Dec 10 2013

Tips and Tactics: Run the Action

NRA Women presented by Smith & Wesson.

In this week’s Tips and Tactics video, Il Ling New explains why keeping the gun in a firing position while you run the action helps you be ready to take the next shot that much faster.

Nov 26 2013

The Bugout Kit

Peabody on Il Ling's Bugout Kit, Ready to Go On The Wild SideSome of you have asked about my bugout gear, so I’ll tell you what MY packs have — everybody’s kit will be different, but should have the basics. Mine weighs more than the recommended “25% of your body weight” — it comes in at just under 50 pounds. But I’ve made sure I can lift, stand, and hike with it if I have to. The cool thing is there is a smaller backpack that zips off the front of the large pack. I’ve loaded what I consider to be the most critical items in it, so I’m still ready if I only have room/energy for the smaller pack. This photo gives you an idea of size: Peabody is a 11 pound mini-dachshund.

(I use ziplocks and/or space saver bags — both to protect stuff, but also to have the bags available.)

This list is NOT in order of importance!

Small (Critical Items) Pack:

  • Water filtration system+steel cup+collapsible water bottle
  • Fire starter+candles
  • Disposable towels
  • Head lamp+ batteries
  • Comprehensive first aid kit ( also includes trauma stuff, rubbing alcohol, saline, dental floss for sutures, etc.)
  • Duct tape, paracord, zip ties
  • Garbage bags
  • STORM whistle
  • Fixed blade knife
  • Multitool
  • Permanent marker
  • Socks
  • Fleece stocking cap
  • Non-battery flashlight
  • Clothes (including waterproof stuff)
  • Saw
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Nitrile gloves (also in first aid kit)
  • Alcohol wipes (also in first aid kit)
  • Orange safety vest
  • Orange surveyor’s tape
  • Orange bandana
  • Survival suit
  • Space blanket
  • Strobing blinker
  • Breathing mask (dust, etc.)
  • Copies of passport, etc.

(Personal defense tools go on my person)

Bugout Gear: In the larger pack (which, again, zips to the smaller)

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra clothing
  • Quick-dry microfiber towel
  • Permanent marker
  • 5-hour energy
  • Large garbage bags (the dark, thick ones)
  • Water proof pads – can be used together as tarp, or individually to carry, wrap, funnel, etc.
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Emergency poncho
  • Baby wipes
  • Additional first aid supplies (to supplement those in small pack)
  • Extra shoes
  • Playing cards (aside from obvious use, can also be used for paper, etc.)

And of course,
Peabody’s Pack — which goes into a dog carrier, just in case we need that for transport, etc. (ditto the muzzle):

  • Food
  • Stainless food and water bowls
  • First aid kit (I put it together just for dog stuff)
  • Extra copies of rabies, etc.
  • Extra leash
  • Extra collars, including lighted collar
  • Extra harness
  • Blinker (can attach to leash, collar, harness, etc.)
  • Extra ID tags (harnesses and collars also have ID attached)
  • Muzzle
  • Poop bags
  • Quick-dry micro fiber towel
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Thundershirt
  • Rescue Remedy (herbal calming drops)
  • Treats
  • Toys

Nov 25 2013

Have A Plan

1. Have a Plan. Those of you who know me professionally have heard me talk about this. And “What If” scenarios. Having thought about both, particularly in the event of fire (a fact of where we live), I’d already made up my mind to JUST LEAVE. I don’t know what I don’t know, but I DO know that I don’t know fire. Not a thing about it. So my plan has always been to ESCAPE, stay out of real help’s way, and not panic. (Hint: Having made up my mind to JUST LEAVE helps with the not-panic part.)

2. Be serious about your bugout kit. Have one (don’t just talk about it). Check it. Update it. Be able to GET to it. And have one for the important beings in your life: Peabody has her own, though she’s a little small to carry it by herself. I was able to get Pea, both kits (and mine is comprehensive (= heavy)), and me in the car in about 5 minutes.

3. Have a 3G or 4G capable cell phone. It was vital for getting info, nevermind calls, texts, etc. And even after getting home, when power and phone were’t working, I had a link to others. And keep it charged. You don’t know when you’ll have a chance to charge it again!

4. If you possible can, don’t run out in your flipflops! Get out with as much hard core gear on your person, as you can : boots, clothing with pockets, gloves, hats, eye protection.

5. Extra lights (not just your personal one): even in non-rural areas, you might not have power. You might need lights to guide emergency personnel and vehicles, signal, keep yourself visible while moving about, etc. The key is EXTRA, and in different configurations, in addition to your daily carry light.

6. Firearm: I always have one on an overbelt (which I use everyday when dog-walking). It has a spare light, ammo, loaders, etc. Though I had others as well, I grabbed the overbelt on the way out, and had that much more, all ready to go.

7. Make peace (as is possible) ahead of time with potential losses. Having thought about the possibility of fire before, having executed my plan — and thus having the most important things out with me, I found that I was calm. The prospect of losing the house and its contents was very real (I really believed it was a goner), and not pleasant…but I had already decided, before this ever happened, that I wouldn’t worry about “just stuff.” My dog was safe. I was safe. My neighbors were safe. We’re good. It hadn’t occurred that this would help me, but it made the watching and waiting SO MUCH more bearable!!

8. Be thankful. There is always something to be thankful for. Find it.