TWD – The Nagant soldiers on

I may owe an apology to travel-trailer survivalists and ‘survival on a budget’ advocates across the interwebs.


I actually saw someone use a Mosin-Nagant (an M44, actually) on ‘The Walking Dead’. True, they didn’t actually shoot it…but they calmly unfolded the bayonet and speared a zombie head like it was a cocktail olive. I guess when the end of the world breaks out and when everyone is totin’ a high-capicty, semi-auto boomstick there will still be a place for the man with a five-shot Soviet fencepost.

To be fair, though….we saw tons of AR’s, AKs, and even M1 carbines, AUGs,  and HK’s before the first $150 M-N ever showed up on the screen.

Trivia: what is the oldest service cartridge still in use today? The 7.62x54R…still used in Russian GPMG’s and some sniper guns. Over 100 years of service, beating out everything else.

The Walking Dead and the question everyone asks…

One thing that drives many people nuts about The Walking Dead is why do these people not have rallypoints and offsite caches? As it turns out, Norman Reedus addresses this:

With so many pockets of former prison people now at serious odds against the walkers/biters and the landscape, did Rick’s gang really never think of arranging a meeting place in case of catastrophe?

“We shudda, yeah. The idea was get to the bus and bolt on the bus, but I don’t think anybody expected a tank to roll in, you know what I mean?” Norman laughed.

A little but of insight. Appraently, on the show, the group’s focus was more on the zombie threat than the human threat.

Nonetheless, that is one of the biggest complaints preparedness-minded people have about the show.

Entertainment – Goodbye World

Hey, who doesn’t like a good end-of-the-world movie, right?

Of course, the emphasis is on ‘good’. This one, ‘Goodbye World’, seems to touch on the ohmigod-the-grid-is-down genre that seems to be the favorite scenario these days. It looks to have a touch of the Twilight Zones’ “The Shelter” in it for good measure too.

I’m gonna guess this if going to go into the theaters for about five minutes and then straight-to-streaming.

Another technology-will-be-our-undoing flick was this kinda over-the-top number:

I dont know if it even made it into theaters. In addition to the notion of technology being the weak spot, it throws in some Red Dawn-y invasion and quisling scenes.

And, of course, the one that started the genre – Lights Out :

And, yes, if you look closely you can recognize some faces from The Walking Dead in there. Most notably some folks that played residents of Woodbury and the Governor’s henchmen.

I applaud studios and independent filmmakers for taking chances with a genre that is notoriously tough to get viewers into. I cannot recall the last ‘good’ end of the world movie I saw. They are either murky symbolism-clad character treatments like “The Road” or ridiculous over-the-top special effects extravaganzas like “2012″. The first twenty minutes of ‘World War Z’ was pretty good, but otherwise I havent seen an end-of-the-world movie I’ve actually liked since…hmmm….the original Red Dawn, I think.

On the other hand, direct-to-video is full of entertaining, if not ‘good’, flicks on the subject. The Walking Dead is kinda sating my need for this genre at the moment, although I think that if ‘Jericho’ had been on cable instead of network TV it would have been what it should have been…grittier and more substantive than it was.

For now, I’ll have to stick to books since movies have been pretty bad in this genre.

TWD – Teenage angst

New season of The Walking Dead is here. I like that there’s finally a bit more focus on the scavenging and pressing need for supplies. While decapitating zombies has it’s attractions, it can get boring. Im far more interested in seeing how a pair of people with nothing but the clothes on their back are going to find necessary supplies and gear to keep them alive.

This latest episode was one of those episodes that throws in some character-driven subplot. I support character development, although many people just want wall-to-wall gunfights. If I don’t care about the characters then where is my concern over them surviving the episode?

This episode is teenage rebellious angst and “I hate you!” moments as Carl, the heir apparent to the title of ‘Most annoying Character Can We Kill Him Off Yet Please’ formerly held by Andrea, gets all moody and pissy because he blames his dad for the failures and deaths within the group. Fine, fine…the kid is, what, 13? He gets to run around with a suppressed Beretta and shoot whatever he likes…at 13 I couldnt even have a BB gun. Get over it, kid. And when he finally decides to ‘spread his wings’ and try his hand at being the Last Man On Earth he gets in over his head not once, but twice. The end of the world is no place to work out teenage rebellion issues.

Nice to see that wasting ammo has consequences, hey? The bad tactical and strategic decisions just keep piling on. Obviously, if people did things that were tactically and strategically sound this series would have ended after about three episodes. There has to be these stupid screwups so that we can have our characters in jeopardy and thereby get iewers. I understand that, but still….its the end of the world and you can be bothered to carry a spare mag? Or a knife? Or fasten the strap on your holster so your pistol doesn’t flop around? So far the only person who seemed to tactically have his poop in a group was Shane.

And we’re ignoring the obvious solution here to the Grimes boys’ problem: Morgan. Rick and Carl need to grab a car, head back to Mayberry, and see if Morgan is still alive. If so, while he might not be keen to help Rick for Rick’s sake I bet he’d help out for Carl’s sake. And if Morgan is dead(ish) then there’s still probably a large cache of gear and food there waiting.

And while Michonne’s backstory is interesting, it’s nothing revelatory. We knew she had a loss with a small kid, right? The backstory I wanna see is Daryl’s. Was it a life of trailer park living, redneck bar fights, backroad meth deals, and such or was it something completely different?

Either way, still hooked.

Followup – ‘Spartan Survival’ Gunkiddians

Original post here.

Local man on ‘Doomsday Preppers’ arrested on illegal firearms warrant

Smith is a felon from a first-degree theft conviction and also was convicted of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in 2009. “His stated plan was not to defend himself but to use weapons he illegally possessed, to rob his neighbors at gunpoint,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said of the show. “Did he really think that this wouldn’t attract our attention ?

Just like the original Gunkid, this one seems to have cobbled together enough rope to hang himself. Guys, telling the world about your interest in preparedness on television is just plain dumb, but letting them film you with illegal firearms? Thats some Biden-quality bad judgement right there….

Kalishnikov humour

Looking forward to hearing your after-holiday gift reports. In the meantime, Some Kalishnikov humour:

“Comrade Kalashnikov will be buried in a pit of mud with full military honors,” said General-Major Saiga Molot, a spokesman for the Russian army. “After a week, we will exhume his body, clean it off, and put him back to work. We expect that there shall be no issue with his functions.”




Ah, ’tis Festivus season. Time to get the pole up, ready my list of grievances, and practice for the Feats Of Strength. But, as always, there’s the gifts to think about.

I posted a while back about some suggested gifts for the folks on your preparedness gift list.

Festivus gift ideas – the <$10 edition (Pt. I of III)

Festivus gift ideas – the <$20 edition (Pt. II of III)

Festivus gift ideas – the <$50 edition (Pt. III of III)

Although a little dated, they are all still excellent choices. If you want to get someone a very nice stocking stuffer, I highly recommend ammo, silver, or gift cards to the usual suspects (Bass Pro, Cabelas, Amazon, etc.) For my own expensive needs, my Amazon Wish List can be found here if anyone wants to share the Festivus lovin’.

If money were no object, or if I had a sugar momma somewhere, I’d ask for more Glocks, a Toyota 4×4, some night vision, a .338 Lapua, or 24-hours with a drunk, confused, and morally challenged Christina Hendricks.