what would drive you the extra mile
i was running in the gym this morning and was getting a bit bored after 10 mins, i normaly do about 15 an the last 5 always drag. i usually just think of running through fields and other daft stuff but today i started thinking about my wife and son. i started thinking about if i was running to get to them and they needed me and then i had a mental image of them crying and i could feel myself welling up. i must of looked a right nut job because i was absolutly pounding the tread mill and had tears in my eyes(i stopped short of crying) but when i looked at the timer i had done 30 mins, 15 more than normal and while my legs were shaky an my lungs were on fire i hadnt realised how long it had been. from now on every time i train i will be doing it for my wife and child cos i will not fail them, i will not let them down.
Dec 20 2012, 6:12 AM EST by
Chris Costa (Formerly of Magpul) + Zombies = ???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8HrKdGcYh0 - Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmXK0QFp8SY - Shotguns
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8HK8Octg-w - Rifles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmnexvY3c3Q - Arrow Guns
I haven't found the Handgun preview, but I'll post it if I find it.
Yup, that's right, Chris Costa has now put out Zombie Training Videos.
There is a lot of controversy on the Firearm Blog saying he's doing it for the money. But honestly, why else would he do it?
Check 'em out, lemme know what you think.
Oct 22 2012, 11:20 PM EDT by
So I was searching on the net to try and figure out how to make my own warhammer in a forge, and clearly this is a better idea. I have now joined the sight and love it all, but because I have no formal, or even informal training in weapons of any kind, I was wondering if there are any books or dvds I should look for that help with proper technique with the hammer.
I believe that when i go to make this, I'll be making a two-handed version because i've felt more comfortable with a sure grip on the weapon.
I live in an apt complex so I don't have the luxury of a back yard, so I'm just hoping to find some good technique tips to work in my living room with a practice hammer.
Jun 13 2012, 8:31 AM EDT by
At work, I try to systemize just about everything. We have Standard Operating Procedures for just about every task that we do in day to day trading - from till operations to inward goods receivals, even written down SOP's for merchandising. Why do tell you this? Well, for those of you with a group getting together come the fall, do you have SOP's written down for day to day duties? For example, you might have an SOP for moving through urban environments (keeping particular distances, minimum number of people in a group, how to approach intersections, etc. etc.). You might have an SOP for guarding the main gates - what to do in the event of strangers approaching, who to alert and how.
Obvious advantages - this way everyone knows what the job entails, and how to go about it safely and easily. People are less likely to screw up if they've got clear instructions that they can refer to.
Real World Training
We all know that shooting at paper, swinging at static targets and running on treadmils while having their own benefits, isn't exactly real world training. Do you practice reflexive fire? Strength condition with your melee weapons? Actually try to hike to your BOL with your BOB? What is that you do to train for situations that you might run across as a survivor? This is a thread that is all encompassing. You can include any training you do for survival.
Mar 7 2012, 2:47 AM EST by
1 minute push ups : 57
1 minute crunches : 110
Pull ups: 20
Dec 18 2011, 3:21 AM EST by
Hey guys, was just sat here at my computer and I was wondering how big a factor fitness is for you and what you do to stay in shape/ improve your fitness?
for example I:
-Do Parkour once a week or more from 9am to 5pm.
-Go to my school gym and work on upper body strength and sometimes Parkour in the gymnastics room next door.
-cycle/run everywhere I go (unless I'm socialising with friends in which case I walk).
-Go on a morning jog 2/3 mornings a week with my friend.
-occasionally hike or go swimming.
-workout in my bedroom at home before bed.
Oct 23 2011, 12:39 PM EDT by
Hey guys, just a friendly reminder that just because winter is approaching doesn't mean you should get lazy and blame the cold.
keep training, practising and challenge yourself.
I personally am going to be doing Parkour all through the winter maybe up to three times a week as well as hitting the gym and working out occasionally in my bedroom.
what do you guys plan to do throughout the winter?
Oct 12 2011, 3:00 PM EDT by
Pencil Firing Exercise - Pistol Traning
An exercise to hone your trigger pull and sighting with a .45 semi-automatic pistol.
ENSURE THE GUN IS NOT LOADED!
First: Create a target. Turn an 8.5x11 piece of paper on its side and draw 12 small dots in a grid pattern (3 dots x4 dots) Dots should be no larger than 1/8 inch.
Second: Prepare pencil. Take a regular sharpened pencil and wrap two bands of tape around it, one near the eraser and one about 3 inches farther. The pencil should slide smoothly in the barrel, not be too snug, nor rattle.
Insert the pencil in the barrel with the eraser against the firing pin.
Aim at one of the dots on your target with the tip of the protruding pencil about 3/8 inch from the paper. Cọck the hammer and squeeze the trigger; the hammer should nudge the pencil into the paper, making a mark below the dot.
Continue with all 12 dots. Attempt to regulate your trigger pull and grip to get all marks an equal distance below the target dot.
Oct 10 2011, 4:57 PM EDT by
Alternate Reality Zombie Gaming...
Simple enough concept: play the apocalypse on your phone as an RPG.
Only real life application is preparing for the mindset- everywhere you go there's a new threat and you're going to have to deal with other survivors in some way. pretty good concept though!
Aug 14 2011, 8:20 PM EDT by
Zombie Survival School/Bootcamp
I searched and the only thing that seemed close was a page that no longer exists, so here's my thread.
Has anyone thought of actually putting together a Survival School, with the emphasis on fighting zombies? Included could be general disaster survival type stuff, ideal BOB items, basic stealth, basic weapons training, fitness routines, and ideal BO/BI locations (I.e. Wal-Mart will kill you, schools are bad, etc.) It's something that my roommates and I discussed, and I wonder what you guys think. Would it be viable? Worthwhile? Would enough people go through it to make it financially plausible? etc. Any and all thoughts are welcome.
Aug 3 2011, 3:50 AM EDT by
Zombie Hell in the UK
So I live in the UK, have no weapon experience & no driving licence. I live near the sea/marina & just a few miles from a small airport. Assuming the town wasn't overrun & my flimsy house isn't attacked right away my odds of survival/escape in those first crucial hours before the whole county goes to hell don't look too good. I know a few tricks that can buy myself some time & would instantly head to the airport. Not to be flown away although it could work, but its a lot of open ground & visibility is good, there are a lot of secure buildings. Not overly fit, I can run for a mile before I collapse, cycle further faster & quieter over most terrains..
The point is, having no guns in the as easily accessible, no military training & no idea how to drive a car.. How long do you expect the British people to last? I say a week before all towns & major cities are gone, rural areas to be gone in maybe a month, leaving only the hardened survivalists.
Jun 27 2011, 4:14 PM EDT by
Concealed Carry Wishlist
Despite the popularity of the words "gun," "firearm," "pistol" and other things, concealed carry is actually a topic that we don't address very much in our forums. In fact, the word "sword" comes up more (according to a threads search) and I find this kind of amusing, as swords are far less practical for personal defense, and against zombies.
Anyways, I know that more than a few of us are CCW'ers, and I wanna hear what your thoughts are on the topic of CCW guns. Do you just pack a full size handgun? What's your feelings on sub-caliber guns? Is there anything in the market (or coming out soon) that you're just drooling over? Any gear upgrades in mind?
I'll be honest, I'm looking to upgrade carry rigs, but I'm on a VERY tight budget. I'm planning on moving to Texas in September, and most of my money is invested in that transition. However, its usually when my budget is tightest that I fall in love with something pricy and just gotta have....
Last night, I was playing with my buddy's new RIA 3.5" 1911, and the holster he carries it in - Galco "King Tut" IWB - and I'm THOROUGHLY impressed by both. I wore the gun around his living room for a bit, and it was unbelievably comfortable to carry. Sure, it's no Kimber, Ed Brown, or Para, but the RIA is priced right. And, .45 is a considerable step up from my rather puny 9x18 Makarov....
May 20 2011, 8:14 AM EDT by
ZSDW Shooting Drills uploaded!
I finally finished that document I'd been working on for a while. Compiled with a few common drills, some member-submitted drills and a lot of head scratching, here is the first version of the ZSDW Shooting Drills page. Click the attachment at the bottom of the page to download the lengthy sheet.
Hopefully, we can get some results, feedback and such posted here. If users could take their own pics, we'd be able to creature an illustrated document in future additions.
EDIT: A typo, alas.
May 7 2011, 4:16 AM EDT by
How to shoot faster whilst retaining accuracy?
I was at the pistol range today,and fired off a few rounds at 15 yards.The guy two lanes accross from me made me feel ashamed of myself,as he was a million times faster than me.He had smooth trigger control,effective recoil handling and emptied his entire 7 round mag(he was using a 1911) in something crazy like a few seconds(this is outdoor).I am pathetically slow,but precise and accurate.It takes almost half a second for me to squeeze off another round with my sights lined up after each shot.
Any advice,or general discussion,in relation to speed shooting?
P.S The guy is on his way to compete at IPSC I think.I also use a variation of the weaver stance,with my reaction(left-hand) bent at the elbow and my shooting arm(right) locked at the elbow with my right leg locked and supporting to the rear,and my left leg to the front slightly bent at the knees.
May 5 2011, 1:03 AM EDT by
Building strength and muscle mass
After any Z-day type scenario,your diet will be based on what you can acquire.But before then,strength will be an important part of a survival plan.Whether you are fighting off a raider or building a fortress,you will need the strength to do so.
A simple workout of squats,rowing,bicep curls,tricep and lat pull downs,jump-rope and push-ups/pull ups should do you good.Leg press,calf raises and crunches can be added in time and conditions/equipment permitting.
With the weighted exercises,the focus should not be on how many sets/reps you can do(you aren't toning muscle,you are building strength) but on the weight and form.Get the technique correct,and go to failure point.
And get into a weekly routine (i.e 1 day lower body,1 day back,1 day upper body,1 day cardio) with a day inbetween if you wish,or a double day rest period.
In terms of diet,remember,lots of water(1-2 gallons AT LEAST) an minimize fat content(if you are bodybuilding completely eliminate it) and increase protein.Carbs do not matter.
A simple diet of Chicken,Turkey and Fish on alternating days with rice and vegetables spread into 5 small meals will do you magic wonders,along side egg whites and whey shakes.
Play games to train for the Zombie Apocalypse...?
OK! This is the most genius way to get ready for when the zombies come! It's an alternate reality iPhone game- played in real space. Your house is your base, and you not only have to fight the zombie hoardes, but also the other players around you in real space. I can't think of a better way to get to know your future targets, and the other future survivors of the apocalypse.
http://kck.st/e0haQU There is a video of it there- and their website is www.zombieapocalypsemobile.com GOD, I can't wait!
Mar 14 2011, 7:05 PM EDT by
Training the essential part to living
when the infection hits you must be in tip top physical condition if you want to live. Even if zombies move slow youknow there is gonna be some wacko who kills everyone he sees becuase he doesnt trust anyone. So i advise you to start a running plan to strengthen your heart. at least 3 miles a day. then gradually work up to 5. also try doing speedworks to be able to run faster for longer ( you can goggle speedwork outs). Also you must be doing strength training upperbody and lower dont just do squats and bench. You have to mix it up curls leg extensions military press pullups dip. Try to focus on using body weight. Now that you have that info add your own little spice to it but you have to stick wth it if you want to live.
Feb 21 2011, 8:55 AM EST by
So, I have some free time to expend and I am strongly considering taking some EMS training at my local community college. Honestly, I have no particular intention to go into it as a profession, but I wanted to be equipped in case of any disasters. So, I posit questions directly at anyone who has undergone training (perhaps military types will know as well.) I figured I would at least run through a semester of the basic EMS training. At what point will diminishing returns kick in here for me? Would I gain much actual usable knowledge from going for a paramedic certification or am I unlikely to be able to retain skills / have my hands on proper equipment for the more advanced stuff? How often will I need to retrain skills to hope to use them in the future?
Having talked to someone I know who is becoming a nurse and is married to a paramedic firefighter, she was convinced nurses would be better equipped in a crisis situation because they have a broader understanding of medications and procedures than a paramedic. Would seeking some nurse training be better than going the EMS / paramedic route?
Jan 15 2011, 6:13 AM EST by
1 minute push ups: 95
1 minute crunches: 106
1 mile: 4:45
2 mile: 8:56
Dec 30 2010, 11:12 PM EST by