Wednesday, May 16, 2018

(Video) Brazilian Police Woman shoots Bad Guy

Hi FerFal,
Just an article:
Apart from the praise of her awareness, the lady showed quite a good tactical movement (even the robber down, she immediately went for cover, still maintaining aim), and it's also worth noticing this form of concealed carry: in her bag.
I wouldn't bet she can draw a gun from her bag without alerting the robber, but she did, and exactly how you wrote about the 4-o-clock carry: partially turning away, covering her gun right until taking aim and then shooting immediately, without warnings, without 'just wounding', right for the most probable way of downing the attacker.
In addition to it, this is quite a good pro-gun argument. I don't think too much wannabe-robbers will try again at that school.
Take care,
Ps.: I just wish our police would be this alert too...

Hello G.
Yes, saw it a couple days ago. Brazilian police do not mess around. Lots of hands on experience and it shows in the determination displayed when actual fights go down.
She did several things right, many that are quite hard to do in the heat of the moment under such stress.
She picks the right time to make her move, shoots several times, manages not to shoot any of the several bystanders, moves for cover behind the engine of the car, then moves forward again and kicks the gun away form the attacker.
Just a well trained lady with nerves of steel.
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”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Big All-In-One Multitool?

Dear Ferfal,
I like reading your posts. It's because they are sensible, practical and guided by real-world experiences.
I recently came across a Multi-tool that packs in a lot of essentials and is now in Kickstarter -
Unlike stuff like the Leatherman (Got a Wave based on your recommendation), I get the feeling that big essentials are best separate so as to be good at their job - rather than have a single tool trying to do it all.
What do you think about this development?
Thanks for your email, Vivek.
Man, you put me in that position. I do respect my readers greatly so I’ll give you an answer.
Honest opinions sometimes get people upset tough. I know someone involved in the design and creation of this tool will end up reading this and will quickly reply with some angry email.
Keep in mind it’s nothing personal.
My opinion? I agree with you 100%. Too much of a gimmick. Its big, bulky and weights 3.2 pounds. The Becker BK9 is a 9 inch heavy duty knife, 1095 Cro-Van steel and weights 1.05 pounds. Sure, its not a shovel, or a hammer or a saw, but it does excel as a big knife, which is by far the most important tool you need for outdoors survival, and it can chop anything that tool can. You can also pry, dig and hammer with a good big blade like that and it costs $89.99 vs $359.
Ka-Bar Becker BK9 Combat Bowie Fixed Blade Knife
If I need a spade type mutitool then guess what, the military already invented that, its called an Entrenching tool or E-tool. Its an actual mil-spec, proven tool and you can get one for 40 bucks or so. It’s clearly a better spade, probably chops and hammers just as well too and does so at about 2.5 pounds. If a saw is something you really want, then the Glock etool comes with one in the handle.
Gerber E-Tool Folding Spade, Serrated Edge [30-000075]
You mention buying a Leatherman Wave based on my recommendations. You probably know how well the saw in that tool works, as does the folding knife. Its not a spade or an axe but then again it comfortably fits in your pocket! I’ve used the blade in my Charge and Wave plenty and it always gets the job done, and the saw is just great. I’ve used it to cut 2” branches and 2x4s many times.
This tool seems like the answer to a question no one ever wanted.
If I want a handy jack of all trades and master of none tool then I just carry a multitool in my pocket, like I’ve been doing for years. I could never have that thing with my all day, 24/7.

“But its for the great outdoors…”

Ok, if I’m going to the great outdoors I always make sure I have a good large knife.

“But the spade and hammer and axe…”

During an emergency I can dig, chop and hammer with a good blade. If I need more than that and I’m already driving around in a pick up truck, then why exactly don’t I have with me dedicated tools? If I’m a survivalist heading to the wild, why don’t I have a hatchet or etool? I keep one of these in my vehicle survival kit along with a good knife, multitool, tool box and hammer. Why would I carry this big all-in-one in my car over cheaper, better, dedicated tools?
Hope that answered your question.
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”

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fancy EDC Setup for the Weekend

Sometimes its nice to change things a bit.
This past weekend I had a special event so I went with more of a fancy EDC while covering the basics.
The ZT0561 is in my opinion one of the best production folders ever made, arguably the best looking one. Today its no longer in production but if you like the general concept the ZT0566 is still in production, certainly a great classy folder and far more affordable.

Also highly recommended is the cell phone I’ve been using, the LG G6. It’s a last year model but every bit as good for my intended use as current flagship models for a fraction of the cost.
Waterproof, dustproof, two cameras, fingerprint reader placed on the center of the back. Big screen in a still small enough phone. Give the LG G6 a try if you’re needing a new phone.  Or try its newer big brother, the LG V30.
Take care,
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”

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Argentina looks for a $30 billion bailout from the IMF

Oh boy…
Not this s**t again.
I just hope the government manages to survive the storm and those damn Peronists don’t try to overthrow the government again.
Argentina Is in Talks to Get a $30 Billion Flexible Credit Line From the IMF
Argentina asked the International Monetary Fund for financing to help stem a five-month-rout in the peso that is sparking a surge in interest rates and threatening to derail the country’s economic recovery.
“This will allow us to face the new global scenario and avoid a crisis like the ones we have faced before in our history," President Mauricio Macri said in a televised address Tuesday.
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”

Monday, May 7, 2018

Argentina raises interest rates to 40%

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Argentina raises interest rates to 40%

Argentina's central bank has raised interest rates for the third time in eight days as the country's currency, the peso, continues to fall sharply.
On Friday, the bank hiked rates to 40% from 33.25%, a day after they were raised from 30.25%. A week ago, they were raised from 27.25%.
The rises are aimed at supporting the peso, which has lost a quarter of its value over the past year.
Analysts say the crisis is escalating and looks set to continue.
Argentina is in the middle of a pro-market economic reform programme under President Mauricio Macri, who is seeking to reverse years of protectionism and high government spending under his predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Inflation, a perennial problem in Argentina, was at 25% in 2017, the highest rate in Latin America except for Venezuela.
I have been following you since I first saw your write up on Western Shooter (I think) over 10 years ago.  I bought both of your books years ago since I believe that the US will crash after they can no longer keep the economy going through printing money.

Hello Mike,
Argentina is going through yet another complicated economic period (and its seen more than its fair share by now).
I still have some hope in Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, but with such a devastated country it’s hard to turn that ship around.

A country has basically three ways of financing itself, economic prosperity, printing money or debt. Of course the most healthy way of running a country is with the first way, with a robust economy, growing at a healthy pace and with a strong middle class. Now the truth is a country like Argentina which had its national industry destroyed can hardly rely on that.

What the Peronists have done for years is the second way, just print more money. That works very well, doesn’t it? Need money, lets print some! Of course the problem is that printing money makes it lose value, whats even worse, as money loses vale the people that suffer the most and to whom the debt is really transferred to is the poor and hard working lower class. The guy that works all day for minimum wage is the one that carries the burden. People that are already relying on benefits and social assistance will keep getting them and there’s nothing the State can take away from that guy, often living better that the person that wakes up every day at 6 AM to work. The rich fat cat doesn’t care if a bottle of milk costs 2 dollars or 20. In his budget, things like food and utility bills are pocket change anyway.

Now, Macri knows this and has tried to avoid printing money and went out to get foreign financing, meaning good old debt, which also has a way of drowning a country but is a tad less cruel than inflation, printing money.

In the case of the United States, given that the world still considers the US dollar the global currency, it can still allow itself to work the printer 24/7. Don’t get me wrong, it still causes inflation and it is as cruel as its always been, to exchange honest labour and goods for what someone else just prints or “creates” by pressing zero a few times on a keyboard, but the United States can continue doing it.
The big question is of course, for how long can they keep doing it, with a debt of $20 trillion and still growing.

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”