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  1. The Lord Poncho

    Blackview Phones, and Other Rugged Android Phones?

    So, for a year or so I've been using a 2nd/3rd hand Samsung XCover 3 phone as a purely outdoor phone, swapping my sim card into it if i want to strap it to the handlebars of a mountain bike, take it into the woods, or a weekend with the scouts etc. It's worked adequately for this, and a nice...
  2. The Lord Poncho

    Basic and cheap equipment for (stock removal) blade making

    Just looking to try my hand at a little blade making. Can anyone recommend some cheap power tools to use? I’ve got a drill press (in place of a pillar drill) already, but I assume that a belt sander/bench grinder is the way to go for stock removal and handle shaping? If I’m to be realistic with...
  3. The Lord Poncho

    British Army Respirator

    Bit of an odd request I know, but does anyone know a good source for a British army respirator (gas mask)? I've tried the usual suspects such as ebay, but it's looking rather expensive, and as it is a prop for a scout event, budget is rather tight! Ideally an S10, but I'm not too fussy. cheers!
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    Digital Night Vision rifle scope attachments from China

    I’ve recently become quite interested in the possibilities afforded by the night time shooting of rabbits. Aside from rather expensive purpose made night visions scopes for mounting on rifles, I have come across some offerings on ebay and various Chinese websites for kits to attach to your...
  5. The Lord Poncho

    Deerhunter Avanti Smock

    Whilst I currently own a Ridgeline Monsoon smock, it is one of the originals, so about as breathable as a crisp packet. It is however a great design, I love the style and the practicality, it’s just for any even moderate activity, the condensation build up inside is extraordinary! I recently...
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    What Kit to Buy from Australia?

    So – I appear to be in Melbourne, Australia for a few weeks courtesy of work. I’ve noted that there are a fair few Army Surplus, Military Equipment, and Outdoor shops fairly close to where I am staying/working. Just wondering what recommendations people would have for any aussie equipment to...
  7. The Lord Poncho

    Bushcraft Anorak Options?

    I’m looking for a decent polycotton or cotton bushcraft jacket in an anorak style (i.e. over the head, possibly a front ‘kangaroo’ pocket, and a decent sized hood) and in a subdued olive/brown etc. I like the bergens morgedal, but I would find it a little expensive for knocking about the woods...
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    Drill press - do they work?

    Hello all - I have identified the need for a pillar drill to assist some accurate drilling of knife scales etc. However it will only see occasional very basic use, and I don’t wish to spend a fortune on something that will just sit unused, rusting away in the shed. I’ve come across various...
  9. The Lord Poncho

    Arctic Rucksack/ Royal Marine H-Frame Bergen

    Hello all- just after a bit of info about these actually. I picked one up in excellent condition at the weekend, dated early 1980s, and with an original frame (interestingly stamped 'Karrimor' and the military arrow). I think they must be fairly rare these days, and i certainly can't find...
  10. The Lord Poncho

    New Carinthia Defence 4 Sleeping Bag (185cm) for a Carinthia Defence 4 (200cm)

    Hello- just as an off chance- I purchased a brand new Carinthia Defence 4 Sleeping bag off ebay- advertised as the 200 model. Unfortunately, when it turned up, it is the 185 model, and a fraction too short for my 6ft3 length (as i often sleep with my boots on). It would suit anyone 6ft or under...
  11. The Lord Poncho

    Woodland bushcraft campsite off the M25, interested?

    This is only at feasibility stage, but my local Scout district has the option to lease a large wooded area on the side of the North Downs, not too far from Junction 8, M25. Open fires are permitted, and the site has ready adjacent access into neighbouring woodland and the rest of the Downs; and...
  12. The Lord Poncho

    Military Survival Course

    During a thread I started a while back where I asked for assistance from the forum prior to a week long military survival course, I received a few requests to report back following the course. Hopefully it proves interesting, and provides an insight into the training that certain elements of...
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    Urgent help needed!

    As of yesterday evening, I am booked onto a week long survival course, taking place I believe somewhere in Dartmoor- next week. By all accounts it is fairly tough- you have only the clothes you turn up in (max three layers), and you can't take any food, lighters etc etc. I believe you are...
  14. The Lord Poncho

    Modifying a Condor Bushlore

    Hello all. I received a Condor Bushlore for Christmas, mainly because I fancied trying out something very different from my Fallkniven S1, and quite liked the idea of a ‘project knife’. I knew the limitations of the knife before I got it- namely the overly long distance between the handle and...
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    Fallkniven S1 with a chipped edge- help!

    After a weekend in the woods just gone (a Scout 'survival weekend'), one of my friends has managed to chip the edge of this Falkniven S1. It is chipped in several places. He did it whilst cutting up rabbits (cutting through the legs by hand, onto a wooden block with no nails/stones etc in its...
  16. The Lord Poncho

    Are some Fire Steels better than others?

    The reason i ask this, is that i recently upgraded (or so i thought) from a small scout sized 'light my fire' fire steel, to a large 'army sized' steel. This new steel is made by 'Mil Com' and truth be told, was just over half the cost of a similar sized offering from the likes of 'Light my...
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    Tarps. Why not use bungies instead of cord?

    Now here's something which has been bothering me for some time now. In 18 years of sleeping under bashas, I’ve only used cord/string/something non stretchy once to erect my makeshift home. That was the first time I put up a basha as a young teenager, when after circling my semi finished...