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17855 No. 17855 ID: eefa98 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Caffeine gum, mints, candy, bars, supplements...
Has anyone tried this stuff, or do you just keep it simple with caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and Mountain Dew?
Which are the best for the least amount of money?
I used Xylish and Black Black caffeine gum from Japan, but I discovered a stick only contains 5mg of caffeine. Jolt gum contains 45mg of caffeine per piece, plus guarana & ginseng - and two pieces of the gum amounts to the same caffeine as an average cup of coffee.

Examining the website http://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-in-candy it seems the most caffeine in a gum is LiveWire Energy Chews, small 6 gram chews available in several flavors and varieties with 90 to 120mg of caffeine per chew. Military Energy Gum (formerly Stay Alert Gum) is a highly caffeinated chewing gum containing 100mg of caffeine per piece. It is marketed to the US Military but is also available to the general public. Amazon sells 24-pack boxes (5 pieces per pack or 120 pieces total) for $25 to $28.
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>> No. 17927 ID: 0064e9
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>>17926
The Military Energy Gum (MEG) spearmint flavor tastes... REVOLTING! After a minute or so, the taste gets even worse. The cinnamon flavor is not so bad, but still horrible. This is gum; those cretins can make it taste great. Did they make it taste like garbage so people would not chew up a lot and overdose on caffeine? You really have to chew it with regular gum to make it palatable. Did I get bad batches?

Black-Black caffeine gum from Japan has a strong menthol and peppermint taste (but only 5 mg per piece). It taste like chewing an Altoids. It actually clears your sinuses! As I stated before, I used it and Xylish to stay awake in boring classes and in long road trips. Keep chewing a fresh stick or piece of gum every hour when the effects start to wane.

Another good tip for staying awake for long road trips is to listen to radio plays, like Dragnet (1949-1957 377 episodes), audio books, radio Shakespeare plays, or mystery dramas (but they have to be interesting to you to keep your attention). You have to pay attention to what is being said and described, but you are not visually distracted in doing this.
>> No. 17928 ID: f11f4d
>>17927
Dunno. I always hate spearimint no matter what it is so I've never tried it. That said, the flavor quality control is hilariously bad with this gum. In addition to the flavor mixing I mentioned (which should only show up in 1-2 packs out of a box), the strength of the flavor can vary quite a lot.
I get the blue "normal mint" is basically mint+the bitterness from concentrated caffeine. I actually like the bitterness.

Funny you mention Black-Black, I actually ordered some a week ago and it's headed my way. It's my absolute favorite gum.
>> No. 17959 ID: 5a1acb
>>17927
The bitterness might be intentional as the bitter taste can be a bit of an eye opener for a lot of people. This is why my go to is Red Bull: it's got enough bitter to wake me up, without being terribly unpleasant.
>> No. 17983 ID: 9d8092
Cold for easy. Methylphenidate for medium. Dextroamphetamine to make hard/grueling easy.
>> No. 18303 ID: 6348f6
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>>17855
a bunch of people at my unit tried this to try to stop using dip, mixed reviews depending on flavor, basically dip packets, except instead of tobacco, it is just coffee grounds, so you still get a caffeine buzz

also
>where to buy buy banned caffeine inhalers


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16733 No. 16733 ID: 81c52b hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Anyone know where I can find some Plate Carrier sewing patterns or plans? I've been thinking about making a night desert plate carrier in my spare time for a fun little side project.

This pic was the only thing I could dig up, just looking for something so I'm not taking a complete shot in the dark.
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>> No. 18300 ID: 6348f6
I once had some neon fabric lying around, and decided to sew a neon yellow (like construction vest yellow) helmet cover) I forget what I did with it because it was pretty useless. I want to start working more with nylon fabrics to make my own gear, since I have used a lot of gear and usually buy it new to experiment with, I keep finding pros and cons, where if I just built something I liked I could take all the pros and eliminate the cons.

If you want to start from the ground up, go to your local department store or hobby store and peruse the fabric/sewing aisle, you can usually find paper patterns for hoddies or shirts that you can trim down depending on what kind of look you are going for. (maximalism)

alternatively, start with your plates and develop a system to strap plates to yourself (minimalism)
>> No. 18301 ID: 6348f6
>>16739
at that point, I would start with a soft armor carrier (meant for concealability) and they sell for starting at around $30 on any police site.

Just take the sides and then copy them out of 600-1000D nylon


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18250 No. 18250 ID: 74f979 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Are UAS operators still operators?
> we can do all the special forces shit too
>> No. 18297 ID: 6348f6
>FAA licensing
>bombs and chill
>getting PTSD over your tv dinner in your suburban home every night

seems to me to be the quintessential weekday operator


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17882 No. 17882 ID: a28495 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Ok,

For practical purposes as a private citizen, would it be worth paying the extra money for Ceramic Level III armor or to get the Lightweight AR500 Level III+ with Pacxon double-coat? A lot of people bitch about frag/spalling but I've yet to see a single documented instance where AR500 with PaxCon base coat plus build up failed to contain fragmentation.
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>>17911
Proceed with caution with those. I desperately wanted them to be good because they're almost half the cost of competitive weight/rating, but none of this "independently lab verified" stuff has ever actually been shown on those particular plates, only on the crappy steel stuff. They're stuff is not listed on the NIJ website either. In fact I can't even find any "youtube testing" they make fun of on those actual plates.

A lot of stuff the owner says is gibberish and raises a few flags.
>> No. 17914 ID: 6ca38e
>>17913
If you contacted Armour Wear, the company that supplies Bulletproofme with those particular plates, you could have the certification information sent to you. But yeah, only their IIIA stuff is listed on the NIJ compliance site. Might be because that's the only product they've submitted for any government contracts or something? I dunno. But if you got the information, you could find out what lab did the testing and make a call based on that.

Bulletproofme is one of the oldest sites on the internet that has sold armor to civis, though. I have to imagine that they can't have stayed in business so long while making false claims as to the proofing of their products.

In any case, you make a good point. Researching what you plan to buy is never a bad move.
>> No. 17915 ID: 0b17af
Dude just go on eBay and pick up some plates. I just bought 4 ceramic plates for $330 shipped. Shop around for a while. You might be surprised at what you find on there.
>> No. 18214 ID: 526c53
Any idea about eastern bloc soft vests and plates?
>> No. 18296 ID: 6348f6
>>17915
do they have dates or other expiration information? also can you confirm they are not dropped (can create fractures and reduce resistance to projectile impact and shrapnel)

I run small plates in my rig mostly because I hate to sacrifice mobility for that little bit of protection, going for the miminalist perspective.

My view has always been lighter is better. I used to use level IV ceramic, but traded those. I downgraded to some level IIIA polyethylene plates with Soft armor behind them so my entire rig weighs less than 15 pounds (mostly in comms and ammo)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261306914004464

>>18214
Most of the stuff I have seen looks like they wear dedicated ballistic gear with gear worn over, or some of the SF wear specialty gear, most of which is pretty much unobtainable in the west (apparently there are limited places you can buy it, but import/export restrictions on body armor -ITAR type laws stop most of it from shipping internationally)

It also looks like some SF are fond of American/western made gear.

I do personally also like the look of german LE gear
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18209 No. 18209 ID: 040d8f hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Picked one of these up and in general I'm pretty happy with it, but I have two questions:

- What the hell do I do with those straps in the mag pouches?!
- Any advice on getting the stink out? I boiled it overnight with some powdered oxyclean; instead of smelling like death, it now smells like wet dog and oxyclean. Definitely an improvement, but I'd like to generally not stink, if possible.
>> No. 18211 ID: 6ca38e
If the straps are sewn into the part of the pouch that is away from the body, they are probably lifter straps. Put your mags into the pouches so that the straps are under/behind them with the top sticking out, then fasten the end to the velcro to hold them in. Need a mag in a hurry-ish, grab the strap and pull upwards to lift the mag out until you can get a decent grab on it. Never seen a chest rig use lifters like that, normally you see them on IFAKs or the like. But that's the best I can figure from the picture.

Can't help ya with the smell, unfortunately.
>> No. 18212 ID: 988090
> straps in mag pouches

Mine didn't have those straps, did I get jibed? What sting are you talking about, mine is like 'mil surplus' smell
>> No. 18215 ID: 1dec8f
Still want one.
>> No. 18288 ID: 839f1e
Soak it with baking soda and water
>> No. 18293 ID: c08f04
I'm not sure if the straps were commonly cut or if the straps were a test run or specialized version for certain units. Getting one with straps is kind of rare, but I'll admit I like the one I have without straps so I don't see the issue. Other Pattern 83 gear doesn't have them so I'm getting the feeling it is a special case of getting them rather than most users removing them.


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15635 No. 15635 ID: 0ec15c hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
A radio/general comms thread.
What do you have? What do you want? What do you like?
Base stations, mobiles, handhelds, whatever.
Any accessories or modifications you would recommend or have heard of?

Pic is a potatophone pic of my TK-2180 VHF with a Pryme mic.
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>> No. 18173 ID: 08f745
>>18164

which won't talk to anyone
>> No. 18174 ID: 60eafd
>>18148
My first radio was a Baofeng UV-5R that took two years of abuse. I reprogrammed it and stuffed it in the traveling box. Remember the box?

I spend the better part of a day with manuals learning to program the damned thing by hand to get onto local repeaters. Yes, it was difficult to program. That's why they make programming cables and CHIRP. Now, I cut and paste to different radios with different firmware. I play with RTL-SDR and have a Yaesu FT-897 base station these days.

And FIVE Baofengs, mostly for hiking using mobilinkd for APRS or otherwise messing around. They're brilliant for what they do, which is work as programmed, take abuse, and be cheap as hell. Sure, they look awful and have an ill-conceived interface. But for $25, you have a great little HT that you can take out and mistreat with excellent results.
>> No. 18182 ID: 3e9aae
>>18174
I taped a little piece of paper inside the battery compartment with instructions on how to program a repeater offeset, since I always forget the correct order.

And yeah they're not great, but they're good enough and have drastically lowered the cost of entry into ham radio. I think a lot of the hate just comes from the same old farts who got super angry when code requirements got dropped.
>> No. 18204 ID: 3e9aae
Anybody get contacts on AO-91 yet?

https://www.amsat.org/ao-91-commissioned-declared-open-for-amateur-use/
>The satellite was launched on November 18, 2017 as part of the ELaNa XIV mission, secondary payloads aboard the Delta II rocket that carried the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite to orbit. AO-91 also features the Fox-1 style FM U/v repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz.
>> No. 18287 ID: 41441c
Bumping a old and dead thread but the Chinese are starting to get into the HF game. The Recent RS-918 is a pre-assembled copy of the mcHF SDR kit radio for around $450, and Xiegu has two models of QRP radios, one (X5105) aping the Elecraft KX3 and being sold through MFJ.

Also Yaesu is now selling reengineered Baofengs (or rather, their version of the RDA1846 chip) as the entry-level FT-4X. Also the VX-8DR has been discontinued with no sign of a replacement, so if you see one for a reasonable price and want one, grab it.
https://qrpblog.com/2018/09/yaesu-ft-4x-review-it-is-after-all-a-baofeng/


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8725 No. 8725 ID: 1e54ee hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
4chan /k/ here.

I made pic related earlier last week. I have a vectorized version available as well.

I know plenty of OPERATORS love the Rhodesian camo pattern, but it is nearly impossible to find a reputable company to get reproductions from, and originals are priced so high that they cannot/should not be worn for OPERATING.

>$500 short sleeve bush shirts

I mainly wanted to do historical reproductions using similar fabric and cut as the originals, but many anons have expressed interest in a "modern" version using modern materials and cuts as well.

I have set up a poll to determine what uniform cut(s) will be manufactured:

www.surveymonkey.com/s/L7YJP2F

Both historical choices and modern choices are available. The choices are based on things posted in the original thread on 4chan.org/k/:
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>> No. 18145 ID: 5bb21e
>>18144
>>18144
That looks like it needs a good break in and a couple heavy washes
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>>18145
Ah, I just did a bit more digging.

SARCO, of all people, claims to have some surplus uniforms in a similar pattern in stock, and even printed fabric by the yard:

http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/ngo-contractor-uniforms---atafrex.aspx

Once again, I do not work for this company, and know nothing about the quality, but at the very least they seem to be offering Rhodie-style patrol caps with the flap in the back to keep the sun off the back of your neck.

The khaki base in these pictures looks quite a bit darker and yellower than in the Begadi product, but that could be the lighting. The single picture of the fabric they're selling makes it look much lighter and less saturated, almost off-white or pale grey.
>> No. 18210 ID: 4af03a
>>8725
IS the Vector file available for purchase?
>> No. 18260 ID: 9eb8ba
Rhodesian camouflage available from

https://www.fireforceventures.com/

happy birthday.
>> No. 18286 ID: 52e351
>>18260
Fuck, the site is down. Hope it comes back soon.


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16671 No. 16671 ID: c550c6 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
Step 1: Acquire parts as follows;
Objective Lens $125
Blemished Gen 2 MX-10130 Tube $215
PVS-7 Body w/ wiring assembly and rear eye piece $366
Collimator $75
Screws and o-rings $21

Total: $802
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My dad couldn't have been happier. It's his 60th birthday today. He's a former DoD/Civilian Department of the Navy employee. He saw a MIRV test off the coast of Cuba in the early 80s. Currently works as a HVAC engineer.

(No batteries in PVS-7 in pic)
>> No. 18259 ID: 4ff170
>>18258
MX-10130C/UV Gen 3
>> No. 18261 ID: 927128
>>18258
Nice! I have a blemished tube from a PVS7 given to me by a friend in law enforcement. I've tried bidding on dead PVS7's and parts but the stateside sellers reject it for Customs teasons (itar). I keep trying anyways, hope to luck out eventually.
>> No. 18265 ID: f5c3ed
>>18261
Where are you located? There are some Russian NV scopes that use MX10130 tubes. Not sure if we can get those in the US but maybe in Euroland.
>> No. 18284 ID: 3f1969
>>18265
I'm in Canada.


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18225 No. 18225 ID: def6ad hide watch quickreply [Reply]
any info about this sacks, ammo? era?
>> No. 18277 ID: b74de6
Tay-sachs


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18278 No. 18278 ID: def6ad hide watch quickreply [Reply]
ANY IDEA ABOUT THIS CANTEEN, ERA,COUNTRY


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