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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by DaveK » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:03 pm


It's that time again!!!

This will be the last net of the year and we need everyone's help to make it great. Use as many posts as you like to suggest gifts for all the outdoor adventurers you know.


The top of my list is something that every American should consider.

Our troops are stationed on every continent on this planet. None of them are serving to receive a fortune in riches. They join to serve their country. Many return home having lost limbs, injured, crippled, or worse. Many serving in foreign countries lack the simple comforts and necessities of home. This is where we must come in. Here are some suggestions.

PLEASE, give this some thought!


I suggest that you read the entire first page of the site (and they do as well), to get a feel for what they do. As the name suggests, all branches of the military are served by this charity. You get to select the branch(s), the type of support you prefer, where to send it, and what to send. Donations of money are appreciated and it gives them a chance to direct support where it may be most needed.


Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. From their website:
Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $360 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

Operation Finally Home designs and builds custom homes for our badly injured wounded warriors, most of whom are multiple amputees. para or quadriplegics. The homes are given to them absolutely free, with no mortgages.

From their website:
Operation FINALLY HOME was established in 2005 as a nonpartisan/nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and has already had a significant impact across the country. To date, we have 218 homes completed or in planning in 33 states providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s military heroes and the widows of the fallen, those who have worn America’s uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. While we are very proud of the work we have been able to do, we are keenly aware that there is much more to be done.

Their website says it best of all:
Troops Direct makes the difference…now. No red tape, bureaucracies or chains of command. Just a commitment to those who serve.

When a specialized unit was deploying without the needed helmets & body armor carriers, TroopsDirect was there with this life saving equipment for their entire team.
When a generator powering a remote Special Operations outpost failed and replacement parts were on a 12 month backorder through the military supply chain, TroopsDirect acquired and shipped the needed parts in less than 72 hours.
When a unit was rushed to fight terrorism in the Middle East but did not have the necessary communications equipment, TroopsDirect special ordered and delivered the needed equipment for 16 American – ON TIME.
When medics in a combat zone were waiting over 4 weeks for additional stretchers, stethoscopes, syringes and gauze from their own military supply lines, TroopsDirect filled their request for help in less than 3 hours.
When one unit was unable to get fresh uniforms to replace their torn and bloodied ones, TroopsDirect acquired and shipped the needed uniforms. IN 72 HOURS.
When one battalion was resorting to using bottle caps to mark where land mines were emplaced, TroopsDirect was there with over 50 cases of chalk powder for marking these areas and saving American lives and limbs.
When an elite team was deploying from the U.S. to a critical ‘hot spot’, TroopsDirect got them all the requested items that were unavailable to them here in the States. OVERNIGHT.
When several units had no protein in their diets and were eating less than one meal a day, TroopsDirect was there with over 5 tons of nutritional supplements, energy bars & protein powder.
When our troops were going over a month without bathing or brushing their teeth, TroopsDirect was there with over 10,000 packets of body wash & 2000 tubes of toothpaste.
When our service members were drinking impure well water pumped out of the ground in 130 degree heat, TroopsDirect shipped over 50,000 units of hydrating drink powder.
When an infantry unit of 150 service members was without gloves and replacement socks in the dead of winter, TroopsDirect shipped a full resupply of these items.
5. SOLDIERS' ANGELS - ... Drive.html

Soldiers' Angels provides direct aid to all branches of our military, whether at home or abroad. One of our best friends, who is now a Gold Star Mother, has coordinated a Soldiers' Angels "No Sew Blanket" drive, which has been an ongoing project now for several years. Just one way to give. Here is what their website says:
Soldiers' Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population.
Thousands of Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers assist veterans, wounded, deployed personnel, and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.

"May No Soldier Go Unloved" encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers' Angels. The volunteers of Soldiers' Angels work tirelessly supporting our nation's veterans, wounded heroes, deployed service members and their families.

In 2016 alone, Soldiers’ Angels provided over $15 million in aid to over 360,000 service members, veterans, wounded heroes, and military families. Through the Deployed Support Programs, combat deployed service members were supported with 24,350 care packages and 148,984 letters. The Veteran Support Program served over 10,133 veterans with food assistance and handed out over 42,000 items bedside to patients in VA Hospitals across the country.
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 7, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by DaveK » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:05 pm


Today, December 6, 2017, the US House of Representatives voted to pass HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This is a tremendous legislative victory for all law abiding gun owners. With the passage of this bill in the House, the effort now moves to the US Senate. The full text of the bill may be found here: ... ll/38/text.

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Re: OAUSA Net - December 7, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by DaveK » Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:17 pm


The product this week is on an LED light which has several applications, but for us, our interest was related to firearms. Whether you are cleaning or just examining your rifle or pistol, there are a bunch of crevices and dark areas whee having some extra light really comes in handy. Most, if not all, of your standard flashlights don't have the flexibility to get light in tight spaces, like barrels and those tiny spaces where the business of the firearm happens.

Streamlight makes a "stylus" type of LED flashlight. called the Stylus Reach, that has a flexible arm, with a light on the end. The arm can be bent to give light just about anywhere you need it. It operates on three AAAA batteries. Yep, that's right, a quad A battery. They are a little tough to find, but they are out there. It's not really a problem however, as the run time on a set of three AAAA batteries is 24 hours. I've been working on the same set for the last two years.

I can state from personal knowledge that the Stream Light Company stands behind their products, and when they offer a lifetime warranty for this light, THEY MEAN IT!!! This is a inexpensive tool that should be in every cleaning kit.

Streamlight has this to say about the light ( ... h-ul-model):
Safety-Rated Flexible Light

This penlight is ready for a variety of tasks. Featuring a 7-inch flexible cable with a high-intensity white LED of 11 lumens mounted at the end, this light is a good choice for seeing into tight spots or out-of-the way nooks and crannies.

High-intensity white LED
140 Candela peak beam intensity, 11 lumens
Uses three "AAAA" size alkaline batteries (included)
Seven-inch extension cable allows for 14" (35.6cm) of reach
Features momentary blink or constant on operation
Individually serialized
Removable pocket clip
IPX4 water resistant
Extended length:14" (34.6 cm)
Folded length: 7" (17.78 cm)
Weight: 1.7 oz (48.2 g) with batteries
Available in Black or Silver
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Intrinsically safe.
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 7, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by DaveK » Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:51 pm

Upcoming “Assault Weapon” Webinars

On Tuesday, December 19, and on Thursday, December 21, NRA and CRPA will be host a two-part webinar regarding California’s recently enacted “assault weapon” restrictions. Specifically, the webinars will address options other than registration which are available to California gun owners who are now in possession of a firearm classified as an “assault weapon” under Senate Bill 880 and Assembly Bill 1135.

To register for Part One, which will provide gun owners with information on how to lawfully build a California “compliant” rifle, click here: ... okfdkw0ul3.

To register for Part Two, which will provide gun owners with information on how to lawfully build a California “featureless” rifle, click here: ... 3bimtet3vb.

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OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by DaveK » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:37 am


Over the course of the last decade, or so, the Federal Government has taken more and more land under its control and eventually restricted or completely eliminated the public's use of that property. The ultimate effect, of course, has been to deny this property to the very people who own it.

Today, this trend came to an end and a reversal has finally taken effect. As announced today, President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke restored access to a significant portion of public lands in Utah. As reported in the Huntington Press today, December 4, 2017:
President Trump announced today he intends to shrink the size of the Bears Ears and the Grand-Staircase Escalante national monuments spanning millions of acres in Utah. The two national monuments were among 27 that President Trump ordered Interior Secretary Zinke to review earlier this year.
The NRA issued this statement:
The NRA applauds President Trump and Secretary Zinke's decision to restore access to public lands in Utah. Under the Trump Administration, decisions regarding national public lands are transparent and being made with the input of America’s sportsmen and women. Hunters and sportsmen serve as the backbone of modern natural resource management in the United States. It’s refreshing that the Trump Administration values their input," said Chris W. Cox, NRA- ILA executive director. "Our nation’s remarkable resource management successes over the last century have only been possible because of traditional uses, such as hunting and recreational shooting. President Trump and Secretary Zinke have ushered in a new era for hunters and sportsmen ensuring that they remain an important partner in preserving and utilizing America's public lands.
If you haven't visited either of these places, you have missed some of the most beautiful country in the world. Now, you can enjoy even more of it.

The Proclamations can be viewed here:
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by KK6DYO » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:34 pm

I’m fond of products that can be recharged from common USB power outlets.

Homate Candle Lighter ... 071KKRLK3/
This lighter creates an arc between its contacts. The arc temperature can ignite anything easily flammable that can be placed near the arc, such as a candle or lantern wick / mantle, gas vapor, propane, or edge of a fire starting cube. It appears solidly built. While this lighter is longer and heavier than other arc lighters or a BIC lighter, it allows one to easily get the arc where it’s needed, such as near a propane stove burner. One charge permits 300 arcs; it can be recharged 200 times.
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Nitecore TINI Mini Keychain Light
Very compact EDC light with temporary “turbo” of 380 lumens; normally 145 lumens for 1 hour or 38 lumens for 4 hours. More of a flood beam.
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Nitecore LR10 Rechargeable Pocket Camping Lantern
Compact camping lantern with maximum 250 lumens for one hour; 65 lumens for 5+ hours. Various signaling modes. Loop to hang upside down.
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Affordable Custom Knives


Post by Jeff-OAUSA » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:11 pm

The Buck Knives Custom Shop provides opportunities to customize a knife at a reasonable price for the quality product delivered.

Go to and look for the Custom Shop tab
The Buck Custom Shop Splash Screen
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Choose the preferred knife style - Let's go with a classic Model 119 Fixed Blade
Choose the knife style
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Choose the steel for the knife blade - Let's go with 420HC in Flint Chip, non serrated, no blood groove, a proven steel that is easy to sharpen
Choose the steel for the knife blade
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Choose the material for the pommel and guard - Let's go with the aluminum (silver color)
Choose the pommel and guard material
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Choose the materials for the handle scales - Let's go with Elk Antler, a classic material with walnut spacers. Expensive, but worth it
Choose scales
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Choose a sheath. Let's go with the brown wrap around style. The classic black over the top model is an option too
Choose a sheath
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Specify engraving if that is what you prefer - Let's customize this one for
Choose engraving if you are so inclined
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And now you have a custom knife for a bit over $300. A knife like this given as a present won't be forgotten.

Here's some other builds for your viewing pleasure:

A Buck 110 Folding Hunter with 420HC Black Oxide Coated blade, brass bolsters, Buckeye scales, and black sheath for about $140
Custom 110
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Or pull out all the stops and go for the Buck Bowie Model 916 with Mirror Polished 420HC with File work, Bloody Jasper and Water Buffalo scales, and leather sheath all for around $512.
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by lrsrngr » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:57 am


Looks like a great start already. KK6CTT for the online check-in.

Just picked up the MR Heater "Little Buddy" and I have had really good results with preliminary applications. No camping yet but quite happy so far. We chose the smaller of the two MR Heater products for light duty camping applications vs. huge tent or small cabin application. The fact that it is supposed to be indoor safe and has an automatic "tip-over" shut-off along with previous recommendations on OAUSA helped sway the decision (NOTE: There is a 7,000 foot level statement that says it may not burn as bright as lower elevation and at much higher elevations you may run into issues where it may not run continuously) ... eries.html

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MR Buddy, "Little Buddy" product.
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Simple to fire up. Press and hold the Start Button for 30 seconds and release...that's it.
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Radiant heater that puts a lot of heat out for such a small unit and they claim 5 hours on a 5# canister of propane.
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The 4 in 1 Emergency Tool. Good for shutting off gas, water, prying doors open, breaking glass and propping doors open. Won't spark, won't rust, patented and made in USA. A good, go-bag addition. This one happens to be made by On Duty INC.

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The On Duty 4 in 1 Emergency Tool
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Mountain House freeze dried foods are great for those who are keeping them on hand for a light weight meal or a long lasting food source for, once again, a go-bag. I have not had one that I did not like but I have to admit I like most things don't walk off the table. The serving sizes are usually larger than a single serving so it makes things nice when sharing chow on the trail or trying to judge meals for more than one person. ... gLUP_D_BwE

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A great way to stock up on both the emergency preparedness side and the regular outdoors trip.
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Anza Ranger, based on a request for a build while deployed to Bosnia in 2005-2006. Charlie Davis will work with you and his shop is based out of El Cajon. I enjoyed working with him even though over thousands of miles away. Visit the showroom: 9380 Bond Ave Ste C El Cajon, Ca 92021 but call first and make sure he is open, 619-561-9445. ... ucts_id=80

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My second Anza Ranger after giving my original knife carried during deployments to Bosnia and Iraq to my life long adventure buddy.
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by cruiserlarry » Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:42 am

Here are a few of my off-road related Holiday gift suggestions :mrgreen:

1) Anti-Gravity Battery Micro Start jump starter and Personal Power Supply When you need a jump, or to charge up phones,'s compact, lightweight, easy-to-use, and very powerful

More Information: MICRO-START

2) Magellan Explorist TR7 Off-Road GPS System w/turn by turn street and trail directions / crowd source info / 110,000 USGS Trail Map database built in, touchscreen operation, includes mount
More Information: Magellan Off-Road GPS

3) Mob Armor Cell Phone Cradle Mount with adjustable cradle for the largest phones, and an ultra strong magnet mounting system for on- and off-road use
More Information: Mob Armor Phone Mount

4) MaxTrax Recovery Board Set - Proven by off-roaders around the world - strong, flexible, and lightweight to help get you out of a jam
More Information: MaxTrax

5) Yaesu FT60R Handheld 2M / 440 radio - the industry standard for amateur radio toughness and reliability in the field
More Information: Yaesu Handheld Radio

6) Ultimate Trail Products Tire Repair Kit - everything you need in a compact pouch, including laminated instructions
More Information: Tire Repair Kit

7) Scangauge II Engine Monitor / Tripometer / OBD II Code Reader - keep tabs on your vehicle's running condition / fuel usage on the trail
More Information: Scangauge II

8) ARB 50 QT AC / DC Freezer-Fridge - ice cream in the desert...nuff said...
More Information: ARB Freezer-Fridge
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Re: OAUSA Net - December 14, 2017 - Christmas Gifts for the Outdoorsman


Post by NotAMog » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:20 am

]Here are a few last minute gift ideas -

Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern: $42
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A very handy camping lantern with a variable light output and a nice warm light color mimicking an incandescent bulb.

Howling Moon Spice Roll $54
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Not a type of sushi but a handy hanging holder from South Africa for your spices while cooking.

Howling Moon Utensil Roll $58
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Another camp kitchen hanging roll from South Africa for your utensils.

Front Runner Camp Kitchen Utensil Set (with utensils) $60
Front Runner Utensil Set.jpg[/attachment Here is another utensil roll complete with utensils and a cutting board. B[b]uddipole Deluxe Dipole Antenna[/b] $399 [attachment=7]Buddipole Deluxe Package.jpg
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A package with all the parts you need to set up an HF dipole antenna including a mast. This system allows you to experiment with different HF antenna configurations with an array of add on parts.

Yaesu FT-450D HF/6m Tranceiver $660
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This is a compact 100w HF/6m tranceiver that is a nice size for portable use but still feels like a base unit. Perfect for someone who just upgraded their ham license to general or as an extra field radio.

I always have to make a plug for my favorite exotic (i.e. weird) European off road vehicles :D

Puch GE230 4x4 from $13,500 (not available in California) :(
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The supply of military fresh Pinzgauers has pretty much been exhausted but now their replacement, the Steyr-Puch GE230 is becoming available from the Swiss army auctions. This is the same vehicle which is the basis for the 6 figure Mercedes Benz G class Geländewagen but without the fancy S Class interior and other creature comforts.

Pinzgauer 712M $25,000 (not available in California) :cry:
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If you really want to hold out for a Pinzgauer 6x6 there are a few ex-Austrian army Pinzgauers still trickling into the U.S.
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