EDC Sunglasses: Wiley X Valor

Wiley X Men’s Ops Valor Polarized Grey Matte Sunglasses $93.11

Just got my Wiley X Valor (polarized) and I’m very happy with them.

The fit is very nice. They are comfortable to wear which not all sunglasses are. I’d say they are a good fit for small/medium faces and a bit of a tighter fit for larger ones.

The field of view is excellent, 100%.

What surprised me the most was how good the polarized lenses are. Wiley X Valor glasses are available both with and without polarized lenses. Do get the polarized ones. They eliminate that bright glare, which burns away a lot of detail where intense light is being reflected. It works great against car lights as well. My wife tried them and was just as surprised as I was, she even asked for me to buy her a pair. Check the image below and see the difference between the 9mm rounds, how shinny it looks without the glasses and how you can see much more detail with them.

These are also security, ballistic glasses which provide significant protection to the area covered.

If you happen to be looking for good tactical sunglasses that doubles for EDC use, give these a try.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

EDC Sun glasses

Wiley

Wiley X Slay Sunglasses, given to a good friend a long time ago.

Message:

In 2014 you recommended WileyX Revolver Sun glasses, so I got 2 that I used for 2 years, but I lost the first and broke the second through abuse.

I am curious if there is a better kind of sun glasses for 2017 ? Now that you are back in a sunny country, I guess you are using more your glasses ? A new type, technology or brand you would recommend?

I used my glasses daily and sometimes even at night, as I felt like I lost some visibility but still got all the advantages of the glasses: Protection from wind, dust, random objects, and just psy advantage over people.

-Sam

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Hey Sam,

Wow, you went through two Revolvrs? I’m still on my original pair and I’m using them everyday, every time I’m driving or walking.

You know, I was thinking about getting a spare pair in case I broke them. The great thing about the Revolvrs is the fantastic field of view you get.
They don’t seem to be selling them any more though so after some research, reading reviews and such I placed and order for these. They are Wiley X Ops Valor. I bought the Polarized version which reduces glare. Of course they have the 100% UV protection, impact resistance and all that good stuff. These can also use different lenses if you need clear or red ones.

Wiley X Men’s Ops Valor Polarized Grey Matte Sunglasses $83.22

I’ll see about trying them out and letting you guys know how I like them after some use.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

The NRA and GOP just threw gun owners under the Bus

So you probably already heard about the bump stock gun ban.

If not… well…

Trump, NRA open to ban on ‘bump stocks’ for guns

‘Bump stock’ ban draws unlikely support from NRA, White House, GOP members

The NRA goes ahead and BANS bump stocks in their own ranges BEFORE the ban is even approved.

It’s all over the news, all over the world, as a great anti gun victory in USA like we haven’t seen in years.

This was the stock used in the Las Vegas shooting, which allowed the shooter to fire rapidly, somewhat similar to a full auto gun. The key important difference is that this is NOT a full auto conversion. It may happen very fast but legally speaking the trigger is being pulled for each shot fired.

Let me explain this again: The NRA just made it ok to ban rapidly pulling the trigger of your gun. That’s what a bump stock does.

That the NRA didn’t even try to stop this and just opened wide and took it like a champ (or a very cheap prostitute) is concerning. Folks, lets not kid ourselves. If this had happened under Obama or Hillary, everyone would have expected the NRA to at least put up a fight. AT LEAST demand to wait until the actual investigation was over for crying out loud.

The NRA and the GOP, they have betrayed gun owners across America.

With this passive attitude, this complete lack of objection in the face of a blatant attack on gun rights, expect the NRA to do no different when the next piece of your gun rights cake is stolen.

Give enough of them away, while the NRA does what it did in this case to stop it, nothing, and one day you’ll end up with none left.

Confused? Expected at least a bit of a fight? Some resistance of any kind?

Yeah… the word you’re looking for is betrayal.

Have a good weekend folks.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

The Situation in Catalonia 101

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro with the Catalan “estelada” independence flag.

Hello Fernando –

As an avid reader of your blog I am curious about your opinion regarding the news from Spain and the possibility that Catalonia will declare itself a separate country.  Any SHTF advice regarding this at all?  Would love to see you blog about it.

-Tim

Hi Tim.

What you see happening in Cataluña is simply an attempt to overthrow the government.

The recent referendum, which was illegal both according to Cataluña law and the Spanish constitution agreed by all Spaniards, including Catalans, in 1978.

Spain has always been far more complex than what most people think. For example, Spanish, although the official language of Spain for obvious reasons, is not the only language across the country. In Galicia there’s Gallego. In Basque country here’s Euskera and in Cataluña there’s Catalan, a Spanish dialect with a few bits of French here and there.

For centuries, these autonomous regions have mostly lived in peace but there have been sporadic attempts to secede from Spain. Given that common sense generally prevails, these rarely have much support from a majority of the population. You probably remember the ETA terrorist group. A perfect example of trying to achieve through violence what is impossible through democratic means.

In the case of Cataluña, rather than using terrorism, separatists took their time and used a far more effective tactic: Attacking children. Taking advantage of the independence they had as an autonomous region in control of the education, they started brainwashing the very young. Although legally obligated to teach children Spanish, it was limited to 1 hour a week. Children were in fact punished by their teachers for speaking Spanish, even during break time. An alternative version of history was taught, one in which Cataluña was violently annexed to Spain. The idea was to plant an anti-Spanish, anti-monarchy sentiment in children and in due time across society in general. After 30 years, it was time to reap what they had sowed.

Who did this, who are the separatists? A complex group, but mostly its left, far-left, anti-capitalist, anti-system, anarcho-communists and liberals. There are of course very rich people, with a liberal speech and agenda but an aristocrat’s bank account, that have been promoting separatism as well. This would be the very rich, very corrupt Catalan elite (Pujols for example). Their main concern is creating a separate State so as to avoid going to jail given the many corruption scandals they have been involved in over the years. Politically speaking the Spanish right, called the PP(People’s Party) is very much against separatism, while traditional the further left you go (PSOE socialist party, Podemos left wing populism) , the more sympathetic they are with these separatist, anti Spain agendas.

Communists and Antifacists in Spain have been strong allies of Cristina Kirchner in Argentina and Hugo Chavez and then Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela… and they are strong supporters of Cataluña independence. In my book, that tells me all I need to know about these people.

After the failed referendum attempt, illegal, with no national or international monitors and ballot boxes full of votes even before people started voting, the powerful Catalan press is at it again and the mainstream liberal media eats it up.

You’ve probably heard that there’s been 900 wounded. But Cataluña hospitals only report treating four people in relation to the protests that day. A woman supposedly had all her fingers broken by the Spanish police… turns out she was only treated for a luxation… in one finger…

CNN will not tell you that Spanish police has been attack for upholding the law and entering illegally occupied schools. I doubt they’ll report that in public schools children of police officers have been singled out by commie separatist teachers and verbally abused.

The situation now is tense in Cataluña to say the least. The rest of Spain watches with attention as the situation over there develops.

Legally speaking The Spanish government has every right to charge the Cataluña government for attempting to overthrow the government. At this point I believe they are trying to jail these criminals with as minimum negative press as possible. This will be difficult to say the least since they have to support of significant part of the society. It may not be the majority, but as you know they can be loud and rebellious while the silent majority goes unnoticed.

At this point I would simply recommend to stay calm and prepared as we always do. For those is Cataluña, avoid the urge of going to the streets and engaging with troublemakers. That’s precisely what they want. I believe stores are closed in many places across the territory so you better have your supplies sorted out.

It’s a serious crisis and it is worth watching carefully. I wouldn’t bug out of the place just yet, but then again I would have never lived in a place that even years ago was clearly overrun by a left wing mafia.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Castigo Cay by Matt Bracken, free on Kindle (very limited time)

Simon Maguire said…

Off topic I hope no one minds.
From Matt Bracken via Twitter
https://twitter.com/MattBracken48
My first Dan Kilmer novel Castigo Cay will be on a Kindle “free run” on Sunday October 1st through Monday the…
Link: http://a.co/5ChQt4O

………..

No, I dont mind at all, Matt Bracken is a great guy, great friend and he’s also the best survival novelist in my opinon.

Grab the “free run” while it lasts!

Here’s the direct link to Castigo Cay in Amazon

FerFAL

Worst mass shooting in US history

I always try to find an angle,, something to learn from but its hard to get past the raw evil and hate displayed in this case. Some people were calling this an act of terrorism. Well, even terrorism has its own agenda, as evil as it may be. In this case I don’t think there is one, although investigations are still ongoing. Similarities are there though: an attempt to cause as much harm, to kill as many people as possible.

So in my life long obsessive compulsive approach to these events, I keep asking myself “what could have been done to improve my survival odds?”

Not much. Let me say that. A terror attack can happen in such a way that you can’t do anything about it. From a bomb going off to a plane crashing or some random stranger stabbing you or shooting you without warning. Its up to you to decide if you will stop living your life your way simply because this can happen. Keeping that in mind, here’s three points to remember:

1)Masses of people. Having said that, terrorists and mass killers often choose iconic locations and capitals, and they try to target large masses of people to maximize casualties. Shooting people during a concert (or bombing one), or running over them in a busy boulevard in France, Spain or UK.  I try to live and enjoy life as much as I can, but if I can avoid masses then I’ll do that too.

2)Awareness. Being extra aware when in such places, avoiding the most concentrated spots and trying to stay as close as possible to exit points.

3)EDC. My pocket EDC goes with me at all times and have proven its worth time and again. When I go a bit further way or I’m planning on traveling a bit more, a day out or such, an EDC bag goes with me with extra gear. Part of that gear is a good first aid kit and some extra supplies such as a CAT tourniquet and Celox gauze. It has been reported that during the shooting, people desperately tried to plug bleeding bullet holes with their fingers. Celox or even a simple tourniquet can save a person’s life in such an event. Where legal, a good CCW should be part of your EDC as well.

The worst mass shooting in US history took place last night. A sad, tragic day indeed.

Take care people.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Diesel for SHTF: 5 Big Advantages

Hi Fernando,

I re-read one of your blog posts (Surviving Argentina) where you were very pleased with your diesel Honda.  You said that diesel is cheaper and available in all gas stations where you live.  I’m in the U.S. and I understand only about half of all gas stations have diesel and I have observed prices vary and may be more expensive.  In a SHTF scenario, would you still recommend us in the U.S. to drive a diesel engine vehicle given all the positives but in SHTF will be even harder to find diesel.

Thanks

cheers,

Dan

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My diesel Honda CRV, manual 6 speed transmission.

Hello Dan,

Indeed, here in Europe, every single gas station has both diesel and gasoline at the pump, one right next to the other (yes, you gotta be careful)

Diesel has several advantages.

1&2)Cost and efficiency. At times it’s even cheaper per gallon than gasoline, but what’s even more important, it’s a lot more efficient. This means you do more miles on the same money, a lot more (50% more) and also important for SHTF, you cover more distance per gallon. What I mean is its cheaper as a daily driver due to price but if SHTF and you need to cover miles, you’ll cover a lot more of them on the same number of gallons in your tank. These two are key advantages.

3)Diesel is also a LOT safer. A lit match thrown in a puddle of diesel will extinguish itself, unlike gasoline which is downright explosive. Remember Paul Walker and that terrible death in a burning inferno…

4)Torque. Diesel has almost twice as much torque. This means it crawls uphill a lot easier, deals better with off road, pulls a trailer better, you can push stranded or blocking cars better too. Last year I was caught in fast flowing flood waters while going uphill. Having had a similar CRV in gasoline I can say the difference was big.

A car that got caught and dragged by the current that same day.

5)Diesel has more “compatibility”. By this I mean its found in different places “hidden” and its available in unexpected places.  Airplanes use diesel, Jet A fuel. Heating oil? tinted diesel. In farms you’re likely to find diesel for tractors.

Finally, diesel stores much better. It will hold for many years in a well sealed container. Even in less than ideal ones diesel is more forgiving.

Disadvantages? Its not as common in USA. During recent storm disasters in Texas and Florida gasoline was resupplied much faster than diesel. In other cases it has been reported that diesel was still available when gasoline was sold out, so I suppose it’s a toss disaster-wise. Cars are more expensive too and mechanics that know their way around diesel in USA are not as common.
Still, with an older reliable car, diesel is still hard to beat as a SHTF car.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Murdered in the Amazon: When Survival Fantasy meets Survival Reality

British teacher ‘murdered’ on Amazon kayaking trip joked about being killed days before

Emma Kelty, a former headteacher from London, was  murdered during a solo kayaking trip in the Amazon jungle.

Ms Kelty had posted frequent updates on her journey in northern Brazil on Facebook.

‘In or near Coari (100km away) I will have my boat stolen and I will be killed too. Nice,’ she wrote, joking about the danger she faced.

You see, this is what many people in developed countries don’t understand. Even in our community, many preppers don’t understand this either: The difference between fantasy and reality. A little tip people. When someone in the Amazon jungle is out there to kill you and steal from you, you take it seriously. You don’t assume its some empty threat and carry on.

For example, if you have half a dozen guns and over a thousand rounds of ammo “for when SHTF” and you don’t have body armor, then my friend you’re living in a fantasy world. No one shoots a thousand rounds of ammo at an enemy without getting returning fire. Heck, if you empty a full mag its probably because you’re in a fight for your life too.

Bug out bag with snares “for trapping” but no cash? Nope, not realistic.

This woman had lived a sheltered life. She had gone on adventures in the 3rd world before, she hadn’t lived in them though. For her it was living out what she otherwise saw in Discovery Channel. She saw the amazing jungle (and it is amazing) but she didn’t see the drug smugglers, slavers, pirates, the illegal gold miners, the jungle natives that have a VERY different concept of right and wrong. Not to mention the dangerous animals and diseases.

The danger in these places is extremely real. They are places of amazing beauty and fantastic people too, but also very dangerous.

I don’t mean to insult the memory of this poor woman. In fact I congratulate the courage to go live life in her own terms. But these are the kind of mistakes you only get to make once in those parts of the world. They don’t care about political correctness. They don’t care if you mean them no harm. All they care about is that they have someone to steal from, rape and kill, and some of the most brutal people will do all three without a second thought.

In preparation for this dangerous trip, Emma Kelty had taken self defense classes in London. She wanted to learn to fight and “disarm” potential attackers.

How can anyone possibly think this prepares you in any way to deal with people that live in the jungle, swinging machetes all day, stronger, tougher in every way, not to mention armed?

We need to keep it real folks. Not doing so gets you killed.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”