Wal-Mart is currently selling wheeled, stackable storage boxes that are perfect for storing and transporting camping and prepping equipment, and hauling shooting gear to the range.
The box’s dimensions are approximately 31″ x 17″ x 13″ and are just large enough to store sleeping bags, tents and tools, yet small enough to stack out of the way in your garage or attic. They have recessed wheels on one end that makes it easy to pull the boxes along smooth surfaces.
There is a place where you can lock the box with a padlock, but it could only be used to keep honest people out of the box as it would not be very hard to break the hinges and gain access to the contents.
The boxes retail for $20.
Gas Can Nozzles Suck:
Ancient gas can nozzles use to pour freely and had an internal piece of screen that acted as a flame arrestor. Those old designs are long gone. Original nozzles seen on early versions of the ubiquous red plastic gas cans flowed freely, but were prone to make a mess, and were also prone to allow a spark or flame travel up into a pouring can and cause an explosion. New style gas can nozzles are designed to be child proof and to limit spilling, however they are a pain in the ass to use, the complicated mechanism causes more spillage than it saves, and the new designs have done nothing to make the cans safe from internal ignition. The situation is so bad that Blitz, the company that enjoyed the market share of gas can sales, has been sued out of existence by burn victims, and the companies that have stepped in to fill the gas can void make an even crappier product. Before you give up hope of ever having a pleasant gasoline pouring experience and put a gun in your mouth, there is hope.
Hold It Together:
Here’s a quick, easy, and extremely cheap way to hold seven shotgun shells together. This trick makes it easy to carry a bunch of shotgun shells in your jacket pocket. Simply take a bicycle tube (mountain bike size tubes work best) and cut it into one inch bands. Squeeze seven rounds into it and you are ready to go.
These bands also are great place on the forend of your AR-15 to hold down exposed wires and on-off pressure pads from weapon mounted lights.
Burn It Up:
“Ranger Bands” are great for starting a campfire in a survival situation. Even soaking wet a one inch wide band will burn for an average of two minutes (yes…I actually have timed a couple of burns). Keep a couple of these bands wrapped around your cigarette lighter in your survival kit and use a couple to help keep your Altoids tin pocket survival kit closed. Burn them when you need them.