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Nice list!

I keep two "bug out boxes" ready to go at the drop of a hat with most of that stuff on the list. things like tools and recovery gear i keep with me all of the time
 

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Nice cargo porn! :) What are the orange "dividers" in the cargo area and the digital camo items in the rear seat?
I actually found those dividers at Home Depot.....they velcro to the carpet. The digi camo (Navy issue) on the seats are two boonie hats, the matching rain gear and BDUs stay under the back seat.
 

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One is good, two is better

Ruger Gp-100 357 mag are very nice. NeXt pistol i get will be a Ruger GP.
Ok, i have one thing to convey to everyone carrying firearms in the outback. Ever get into a fire fight? How many mags are you carrying? Are the handguns each person is carrying the same caliber? Things to think about before the need happens, is the same caliber for all handguns. Ask your gun shop to retool your weapons to the same caliber. Personally, I would rather have two glock 21's with the same caliber and run out of ammo that run out of guns. Ever think about having one gun that failed and run out of ammo for the second? In this ever increasingly violent world of terrorists, gangs and drug dealers in the back country having that second gun of the same caliber would be nice. You won't have time to clean the weapon when it miss fires. I hope I got the point across.
 

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. . . Ever get into a fire fight? How many mags are you carrying? Are the handguns each person is carrying the same caliber? . . . In this ever increasingly violent world of terrorists, gangs and drug dealers in the back country having that second gun of the same caliber would be nice. . . . I hope I got the point across.
A fire fight while offroading? Seriously? Your advocacy for what amounts to an armed posse strikes me as a bit paranoid.

I support a citizen's right to bear arms, but your kind of thinking gives traction to the gun control argument. At minimum, it raises the question of whether you have sufficient mental stability to be permitted to carry firearms.


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Great thread. I carry a better first aid than the Nissan one, small length of chains with hooks, tree saver, snatch strap, couple of shackles, winch line clamps, paper towel, shovel. My bug out bag will have Fire starter, water, sleeping bags, hatchet. I just got my x and have never wheeled with our two year old son so I am trying to out a good kit together for all of us just in case we are stranded. A hungry toddler is zero fun.
 

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A fire fight while offroading? Seriously? Your advocacy for what amounts to an armed posse strikes me as a bit paranoid.

I support a citizen's right to bear arms, but your kind of thinking gives traction to the gun control argument. At minimum, it raises the question of whether you have sufficient mental stability to be permitted to carry firearms.


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its not an out of this world thought to have a primary ccw and backup gun in the same caliber, bonus if they both take the same mags, like carrying a G19 and g26, with two g19 reloads, so your reloads work in the backup gun too. some say paranoid, others would say 'prepared' which is the point of all of the recovery gear and tools we all drag around with us, isn't it?
 

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figured out what all is going to go into my recovery box.

Pictured in the box:

50' winch extension
8' tree saver
30' recovery strap
3 3/4" shackles
2 soft shackles (not pictured)
snatch block
Viking synthetic winch line repair kit.



the shovel, saw, hatchet and drop light will go into my other pelican case with tools and fluids.
 

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Good thread! I need to get the X packed up, as I used to be, as far as being prepared. There are things that I always like to have with me, then the boxes and stuff for the off-roading trips, etc.

One thing I didn't see here, but may have missed, is a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen.

In my younger days, I was always out in the sun...many times intentionally to try and tan and stuff but many times I got burned when I wasn't "trying". Meaning, just being out in the sun for hours.

I've had a few areas cut out of my body that were cancerous and I'm not really that old. Thankfully, my skin is in pretty good shape but I always try to cover up as much as I can now. Especially when you are up in elevation, lots of snow (reflection) or the desert, where it can just be plain brutal. Even when it's cloudy the UV's can still come through.

Same thing with sunglasses. It is a good idea to have a high quality pair with you and it helps a lot for driving, too. Safety-wise, but also helps your eyes in general. I was at lens crafters a few weeks ago, getting a new pair of glasses and was looking at their sunglasses...Wow, didn't realize how many different len-shades/colors they have and each one for a different purpose! I have a prescription pair I bought a few years ago that I keep in my car(s)...only thing is I put them up in the overhead console in my Frontier PRO-4X and the heat made the coating bubble up a little. I polished them, which helped but it;s still noticeable. I keep them up in the overhead bin on the X still, but a concern for me if I get a new pair again.
 

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^^ That pelican box is sick!!

I've never seen a pelican in person, are they particularly durable? Or what makes them so popular?
As T-REXterra said, they're nearly indestructible and waterproof. this one i bought off of ebay for around $75 shipped, it still has the name of the company that had used it before on it (porta-phone) so i got it cheap. I think it might need a new rubber seal but they're cheap, and this one won't see much harsh weather being stored in the garage and carried inside the truck.
 

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^^ That pelican box is sick!!

I've never seen a pelican in person, are they particularly durable? Or what makes them so popular?
I have met a few pelicans before, while I was in Lousianna, they kept stealing my fish! They weren't very popular where I was fishing. Shame I didn't have my Pelican huntin license!

On a more serious note.... Hey are heavy grade plastic, as well as being water tight/proof. So they can be dropped and soaked and still hold up after being dropped and submerged. Some pelicans (not the ones that stole my catch) can even handle being shot by small gauge shot gun blasts and 22 caliber rounds. (Not at point black range though)

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The odds of getting in a firefight are really, really, really remote, unless your Xterra group is taking on the Khyber Pass or some such. Yes, there are lots of illegal grow sites, and coyotes leading mules or illegals across. Carry a sat phone to call in reports of suspicious activity, and stay with a group if you're worried. Being alert and armed is ok, and being realistic is priceless. (BTW, those old people you might see with guns on their hips wandering around the desert are probably prospectors using recreational metal detectors. They're not mine detectors.) The growers and coyotes will hear all the commotion of 4 wheeling and fade out for a bit, until you've gone by; they're not going to risk their profits shooting it out with a bunch of recreational Xers.
 
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