For now, there are ten available. Here’s all the details:
Info link: AL1814-1504 Single Lid Case
These are hard cases manufactured by Pelican-Hardigg
They were originally used to ship small desktop-type computers to trade shows. They have custom cut foam interiors. They have hinged lids, rubber gaskets and 5 locking/sealing latches. There are two rather beefy carrying handles that fold down into recesses to streamline the case. The cases are designed to securely stack.
AL1814-1504 Single Lid Case Specifications
Exterior Dimensions (L x W x D)
21.00″ x 17.62″ x 20.55″ (53.3 x 44.7 x 52.2 cm)
Interior Dimensions (L x W x D)
18.00″ x 14.62″ x 18.86″ (45.7 x 37.1 x 47.9 cm)
Lid Depth Bottom Depth Total Depth
3.93″ (10 cm) 14.93″ (37.9 cm) 18.86″ (47.9 cm)
19.3 lbs. (8.75 kg)
All dimensions are approximate
These cases are in used, not abused, condition. They have exterior scuffs and scratches but are intact with no holes, cracks or damaged latches. They have a unique user applied ID plate on the front and a variety of easily removed adhesive labels. Some may have shipping info on the exterior written in marker; this comes up with petroleum distillate based cleaners/solvents.
The foam interiors are removable. They are configured to hold a desktop-type computer, monitor and accessories. They inserts are made of multiple glued layers of stiff foam. I have found that if the inserts are taken out and left in the sun for a couple hours to warm up, the multiple layers of foam may be pullled apart and then re-used/re-configured.
Hardigg produces a high end American made case used throughout many industries as well as the military. It carries a typically high end price as well; this particular model sells for between $350-400 depending on vendor.
Excellent size for behind-the-seat vehicle use, caching, storing emergency essentials, and, unsurprisingly, protecting electronics.
They have to be shipped as single units. Two or more, strapped/bundled together, would be oversize and unshippable. Shipping is a flat $20 anywhere in the continental US for each case. (So if youre in AK or HI, sorry.) Price each is $100, which is about 1/4 of the new price. Cases are shipped by USPS, so they can go to your favorite PO box.
Check the previous post for pictures of average condition. Good, solid cases that’ll protect the important gear when it counts.
EDIT: Someone was nice enough to point out in comments that I completely choked on the PayPal button. Let’s just keep it uber simple: email me at email@example.com and tell me how many and where you want ‘em shipped. I’ll email you back an invoice you can pay through PayPal. Keps it simple. (Yes, I know PayPal is a buncha lefty panty-sniffin’ Obama-fellatin’ weasels who would would recoil in horror if you accidentally munched your PopTart into the shape of a gun [crap, now I really want a pop tart] BUT they’re the easiest and most seamless way to get this done. Console yourself by knowing that they are unwittingly contributing to the ‘right side’.)
Specs, dimensions and weight are in the link at the top of the page. I’m trying to set something up so maybe we can all get a few. Not sure on pricing yet, but MSRP is around $400 each and these shouldnt be much more than a fraction of that.
The article about the lost ‘shroom pickers got me thinking. If you look at the numbers, the thing that kills the most people in the outdoors is hypothermia. Not bears, not falls, not lightning, not starvation, not inbred redneck hicks playing duelling banjoes……nope, it’s hypothermia. If you can avoid hypothermia when you’re stuck out in the boonies, odds are that you’re going to be okay. A fire is a tremendous aid but there’s a couple other gimmicks that help, one of them is the ubiquitous and somewhat overrated space blanket.
When I was teaching hunter safety, one of the things we were supposed to teach the 12-year-olds, among other things, was a little bit baout preparing a survival kit to take with them whenever they went hunting (and, really, whenever you go out into the woods.) We stressed the usual things like a knife, whistle, fire starter, etc, etc. Invariably, one of the things we told them to bring was one of those space blankets that just about everyone has stuffed into their gear somewhere. Here’s the funny thing, I advocated carrying one, carried one in my gear, but never actually opened the stupid thing and examined it.
These things are “a thin sheet of plastic (often PET film) that is coated with a metallic reflecting agent, making it metallized polyethylene terephthalate (MPET), usually gold or silver in color, which reflects up to 97% of radiated heat.” Sounds impressive, but remember: it reflects body heat… it doesn’t generate heat and it is a crappy insulator. The ‘blankets’ themselves are thin and not much good for building improvised shelters unless you’re quite careful and the wind doesn’t shred the thing into tinsel. Another drawback, in order to be so compact in size they are sent folded into an amazingly tight, compressed little bundle. Unfolding one when your fingers are cold and numb is going to be quite difficult. We recommended that the kids unfold the blankets at home and then re-fold them. They’d never be as small a package as they were originally, but they’d be a thousand times easier to unfold with cold and numb fingers. I have found that this product seems like an improvement over the typical space blanket…it seems a little less flimsy and the high-vis orange color would seem to be a plus. Also, although still quite compact, theyre packaged a bit better than the usual space blanket. In fact, this is the product I carry rather than the older-style space blanket when I’m not carrying something bulkier like the Woobie or the AMK Thermolite. (Although even when I’m carrying the other, bulkier products I still bring a couple of these along.)
As the Wikipedia article says, these things have been around since 1964, so one would think there has been some development on that front. What else is available for the person who wants as compact an item as possible while still retaining the necessary warmth and insulative properties?
Well, we’ve got the casualty blanket. Commercially, these things were marketed under the trade name ‘Space’ and I believe Thermos actually put some out for a while. Theyre simply a much heavier version of the space blanket. They tend to be much more rugged, but they are also bulkier and heavier. They usually have grommets and can be used for making improvised shelters, much as a light tarp would. They’re also available in colors, so you no longer look like a baked potato when wrapped up in one of these things. Personally, I’d go with the green or brown one. (It should be noted, even the uber-lightweight ones are now available in subdued color).
Kind of splitting the difference between the two are the Thermolite Bivvy from AMK. This is sort of a cross between the mylar space blanket and the casualty blanket. It doesnt have the clingy “foil” nature of the space blanket, but it’s lighter weight and less stiff than the casualty blanket. It is, as you might guess, a bit more bulky..about the size and diameter of a Foster’s beer can.
The next step up is something like Kifaru’s Woobie or Wiggy’s insulated poncho. I’ve both of these and theyre great products. They dont reflect heat back at you like the metalicized blankets, but they do provide great insulation which is something the other blankets dont do. The drawbacks to these two products are price, bulk and waterproofness.
To me, the thing that makes most sense would be a combination of these products. The space blankets get clammy and provide no insulation other than whatever is provided by what you are wearing. If you were to wrap yourself up in the Woobie or insulated poncho, and then wrap the space blanket or casualty blanket around you, then you’d have the best of both worlds…a layer of insulation and then a layer of heat-reflective, windproof material. Take it a step further and use one of the bivvy sack style of emergency blankets in conjunction with the woobie or insulated poncho and you’d really have something going on. The additional bulk of two of these types of items rather than one is fairly small, but the payoff may be worth it.
The casualty blanket has the advantage of being used as an emergency shelter. I carry a poncho or two for that use, but I saw a fascinating video about an impromptu shelter using a space blanket and some sheet plastic that was quite clever. The s[ace blanket was made into a simple lean-to. The clear plastic was hung across the front and sides of the lean to. A fire was built and the radiant heat came through the clear plastic, was reflected off the space blanket, and the warm air was trapped in the sealed lean to. A greenhouse effect. Extremely clever.
Is that brilliant or what? And the component parts of that shelter won’t take up much space at all.
I pack two of the Heatsheets Survival Blankets in the minimalist survival kit I take with me in the boonies. I figure one can always be used for shelter while the other is used to wrap myself up or as a ground sheet. Theyre a much better choice, in my opinion, than the classic foil space blanket.
Of course, these are items of last resort. The whole idea is to not get into a situation where you need something like that, but, if it happens, they’re going to be very nice to have along and will make a difference in whether you walk out of the woods with your rescuers or they carry you out.
I’m cleaning up some stuff around the bunker and have some extras of the #1010 Pelican Micro cases laying around. They are solid black, with lanyard, and brand new. They were made for use with some Nikon product so they have a removable Nikon sticker on ‘em. The foam inside them is uncut and removable if you want maximum space. If you want one, they’re $12.49 shipped. ($9.99 and $2.50 to ship) And by shipped, I mean I’m gonna slap a label and postage on the side of it and drop it in a mailbox…finding a box to put it in just adds weight and cost. Have about 2018161413 9 left. Details, including dimensions, can be found at the link above. Perfect size for spare parts kits for guns, small electronic devices, or geocaching.
If you want one (or more), here’s the button. US shipping only.
I’ve been waiting for one of my vendors to come up with a good deal on the happy little Glock 18 mags. These are the 33-rd round mags for the G18 machinepistol, however they will work just fine in any Glock 9mm…such as your Glock 17, Glock, 19, Glock 26, etc, etc. Also, if you have a gun that takes 9mm Glock mags such as the Kel-Tec carbine, Olympic 9mm AR, etc, etc, they’ll fit them too. These mags will fit in most MP5 mag pouches. They are factory Glock mags, not the crappy Scherer brand mags that you see floating around. No minimum but I have a limited amount of these things. In fact, I’ll be right up front and tell you I have exactly 30 of them. When theyre gone, theyre gone and I can promise you that in addition to death and taxes being lifes certainties (althoguh death doesnt get worse like taxes do) another certainty is that as the election approaches prices are going to go up and availability is gonna go down. If you can see the writing on the wall then you can see these are gonna be great investments as well as being handy for situations where you need alot of firepower or dont have a free hand to reload.
Flat rate of $9 to ship anywhere in the US. Details on the website.
Winter is on the way. Although the afternoons can get warm enough here to require air conditioning the mornings are bitterly cold. Remember all that advice you get on the Discovery channel about dressing in layers? A lot of truth in that. Standard uniform around here is usually a t-shirt, then a heavy shirt and then a vest. That pretty much keeps you covered as the temperature does its usual daily rollercoaster ride.
Bird flu has sort of fallen off the radar as of late but with winter coming and the seasonal crowding as people stay indoors more I expect it to get back on the medias radar again. Admittedly, all of last years hype about it certainly seemed a little anticlimactic but that’s the thing about disasters – by and large, you cant really predict the majority of them. Oh, you can predict them broadly as in “California is going to get hit by The Big One” but nailing it down to a specific day, week, month, or even year is usually not in the cards.
So, any day now I expect the news to suddenly start with its reports of the CDC quietly stockpiling vaccines, Chinese authorities hushing up deaths, migratory waterfowl corpses found to be infected, etc, etc, etc.
Am I worried about it? Nope. It just seems so unlikely to me. If it did happen my interest is on how it would affect infrastructure and the resultant problems. Isolation is easy..I can close the doors, pull the blinds and as long as the water holds out not have to leave the house for almost a year. Nah, my interest is in how travel, commerce and the like will be affected and what the results will be.
The flu of 1918 is the benchmark that other pandemics are compared to but the differences in society then versus now would make huge differences. With air travel and the majority of Americans being quite mobile you would have disease spread much faster but on the other hand with the advent of modern communications and medicine the effects could be mitigated. Still be a mess though but I don’t think you’d get the body count like in 1918.
I was puttering around the kitchen the other day and someone pointed out that they thought the screw-on lid on my 5-gallon bucket of rice was pretty cool. I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll touch on it again for the new people… If your going to store anything in five-gallon buckets (or any bucket that has a mouth of approximately the same size) you may want to investigate Gamma Seal products. These are screw-on lids for buckets. Normally buckets have lids that ‘snap’ on and are a major pain in the ass to remove. The Gamma Seals are a collar that snaps on to the bucket and then a gasketed screwtop lid that screws into the collar. The result is that your bucket is now easily accessed but keeps out all the nasties. Its excellent for storing bulk dry goods like rice, pet food, grains, etc. Its also extremely handy if you want to put together a 72-hour kit or a kit for your vehicle and want it protected from dirt, wet, dings, dents and the like. The Gamma Seals are normally around $8-10 a throw and come in several colors so you can color code your gear. Hmmm…I may have to investigate a group buy on those.
Speaking of group buy, if theres enough interest I may try seeing what sort of deal can be swung on the Glock 18 mags…you know, the 9mm mags that hold about 30 rounds. They work great, can be used in some 9mm carbines, and are handy for those situations where you’ve got only one hand free and cant spare another hand to reload (like when your driving or dragging something). I was toying with ordering a dozen or so for myself but if theres enough interest I’d see if maybe a better deal can be had on, say, fifty or so. And before you ask: yes, they’ll fit all 9mm variants of Glock and no they are not available in any caliber other than 9mm. (Although aftermarket ones exist in .40 and .45 but Ive had bad luck with them.) Even if you don’t have a Glock in 9mm, enough people do that they would be worth a nice chunk of change if another mag ban passes.
Theyve been a little hard to find lately, but if anyone is interested I have several thousand IMI 62 gr. FMJ bullets in lots of 500 for sale. These will attract a magnet. Hmmm. Wonder what *that* means…. eight cents each. New bullets, not pulls. Shipping is a flat $9 regartdless of quantity. Will happily ship to CA, NJ, NY, or any other place in the US.
Magazines arrived today. Wow, these things are nice. Seriously nice. Nice enough, in fact, that Im going to see if my vendor has any more. These are a dull grey/black finish, drop free from the mag well, have cool followers and are just generally a really nice mag.
I have exactly 15 left if anyone wants some. You’re gonna pat yourself on the back next year when the pre-election jitters start and crummy, worn-down-to-the-gold-anodizing GI mags at gun shows are going for $30.
For those of you who ordered, your mags are going out in tomorrows mail.
C Products AR mag, 30 rd., aluminum, black, Magpull follower
Packaged in quantities of 5 they are $12 ea. Discount on 15+ at $11@.
My vendor does not have a huge amount of these and I suspect that when theyre gone they’ll be gone for good at that price.
Standard boilerplate: Shipping is a flat nine bucks regardless of quantity. 4% transaction fee for our friends at PayPal. No such transaction fee for mail order or walk-ins.
Order ‘em while you can
They’re shipping today so they’ll be ready to head to your firebase or bunker by the end of the week.
I am getting less than 100 of these in this order.