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  1. @ NVG vs. thermal – I have been looking pretty hard at picking up either a NVG or a thermal. Does anyone have any thoughts on this topic?

    My concern with NVGs are the tube life and servicing. While I know this can be done with some education, it seems rather expensive.

    In contrast, does anyone know the life of thermal devices? I have been told there is no life expectancy like with NVGs, but have had an issue gathering more data on this topic. If anyone has thoughts on the pros and cons of NVGs vs. thermal, that would be great.

    1. An AN-PVS14 monocular would be the way to go unless you have a lot of money and then a thermal unit may be better. The monocular can be helmet mounted, head mounted with the “skull crusher torture device” or weapon mounted. With just a little light outdoors they work just fine.

  2. Hopefully the Survivalblog.com editor will reference an earlier article on a thermal app that can be loaded onto your phone. The author, a deputy put his phone in a VR viewer and helped his department locate hiding suspects. I did it an it works great.

    1. Butch, I’ve been searching for that article and cannot find it. I want to set my phone up like he did.

      If anyone can post the link here, please post it as a reply to this post. Thanks!!

  3. Excellent article about the need for planning about a possible displacement and relocation from their homes. In the USA right now, people are ~commonly evacuated from homes because of a fire, tornado or hurricane.

    Maybe the author can also write an article about the possibility of having to ~walk home from work someday. It’s possible to see videos of thousands and thousands of New Yorkers walking home after the 9/11 attack. In many areas a single train wreck disables the commute route for many commuters. The either have to walk or wait and catch rides home.

    Older people might be advised to have a pair of compression socks, walking shoes, a water container, plus personal water filter straw, at work or in the trunk of their car. Band aids, ‘mole skins’ and an elastic bandage might be needed too.

    As a note about my town. = The RR routes are inhabited by predatory homeless people. [Many homeless people sleep in a very public spot, because it’s safer than sleeping in a secluded spot.]
    A group of people with good weapons might be safe following the RR tracks home, around here.

    1. I used to work 17 miles from home, through freeway rush hour traffic transecting some pretty ethnic areas of southern California. I was just about to buy one of those folding bicycles to keep in my car, when I decided to retire and move to the American Redoubt instead.

      But I did think a lot about my game plan to get home while I was still working. I managed to get my CCW (not easy in California, took 12 months) and always had my handgun in the car, but couldn’t take it into my office. I kept a get home bag in the car with a grey man (actually woman) outfit of clothing including walking shoes, khaki pants, polypropylene tshirt, old windbreaker w/hood; water and high carb energy bars, extra sunglasses, printed street maps, and a “walking” stick.

      The freeways would seize up if someone had a flat tire, never mind a catastrophic event, so I was resolved to get home on foot. So nice to not have to have that hanging over my head every day….

      1. Excellent idea about the possible purchase of a folding bicycle, ~Didi. Women aren’t safe walking more than just a few miles, around many places in California; even when the electricity and roads are still working. Retiring to a safer part of America is even a better idea, than buying a folding bicycle.

        With a bike a person can easily scoot home in 2-3 hours; traveling the 17 miles without attracting too much attention. … The ‘walking’ stick is a good idea too. A person can’t shoot everything dangerous, on the way home. Dogs would avoid being seriously punctured with a walking stick, or even just given a whack with a stick.
        [And yes, at work I was once bitten by a customer’s Pitbull. = It’s something to avoid.]

        I have an ‘adult Kick Scooter’ that will carry 220lbs; they sell for only $60 at WallyMart. I keep it in the big tool chest mounted inside the bed of my truck. Plus, I have a collapsible walking stick [Bought from the NRA]. The scooter would be a quicker way to get home, than walking.
        The folding bicycle would be a better choice. = An even better idea would be up into the redoubt, like you did.

        ~~~>Didi, you should write a long article for SurvivalBlog, about get home items and methods.~~~ They give out good prizes on this site. Not all disasters are long term catastrophes for America. Many disasters are local, with hardship for the people in the area.

        A hurricane example, = from the Miami Herald about Houston Texas.
        “Houston’s last hurricane evacuation? A deadly traffic jam, 2.5 million strong” “It was 100 degrees, but drivers turned off their air conditioners to preserve precious gasoline.”

        “The unlucky ones whose cars ran out of gas sat stranded on the side of the highway, or left their vehicles behind altogether. Abandoned vehicles along the shoulder made the 100-mile traffic jam — which lasted more than a ~day for some — that much worse. Dozens lost their lives, …
        That’s what happened the last time 2.5 million Houstonians attempted to leave their city en mass, …

        Hurricane Katrina had decimated New Orleans, leaving more than ~>1,000 dead, just three weeks before Hurricane Rita, according to the Houston Chronicle. Forecasts predicted Rita could hit Houston as directly as Katrina had hit New Orleans, prompting a mass exodus from the city.” …

  4. Firstly, OPSEC:

    Earth-tone colored tarps, IMO are not only the modern camouflage net, but serve their most obvious practical purpose. The brown ones sold at Home Depot are really tough. Bi-Mart sells lighter, cheaper ones that are actually a lighter brown on one side and a light OD green on the other side. They’re not as durable, but I love them from a concealability standpoint!

    Night Vision:

    First of all, whether it’s light-amplification or thermal, it’s ALL REFERRED TO AS NIGHT VISION (NV). Light amplification NV (PVS-7’s, 14’s, etc.) CAN see through glass, otherwise why would people train to drive with them?

    Also, based on my own extensive training driving with NVG’s, I would stick with a single PVS-14. Dual tubes extremely limit your field of view. More importantly you’re seeing through the best composite between your naturally adjusted night vision, and the GEN 2+ or 3 with the other eye. In urban environments, fog, etc., your naturally adjusted vision can be better than even GEN 3, anyway.


    Remember: The Baofengs work on FMRS, GRS AND MURS, which should be every Survivalists’ favorite. A bunch of sub-channels per channel. Don’t get into the weeds on these radios. I’ve trained with groups that make a big deal about programming them, just for everyone in that group being unable to talk to each other when out in the field training, just because they forgot to have everyone on the same frequency!


    1. Yes the AN-pvs14 has no problem seeing through glass. What’s really amazing is driving with one on a dark night and then turning on your front bumper mounted infra-red headlights. Wow, talk about lighting up the road! Those lights can be bought from suppliers of military surplus but they’re 24 volt units. I’ve wondered if a person could replace the 24 volt bulb with a 12 volt bulb which would make the light useable on a civilian vehicle.

      1. Don’t do it!!!!

        If one of the bad guys post-collapse has night vision and sees someone coming down the road using IR headlights, they’re going to think you’re a nerd, with stuff to take. it’s going to have the same effect as if you were in Afghanistan: You’re going to be smoked.

        For the first stage of a fast crash, maybe.

        When rogue elements of law enforcement and military start running around, you’re done.

        Don’t emit IR outdoors if you don’t have to. The Taliban simply use cheap $5.00 cameras as IR detectors.


        1. I never thought about that. I guess I was thinking that no one else has NV equip. And I sure didn’t know a cell phone has an IR detector. But when the poop goes down NV gear will probably be brought out by some unsavory characters.

    2. From an earlier editorial comment on Survivalblog, at https://survivalblog.com/survivalists-odds-n-sods-249/

      [Time sensitive action recommendation]

      Baofeng Radios

      Reader JMD wrote in to let us know of this upcoming change by the FCC that will make it illegal to sell radios (like the popular Baofengs) that can operate in the FRS radio band (462.5625 – 462.7250 MHz) and any other licensed band in a singe device. Manufacturers will have to either quit selling them or block the FRS bands like they do for the current cellular bands. This is the relevant verbiage:

      § 95.591 Sales of FRS combination radios prohibited.

      Effective September 30, 2019, no person shall sell or offer for sale hand-held portable radio equipment capable of operating under this subpart (FRS) and under any other licensed or licensed-by-rule radio services in this chapter (devices may be authorized under this subpart with part 15 unlicensed equipment authorizations).

      Editor’s Comment: I strongly recommend stocking up on dual band Baofeng handi-talkies before this regulatory change takes place. If bought in a set of five, the cost per transceiver is only around $23 each, postage paid! By law, these presently may be bought by any adult. But a license is needed to operate them outside of the no-license FRS, GMRS, and MURS bands. (That is, in the amateur operators’ bands.)

  5. A couple of things. Night vision allows you to see if the target is friend or foe. Thermal vision will only highlight a blob of heat outlined into a human at the other end of the scope. Thermal doesn’t see through glass, Night Vision does. Night vision will not allow you to see a sniper concealed in his hide. Thermal vision does.

    Regarding homeless…. It’s a planned con job by the LEFT.
    “The only thing standing in the way of a one-world government is a strong America.” Henry Kissinger

    That statement alone allows the LEFT to open the borders, create a homeless habitat, and make the laws regarding women in combat/workplaces, because when you have foreigners let into the country [who hate us], homeless camps to hinder people from making advancements in society giving them Utopia policy, and women not being in families or in the role of wife and mother [in that order], we have a One-World government because there’s no more America.

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