It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…

Hey hey hey, what’s up you crazy cats. I’m sorry that this site has been inactive for so long. About a year ago a good friend of mine introduced me to these sweet machines called Multirotors or quadcopter but best known as drones. Now the ones I enjoy flying are not the ones that have 4K camera: on them and fly around all slow taking video and crashing into planes or buildings or brides. What I fly are called Racing Quadcopters, I do enjoy a hexacopter every now and again but quadcopters are currently the most popular setup. If this sounds interesting to you check out my other WordPress blog fullthrottlequadsrt I just started it so the content is still growing or check out my YouTube channels which has a good amount of videos to choose from it is also called fullthrottlequadsrt. My goal is to post about once a week or once every two weeks it just depends on how caught up I am on my videos and other blogs. So thanks for checking out my blog and stay tuned for new material. And don’t forget to Like, Subscribe, and Comment. 


Review: Wazoo Bushcraft Necklace

bushcraft necklace2


Hey hey hey,

Hows it going my friends, its been a while but I am back and hope to be posting more great reviews and tips and tricks for the everyday survivalist. Since we last talked I have picked up a few new hobbies and started a few new ventures. If your interested check out my two new YouTube channels fullthrottlelighters and fullthrottlequadsrt. Also I posted a couple product reviews from this site as well to under pnwtactical.

bushcraft necklace3

Okay now lets get started. Recently Wazoo which is an amazing company, with the best slogan ever, saying that there products will save your wazoo and that couldn’t be any more spot on. They have some of the most innovative and creative and damn cool looking gear on the market today. They reached out to me and asked if I could review a couple of their products for them and boy was I more then thrilled to do so. I was just a giddy as a little school girl when that first package arrived in my mail. They sent me a little package with a few different products for me to review. Seeing how this is my first time reviewing for them they sent me a some little survival products to see how I do and to get my feet wet. Well those little pieces of equipment really make a huge impact on any go bag, or first aid kit, or even as an add on to your EDC gear. I was able to incorporate all three products to my EDC gear and I couldn’t even tell that I added 3 new pieces and those pieces became the most essential pieces I carry. One was the Bushcraft Necklace. it is this great looking leather strap necklace with a shard of ceramic and faracerium rod attached. Now just for you folks who read that are are like what in the world is a faracerium rod. Well faraceium is a man made metal, it is an amazing fire starter tool. It was made so that when you scrap it using a hard object like ceramic it will shave tiny particles off the rod and when those tiny partical are shaved off and hit the air the oxygen will cause the faracerium to com-bust and create a little molten metal spark that will start a fire in no time for you. The necklace is super light weight and you can barely tell you are wearing it. Ever since the first day i received it i haven’t taken it off only a handful of times to start a fire using the attached tools. One thing to remember is that when you order your necklace and i promise you will order one don’t throw away the attached Jute rope, it has been dipped in beeswax and makes an amazing tinder and will help you start a fire in no time or you can use it to practice starting a fire with your new survival gear(but make sure you are outside when doing this so as not to create a fire that can cause damage to your home and to people. Remember safety first and always put a humans life a head of using any type of equipment. Remember guys life is precious and you and everyone else are irreplaceable. Its one of the reasons i do this blog so that I can help you stay alive when you go out to do recreational activities that you love in the great outdoors, to make sure you come home safe to your loved ones). To practice using your new necklace take the Jute rope and tear it up into tiny strands and fluff it up in a pile. Take your necklace and slide the faracerium rod to one end and hold the rod steady in one hand and the ceramic shard steady in the other hand. Place the ceramic piece above the faracerium rod and scrape the rod using medium pressure and in a backwards motion towards your body against the ceramic in a steady quick motion. Now it doesn’t have to be lightening fast but you want to be quick enough to produce sparks. The faracerium was engineered for this purpose so it will create the sparks fairly easily. If done correct huge sparks of molten faracerium will fly off the rod. Now the reason I am telling you to do it this way and not to just slam the ceramic into the rod is because if you do it the way i just explained you should be able to control where the flames are going making it much easier to start a fire where you want to and not have the sparks flying all over the place starting little bush fires here and there and you are running around like a fool putting out small fires before they become forest fires(just kidding that would only happen Mel Brooks movie.

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I love my Bushcraft necklace and I wear it everyday. The one and only thing I think I would say that they could improve on is by making it come in at least two sizes. I have a huge head and I had to slide the slip knot all the way to the biggest setting to get it around this giant melon of a head I have on my shoulders. The slip knot they use was a great idea and I think two sizes would be able to cover pretty much everyone. This necklace has been a great conversation starter for me, I have had many random conversations with people in the grocery line, or at the bar, or dog park. By the way the dog park is a great place to meet women and I have had plenty of conversations with many beautiful women there with just the help of mans best friend but with the addition of this interesting piece of gear it has made the conversations that much better, think you are some sort of magician when you cause giant sparks to fly out of your hand. People always tease magic but girls love it even if they don’t say so everyone secretly loves magic and even though making sparks with a fire starter isn’t magic who says you can’t pretend right? heck if its gonna get a you a one of gods greatest achievements to sit across from you on a lunch or dinner date then heck I say do what you gotta do. Well guys that’s the basic’s of using this amazing article of bushcraft accessories. When you visit their website to purchase your very own bushcraft necklace make sure to browse and check out all the other cool stuff they have, you will find yourself spending hours looking at every product and reading every description just because you can’t get enough of their creative ideas to Save Your Wazoo. So push that buy button and hit that plus sign and buy a couple of them for your brothers or your dad and your friends they will worship the ground you walk on when you give it to them.

Ex-claimer: Wazoo provided me with the Bushcraft Necklace free of charge in exchange to do a product review and write a review on their website. This in no way effected my opinion of the product. I truly do love this and plan on buying it for my brother in laws. I am here to bring you an unbiased opinion so that when you go to purchase a product you are armed with as much knowledge as possible and feel comfortable about the purchase you just made. Their are so many different products out there to choose from that its hard to know what is good and what is bad and I hope I can help you navigate those waters. I want to make sure that when you head into those woods, or go to bed at night that you are safe and will come home to your loved ones or are able to protect your loved ones from any sort of threat. Prevention and proper preparation is the key to this, so educate yourself because knowledge is power.




Xikar Tech Double Jet Flames Torches


Sup Y’all

I’m baaack, I hope you all are more happy I’m back then mad that I was gone for over a year. Well I do apologize my life  sdave to give all you guys who come to my blog and read a huge thank you. It’s unbelievable how many visits I’m getting a day.  Okay enough of this sappy stuff back to what you came here for. 
 I bet you are sitting here like why in the world am I reading about a Jet Torchs on my survival tools blog. Well in my opinion what kind of lighter would work better in a cold, wet, maybe windy situation….a Jet Torch of course. Now there are better ones out there for surviving in harsh climates but a Jet Torch such as the Xikar Tech would be more than adequate for camping in the woods during Summer, Spring. I am personally loving this little work horse. Well let’s jump in and take a look around.lll  the 

pee you right ther rolling your eyes just bare with me or skip to the next paragraph, j/k guys. The company was started in 1994, when now  President Kurt Van Keppel decided he wanted to buy a good cigar not only then to ruin it because he couldn’t find good cigar cutters. He found that it didn’t matter how much money he spent they always were underperforming. So he set out with vice President Scott Almsberger to match good design with the best styling and materials you can find. The final result which took them 6 months is what we know as the market leader in cigar cutlery, The Xi cutter which was first assembled and ship from his garage in 1996. The word Xikar originated from sikar which is believe to be the first Spanish spelling for Cigar. 

Xikar’s Corporate Mission is to Serve a Great Products. They are dedicated to providing value to consumers through unique, artful cutlery at a fair price. They will provide these products through honest and ergonomic design to achieve superior form, feel and function. One of my personal favorite aspects of Xikar and its oproducts is that they offer a full lifetime warranty on all their products. Xikar’s team is dedicated to providing value through honest and ergonomic design at a fair price. On his design stands for consideration of function, we’re going on the comfort with simple, clean lines and lack of superfluous decoration on the product. Xikar has four fundamentals that all products must meet. 


  • Function: Product must be extremely high functioning, meet their high standards poll
  • Opiijlmechanical and material quality. 
  • Form: All products should meet two sayings “Easy on the Hand” and “Easy on the Eyes”. By this they mean the product should be ergonomic and artful. Beautiful design enhances the enjoyment and experience of the product. 
  • Fair: All products are set to a fair price. 
  • Forever: Lifetime unconditional guarenas on all Xikar products. 

 I hope you all enjoyed that little history lesson on Xikar. Now it’s time to start digging into the family of Tech Jet Torches. The Xikar Tech comes in 4 different Jet Flames and 3 different colors. Tech lighters feature a large fuel tank, and three different joke flames and durable body style that achieves Xikar’s commitment to form, feel, and function. Tech lighters combine a sleek transparent body design that comes in Blue, Black, and Clear with solid metal construction at an affordable price. Their design is what makes them great for outdoors usage and camping. 


Product Details

  • Single, Double, Triple, and Quadruple Jet Flames
  • Auto-Open Lid
  • Durable Body Style
  • Oversized flame adjustment wheel
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Large fuel tank for prolong life span
  • Simple Thumb Ignition

NWTacticals Personal Opinion:

Xikar’s Tech cigar lighter is an awesome little powerhouse. You can defiantly see from the body style that it is competing with Blazers Little Buddy. Today’s Tech that I am personally reviewing is the Double Jet Flame in black which burns two immensely hot Blue flames that range from about half an inch to 2 1/2 inches. One thing that sets the Tech apart from the rest of Xikar’s lighters is that it is mostly plastic body which is what makes it ideal for camping. (Xikar does have a model that is for High Altitude, Water Resistent and Wind Proof. This model is called the Stratosphere, if you would like to look it up.) The upside to the plastic body is that you are keeping the cost down while delivering a durable and reliable Torch. NWTactical is a huge fan of single depression of the pusher which automatically opens the lid and ignites the RapidFire ignition. The Tech no only looks good but it feels good when holding it and igniting it, the ergonomics make it very comfortable in your hand. Another reason why this makes a great survival torch is that it has a rather large fuel tank, plus since the tank is made out plastic and is transparent you can always know just how much Butane you have left. At the bottom of the Tech is a huge wheel that encompasses the entire bottom, this wheel is used to adjust the size of the flame which ranges from a 1/2in to 2 1/2in blue flame. 

One important thing to remember is that if you are ulsing this in direct sunlight it can make the flame hard to see almost invisible to the naked eye, you want to stay away from the Jet Flame at all times and do not point it directly at your person or someone else. The Jet Flames reach the very hot 12,000 degrees F, which means what ever you are using the torch on will be extremely hot and make sure to give it time to cool down after exposure to the Jet Flames, also the lid will most likely be hot if you were using for an extended period of time. Xikar recommends that you do not keep the Tech lit for more then 10 seconds at a time. Last but not least remember that the Xikar Tech and all Xikar products come together with a LifeTime Warrenty so when you get your Tech go online and register it, also when you register your lighter Xikar will send you a very stylish Leather Lighter Carrying Case.


Final Thoughts:

Everyone here at NWTactical is sold on this little spit fire(haha get it, I’m not explaining it so if you don’t leave and don’t come meets all Xikar’s 4 fundamentals in that it is (Form)stylish, ergonomics of the lighter are great, (Function) the automatic lid is a must in my book I’m not trying to light the torch while flipping it open with a different finger. One solid motion will suffice for me. Also I like the see thru fuel compartment. (Fair) All Xikar products are priced accordingly to what you are getting. The Xikar Tech’s price range can vary greatly depending on where you are buying it and what model you want. The best prices you will find will be on Xikar’s recommended prices are

  • Single Jet Flame in Blue, Black, Clear. is selling them on their website for 29.99. You can find these on starting at $16+$3 Shipping. My local smoke shop in WA is charging $39.99
  • Double Jet Flame in Blue, Black, Clear is selling them for $44.99. On d they range from $20-$90. At my local smoke shop in WA these were prices at $49.99
  • Triple Jet Flame in Blue, Black, Clear. Xikar is selling them for 59.99. Amazon lists them for $19-$34
  • Quadruple Jet Flame in Blue, Black, Clear retails in my local smoke shop for $74.99. Xikar does not post the Quad Flame on their website and Amazon does not either. In my honest opinion the Triple is more then adequate but hey I’m a man I total understand wanting the biggest and the baddest.

Last but defiantly not the least he’s the type of butane fuel that you use to refill the torch. There are many different types of butane fuel and most will damage or break your torch. My recommendations are to use either

  • Xikar Purofine brand Butane and order it online at unless you can find it cheap at a local smoke shop or hardware store. At my local smoke shop I paid $5 for a bottle that weighs only 1.9oz which I feel like is only going to get me roughly a total of 3-4 refills and depending on how much often you use the lighter and how long you leave it on for at a time. For me this is not good I can go thru a tank in probably two days of  heavy usage. 
  • Newport Ultra Purified Butane with Zero Impurities which you can find for around $9 dollars for a can of 10 ounces which is amazing compares to the $5 I paid for 2 ounces. My friend said he knows a top secret location in WA where he gets bottles of Newport for $3 and that jackass won’t tell me. 
  • Whip-it brand Premium Butane w/ Zero Impurities. Comes in White Box w/ Blue and white writing. Whip It on usually comes in boxes of multiple cans so that’s cool cause you get them cheaper for the more you buy.  I only saw one person selling Whip It for $6 a can. 
  • DO NOT USE VECTOR QUADRUPLE REFINED BUTANE. I filled up my Xikar Tech and after only a couple uses the flames were not reaching the same heights as before and I couldn’t keep it on the lowest setting it would just sputtered out. Once I got home from my friends house I bleed my Xikar empty and refilled it using my Xikar Purofine Butane and it worked instantly you could see that the Jet Flames were bigger and it was also roaring like a jet engine. 

Thank you all for reading and look forward to seeing your comments. If you have a Jet Torch that you love please leave a comment or if you have a brand of Premium Butane please leave a comment with its name.  Vee

Paracord Bracelets, Lanyards, Dog Collars and Leashes for sale!!

Hi Faithful Readers,

NW Tactical is starting a new line of Paracord accessories. Don’t miss out on owning your very own paracord bracelet and also buy a matching one for man’s or woman’s best friend. I have been making Paracord bracelets and dog collars for over two years now and am now looking to share my handiwork with the rest of the world. Paracord is a great accessory for your casual everyday outfit. I wear a different one everyday of the week that matches my outfits. Paracord comes in almost every color you can possible think of and then some, such as


Black Widow
Black Widow

Blue Camo
Blue Camo

Seahawks Camo
Seahawks Camo

Husky Camo
Husky Camo

Solid Black
Solid Black

I can make bracelets to match your favorite sports team College or Professional, I can also add charms or dog tags to make it more personalized. These make great gifts for special people in your life, the cord comes in two different sizes. It comes in your normal 550 cord which is military grade and also a smaller petite cord call NanCord that measures in at .75mm it makes great collars for small dogs or bracelets for women or small children. My 18 month old niece wears hers everyday and when she wakes up in the morning she points to her wrist and says “bracelet, uncle PJ bracelet”. She is extremely adorable. NanoCord comes in limited colors but does comes in most of the primary colors and some neon colors. I love my bracelets and I get compliments everywhere I go and so does all my family members that wear them. I especially get nice comments on my dogs collars due to the uniqueness of the collar.

I don’t make the paracord accessory until you order it so that it can be personalized to you, i make them to fit your wrist so you don’t have to have one that is to small or to big and you don’t have to worry about it not fitting cause you send me the exact size of your wrist or your dogs neck or the length of the leash you want. Also let me know what colors you want and I will make it happen. If you are local in the Seattle Washington area I can meet you same day, if you need shipping we can discuss that depending on where you are located and funds can be paid by paypal. I will ship the package within 1-2 business days thru USPS.

Prices Start @

Bracelets = $8.00-$10.00 + shipping

Lanyard = $10.00-$12.00 + shipping

Dog Collar = $20.00 + shipping

Dog Leash = $25.00-$30.00 + shipping

Prices Vary on how many colors and length of the accessory. Please contact me for more details on prices and shipping info.

Hey Guys stay tuned for my next article on Sypderco ParaMilitary 2 and Boker AK74. Both are amazing knives. My Spyderco PM2 is my new everyday carry and is an amazing knife for the price with extremely high quality steel for the price.

ESEE Izula May Be Small But Packs a Strong Pinch!

Howdy Ho Fellow Steel aficionado’s


I ordered a ESEE Izula II because I loved my ESEE Candiru so much and I wanted something just a little bigger but exactly the same. Well they are not exactly the same but they are pretty close. The Izula has lived up to its name and has become one of the most iconic small fixed blades of our time. The locals in Peru call the meanest, nastiest, ant in the jungle, The Isula. In the USA we know it as the Bullet Ant. The ant is known for its toughness, independence, aggressiveness and lightness on its feet. The Izula fits all those characteristics and more. The Izula has a simple design that makes it a knife that is very complex and can be used for many different applications. It is the perfect survival knife, it can be worn on your belt, in your pocket, strapped to your pack, or around your neck on a lanyard. The Izula comes as a skeleton knife, but ESEE has recently released the Izula II which is what I purchased and it comes with the Micarta scales already on the blade, and it also has a slightly longer handle for those with bigger hands.

Venom Izula

As for its intended use as a survival knife I have not had the chance to take it into the woods on a backpacking adventure or a survival training session, I have used it mostly as my EDC in a suburban environment. I have taken it into the woods behind my house and put it thru a few tests just to simulate what it would be like on a survival training session or backpacking adventure. I personally think that this is a great knife to pair along with a bigger survival knife, usually something along the 7″ blade length. Something that can be used for hunting, chopping, and skinning. The Izula II can be used for skinning though and does a great job with its small blade. The Izula is actually pretty good at chopping for its small size, its good at making curled wood shavings which is great for kindling to start a fire the sparks catch better on the curled wood shavings, cutting rope with ease, slicing filet’s of fish to cook over the open fire, or taking the skin off bigger game, it also is great for trivial things such as opening boxes, opening mail, it cuts right thru an aluminum can with ease, and slices thru paracord to cut off the ends of my bracelets.

Fire Izula

Blade Specifics & Dimensions & Handle Ergonomics & Sheath:

The main difference between the Izula and the Izula II it is the handle length, weight, color and that the Izula II comes with micarta handles which are amazing might I add. The blade is made of 1095 carbon steel which holds an edge great and that is why its made for backpack adventures and survival sessions out in the wilderness for long periods of time, the down side is that it isn’t easy to sharpen. When sharpening you have to put some elbow grease into it to put an edge back on this little badass. The Izula is only 2oz and the Izula II comes in at 3.2oz and doesn’t add much to a pack, the pocket, the waist or even the neck which is where I prefer to carry mine which I rotate between the Izula II and my other ESEE my Candiru. A quick specifications run down:

Izula Micarta

Overall Length: 6.75″
Blade Length: 2.63
Thickness: .156″
Steel: Carbon Steel 1095
Weight: 2oz Izula & Izula II 3.2oz
Finish: Textured Powder Coat
Grind: Flat

Izula Fam

The Izula comes in many different colors so you can accessorize appropriately. It comes in Black, Tan, OD Green, Venom Green, Fire Ant Red, Pink, Gray, Steel, Damascus Steel. It’s like they say an ant can carry almost 50x its weight, the Izula will cut, slice and pry almost 50x its weight and out in the wilderness is almost 50x its weight in gold when it comes to survival. The Izula has a skeleton handle unless you purchase the Izula II which comes with the Micarta handles. You can also buy them separately, one of my favorite ways to make a skeleton handle more comfortable is to wrap it in paracord. The best thing about wrapping in paracord is that you can change it everyday to match the shirt you’re wearing or even your environment, you can wrap it in camo if you’re in the woods, tan if you’re in the desert or if you are going out to the club and you have a fancy purple shirt you can wrap it in purple paracord. Paracord comes in a million and one different colors and is one of my favorite things in the world. The blade has a slight angle in it for better leverage when cutting, it helps so you do not have to apply as much pressure to the knife when cutting hard objects. The Izula comes with an injection molded sheath that is light weight, has a large hole in it for a carabiner so you can wear it around your neck on a paracord lanyard, it also has a long gap that runs the length of the sheath so you can wrap the sheath in paracord to attach to a MOLLE strap or backpack or belt. The sheath holds the knife very snug, it is not going anywhere. When you insert the knife into the sheath it snaps in and you can feel and hear it engage the sheath for the utmost security so you have a piece of mind knowing that it is not going anywhere no matter how much abuse you put it thru. With a little practice you can disengage the knife using your thumb on the sheath and popping it out, this allows quick one-handed draw from your pocket, belt, or neck. Just grab, and pop it out with minimal thumb pressure and you are either good to start cutting or engage an enemy. You can also buy what is called Blade Tech Tec-Lok that makes it easy to wear on your waist band

Izula Kit 2

Blade In Review:

These amazing blades are expertly made in Idaho Falls Idaho by Rowen Manufacturing, keep up the amazing work guys and gals at Rowen. I love your products. After treating the Izula like a 15yr boy does his first girlfriend all soft and gentle. I decided to become a man and take it for a ride like you would a $50.00 day time hooker, i began abusing the wench. Chicken bones, aluminum coke cans, baby back ribs, cardboard, cloth towels, tree branches, hardwood, copper wire, steak, plastic containers, firewood, it all fell before the single pincer of this little Izula menace. It didn’t suffer a single chip or even a scratch in the powder coatin, it was still sharp enough to slice thru a tomato without squashing it but after a few seconds on my Smiths Dual sharpener it was back to the factory 20 degree angle. The Izula comes with a great little instructions manual on how to wrap the handle in paracord which comes in handy if you didn’t by the Micarta handles. I love this knife and i carry it almost everywhere i go around my neck loud and proud, if i don’t have this hanging around my neck its the ESEE Candiru just cause I felt like something different. Now go click on the address bar type in or and buy one of these right now you will not regret it at all. You will become a believer and love of all things ESEE. They have a great line-up of all different sizes of knife or all different applications. One day i will own them all in different sizes and colors just cause I think they are fantastic tools and weapons. Now before I leave you I want to drop a little knowledge on you so that your ESEE will last forever, it is carbon steel and the parts that are not coated with a powder coating it will rust so make sure to buy a bottle or a towellete of TUF-cloth and coat the whole blade once every month to keep away any rust and to clean with luke warm water and a mild detergent if needed. Dry as soon as possible and apply TUF-Cloth again.

Thank you and stay tuned for the next post on the best pocket knife I have own in my short knife collecting time…..the Spyderco Paramilitary 2….AMAZING!!!


AR-15 The Gun That Changed The Way American’s Fight

original m16


The AR-15 was a game changer, the AR-15 became the standard rifle of the US Military in 1970. Before our warriors carried the M14. The M14 is a big, bulky, powerful weapon. The M14 used a 7.62x51mm NATO(.308 Winchester) ammo, it held a 20 round box clip. It shot 700-750 rounds per min and went up to 500yds effectively. It was the standard issue rifle from 1959-1970. The reason we needed a new weapon was the M14 was to heavy at 9.4lbs empty and 10.7lbs fully loaded, and the solider could only carry anywhere between 50-75 rounds depending on how strong he was, this was a big issue when the M14 is a fully automatic weapon that shoots 700 rounds a minute. The rifleman could blow thru his ammo in only a few minutes. Enter the AR-15 or otherwise known as the M16 or CAR-15(Colt Automatic Rifle – 15). One of the major perks of the weapon was that a solider could carry 300+ rounds on his person when going on patrol, and the system only weighed in at 5.4lbs depending on the accessories on the gun such as sites and M204 grenade launcher.

m16a2 basic

The AR-15 was first produced by Arma-Lite and sold to Colt due to financial problems. Boy I bet Arma-Lite is kicking themselves now for losing out on that Military contract. They still produce the weapon for civilians but they do not have a Military contract like Colt does. The CAR-15 fires a 5.56mm NATO but it can be chambered for many different rounds. When first introduced during the Vietnam war it was universally hated amongst the soldiers. It had multiple problems that would later on be corrected and become one of the greatest small arms weapon ever produced and used universally amongst American Military Branches and many other countries Military’s. The AR-15 was introduced to the American Military as the M16 in 1962 when the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Project Agency(ARPA) ordered 1000 rifles for testing in its Vietnam Project Agile. The M16 received enthusiastic reviews and based on these reviews Defense Secretary McNamara ordered 85,000 M16’s for Vietnam and 19,000 for the Air Force. Once in the battle field the M16’s true colors started to shine and it was having numerous malfunctions and many media outlets were blaming the deaths of American soldiers on the weapon system. The weapon was put back thru a very strict testing regiment which found the weaknesses of the gun and corrected them. Some of the biggest weaknesses of the weapon was poor training when the weapon was issued along with inadequate cleaning supplies. The humid jungle caused many of the weapons malfunctions, once the US supplied the soldiers with proper cleaning supplies it helped make the weapon more reliable.

m16a2 grenade launcher

The military didn’t just stop with cleaning supplies, it went back to the drawing board and came out with the M16A1. Colt came up with replacement of the powder, combined with a new buffer to slow rate of fire, a chrome plated chamber and barrel to improve rust resistance, a closed prong flash-hider, forward bolt assist, new butt-stock w/storage for cleaning kit, and introduction of a 30-shot magazine was adopted and performed well for the duration of the 60’s and 70’s. In the late 70’s they introduced the M16A2 which was the last major change to the weapon. The weapon went thru a Product Improvement Program(PIP). The major changes were the enhancement of the diameter of the muzzle which extended the range of the weapon and the velocity of which the bullet travels, the rear sight was modified so the user could adjust it for greater accuracy, it incorporated a case deflector so it could be used by left hander’s, and the auto fire feature was switched to the three round burst feature which also promoted greater accuracy and control of the weapon because the recoil is at its minimum at 3 rounds, over 3 rounds the recoil is a lot greater.

AR-15 tricked out

Enough about the history of the weapon let’s get down to the nitty and gritty stuff that we love to hear about. I personally love this weapon, it is my favorite rifle on the market. There are other really nice weapons such as the H&K 416 which is totally BA but I just love the CAR-15(M16 or AR-15). The AR-15 has numerous accessories, such as sights, pistol grips, magazines, butt-stocks, cover guards, barrels, receivers. One thing that sets the AR-15 apart from other rifles for the enthusiast is that you can build it from the ground up. You can go online or to the local gun dealer and purchase every part of the weapon and build it yourself. So you can customize the weapon to your specific specs. I LOVE IT. You start with purchasing a lower receiver, then slap on a butt-stock either fixed, collapsible, or adjustable, then grab a butt-stock mounting kit, along with a buffer tube, next grab a firing trigger along with a trigger guard, then throw on a pistol grip and a forward grip(optional), then you will need another integral part the upper receiver, screw on the barrel which sends the bullet down range, after the barrel is installed you need a two piece hand rail, at the end of the barrel screw on a flash hider/compensator, next put on a gas block on the barrel, after that put on a bolt carrier group kit, and a charging handle. As you can tell there are a lot of parts that go into building a AR-15 but if you are an enthusiast that is what makes it fun. You can also by complete lower and upper kits that basically takes away all the customizing and gives you all your pieces in one part, it makes building your rifle a lot faster but it takes away from the experience just a little bit. Now once you have all these parts in place, its time for all the fun stuff such as sites, scopes, vertical grips, lasers and lights, bi-pods, and magazines.

ar15 tricked out 2ar15 silicened box clip

The AR-15 can be calibrated to many different rounds such as .223 Remington, .45ACP, 5.7x28mm, 6.5mm Grendel, 6.8mm Remington SPC, .50 Beowulf, .50 BMG, and .458 SOCOM. I highly recommend not to chamber a .223 Remington into a 5.56mm NATO even though they are very similar rounds the 5.56mm NATO has an increased chamber pressure which can be dangerous, it is always better to be safe then sorry when using a weapon of any kind.

ar15 bipod

The CAR-15 showed it range in the Battle of Mogadishu, it was used on the ground by foot soldiers and also in the sky on helicopters by some of the best Special Forces Snipers in the world. SEAL Team Six and Delta Snipers used the CAR-15 a lot while in Mogadishu because they were fighting in urban warfare where they didn’t need a sniper rifle that could hit a 1000+ yard target they needed a weapon that could hit anywhere between 150-800 yard target. With a Leopold 10x power scope a CAR-15 could be adjusted to hit long-range targets, they also used the ACOG scope which helped them see at night and also in the day. It also helped because it could be suppressed which assisted them in hiding their position, it also gave them the ability to put a lot of lead down range and reach out and touch somebody quickly. One of the major complaints on the M16A2 round the 5.56mm NATO was that it was so powerful and aerodynamic that it would slice right thru the enemy going in one side and coming right out the other side clean. With the enemy being loaded on drugs such as Khat they would not fall when shot, they would keep going for a little while sometimes still engaging against our troops. The solider on the ground wouldn’t know if they took the enemy down or not because they would be able to run another 20-50 yards before they fell and at this point they would be out of the range or site of our troops. The soldier’s missed the 7.62 round that had a lower velocity rate but packed a whooping punch that would literally blow off limps and stop the enemy dead in his tracks. The NATO round was supposed to be more humane but put our troops at risk.


The M16A2 or AR-15 spawned many different weapon systems that are in use today. Many different companies have used the M16 platform and modified it to their specs. One weapon that is a direct descendant of the M16 is the M4 rifle which is used by many of our Special Forces Teams due to the platform being shorter and easier to use in Close Quarter Combat(CQC). Some of the different Teams that uses the M16 and M4 are Delta Force which is a Tier-One counterterrorism fighting team that recruits out of the Army mostly from the 82nd Airborne, and Green Berets, SEAL’s and SEAL DEVGRU or mostly know in the media as SEAT Team Six use the M16 and M4. SEAL Team Six is also a Tier-One counterterrorism fighting team. The SEAL’s recruit out of the Navy and SEAL Team Six members are the best of the best SEAL’s. Marine Force Recon Teams are a Special Operations team that draws from the Marine pool, they also pretty much only use the M16 and M4’s. DOG or Deployable Operations Group which is part of the Coast Guard branch use these weapons systems, the CIA Special Activities Division, SWAT, FBI HRT, or FBI SWAT all use this weapon system. As you can tell all of the top Special Forces units use this weapon because it is a classic and will be used within the teams for a long time to come.

ar-15 double round clip

I hoped that this article gave you some insight to the history of the AR-15, this gun has been given a big black eye in the media lately because of some of the tragic events that have happened over the past few years. The atrocities that were committed are nothing to turn a blind eye to but you also should have all the information before condemning something to purgatory. This is a truly wonderful weapons system and enhancement in technology that helped this country become the super power that it is today along with many other systems. Being able to own one of these weapons system is a right that every American should have and a choice that he/she should be able to make on their own. I love guns and I can understand why people do not like guns but banning guns is not the answer, because if you take guns away from the honest, hard-working, law-abiding citizens then they will only be owned by criminals and evil doers. Well this is not a debate that I am trying to get into here on this blog, I will leave it at that. I hope you enjoyed and if you have any pictures of your hand-built AR-15 or any AR-15 that you own, or any comments please leave them below. I love to read the thoughts and opinions of my readers.

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CRKT Lil’ Guppie

Lil' Guppie

Sorry its been so long since my last post. I have been going thru some major life changes and have been busy.

I recently purchased a new toy, and boy is it pretty fucking cool. Its called the Lil’ Guppie and is produced by Columbia River Knife & Tool. I recently bought my first CRKT product and I can tell you that it was not gonna be my last, I plan on buying a lot more of their great products. If you want a little background on CRKT then read my previous post on the RSK MK5.

Lil Guppie 3

The Lil’ Guppie is part of CRKT I.D. Works tools product line. The product line is motivated by design that is inspired and functional, CRKT’s vision is that of painter Leonardo Di Vinci who said “Observe Everything in Nature”, great man, great quote but that’s the last thing I am thinking of when I am skinning a dear, or fixing my motorcycle(Just kidding). CRKT is going for products that are ergonomic and organic shapes that are sometimes whimsical but always useful. CRKT’s I.D. Works designs are nothing like the traditional Leatherman tools, their tools are ready to go right out of the sheath or pocket. Just a flick of the finger and the blade is ready to slice and dice, or the pliers are ready to pull and pry.

Lil Guppie opening beer

The Lil’ Guppie was designed by Launce Barber & Tom Stokes, who also invented its bigger brother the Guppie. There is a few different versions of the Guppie, they come in different colors and also with different tool line up. Currently the one I have is the all black version with the standard vise grip, bottle opener, flat head screw driver, and Phillips head screw driver, and a 1in blade, and of course the carabiner that it is the base frame of the Guppie. The Lil Guppie is 3in long and only 1.9oz so you will hardly notice it when in your pocket or hooked to a belt loop or backpack/bag.

Lil Guppie 2

The adjustable wrench opens up to about 10mm for light repair and assembly, along with small jobs such as building model cars or Lego’s. The small carbon blade really does come razor-sharp right out of the box and it can be convinently opened with one had using the small blade slot at the top. The tail end of the Guppie flipper is where the flat head screw driver is located which comes in handy for many small screws that plague our everyday lives. The clip on the little Guppie can be used to attach to your pants or backpack but it can also be used as a nifty little money clip.

Lil Guppie BLack

I really enjoy this little tool, I keep it hooked to my backpack so that I have it near me whenever I go out hiking, riding my motorcycle, to work, etc. I also get a lot of comments on how cool of a little tool it is. I recommend it to everyone who is looking to buy a carabiner for your keys or to clip to your backpack/bag to hold different items for you, remember that this is not a load bearing carabiner so it cannot be used to climb with or for any type of substantial amount of weight. Why buy a plain old normal carabiner when you can purchase one with a knife and a bottle opener, right?? Lets get drunk and then be armed(lol). After purchasing the Lil’ Guppie I defiantly plan on buying its bigger brother the Guppie, so I can attach it to my backpack. If you have any questions regarding this post please don’t hesitate to leave a comment with your question or comment.

Thank you for reading and go out and buy one NOW!!!

Columbia River Knife & Tool Ritter RSK Mk5


Hey ya’ll blade fanatic’s,

CRKT SporkCRKT Hisshou

Move over Kershaw, Gerber, there is a new kid on the block and he is one badass SOB. Well CRKT is not too new but compared to some of the big name brands they are the wild and crazy teenager. They make all types of different knifes and tools, ranging from small 2 inch neck knife Ritter RSK that this blog will review to the 13 inch tactical sword, the Hisshou, which is a totally badass sword specifically designed for our men who operate in the shadows and need something that can kill quietly and efficiently. They also make many different incredible tools that range from you basic field utensils such as the Eat N Tool which looks like a spork on steriods, that has a fork, spoon, bottle opener, 3 hex wrenches, and a carabiner, to a multi-tool that has 10 different tools all in one.

CRKT Carabiner

Columbia River Knife & Tool or otherwise known as CRKT was found in 1994 in Tualatin Oregon by Rod Bremer to bring the end user the best quality products and most innovative tools and knives on the market at an affordable price. Personally I love CRKT’s products and plan on purchasing there products as much as possible.

CRKT RitterCRKT Ritter Box

The Ritter RSK is a little tiny thing that comes with an Altoids looking tin box to carry it in. The Ritter RSK is made out of 3Cr13 Stainless steel and its only 3.81 inches long and weighs less then an ounce with and comes with a stone wash finish to prevent corrosion, and it comes with a fitted kydex sheath that makes it the perfect for a neck knife or for a women to carry on her key chain or attached to her purse for easy access. The knife comes sharp right out of the box so be careful don’t underestimate it due to its size. CRKT open box I think it would be great for a survival kit because of its size and weight, one of the most important things when putting together a survival kit is to find items that are small and light but still a quality product that will be there when you need it the most. The ergonomic skeleton grip is perfect for a two finger grip to make fuzz sticks, gut a fish, or dress game, wrap some para-cord around it to improve the grip and give it more real estate to hold on to. In my opinion this is a great little knife, but you have to remember that this is only $20.00 and is less then 4 inches in total length. It is a small knife but a quality product that is less then an ounce.

CRKT Ritter hand CRKT Wrapped

I hope this post gives you a good idea about what you are getting when you purchase Ithis product. I have read negative reviews online with one person stating that the knife is small and doesn’t weigh anything, well duh thats what the description says. I love it when people don’t read the description and when they pay only a few dollars for a product and then get angry when they didn’t get a 7 inch fighting knife made our of 1095 Cro-Van Stainless steel with powder coated finish. Anyways thats my rant for the day. Thanks for listening. Please don’t forget to leave any comments or questions in the comment section and also don’t forget to click on the “follow” button so you don’t miss out on any great posts.


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Gerber Skeleton Frame Knive’s – Bare Essentials

What’s up Steel Junkies,

It’s been a while since I have reviewed a new product, I only want to review products that I actually put to the test for you so you are getting a real honest review. So today we are going to go back to the basics and review two different blades from Gerber. We are gonna be learning about the Gerber Paraframe I Stainless Steel Serrated knife, and the Gerber RipStop Stainless Steel Straight Edge. These two blades are some of Gerber’s more affordable knives. I purchased both these at Target. The Paraframe I was roughly $30.00 and the RipStop I was about $15.00. First lets learn a little bit about the history of Gerber.

Gerber Logo

History of Gerber:

Gerber was founded in 1939 by a gentleman named Joseph R. Gerber in Portland Oregon. Gotta love that this is a good old North West company. It started out as a small batch of handmade cutlery sets that were given as holiday gifts. It quickly turned into thousands of retail accounts around the country. Gerber makes different knives for different purposes.


Gerber Cable Dawg

They specialize in Military were every design is based on direct feedback from members of our Armed Forces. Iconic knives such as Mark I, Mark II, and the Guardian series are some of the inspirations for Gerbers Military knife lines. Some of the innovative products that they have developed for the Military is the Cable Dawg, LMF II and the De Facto which serve alongside the standard issue Gerbers such as MP600 and the Gerber Strap Cutter.


Gerber Gator

From the smallest game to the epic trophy, Gerber equips the great predator on earth The Hunter. They focus on making their blades evenly balanced and tough as nails, they focus on making specific gear with long lasting blades, tactile handles and all weather sheaths. Their most famous hunting knife is the Gator which has paved the way for some of todays most innovative blades on the market.


Gerber Bear Grylls

Some men enjoy hunting in the great outdoors and some men just enjoy being in the great outdoors. For the men that enjoy nature for what it is they have created the Bear Grylis line of knives. They specialize in knives for the first timer boy scout on their first trip to the seasoned adventurer exploring some of the highest mountains in the world.


Gerber Covert

Gerber created the Tactical line to service the men and women who protect us on the home front from Police officers, to firefighters, to EMTs. One staple of that line is the Covert series which was developed in conjunction with one of the greatest close quarters combat and fighting instructors Colonel Rex Applegate.


Gerber E-Z Out

Gerber takes being outdoors to the next step and they do not generalize they specialize by making knives that are specific to all activities, Their Outdoor line specializes in Hiking, Camping. Be the man who is prepared for everything with E-Z Out Rescue, and don’t forget the new Steady blade which are breaking ground in the industry and challenging the status quo on what tools can do.


Gerber Compact Sport MP400

Next they have what they call the Essentials. Gerber Essentials are the tools and knives that get us out of unexpected jams every single day. They are the pocket tools, multi-pliers and everyday carry. One of their top sellers is the Compact Sport MP400 and the Gerber LST, they both utilize their famous one handed open and close technology.


Gerber Groundbreaker

Last but not least is the Industrial line. We cannot forget the men and women who build out countries infrastructure. They are constructed with advanced materials, both lightweight and indestructable, every tool is designed for all-day efficiency and durability. One of the top sellers is the Gerber Legend and the Gerber Groundbreaker.

Over the last 70 plus years Gerber has taken your grandpa’s wooden handle folder blade and took it to the next level.

Gerber Paraframe

Now lets get back to business and review the Paraframe I. The Paraframe I  has eight different knives in the series. I carry the serrated for those extra tough cutting jobs. The Paraframe I is based on a minimal frame lock design. It is wonderfully simple, open frame(skeleton) knife with a serrated locking blade that is super lightweight, it cleans easily and opens effortlessly. The Paraframe is built with a smooth stainless steel handle and a pocket clip to secure the blade to your pocket. The knife has an overall length of 7.01 inches with a blade length of 3.01 inches. Closed it is only 4.11″ with a total weight of 2.6 oz. The blade of the knife is a Clip Point that is made of High Carbon Stainless Steel. The Paraframe is a great everyday folder. I personally used it as my EDC for about two years and didn’t have to sharpen it once. It could have used one but it was not necessary. I mostly used it for cutting boxes, rope, paper, and fabric and anything else that came across the blade, it made quick work of everything I put to the test. For the price it is a great knife, and I really like the skeleton handle. It was the first knife I owned that was this style and I was a little concerned about the lack of grip but I didn’t have any problems. After owning the knife for 4 years and it being my EDC for 2 straight years the knife has no blade play at all. It is as tight today as it was the first day I took it out of the package which is pretty amazing for a $30.00 knife.

Gerber RipStop

Next up we are gonna be reviewing the Gerber RipStop I, the blade I own has a fine straight edge with a Clip Point tip. Gerber built these knives for the non-conformist in you. The RipStop I is super lightweight from lock concept that delivers bold strength and high functionality. The weight of the all Stainless Steel blade that is only 5.75″ in overall length, with a blade length of 2.3″ and when closed it is only 3.4″ is only 2 oz because of the intriguing handle and blade design. All bulk has been stripped off this streamlined race car of a blade. The RipStop has dual thumb studs that make opening the blade a snap for either left or right handers, and closing it is just as simple one handed. I have really enjoyed owning this knife. I bought it only a few months after I purchased the Paraframe because of the skeleton style handle like the Paraframe. I actually carried both blades most of the time, I would carry the larger Paraframe in my back pocket and the smaller RipStop in the front pocket. Sometimes you just didn’t need a 4 inch blade to do the work a 2 in blade could just as easy. It is also not as threatening when whipping it out at work and cutting open a box especially when you work with all women, or when they ask to use something to open a box or package. I could hand them the smaller of the two blades and they don’t look at me like I am some blade freak for having a huge pocket knife even though secretly I am. bwahahahaha(that was supposed to be my evil genius laugh). Once again this knife has cut everything I asked it to but unfortunately it dulled rather fast on me and after years of abuse the blade has quite a bit of play on it. It wiggles back and forth and side to side, and with the design you cannot tighten it without specialized tools. For $15.00 the blade is a good buy and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a small pocket knife for light duty jobs. I recommend this knife for any women who want a small knife they can carry in their purse without adding much weight at all.

So today we reviewed two different Gerber knives, the RipStop I, and the Paraframe I. Both are lightweight and stainless steel blades that I would recommend to anyone who needs a lightweight durable knife for light duty jobs. I hope this review will help you in deciding if one of these knives is right for you. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section and I will answer them. Also don’t forget to click on the follow link so you don’t miss out on any updates.

Thanks for reading and keep buying those blades, in my opinion you can never own enough. Blade Junkie for life.

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Survival Tips – Edible Plants Part IV

Howdy Partners,

Sorry its been so long since my last post. Life has been hectic, but I’m back and in full force. Today we are gonna cover some more edible plants. I really enjoy this topic cause I love learning about the outdoors and some of the plants you would never in a million years think you could eat and that they would sustain life. So lets jump right in.
Manioc Root
Manioc Tree

  1. Manioc (Cassava): Perennial shrub. The Manioc gros up to three to nine feet tall. It has fingerlike leaves radiating from central, jointed stem. You can find the Cassava in all moist, tropical areas. The Manioc roots need to be ground into pulp. Then cook them for one hour to remove poison from the roots. Once the pulp is cooked thoroughly shape the remaining pulp into cakes for baking. You can also mix in some flour into the cakes before you cook them and they will last a really long time as long as they are shielded from insects. Remember that the roots must be cooked, they are extremely LETHAL if ate RAW.
  2. Maple: Common tree in scores of species. Leaves have three distinctive lobes; the maple fruits have two lobes and flutter as they fall. The Maple grows throughout temperate forests. You can eat the Maples young leaves and seeds. To get the sweet sweet nectar that everyone loves so much all you need to do is cut a V-shaped notch in the tree trunk and then collect the sap or what we say Maple Syrup YUM YUM! You can also chew the leaves and seeds; or eat the bark.
    Marsh Marigold
  3. Marsh Marigold: Flowering water plant. The Marsh Marigold has beautiful round, dark green leaves, five-petaled yellow flowers. You can find them in temperate zones to arctic; bogs, streams, and lakes. You can eat every part of the Marsh Marigold but it must be cooked first. You want to bring water to strong boil and then cook in the water until tender.
    Mountain Ash
  4. Mountain Ash: Small tree with orange or red fruits. The Mountain Ash has clusters of white flowers three to five inches apart. The Mountain Ash has smooth grey bark and it grows in woody and rocky places in temperate zones. The Mountain Ash has berries that are edible, you will want to boil the berries to reduce the sharp taste.
  5. Mulberries: Small to medium tree. The Mulberry looks like large blackberries, with leaves that are deeply lobed and serrated. The Mulberry tree grows in forests and fields of northern and southern temperate and tropical zones. Berries are heavily seeded but very juicy. You can eat the berries raw, cooked, or dried. Try making jam, yum yum.
    Nipa Palm
  6. Nipa Palm: Broad, short palm. The Nipa Palm is a little different then most tree’s the trunk of the Nipa mostly grows underground.  The leaves shoot up from the trunk and can be as large as 20 feet tall, is that not out there or what? The Nipa Palm grows in the mud of east Asian shorelines. What you want to do is cut the stalks of the leaves and drink the sugary liquid juice that comes out. You can also eat the seeds but they are kinda hard. Another great use for this tree other then eating is to use the leaves to thatch a roof, since they are so large and sturdy. 
  7. Papaw: Shrub or small tree with brownish-gray bark. The Papaw has white, six petaled flowers. The fruits are two to six inches long. The largest ones are indigenous to North America. It grows in temperate forests; northern variety is deciduous while southern is evergreen. You will want to eat the fruit raw because it is high in protein. 

Thank you for joining me today in learning about some more plants that are edible. Remember that these are last resort and should not be ate in large quantities. I hope you learned something new today. Also make sure to get out and enjoy this beautiful country that we have at our fingertips. Just remember to make sure to bring the proper supplies.

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