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  1. You'd have more luck finding a WalMart that would let you camp. BLM land is going to be a 2-3+ hour drive in any direction.
  2. Care to (if you have time) to do a write-up on the process? Any yes, Nevada has a Castle Doctrine, including no duty to retreat.
  3. Yeah I need to still order one more of the v2 Wyze units to test OpenIPC. Been sort of busy with the new house, but I'll eventually get around to it. They are very inexpensive cameras, but I've yet to have issues with them. The Wyze app on the other hand can get somewhat buggy and funky. Though the newest version of the app (major upgrade from the looks of it) does work much better.
  4. Wyze cams. Technically not "security" devices, but I have several and they work well (v2). Probably going to get another one and try installing OpenIPC on it. The Wyze app is pretty decent though, and I've had good luck avoiding false alarms by tuning the motion detection sensitivity and zones. I get notifications on my phone, though I haven't tested much since I bought the XR and switched over to FirstNet.
  5. Pull the magazine apart, and trim a bit off the spring. It's an iterative process, until you get easy insertion with still-reliable feeding. Probably why Glock sells a 9-rd version of that magazine (or they did a while ago. And. Holy Crap. I can go out and buy a Glock 42 right now, if I want. And not wait. Well, not longer than it takes for the NICS check. I think I'll just wait until my NV license shows up, then I'll go visit WCSO, update my CCW address, and buy w/out going through NICS (and saving the $25 bucks!!) F**k You, California. Just. F**k. You. I think I'll go order some AR magazines now. And once Man Cave is done, I'll pull mag locks off.
  6. CarPlay is coming in 2020. Wonder what the 'reviewers' will complain about then. The 1GR-FE/4.0L V6 motor dates to 2004/2005, but the 4Runner and late FJ Cruiser versions are a bit different than the Tacoma version that ended it's life in 2015. Still, they share 97% of the same parts and design, and it's a decent engine. Noisy as hell, but they got the bugs worked out by the 2006-2007 models. The consensus is to feed them good oil and good filters and not to rev them like sports cars (seriously - these things are not common knowledge about trucks?!) Even before then, the 3.4L V-6 (5VZ-FE) was running circles around most compact truck V6's out there. I think by now the smaller Toyota 4.7L V8 has proven itself, and the 5.7L V-8 seems to be a serious piece of machinery as well.
  7. I'll admit my bias off the top - I'm a Toyota fan. The reason for that is family history. 1983 - Dad buys a brand new bare-bones Toyota pickup for a work truck. He had it until 2005, finally donating it with about 270k on the odometer. 1985 - Grandpa buys a brand new bare-bones Toyota pickup. He passed away in 2013, and because of the estate trust, it was auctioned off (169k on the odometer). I bought it and gave it to my dad. He still drives it around town, uses it to transport stinky dog, etc. I believe it's just about to roll over 200k. 1998 - Dad needed more secure storage and more room for stuff, so he bought a new 4Runner. He's still driving it every day and it currently has about 330k on the odometer. 2003 - I buy the wife a 2004 Toyota Matrix XR. She drives it for the first 120,000 miles. In 2014 she gets a RAV4 and gives me the Matrix. I'm still driving it with 188k on the odometer. The damn things just last, especially it seems if they have a 'J' VIN (Japan-built). But even a J VIN isn't a necessity for longetivity. The '83 and '85 were NUMMI trucks (Fremont, CA). The Matrix is a '2' VIN (Canada). Wife is going to be in the market for a new ride soon, and she's 4Runner-curious, but also considering the RAV4 Limited (likes the power liftgate). Either way, I'm good with her options. I'll drive the Matrix until it dies, but I I don't think that will be for a while. My 2014 Tacoma doesn't get as much use (Bay Area traffic + 6MT = suck), but it's a good truck. With a mild lift and a little armor, it goes where I want I need it to go. I'm sure the PW is a decent truck, too. But given my experience and perceptions, I'm all about the Toyotas. As far as towing capacity, a few years ago I had to remove a lot of dirt and concrete from my house. I rented a tandem axle dump trailer (heavy), and loaded that SOB over the rails. I pulled it to the dumps, got on the scale, dropped the load, and then back to the scale. Turns out I'd towed 2000lbs of trailer + ~5000lbs of debris (over the rating for my truck). So yeah, it can pull. Not quickly, but it can pull. Things can, and do, go wrong in warranty and out of warranty. I prefer to keep my vehicles and get my money's worth. If they become totally unreliable or start to nickel-and-dime me, then I'll trade them. (CJ7, anyone?)Otherwise, it makes money-sense to me to pay up front and keep the thing 10+ years if at all possible. I'd still be in my 2004 Tacoma, except it was not feasible with an infant and certainly not feasible with a second kid. Otherwise, I miss the hell out of that truck. Maintenance, of course, matters. Don't buy into the "lifetime" hype for fluids. You have to ask "What's the lifetime of that 'lifetime'?" If people tend to trade in between 75-100k miles, then there you go. Drop that # in half and make that your maintenance schedule. Which reminds me, the RAV4 badly needs an oil change and a trans fluid swap.
  8. I don't think you stupidly stumble 8 miles into a place like that when folks are in pursuit. More to this, though it could be as simple as a mentally ill conspiracy type, or something nefarious. We'll never know.
  9. Helmet, 3 sources of light and an O2 meter are all you really need. Light is easy, helmets are cheap (hard hat will do), and the disposable O2 meters can be had for < $60 if you shop around. I suppose a 4-gas unit would be better, though. And those aren't cheap.
  10. Looks like they walked away from the claim, at least on paper, in the early 2000's, and finally 'lost' it a few years later. People get old, die, can't spend the time/effort/money. Still, it's on my list. Long haul for me, but hell, that one is worth it.
  11. Roy... Towards the end, the post with the metal tag...that's a claim corner marker, and it's showing the intersection of various corners of different claims (usually 1500' x 600' if memory serves, for lode claims). The problem is, that cryptic bit of information was more than enough for me to find out exactly where you were, some background on the mine, the claim names, former owner names, and of course a way to get there. For me, I don't care (other than to add it to my list of places to explore). I've never been there, and I won't share the information, but I'll drop you a PM with more details
  12. Wow, interesting place. Would you mind PM'ing me the coordinates or mine name?
  13. The second point of origin still holds my curiosity. I am genuinely glad to hear that signs of life are showing up in what's left of Paradise. It may not be much from the sound of it, but something is better than nothing. Our unit leader has family still living in Chico and Paradise, and one or two even work for PG&E. They rolled up to say hello one afternoon while we were taking a break for food/water. You can tell they're totally conflicted inside, between having a decent paying job and knowing that somewhere in the chain of command, that same company may have cost him his home and nearly 100 lives. She used to spend summers up there, and even drove by some prior family homes during the search. I can't imagine how heartbreaking it was for her, but she's tough (at least on the outside). What I went through was nothing compared to what scene evacuees had to deal with during the fire. The videos alone are horrifying, and I never felt the heat or smelled the fresh smoke. And then there's all the contamination from household chemicals, pesticides, gasoline, tires, oil, synthetics, and whatever else burned or melted. I knew it was bad when, before having lunch, I was wiping my face down with Clorox disinfectant wipes, alcohol, and anything else that would lift the dirt and oils off my face. At a number of the houses, we would often find nice dishes and glassware, something obviously loved and cared about by the owners. For some reason, we almost universally would pick stuff up, place it aside (usually on a foundation or a place no one could walk, and then keep digging. I've heard at least one story of survivors going back to the crater that used to be home, and finding those things. In that case, the plates and dishes belonged to her grandmother and were dear to her. In the middle of all that chaos and destruction, I was constantly looking for that 'one thing' to set aside which might help a survivor or relative realize that not *everything* was gone. No one told us to, no one reminded me to; just some odd, natural instinct. I want to see the town get back on its feet, but I suspect the Feds have other plans. They filed noticed of the possibility, which could happen by the end of the month. Not sure how I feel about that, honestly. I always see crews working on stuff, in very populated areas, and in remote areas. I'll be interested, as a shareholder, to see how everything shakes out.
  14. Those are all blanks. Over near the Project Shoal site, we found a ton of spent 7.62x51 brass with links. It was old - had a black patina - and the headstamp date was '84'. Those were not blanks, so someone was doing live-fire in the area (it's Navy land, but not closed off) with small arms, likely using an M60, given the marks on the brass. I gathered several hundred cases and tumbled them for about a day with stainless steel pins, Dawn dish soap, and Lemishine. The brass came out clean, but not super-shiny. I inspected every piece for incipient head failures, then reloaded a bunch of it with light duty 308 Winchester loads. The stuff shot well, but given it's history, I wouldn't use it in anything semiauto. Still, it made for sub-MOA rounds out of my 700SPS.
  15. It's adjacent to Dixie Valley. USN trains there, as do Marines. When we were there a couple of years ago, we had a nice overflight by a UH-60 on the deck. Pretty awesome stuff.
  16. The gated mine at Hercules is easy to enter. I know this from personal experience. When you make a door, you make a way in for everyone. When you fail to secure that door, it might as well not exist in the first place.
  17. We looked a couple of years ago. We found what MAY have been wood remnants from coffins, but nothing else. We hiked extensively and found basically nothing of the graves.
  18. BH is outside of the proposed takeover area. However, if that alternative goes through, part of 361 will be routed well to the east of its current location, and close to BH. That could be related to the closure. Would love to see some pictures of how they've blocked things off. Access was kinda crappy anyway, though we did send some cameras down a few shafts, nothing of interest popped up. I did rappel down another shaft, well to the south, with a video to document it. Maybe BLM saw that and thought they needed to take action. This really has me rethinking making videos any more. Why give them the satisfaction. Or perhaps I need to further anonymize the locations (though I thought I did a good job of that already).
  19. YT claims it's because they are removing bot/scam/non-human accounts. I know recently that Bob promoted one of my videos, and it got a lot of views. It also got some oddball comments, likely from bots/spam accounts. I'd imagine that's part of it. But, YT is about as transparent as a fresh batch of sewage (and their management has about the same IQ as a floating turd), so who knows. I have noticed over time that my firearms-related videos, especially reloading ones and ones relevant to CA's stupid laws, have gotten the most views. I'm sure part of that is driven by active search and Google's search result rankings. I've typed in terms to find something on Google and actually had a few of my vids come out as the 1/2/3 results, and I wasn't even keywording to find them. This was on a fresh Windows 10 install, using Edge, in a virtual environment, so no cookie/tracking/analytics magic, either. I don't understand it, and you really can't either. It's a black box, and until they let people poke around the innards, it remains a mystery.
  20. Concussions are bad things, to say the least. Delaminating rock is probably the one thing that freaks me out the most. I've stood in stopes where waste rock is 80-100 feet above, held in place by a floor or wall of timbers, and that doesn't bother me nearly as much as little cracks in huge slabs.
  21. Better off to not go in alone if you don't know much about the underground layout. If you have a map, and know of multiple exits, it's less dangerous, on two counts. First, you have the possibility of escape and second you have a greater chance of good air and replenishment of bad air. Beyond that, after a while studying the older methods of cut-and-fill, false flooring, and split-leveling, you can spot the dodgy stuff and proceed accordingly. Most people die in mines because they fall, and most falls are because they have inadequate light sources. Some die of hypothermia (flooded mines, but I've been in dry mines that got me close), and very few die from rockfall. But, odds are made better by being prepared. I usually have no less than 3 sources of powered lighting, an O2 meter (which I need to replace soon), a bunch of glowsticks (usually the white ones), a small can of compressed 'pilot' oxygen, gloves, a helmet, good boots, and a stout knife. If I'm going down into a hole, then a descent/ascent system will be built according to proper TRT practices where possible. If not doable, then I'll settle for good mountaineering rope setups as well. I've been in mines where people used shitty 3/8" Home Depot rope (left behind) for going down winzes as a backup handhold. Crappy knots on crappy anchors = sudden death. If possible, I like to get a truck up close and personal (safely) to the shaft and use it as an anchor. If it's good enough for fire/RS1, it's good enough for me.
  22. SAR teams head into mines frequently (in 'mine country', at least). Most recent one I can think of was in AZ this past summer. I saw pictures and footage of the rescuer going down to recover the victim (alive, but hurt), and they rigged some stuff that at least looked dicey (may have been perfectly safe for a 1-2kN rescue load, for all I know). I keep telling our unit people that we need to do some confined space/cave rescue practice, in the very least. Either would come in handy during a USAR event, especially in quake country. I think the idea is finally starting to get a little traction, too. Granted, caves are far less likely to be overcome by gravity, but many of the same principles apply (light sources, air monitoring gear, unstable edges/surfaces, water, etc.) That's not to say you won't die, and I generally don't like to enter mines without at least one responsible adult on the outside. At the same time, when I'm looking at a 50-100 year old mine that's accessible, I figure it didn't fall in on itself since the last person walked out. So there is no logical reason it's suddenly going to be that "today is the day". Honestly, between going into mines and driving in the Bay Area, I'll take the mines. At least desert mines.
  23. Point me in the right direction and let's go! Does he know anything about ropes/climbing/technical rescue? If so, he'd probably be fine. If not, don't encourage him until he does know something. Lol.
  24. That would be neat to visit. I'm starting to think that 'getting there' isn't so bad, at least in terms of mines. The harder thing is rigging up a safe rope system to descend. If I ever get around to publishing my 2nd 'Thompson' mine video from a few months ago, you'll see that getting down was a bit of a nail-biter. I have training and experience in using the equipment. But in the end, I went single rope with an anchor I would use again (but which wobbled a bit). Most of the time the challenge is anchors deep inside a mine. I have limited trust in timbering, primarily for two reasons. First, it's timbering that may be 50-100 years old. That always spooks me. Second, if something gives, you have to be really aware of how the dominoes are going to come down and what comes down with them. An overhead set of braces for a winze is easy enough. A few pieces of wood come down, wedge across the opening, and that's it. If they form the bottom of some greater support structure, then you're more likely to have a bad day. That's another reason I research mines as much as possible. I'm always thinking of an escape plan, should everything utterly go to shit in a hurry.
  25. The Roxor seems like a waste of money. $16k base for a CJ-something clone? I'd rather drop 1/3 of that on something like this: https://reno.craigslist.org/cto/d/78-j-5-jeep-v8-4-sp-very/6773583646.html And spend another 5k going through it. And keep the last 5k for gas. More fun, more flexible, immense aftermarket. Or I might even consider going to something with the 4.0L HO and doing the same. All you miss out on is a Indian-tweaked French 4 cylinder diesel motor. And if you really, really want a diesel in a Jeep, buy cheap and do a swap. No, it's not turnkey. Yes, it will take time and effort. Most things worth doing take time and effort, though. Oh, and I have yet to see a CJ/YJ/XJ, etc.-style Jeep that didn't have a spare mounted on the back end. Have they stopped doing that recently?
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