulder area can be as thick as 4 layers of fabric in some places that serve to trap loads of heat and perspiration in even the coldest weather. I mean after all the S95 Smock is meant to be a jacket and not a true survival smock. Converting it works but If Im going to stay with the Survival Smock I wanted more. I wanted an actual purpose build Survival Smock.
This smock is a service specific Smock from the Bundeswehr. It was issued to the German "Fernspäher". This basically translates into "Remote Scout" or what most may know as simply Scouts or LRRP personnel. This smock is printed in the new and improved "Flecktarn" (Stain Camo) pattern made after 2005. The new version is easy to identify by its color scheme and the fact that its printed on a bright olive green base. Its important to differentiate the new version of Flecky from the Old. The old was very hard in color and pattern and often simply morphed into a solid dark shape at distance. The new version has a very flowing and has a muted coloration to it that offers, IMO, superior CAMCON that compliments this very functional smock in all aspects. The older version of Flecky was one reason I could never adhere to its use no matter how I approached it. Washing it didnt even seem to work much. As much as I tried it was just simply too dark for my CAMCON needs. This new version, however is a new beast I could well get use to using mixed into my over all CAMCON.
This being a smock made for and only issued to specialist personnel means nothing to the Evader. It wont give anyone special powers because its been used by some German Scout. Its just a piece of clothing. Many people are often attracted to buying things with names like SAS, Rangers, SEALS, Special Forces attached to the advertising. These catch words are a fantasy driven farce , I assure you. You get out of kit exactly what you put into it.
. This smock also has zippers that go from under the arm pit to the eldows that zip in eaither direction with two zipper heads. This is an absolute outstanding feature for trapping and venting warm air. The Scout Smock is also made of Rip-Stop materials that is very very well made. I don't think this is intended as a hot weather smock. The term Rip-Stop makes most ppl think "hot weather' but its not the case here. Its simply made in a 50/50 heavy duty type material that is robust and durable and it happens to be Rip-Stop in design. The shoulder area is single layer allowing no real build up of rising body heat while on the move. The hood is wired in the brim area and layered with a thin slate grey nylon layer interior that works great with the outer layer of camo fabric to keep the biting wind out. The inside chest/mid section area is a bit German in design and well over engineered. This doesn't detract much from the functional nature of this smock but can appear that one has drank one too many beers or Vodka shots, earning them a drinkers belly appearance. The chest area alone has 6 pockets in all. This area is pretty thick. It boasts two interior pockets on each side that are zipper closing...2 exterior breast dump pockets with vertical zippers on each side and the two outside button closure breast pockets. The outside pockets also sport rings for attaching dummy cords, equally the others too have dummy cord rings as well.
I would venture to say this smock is not intended for summer use or badly designed with knit cuffs at the wrist that are very warm and heat trapping. Though I think it has the appropriate potential for summer use here, the cuffs are a real killer for that but could be fixed by being laid to the sheers and a run under the sewing machine- However Im not there yet. I still have more to learn about this smock before I cut on it. Ive found the cuffs very nice in the cold Alaska weather.
The size is as pictured above. Its not very over-sized. It fits me quite well, though it a little big. I like how it fits and so far seems to accomidate layering. Unlike the counterpart Mil-Tec smock this is not super oversized where Mil-Tec makes a large every bit of a large sized extra large. The fit is comfortable and its quite easy to vent heat or trap it.. The DEU on the label indicates it German Military issue and not a commercial item. The other numbers indicate what type of smock it is and who its issued to . It came with a zipper that was absolute SHIT. I suspect it wasn't the original. I replaced it with a zipper from a British smock. Those are robust and nearly indestructible.. I also sewed the new zipper on higher then the original for a better fit in general. I aligned it just a few inches below the center Canadian Button on the outer storm flap. Also all season fit is always a very important consideration for me here. In the winter the layers in the midsection can get quite thick where insulation, Smock, trousers, base layers and wet weather clothing meet. Add in snow camo with a Survival Battle Rig and thats yet another set of layers that meets at the midsection - It add up fast and should always be a consideration when adding anything to winter layers.
The lower cargo area of this smock is very functional and capable. Save the mouth of the two side pockets that are very dysfunctional in design. Everything in Alaska gets into the pocket and everything in the pocket tries to escape. I need to fix this flaw. A simple run under the sewing machine to either add elastic or a draw string will suffice, I just have not gotten around to it. Why the side pockets were not designed with the same connected closed flap system as the other pockets of equal size on the smock is a mystery to me. However the Germans are very specific when they design things so I suspect the design of the pocket mouth has a purpose, just not to me as an Evader. Its a liability that i need to fix. The rear pocket is a very sufficient size. It holds what I need and has plenty if room for scavenging for a quick load up if needed. Its closed by three large "Canadian Buttons" just like the rest of the button closures on the rest of the smock and also folds over like the other connected fold over closure flap lid system to keep kit in and Alaska out. It also has a " Poachers Pouch" inside pocket on the inside rear. I don't like this pocket at all but its helps keep my ass warm and dry when sitting so Ill tolerate it. With the outside cargo pocket and the inside poacher pouch, this constitutes 3 full layers of fabric making it quite thick with all the pro and cons that go with that.
Being a smock that is an actual intended for Scouts the designer added tabs for adding foliage or camouflage cloth strips. These are located randomly staggered on the back of the smock, two on the front and the hip draw cord and two on so each arm. They are simply tabs of brown webbing appropriate arranged and double stitched to the smock.
Along with this used surplus smock Ive also acquired a smock by Leo Köhler. Its the KSK version that differs in a few way. Basically the same smock just different fabric and other differing features, including loads of places for Velcro patches. The FnS smock has nearly no place for patches, and that makes sense to me.. I'll go over this one another time. I don't intend on using the LK KSK Smock but rather saving it. I bought it new from Germany and the Scout smock well used but in great condition at a shop in the USA. I bought 2 smocks in complete expectations one would get lost in the mail service. But after all two in one to me..
Ive worn this smock about a dozen time. Ive found few flaws to speak of. Fit, CAMCON, utility, functionality and durability all exceed what Id expect from a Government issued smock. It just seems like things are not very well made in our modern times and many items in the Germany army has suffered from his too- They are not exempt from this sad fact despite the legendary awesomeness of German kit. Its good and sucks, just like any other group of kit from any other country. Two things I found that could be better are the fit in the arms. The arms are very narrow and will probably effect layering once real winter arrives and the other is the wrist cuffs that will cause overheating come the green season. Over all though I'm beyond impressed with this smock and cannot think of anything ive acquired over the past years that Ive been this pleased with right from the start. I was very lucky to find this smock here in the US, it being an actual DEU (Germany Army Issue) and not a commercial item being sold as an actual issue item..
Ive also acquired a new Pulk sled for the winter. The old one was damaged in storage and un-salvageable. It was a great loss after over a decade of serving me each winter, We started off with a great snow accumulation last month, I even bought some new Snow Camoflauge, but sadly climate change has made the white season here erratic and its since melted nearly all of it away, just in time for me to complete the mods needed for a new sled rendering it all for naught. Im still sorting plans to rework my escape route as mentioned in the Blog post before this one. I'm going to be making these plans on paper through the winter and focusing on skills and like by catching up to some much needed SOP sharpening over this winter.
Ausrüstung, Überleben,Tarnung. Wildniss, Fernspäher, Bundeswehr Einsatzjacke Spezialkräfte Einzelkämpfer
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on November 14, 2019 at 4:25 PM||comments (4)|
Warning.. This is pretty boring but a necessary update..
This is just a quick reminder before I get started on this blog post: You CAN NOT script a survival situation anymore then you can script a car crash, train wreck, sinking boat, hurricane, tornado, flood, or control the will of men bent on spreading evil and creating destruction. ! Simply put you CAN NOT script and deliberately put real survival on Tv or in a video unless its simply telling a story in a recreation but you will lose the substance of the threat. You can prepare for what might come but by definition SURVIVAL is that which is UNEXPECTED. If you were prepared, then for good or bad, its an inconvenience of various depths and complications and nothing more. By preparing you are decreasing the mathematical deficit of survival that stands between you and success. I hope I never see another real survival situation but If i do I hope I'm able to pass on the story of what got me passed the math... I will never fake or mislead anyone with whats goes on up here.........I don't care how bored I make you with my garbage..
One last rant about scripting and dramatics..
A guy from Central Europe who was/is a self-proclaimed "EXPERT" in survival told me this one time in regards to building an audience.. " Just produce videos and feed them along making them always wanting more".. I never understood why anyone would want to infuse such dramatics into a video but then I realized its about the money and never about setting a real example for others to follow that might help them survive. This same guy also produced a video of him using charcoal from an old camp fire to clean his teeth but he never reactivated it, thus making it sterile/purified for use and used it after it had been on the ground for an unknown period of time and used for unknown reason to burn who knows what. He was infected with bacteria that entered the soft tissue of his gums and mouth that then travel through his blood and attacked his heart and he received heart damage from the bacterial infection, but the worst part is that the last time i looked the video was still up for ppl to click on so he would get payed....
As I mentioned 3 months back in the "Community" section of my YT channel Ive decided to rewrite and refocus my Escape Plan and head south to the rain-forest and the coast as opposed to dwelling inland in the central hinterlands. The goal will be the same however adding a distant objective of this nature will stretch the plan quite a bit in terms of distance and time to rebuild/restructure my plans . I haven't felt like doing much else lately so recently I have taken time to wonder out to simply collect all of my survival pods in the South Central area of existence. I have also dissembled most of the shelters associated with the survival pods that were collected. All the pods were still intact save a few that water somehow collected inside ruining the contents, and none of the shelters had any serious issues that would have negated their use- Keeping it simple helped a lot.. The compromised pods were containers that could have received direct sunlight- I blame that for the extreme temperate fluctuation causing a failure of the container and sealant. Soon I will start to replant survival pods but going south. I will not use cheap containers the next time but I will procure some military issue steel ammo boxes. At the time I used what I had-cheap plastic containers...We use what we have, not always what we wish we had. In the future I will use steel ammo cans and this will be the rule. These seem to have hit the market up here and are super cheap. You can find tall 50 Caliber ammo boxed and 20mm ammo boxes for as cheap as 10$. This will mean more supplies stuffed into one pod at one location but the overall protection and durability will be worth the trade off. Regardless of the limited amount of pods I will use the general rule will be the same in that I will spread out supplies and not keep everything in one spot for a specific are/shelter. The main shelter in Ft Wilderness still remains and Ill use it for training as I go.
Im not sure how to make a map of the route that is not acual or very close to actual without giving up the general areas ill use. Routes are not abundant so Ill simply refrain from specifics even if they're not very specific because they will be if I give them up. There simply isn't any way to show it w/o giving up to much information. Routes are finite so the above is the best i can do.....
Heading south will offer much better chances of survival. The temperature will be better year round and the ocean will always provide-its as simple as that unless its poisoned by situation like Fukushima or the like but I cant ignore what needs to be done based on conjecture- Survival Above All! . Barring such events resources will be much more abundant and IMO easier to acquire with its very remote locations to disappear into and its nearly 0 population throughout. Marine life as a resource is one of many of my focuses on this rethinking of my plans. Marine life provides everything the human body needs to take in during times of hardship, and whats more waterborne traps and lines are far easier to manage and will produce far more then the land based equivalent. And because the population in these areas is much much less condensed raping of the land by the hungry isn't likely to happen in such a remote place. Most areas are devoid of human activity other then tourism. Waterborne travel is much less labor intensive and offers a much better return for ones efforts. Not to mention relatively safer.. The Rain Forest is wet too. Much less chance of dealing with Wildfires in the summer as well.
This plan will probably require I go waterborne once again. I'm fine with this and I look forward to it but I will need to find a new watercraft. I look at this as simply another part of my life long training experience. Ive spent many years inside a the haul of a heavy loaded touring Kayak. Open water does not scare me nor does a loaded kayak with all the supplies needed to exist and get started. Day or night-rain or shine, marshes and open bays dodging ships and fishing boats-Ive done it and put in the time to be in know. Granted there will be some growing pains of getting back into this but the long term reward far outweighs the hazards of my former plan..
The above is an example of a remote cabin off the shore in Prince William Sound that ive personally examined a few years ago. The entire sound and panhandle is dotted with these cabins built for recreational use and various other abandoned dewllings but ill save my specifics. At the moment the majority Prince William Sound that i can reach is Federal land and thus protected land with very limited use for training. When the hammer drops laws will be null and void except for the laws of survival, but for now these laws will make actual training there nearly impossible other then exploring (scouting) and acting like a tourist.. However setting the North to south route to get there is totally manageable w/o breaking any of the vastly over lapping laws here in Alaska that constantly hinder my training.
Our ride that day.. Tiny Zodiac Raft with an outboard engine..
My first lesson about this area was its eternal and boundless vastness. Ive made videos of the vastness in the mountains but the vastness of the waterways here is explainable. On my fist waterborne trip there we used a simple inflatable Zodiac Raft. The area is so emence that It was like sitting still with the engine on full throttle. It seems like Whittier never moved coming or going. Thus it wasn't until we went around the coastline and into a few bays and channels that it felt like we had made any headway. It really played with my mind. It was quite a shock to me witnessing the scale of the vastness and endless water of the Sound. I noted this.
My second lesson was the absolute thorough abundance of wildlife. To say it was teeming with wildlife would be a gross understatement of the worst kind. I imagine its what Capt. John Smith witnessed when he entered the Chesapeake bay for the first time in 1608. Sadly when anything presented itself I was usually without camera in hand, other then the above see otter, but i saw no shortage of food sources on land, in the sea and in the air. As were there a great many waterfalls and rivers that emptied into the ocean with freshwater. The abundance or resources was a shocking contrast to anything witnessed in the hinterlands of South Central and I'm quite excited to be redirecting my Escape plans in that direction regardless of the fact I'm starting over from scratch. This is what experience and learning does- it tests you and makes you rethink what you think you know as one learns and grows. However this time I'm not starting with a foreign mindset because i have a lot of experiences here in Alaska with my previous planning and tasking... From Moose and bear, to deer and rodents, to clams, shrimp, crabs and fish and marine mammals PWS is alive with resources. This natural preservation can be directly attributed to the Federal Government controlling access to this area and other strict EPA regulations for Alaska...
What is the next step?
Getting through this winter and after that will be business as usaul for a while. I hope in the Spring and summer I'll be scouting and erecting a few shelters in a new direction. It will be quite a while before I actually reach the coast and even longer before I can anounce i have anything grand completed. I'll probably foot scouts through the mountains headed south most of next green seasons. I wont show exactly where though (Naturally!). Most likely at some point I will start to alternate and bounce back and forth from waterborne to the mountains and forest, but this depends on finding a affordable and suitable watercraft with accessories. I don't know when this will happen so my plans will be fluid from the start. I'll have to settle for scout the Sound on foot and alternate between my area and there if I cannot aquire a watercraft strait away. Suffice to say Im not going to get anywhere without doing something.
Research will be in order as well. I need to find out where the Feds start and stop and where the State starts and stops in terms of land boundaries. I also need to learn more about the the rules and regs of these areas for simple hiking (Scouting). Getting locked up is not an option and there's plenty to do w/o breaking the laws. Laws regarding watercraft are pretty simple. A Kayak under 11 feet isn't required to be registered so Ill definitely keep it under 11 feet.I don't see kit changing much. I learned a lot from my previous waterborne training and this continued into my normal procedures for land based E&E that Ive used over the years. (EG Rule 28 from my Kit Rules.. 28. Protect everything that needs protecting from water as if you had just 3 seconds to decide to jump into a river.This came from previous waterborne tasking and training) In closing id like to say that I know this post isn't very exciting. I'm sure Ive bored you all- However the plans are real, as is the need for a plan to be laid out and its eventual evolution. Real work is never fun or exciting. Surviving the hammer dropping will be worse then work. It will be a harvest of misery, cruelty and horrors.
PS : Id like to credit my old time Alaska best friend 'Theo" for encouraging me to change my plans and to head south to the water when the hammer drops. He's got the knowing of a great many things that have helped me in my plans over the years. Im endlessly grateful for his years of experiences and knowledge he's shared with me..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on October 30, 2019 at 11:50 AM||comments (8)|
For years now Ive been using US issue sustainment pouches in one form or another on various rucksacks and rigs. I hate them. IMO they are sloppy, , floppy, unstable, narrow mouthed, thin skinned and the lid is an utter POS with a crappy draw string cinch closure design. Sadly there are few options available for replacing these pouches. They serve a specific purpose and other options are generally a commercial solution that come with a hefty commercial price attached. So over the years I never gave much thought to replacing them so I just tolerated them and got on with it. They worked and were good enough for the purpose they served because there was no real alternative. So I just stayed with them and put the thought of replacing them in the back of my mind, save a few temper tantrums about them that generated searches for replacements but a replacement never came to fruition. I was stuck with them.
Below are advertisement picture of the sustainment pouches. They look quite robust and fit. The reality is somewhat different when it comes to these pouches..
I was recently presented with an opportunity to upgrade to a better type of side mounted sustainment pouch. The problem with this solution was that they are German in origin and are notorious for not marrying to anything but specific type of German gear kit-namely German issue Webbing as picture above. I just happened upon this all by accident. In my seemingly never ending quest to get a servicable and reliable rig to suit my G3 and survival needs together I made an order for one of those ugly ass surplus G3 web sets you see above. The plan was to chop it up and modify it into another sort of rig-and I did- but that another story- The original set was lost in the mail so after letting them know they sucked for using a shit service to begin with the company sent me another. When the replacement order set arrived the original set showed up as well. So I had two full sets that in total included 8 G3 mag pouches and two of those huge butt-pack type pouches. This was very serendipitous for me. My imagination was buring to make something of all this.. so it did..
These German pouches offer a stable, sturdy and easy to access pouch option. They also offer outside straps on the lid to roll and hold kit on the outsdie as well.The material is a woodland camo pattern, thick vinyl type material that was super weather resistant.(Actually made this way in a vinyl like material for easy cleaning after NBC contamination). The lid is effective and closes quite securely with two fast-tex type buckles doing the job.
To give you a rough idea of the size one will hold a German mess tin and a full sized butane gas bottle without issues. They are big but not too big. I see no liability or burden offered from the use of these packs. The problem was that they are made with those buckles that will only marry to German webbing. In size a total rough measurements of the pouch is about 10x10 inches and about 5.5 inches thick. .So the size and specs fit the bill very well and IMO go a bit further beyond any beifits i was getting from MOLLE sustainment pouches. However there was the issue of attaching these to a rucksack to properly replace the current sustainment pouches. How do you marry these two different approaches to attaching gear together?
The solution was painfully obvious and staring right in the face. I used a simple 4 inch PALS (?) strip to superimpose over the existing buckle. This works and whats more is that there is no need to removed or alter the existing buckle should I want to use it later on something German in design.
How to.. step by step.. This should count on any MOLLE pouch attachment/anchor point but Ive only used it on my Medium MOLLE framed pack thus far..
As you see above one must slip the strip under the existing buckle between the buckle and the pack. Its NO SIMPLE task and Ive found that no two are the same. Some are quiet simple to get under and other stubborn and pressed firm being quite difficult. You can only get it through/under the center and top vertical bars of the buckle unless you remove the rivet on the botton of the buckle. I chose not to do that. My prefered tool was a butter knife to get under the buckle and then to push the buckle under. A needle-nose set of pliers would also help in pulling then strip through with some buckles. They will rest with the fastener just under the lower set of plastic studs. Resting them on top and somewhat snapping them in place will ensure the buckles on the pack will no slide down the strip. There seems to be tension enough for it all to stay in place.
Notice how the fastener on the strip is seated below the studs? This is important in keeping the buckle from sliding down on the strip. This is an G3 magazine pouch. This method will also work on them as well as the German water-bottle pouch (not pictured in this entry) all sharing the same sort of buckle device. All have snapped into place and stayed without the buckle sliding down on the strip. However I added a zip-tie that ill show later with an explanation of why.
Simply slide the strips through the MOLLE pouch anchor points...
. You will need zip-ties as you see them placed and where you see them placed. They will slide under the BUCKLE and the PALS strip with very little effort. ALSO note the direction and head location of the zip-ties. Placing them as you see them will ensure you can tighten them securely and cut off the remaining tie once its secured in plce. I DO NOT TRUST zipties for any sort of real load bearing jobs but here they simply pull in the slack created in the strip from the absence of a center webbing strip that would be there on a MOLLE pouch.
Simply clip the strips closed as normal. BE SURE to snap the fastener head below the studs as you see here. All of mine have snapped and stay snug. The zip ties help but are really there to pull in the slack from the absence of a webbing loop on the pouch. Otherwise it may BOW out. Also after this step be sure to pull the zip-tie tight and if you placed it just how I described you can reach the excess zip tie to cut with scissors..
Fith and final Step...
Use the provided webbing and snap on the pouch to join it at the reciprocating MOLLE webbing. Snap it and you're done. It will stay put. All in all the end product is much better then the alternative. Ive mentioned the benefits above.
This method will not hurt the rucksack nor the pouches. There is no cutting or altering anwhere on either. Its the simple application of things on hand put together to serve a purpose. I do not miss the US issue sustainment pouches in the least. These are better for me in every way possible, thius cannot be overstated..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on October 15, 2019 at 7:40 PM||comments (16)|
This is a very basic mess tin. It needs no mods or fancy shit added. Though at one point years ago I scavenged a hook from the handle of a Swedish Mess Tin. The Swedish Tin was made of steel and was about 3x heavier then the Austrian version, and no quite as large, so all it was good for to me was its hook. Soon though the hook proved a pain in the ass when stowing the kit . Though it was super handy when cooking over a fire, its practicality was canceled out by it just being a pain in the ass when i took the tin in or out of my kit.
The main pot holds about 2 liters of water. Its depth and capacity is perfect for me to cook in, boil water to make it safe or to melt snow. Plus it makes a great storage bin as mentioned above. It works just as well for me over a fire as it does sitting on top of one of my burner stoves. For the evader this is very important. You will need a way to make water or heat something EVEN in times of threat. You need a method that will not betray you, or that will at least lesson the threat of being betrayed by fate. SHIT HAPPENS... Emergencies make no appointments-and hypothermia doesn't ask before it joins you. You will have to eat or make water safe at some point and a cooking kit like this is important. These tins I have were originally designed to use with solid fuel stoves called "Esbit" stoves but Ive moved on from that long ago to an Evaders POV.. The solid fuels are dirty and stink to hell. The stoves are still quiet common as is the wide variety of solid fuels on the market. I. however, prefer bottles gas to stay hidden or a camp fire when its safe.
Another given aspect for me that I think is worth mentioning is these stow really well. These days I keep them in a side sustainment pouch on my Existence Rucksack and my Patrol Rucksack. They also strap nicely to the outside of kit by means of the slot and loop located on the Handle. Above on the right is old picture of a homemade rucksack system i made from Czechoslovakian rucksack, Swedish frame and a Czech Bread bag (on the outside with food items inside) straps securely and with ease of access in mind. Ive also kept them inside M240 ammo pouches. They fit in them as if the pouch was made for it. I generally will always keep my food and cooking kit located outside of the main rucksack. So i don't have to pull anything out or open the main compartment of the ruck. If i get made eating a meals and live to tell the story later chances are improved that I get away with a lot more intact kit as opposed to pulling out a load of shit thats sitting all over the ground and not properly put where it belongs. This goes for all kit that should be orginized in such a way..
All in all this is Mess Tin kit is another bit of kit I see no point in ever changing up from. My second fav Mess Tin would be the US Mountain Kit as pictured above. I had one years ago but passed it on to someone who had nothing to use of thier own. It was a good kit with great storage capabilities with a huge pot for all the mentioned above reasons that I like a large pot. It also had a large pan like lip that I'm using there on the left picture to cut up some squirrel to add to the pot for supper time. I'm not actively searching for one though, but I would recommend one along with The German/Austrian as go to. I'm happy with the German/Austrian mess tins in my compliment. I wont lie though, these mess kits do stroke my historical foible as well as filling a practical application for my E&E plans...
From the 1980s till now- it works great so why change it? I will 100% recommend these European type of kit to anyone that would ask "what Mess Tin to get?"...Beware of copies made in China and vendors selling "German Style" made from mystery metals. I've also heard bad things about the metal that former DDR-East German ones are made of.
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on October 11, 2019 at 5:05 PM||comments (16)|
One of my first serious uses of a Zeltbahn shleter back in thye 90s. These are Austrian Zeltbahn- IMO some of the best around. This is about 6 buttoned together to make a shleter large enough for 4 men and all our kit with lots of room for Admin and living. It rained for 3 days. A HARD autumn rain and we never saw a leak.I was using Zeltbahn before they became "cool" to the bushcraft crowd. I was using them before most ppl ever even knew they existed. And I dont plan to stop.
Another view of the same shelter.
Zeltbahn are not "pup-tents". These are not the same design or intent. I get asked often as to why it is that I use heavy canvas zeltban in my kit inventory. The answer is quite simple and very easy to put into words. Simply put- You will never get the durability and longevity of service from a nylon shelter section that you will get from an old school-Military issue canvas zeltbahn shelter section. End of Explanation! I have been using Zeltbanh since the 90s and I have yet to have a wet night sleeping under one. Nor have I had a cold night sleeping under one with a simple lantern or candle burning through the night.
I slept SOUNDLY this night under a double Hungarian Zletbahn. It went to near 0-F but with a simply three wick candle and my military issue sleep sack the temp was comfortable enough that I remember crawling out of my sleep sack to get cooled off.
Above (not my pic) is a German wartime Zelt sections are identical to many used by nations right up to the 90s. 2 versions made in Sweden come to mind- With sections added you can make a HUGE shelter. This one is made from 16 conneted together.
Above is a clear picture of 2 attached together and me using them as a roof for a shelter with pine limb supports. The other picture is me using one as a wind-breaker on a sub-0... Sadly all of the above Zelts pictured were failures do to their commercial manufacturing. GET REAL ONES! These were just good enough until i could locate Military issued ones i wanted but I DO NOT recommend going the commercial route for these. A zeltbahn can be used as a rain-cape, CAMCON garment for extra concealment, a stretcher, raft for water crossing, wind-breaker, a sling seat, a hammock, a throw down tarp and whats more is the size of your Zeltbahn shelter is only limited by the number you have on hand and the practice you have put into building them up to a desired size. You can make a single lean-2 shelter, a closed in shelter or a barracks sized shelter with MULTIPLE shelter sections (depending on the design)
Mid-1950s Hungarian Zeltbahn i used on a rain soaked night in the Carpathians. I was totally dry the entire night as the wind whipped and rain slammed the RON. I used a deactivated AK74 as my center pole.
Durability and longevity of service will serve the Evader well when the hammer drops. These can handle not being babied. The are resistant to hot ambers and they are easy to repair without further damage or fraying of the canvas materials like you get with modern nylons. Whats more is most have simple button connections to attach to other Zelts so If you cannot sew a simple button-please get out of the idea that you're a survivalist! You can treat these canvas shelters with all sorts of water proofing if one so desires and some (Like the Hungarian version that I had) come pre-oiled for extra water protection. They are also much more stable in adverse weather conditions that thin modern nylon shelters. Yes these are much heavier then nylon. 2 is about the max I will carry, but 2 is planty for a one man shelter for me and my kit. So It will cost you more energy to move these in a rucksack or pull sled. But like everything else its a trade off. These are far from a single use item so for me the trade off it well worth it. In my experienced opinion nylon simply will not last when the hammer drops. I have used Zeltbahn from the late 30 in bad weather and still stayed dry through the night. Looking back through my picture files today its clear i used a nylon type shelters FAR FAR FAR less then I have used Zeltbahns since I been here.
I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time this time last year. (Wow how times flies and I wont miss 2019!). I was able to acquire 8 Austrian Zeltbahn sections (that's 2 full size 4 man shelters) with poles and stakes for 20$ and some trade items I had set aside. They were dates from the mid 70s to mid 80s but all in superb condition and 100% absolutely serviceable.
Zeltbahn generally come in a triangle shape and square shaped panels. I'm partial to the triangle shaped ones though they can be a bit of a rubrics-cube to sling up tight between some seemingly simple trees if you're not use to it. Im pretty use to them now. however. Above is a Norwegian version I put up one time. I hate these and this one did not last long in my inventory. The Norwegians and a few other countries make these diamond shape one. In my opinion they are to be avoided because you simply cannot make a closed shelter without using a lot of them and even then they are sloppy and messy. For the lone Evader id stay with diamond ones or second best the squared ones.
One the left is a fomer DDR/East German Rain Camo square Zelt section and on the right a Swiss Splinter Pattern Zelt section. These two are two of the best Ive ever used but it was long ago before i was worried about pictures.
I don't know the various weighs of these zeltbahn mentioned above. Some ppl count ounces-I do not. I don't get into all that. You take the gear you need and that you know works or pay for it later for not training and learning to use it. There's enough to drive me nuts getting kit sorted that I don't need more math to look at. If a piece of kit warrants taking with- it goes and I find a way to make it happen as long as its making sense and not causing a liability or burden with its weight. If you decide to try these do some research. No matter what one you get you should practice with these. Set them up in the back of your house and let them stay there a while. Watch what they do in the passing days and weather. And if they pass the durability of prolonged exposure to the weather then pack them up on your ruck and give them a few miles on your back on multiple trips before you decide. I think they're worth the weight and fuel needed to move them on my back- Do what you like, and whats best for you. Its all we can do for ourselves..
Remember.. Escape..... Evade..... Survive!!
When the wife asks how my day went.. I sent her this..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on October 5, 2019 at 9:40 AM||comments (11)|
(Video link at the bottom)
Out there un-tethered.. The struggle is real..
September was a month of scouting. Lots of it. The main shelter in Ft Wilderness was destroyed by a bear assault a while ago. They climbed ontop and totally broke the spine of the shelter. It was done. I needed a new home to train and i needed to find one fast. I looked and i looked at several different areas on multiple scouting trips but nothing seemed as fitting as the location of the old Main Shelter in Ft Wilderness. The snow is slowly making is way from the peaks, headed towards the valley floor to entomb the whole of South Central Alaska in ice and snow for at least the next 6-7 months, and the prospect of finding a finding a good spot fading rapidly.
A week ago today, Saturday the 28th of September, was the final scout. We had a long hike ahead of us. I had multiple tasks to conduct and a few plan Bs should Alaska throw a wrench in my plans. This was going to be a tactical creep with navaigation, AO familirization and route plotting being the main goal of the day. This area is vast and im well into knowing it by heart, however there is still many spots i have not been to yet. The original plan was to get dropped off and use the map and GPS to get into some swampy areas to search one last place for a new home. The outward focus was a simple sneak and creep weekend out with my patrol pack and a Zeltbahn, build a shelter and stay the night. There was no sleep sack this weekend. It was just a Patrol Pack weekend out. The weather was expected to be cold and rain starting Saturday afternoon. This in no way changed my kit compliment because a day pack for me is a 3 day pack for most ppl elsewhere. However I did drop the nylon poncho and strap a Austrian Zeltbahn to my ruck to use as rain gear, or sleep sack and a shelter if need be.
The Olaf and I were dropped by the side of a back road. Then we cut across public land that butted up against my friend private property that was the location of the old Main Shelter. I always go from Public Land to the main shelter. Its enormously longer to get to that way but its more secluded and hidden.The plan was to by-pass the old shelter area and head in a bit further to some of the swamp land that is also owned by my friend. He gave me permission to make another shelter since i did such a fine job not trashing his forest with the first one. Though he has not seen the back of his vast lands in over a decade, he does follow my works online. The going was cool and damp, and the forest was settled and silent other then the insane antics of The Olaf or noise from some passing helicopters and airplanes heading top the Glacier.. We have had rain strait for nearly a month so staying out with just a patrol pack would be good. Getting a sustainable fire going would also be good because the entire forest was saturated. I didnt have any plans to actually build a shelter, rather just one last shot to locate a good spot while conducting a Patrol Ruck overnight trip. This is real wilderness and my energy was allotted to distance and not work on this drill.The plan was to retrun later for the construction.
The olaf and I werent a hour into cross country trekking and my GPS took me right directly to a moose antler shed laying in my path. It looked to be about a year old judging by the moss growth and fading on one side. I love finding moose antler but rarely do I find any. I found one a few months back, that was the first one in nearly 8-9 years. So to find another one so soon after my recent one was a real treat. However finding in on my way in meant it was my burden for the duration. This thing wasn't very large, relatively speaking, but it was like having rocks strapped to my rucksack and it seriously threw out the balance. The framed MOLLE ruck did well in this respect. I donate this to the frame- I love this rucksack. I wasn't leaving it behind though so off i went with it. I also have my G3 back so i was feeling the weight on this trip if you add in the extra weight of the heavy canvas Zeltbahn. The weight and burden was infinite, but it was mine so we pushed on. A few hours had passed and I was looking for a spot to stop and paint up to get some vido rolling.
This is not the actual Bull but an accurate example using one i spotted in the past.
The direction I was taking would put me going past the general area of the old Main Shelter Ruins. We came to cross and old jeep trail. I decided Id paint up once I cross and find a hidden sit-down spot to do so. Id seen this trail many times before but noted its condition regardless. It was very old and looked like it hadnt seen traffic in many many many years. There were feet high saplings sprouting up throughout and none of the thigh high grass was pressed down as far as I could see. Once over this trail we headed down a hill that would take me to the GPS way-point i was aiming for.- A place i call "Turtle Rock". After crossing I started to look for a spot to paint up. The Olaf was doing his normal routine. I didnt notice anything out of the ordinary in his behavior so I had no reason to turn up the mental focus. It seemed to be business as usual. I stood there in a slow spin looking around and with a simple glance to my right I see a fuking bull moose the size of a fuking King Tiger Tank barrelling towards us. He was SO FAST and SO QUIET in his charge. 0 WARNING..I was almost in disbelief due to his speed and raging aggression. He immediately split us up and focused on The Olaf. The Olaf is older and wiser these days and he knows what moose are. He's been stomped a few times already but the puppy in him that caused that is long gone. The Oalf was smart enough to use some trees to outmaneuver the monster causing it to slow. With some small trees now between him and the moose, the moose did throw some front kicks after its initial antler thrust failed to meet its target. The Olaf took what appeared to me to be a kick in the front right shoulder. I yelled to Olaf to come to me and him wanting no part of that moose, that's exactly what he did. But now the moose was focused on me. Me-looking like a creature with an Antler coming out of its back. That mother fuker came right for me. I didn't know I could run that far and that fast with that solidly heavy rucksack on my back and hauling that Battle rifle. The prospect of having and antler or hoof pushed through my face was good motivation. At one point I could see myself running like i was outside myself watching. I thought I was going to have to sit this Bull on its ass with the G3. I simply broke into the thickest tree filled brush i could find and ran full bore with The Olaf right next to me. The ground was deep saturated moss so it was like running with wet towels around my feet. I ran and just kept going. When I did finally stop I was sure I was safe for the moment.
I looked in the Bulls direction and I could see this monster simply pacing back and forth in the trees while huffing and puffing. The Olaf had a WTF just happened look on his face but we were together and not hurt-WIN... I been here over a decade and I have never had a moose act like that, with probably HUNDREDS of moose encounter. Just then I see this Bull start heading towards us again. I had ample distance to put some ground between us so that's exactly what I did. I disappeared into the thickness of the further and just kept going.The objective was well and truly over for the moment. I had no idea what direction I ran of even how far I went but I was definitely off mission .,As the situation decreased in danger we just kept walking. This moose hated my ass and I wasn't sure why. Maybe the Antler set it off, maybe it was The Olaf. I dunno but I knew I didn't wanna have to sit it down so I put a great distance between us. I know moose do what moose do just like bear do- Alaska happens. I walked maybe 20-30 minutes at a rapid indirect pace. Somehow, and I think it was instinct, I ended up walking right into the ruins of the ruined main shelter. So with The Olaf and me relatively safe I un-assed my kit to access the situation. The Olaf however did not take his eyes or nose away from the direction we came were the Bull was.
After a bit i started to settle. I caught my wind and started to feel the chill of the autumn air cut through my thin layers. As I looked at the ruins I pondered if a bird in the hand was worth more then two in the bush (the ruined shelter being the bird in the hand) or should I just keep going to get back on task and hope i find a good spot if I keep searching for a new home base. I must have pondered a good while but in the end I had everything I needed to get something going right there and we were relatively safe from me having to kill this Bull. I decided to just stay and use the ruins to get something basic going because winter is coming FAST and nothing else was paying off. I organized my kit and had a look at The Olaf for obvious wounds, but I found none and he wasn't even limping. I thought maybe it was just the excitement and direction of what I saw and wondered if he didn't miss with his kick. But I was sure of what I saw. The Olaf was acting odd but I chalked it up as excitement of the moment.
Deciding to just stay there I got to the work of dividing the debris into size and rot status. After sorting the materials I had more then enough to get something done and the tarp was 100% salvageable after it was folded over using layers to shore up holes in sections. I used the longest beams I could muster and simply made a lean-2 with an existing pine tree as a starting point. I worked for hours trying to beat the 100% afternoon storms that were on the way. Its was simple and I topped it off with more debris on top the tarp to weigh it down (see the video). The simple build was what i aimed to use in my other shelters but most have some sort of door- this will too soon.
When I was done all that I could get done it was functional. Its a LONG ass hike to get to it so my engery was sapped. I even made a bench using large logs and the old spine. That bench was nice. Ive never bothered to make something I could sit on. I prefer the ground. It just never occurs to me. Comfort in the wilds to me is simply relative and I usually look at it as "when in Rome". Ill probably improve on it as I go back and make myself at home there (again). They day went on and The Olaf was never really the same. He paced and sniffed the air always watching and sometimes freaking me out with his alerts. He never settled. I made some Tasty Tasty once I got a fire going and the afternoon was looking good with just more wood to get through the night being the task left incomplete. I also spent the rest of the afternoon picking up rotten materials and clearing all the trip hazards left from the ruins-and there were a LOT of them.
I also got to work in my homemade G3 Chest rig. I wore it the entire time I worked. I was pleased with it. No sag or burden to report. Its very low profile and stream lined. It didnt get in the way at all. The video link below explains more about it. I was also able to use my two new Gerbers throughout. So far Im pleased with them both. The new Raider finally got used as well. Nothing new there since I been using a Raider for 15 odd years or so..
Though the days objected was smashed by the bull, it could have been much worse. I simply shifted gears and made the situation and the day more productive then I had originally planned. I continued to collect firewood and keep the fire hot so it would burn the wet wood through the night. I did manage to salvage a lot of dry wood i had stored inside the shelter from the past. This was a great help. Sadly all the excitement was a bit over the top for The Olaf and he had a seizure right there affront of the shelter. He has had many seizures in the past but its been about a year since his last. Seems usually he's prone to them when i get home from someplace and he get overly excited. Its was ugly with puke and fire-hose ass blast but he eventually came of out it but I was worried about him with the long long night edging closer. If you've been around me a while you know I generally will not take him on overnight trips anyhow so the decision was already stacked against him being there all night. If anything happened at night there would be no way to get him out until the sun came up-Bear are still awake and like to hunt at night. The bottom line is I had gotten done more then I expected anyhow so I opted to just head to the road and call my ride..
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on September 21, 2019 at 8:30 AM||comments (2)|
I wanted a high power, semi-auto WINTER WEAPON. !
The G3 rifle has been used for decades in the wintry conditions of the German Alps and in the strait up extreme Arctic conditions of Scandinavia by the Danes, Norwegians and Swedish. Though now replaced from front line service for the modern weapons that eat NATO 556mm, it can still be found in specialized units and in the hands of Reserve type units in most of their armed forces. Whats more is that it still saw modern active service with the German and Norwigian Armies (and others) in Afghanistan as well. This weapon has a reputation for reliability and durability when manufactured correctly. With that being said it was this weapon being used in extreme Arctic conditions that attracted me to it as my 308 semi-auto weapon to seek out to purchase. The M1A was also considered, however an M1A was well out of my price range and availability up here There was also the AR10 with its excellent M4 pattern ergonomics, however the reliability of an AR10 in extreme weather was to me-dubious at best and since i knew next to nothing about them and research about the AR10 in such conditions was nowhere to be found, it was out of the run down. The FN-FAL was also on my list but again I couldn't locate one anywhere in my area of Alaska that I trusted or that wasnt at an ass rape price.
I found what I needed.
This weapon is not perfect but its fits. It has shortcomings and limitations like anyother survival tool.. In survival perfection doesnt exist. This weapon was intended to be used as a battle rifle in teams and shortcomings like a bolt -hold back- after the last shot are one of many testaments to this, when the users time and reaction are compensated by sheer group numbers, ergonomics like that can take a back seat to manufacturing cost and operations. Most AKs also suffer from such economic design philosophies but to a lesser effect. Its length and weight are, in my opinion, also prohibitive to this being a race car gun. The user friendly ergonomics simply are not there when compared to modern weapons. For an Evader this weapon suits me well though. Its stout and robust-and when manufacture correctly offers legendary reliably to be delivered to the user. Its no secret that I have a deep attraction to older designs in my kit run down- when its applicable and reliable for my use here. In my opinion things were made better back in the day. The G3 fits into this train of thinking as well. Regardless, If it didn't reliably fit into my plans I wouldn't have added it. The 308/762x51 is a very common caliber that is used in both military and law enforcement applications in the USA. It will sit down any bear I come across, whether its a Panda Bear, Red Bear or another Grizzly Bear, or a Dump Truck- The G3 will help it stop and have a seat. This stopping power was a deciding factors, a very ideal factor, that lead to its selection. The 762x54 might arguably be a better round and I found a number of semi-auto DMR in this caliber in my area but in the end the 762NATO won out because it fit.
Though Im just getting use to the G3 after roughly a year of owning one-It was just recently returned to me from PTR after nearly 6 months- It has seen winter use before i found out how badly it malfunctioned and it went back to them. Anyhow Ive come to appreciate and also to curse it in all its full length glory. Im a small guy and its a huge weapon to carry. In time, and as fiances permit, I hope to have mine looking something like this above picture with the addition of the wide fore-grip and sliding stock which will make it much easy to handle in Alaskas brutal terrain. As its stands Im happy with it as is. I'm just grateful to have my G3 and to have it returned to me FINALLY. (Fuk you PTR!)
This is my G3 as it stands now
The G3 was added to my inventory
Here in Alaska its not always easy to find what you want at a reasonable price. And a reasonable price here will be more expensive than elsewhere in the US if you can even find what you want on the shelf. I know its easy to order guns from the net and have them sent to your fav FFL holder but I'm old school and I don't like paying for high end items that are not in my hands. I simply don't have time to dick around with sending things back (The irony!). So i looked and I looked and I looked until I finally found what I wanted in exactly the style I wanted. So I did the paper work and NICS, and I was on my way.I was then the owner of a G3 clone. In the civilian world things are fluid. Its as simple as that. There's no super structure of a uniformed SOP that puts a weapon and everything you need to run it in your pocession. Real life doesnt work like that. Firearms are an intimate choice like anyother piece of kit and should be seized upon with great thought as to how it will fit you now and your life for after the hammer drops. In a perfect world we would all be rich, owning the ideal weapons and suppplies we will need, and have a fully stocked gun-shop right next to out home-perfect dont happen and that's life.... Just do the best for you because our best is all we can do....
Several factors go into me deciding to add and retaining a weapon to my firearms list. The G3, in this case.
*Overall Reliability: Extremely reliable (? PTR?)
*Research: Lots of useful information to be found.
*Cost: (Over all retail price in the gun shop) Within my budget.
*Accessories: Within my budget. Magazine procurement was a priority for whatever i decided on and mags were still super cheap for the G3.
*Weight: Acceptable/As expected. Crushing at times but it is what it is.
*Length: Acceptable/As expected. At times Infuriating in dense bush but it is what it is.
*Operational Costs: Minimal-As expected. Eats anything I feed it
*Post Collapse Ammo Acquisition: High
*Post Collapse Parts Acquisition: Low- Outweighed by other factors.
*Resistant to Elements: Extremely High
*Ergonomics: Basic and acceptable/ As expected.
NOTE: Research and reputation are not always withstanding to reality. I am NOT recommending a PTR G3 to ANYONE. In fact i would say stay way from them if asked. The entire odyssey is a post for another day. Suffice to say the weapon is back. Ive poured X amount of ammo through it and have not had a single issue. Winter is coming and the bear are heading to bed. Relatively speaking its a safe time to get it strait before next Spring is on me.
(Some spec info is posted below)
Thanks goes out to my pal "J" for donating the pic for me to use..(J below)
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on September 16, 2019 at 12:25 PM||comments (4)|
Im guilty of forgetting about the thermal threat. Visual CAMCON is something im VERY good at. However the thermal is a real danger in many situation..
This was sent to me by my pal who was a well seasoned and experienced US Army Sniper..Staying hid kept him alive so Ill take his word over anyones. It was inspired by some topics floating around the net-Particularly some vendors selling ppl prefab'ed garbage.You dont have to be a genius or mad scientist to defeat thermals. Below is a MTM hand held thermal test with a woodland camo poncho on one side and desert one on the other with a normal store purchased space balanket in between, and sewn together. It was conducted at about 40 meters in distance, indoors in Alaska for a duration time of about 30 minutes under the tarp. He used one layer but it would probably be a good idea to double up on the space blanket.
The above right picture demonstrates the human figure with his head out and body under the thermal shield to show the differences..
Without the homemade Thermal protection...Both an unproteced poncho and direct contact with a poncho.
The visual is easy...
|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on September 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM||comments (6)|
I still get weekly question about this. I managed to dig up the text from this site...Bear in mind this was before I adopted The Olaf..
My kit layed out before I stepped off. Ready for a day of learning... Little did I know..
Well Sunday July 28th 2013, a bear and I ended up in each others AO..Bad day for us both... I stepped off very early arriving at about 0630 and headed up. It seemed like a typical morning like many many other this summer. I blew my whistle often and consistanly as I always do on each trip in bear season. I blew it every three minutes or less all the way up until i got to the top. The hike in was uneventful but the dark forest was a bit spooky to me this day. I had a feeling i was being watched.
When I got to the peak of the trail, before it descended back down, I decided to rest on the rocks that stuck out and over looked the fjord to plan the rest of my day. I was still around the main trail but well off/out on the rocks. I wanted to glass farther up the peak of the mountain to decide what i wanted to do. I knew there was that out crop of rocks with great views so i went out there to rest and plan. The weather was still quite gloomy and cloudy with heavy overcast in the early morning sky..But warm and humid..
I made this picture moments before the assualt..
I dropped my ruck and web gear on the deck and then I walked around the rocks close to my kit for a few minutes gathering ideas to do some climbing or what ever i wanted to do that day. I remember as I walked around the rocks I had sat my AK74 down but I remember making myself go get it just in case. Though it was just a few feet away, a few feet can cost you your life. I knew this already so i got it. After having a look I sat and I was resting against a rock trying to cool off and catch my breath. I leaned up to have a bite to eat and some water from my canteen. As i was getting into my kit I looked over my ruck and through the bushes directly in front of me and saw a huge dark chocolate brown silhouette emerge from the brush looking up the trail i just came off and that led right to me. He was sniffing the trail and the brish i just passed. He was 50 feet from me. I remember him sniffing the air and looking in the direction from where i came. Contrary to "news" reports he was facing me with his left side then eventually being totally exposed, not showing his ass to me like the assholes at news reported. In hind sight im positive he may have been tracking me and i remember I may have thought that's whats happening at the time by his sniffing the air and his purposeful seeming walk...There was open ground between us and a drop off the rocks behind me. I had no where to go. I knew he was going to make me if he got closer as he walked the trail. I suspect in my camo and with the rock behind me i was matched with the terrain and he hadnt seen me yet. However I was trapped out on those rocks and I had no where to go. It was a split second situation with a decision that had to be made on the NOW
1. Blow my whistle with a high pitch screech that was sure to scare the shit out of him...
2. Soft yell to let him know i was there. I opted to yell "hey bear" hoping he would go away. I remember yelling it maybe twice or three times until the charge was already well engaged.
Before i yelled i reached down and took my AK74 off my hip and slid the safety off. Once i opened my mouth he looked directly at me and like a Tomahawk Missile he was coming at me full bore well engaged to kick my ass and he immediately started huffing and smacking his jaws together making a clicking sound. In hind sight he was really pissed I scared him. He was charging me with his head down. There was no visual contrast from the rest of his body. It was a huge dark mass in the low light and knee high brush with legs extending from it..
I remember seeing white in his mouth. I don't know if the white in its mouth was saliva or teeth. I remember yelling "aww fuk" a few times too.. I could hear him huffing and clicking his jaw clear as day light.... Anyhow I raised my weapon with out hesitation as soon as he engaged me when i was sure it was real. I fired a volley of rounds hitting him and it to stopped him in his tracks. Brown fur filled my entire sight aperture so with the low light and lack of proper color contrast i was basically shooting at a dark center mass in areas i deemed critical to stop him..
When he stopped after the first volley he engaged me again and he still came at me. So i fired another volley for a total of 13 shots. (later i remembered I fired 3 of those shots as warning shots before I actually aimed at him, and I found 7 puncture wounds of the 10 I fired at him) I aimed at the legs and center chest area. He finally relented his charge 10 feet from me, curled into a ball with his legs over his face (later when I examined the bones I found I made a direct hit on his front left leg, snapping it in two and it was flopping in the air, he did not cover his face becuase of the face hit I scored) then with a roar like whimper he rolled down the bluff after stopping to have a quick squirty shit and over the edge crashing like a train through the brush as he descended down finally stopping by being wedged against some birch trees where we found him..But at the time i didn't know where he went or what he was doing..
First thing i did after the shooting stopped was change the mag in my weapons for a full mag, pull my pistol from my webbing and grab the highest point of the surrounding rocks that gave me a 360 degree view of everything around me...Then I called 911. I called for 3 reasons besides its the law.
1. I knew there were houses below in the direction he went
2. I was worried he might have went onto the trail and other hikers might encounter him.
3. I didn't know how bad he was injured or mad he was and i didn't want to run into him on the trails again if he was alive and make the situation worse. I wanted more eyes.
4. It was the law.
After patiently waiting-one Game Warden and one state trooper arrived on the scene about an hour or so later. By this time i was calmed down and most of the adrenaline had worn off. They had to hike up the mnt to me. When they arrived we discussed what happened and my responsibilities in this situation. A short time later we formed a skirmish line about 50 yards wide to look for the bear. It was three of us and i was in the center . About 300 feet down the bluff i was the one that found him jammed up against the trees. He was surely dead and judging by the relative absents of blood at his finale resting place he died fast, probably before he stopped falling. There was one pool under his front section and some coming from his mouth. There was blood spatter in some really high spots too. I guess this was from him falling over the cliff side. Contrary to asshole news reports he didn't just crawl there and die like some poor defenseless animal that was killed by a nut with an Ak74, as the news would have you believe by tugging heart strings for ratings by suggesting he crawled off suffering and died..
I had to skin and gut this guy out. I had some help but these guys will remain anonymous. When i opened the chest cavity the lung and other vitals were annihilated into bloody goo. There were other damaged organs we could not identify. The 545x39 annihilated its insides like a blender..There was also a jaw strike that looked like it shattered it. I found one of the many bullet hole in the shoulder/chest area that passed through and out the arms pit and blew its toe off. I found another in its forearm with no exit wound, just a small perfectly round hole. This is where i later found the 545x39 totally snapped his leg bone)
I remember feeling really bad for the old bear. I even got a few tears in my eyes for the massive creature that wanted to kill and eat me. He had my full respect and remorse.. He had many many had scars on his head and neck from past battles with other males. Obvious K9 puncture wounds scars on his neck and several laceration scars on his forehead. This was a warrior bear. It was a bad day. I took 0 pride in the fact i had to kill this creature. As an Odinist I don't hunt or kill for my survival training-plus the law is very prohibative in thismanner. I can and have hunted in the past but I don't really anymore-Its just too costly. I took this situation to a heavy heart but this is Alaska and I walk the walk, and I talk the talk in terms of the reality of being here. With that being said i take total pride that i survived and all my training kicked in and i just reacted accurately and i lived..The game wardens estimated his weight at 600lbs. I thought less at 300-400lbs or maybe with their first estimation of 500lbs. They told me it was the biggest Chugach Grizzly they have ever seen..It took 5 of us until 6pm to skin the bear on that hill. This all happened at about 9am. Lucky for me i had rope with me, trash bags, knives, a saw and a poncho to drag out the hide. Pays to be prepared. Basic survival items and specialized items for that day came in really handy. I didn't get to climb on the rocks but some of the gear still came into real use..
My weapons was a semi-auto Bulgarian made Ak74 in 5.45x39. I know this weapon inside and out. Its an extension of me. I know what it can do, and what i can do with it as evident that I'm still here telling what happened. I hit a moving armored target in low light while being out of breath and under extreme threat of life and limb and I put rounds in critical spots that killed it and I save myself. Period. Many people ask if i was scared. There is no scared in this depths of the situation. There is the instinct to react or you die. Scare comes later after you realize what happened and there is nothing left to do with the remaining adrenaline. I was scared after it happened. It is what it is. I was more worried about being within the law for shooting it.
The ammo I used was a mix of Soviet surplus ammo, Silver Bear ammo, hollow points and some ball surplus ammo. There was no rhyme or reason to the mag load, i just put my hand in the jar and grabbed what i grabbed.
The bottom line is i SURVIVED...I hit a 600lb armor plated moving target while out of breath in low light in a fraction of a second with enough well placed accurate rounds to kill it..end of story. There was no "spray and pray' like the fuk heads in the media liked to call it..Pussies..eat a dick..And also contrary to media reports no one ever contacted me for an interview, no one ever followed up on anything ever. No Wildlife Biologist ever talked to me and no reporters ever asked me one single question or attempted to contact me. Many false names and lies have been printed in a few stories from Alaskas to the UK to try to bait me into coming out and talking. However there is nothing to talk about other then the lies and embellishments the media likes to spin. I'm alive.
My Laplander saw i used to cut his head off..
The Grizzlys head inside a Medium British Rucksack.. Roughly 50-60 liters.