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The landscape of Pakistan ranges from lofty mountains in the north, the Karakoram and the Himalayas, through dissected plateaus to the rich alluvial plains of the Punjab. Then follows desolate barrenness of Balochistan and the hot dry deserts of Sindh blending into miles and miles of golden beaches of Mekran coast. The country borders Iran on the West, India on the East, Afghanistan in the North-West, China in the North and the Arabian Sea in the South.
Nowhere in the world there is such a great concentration of high mountains, peaks, glaciers and passes except Pakistan. It features 5 out of the 14 summits that soar above 24000 feets on the face of the earth. 40 of the world’s 50 highest mountains occupy the northern part of the country, where three of the mightiest mountain systems meet: The Hindu Kush, the Karakorams and the Himalayas. This land of geographical splendors is also endowed with the rarest animals in creation, some of which are indigenous specifically to its spectacular mountains. Here live three different species of Markhor, four separate types of Urial, as well as two subspecies of Ibex, Marco Polo Argali and Blue Sheep. Markhor hunts can legally be done only in Pakistan, as it is the only country for which the CITES agency has legalized importation of trophies into the EU states and US.
The region was a crossroads of historic trade routes, including the Silk Road, and was settled over thousands of years by many groups, it is often referred to as “a museum of races.”

Hunting season

Himalayan Ibex, Blanford Urial, Kashmir Markhor, Suleiman Markhor: November 01 to March 31 Sindh Ibex, Punjab Urial, Astor Markhor: from December 01 to March 31. The best time for the hunt is considered to be the end of November – January due to rutting time.

Punjab Wildlife Act

Wildlife Conservation Projects

Wildlife Conservation Organizations in Pakistan

Offroad Pakistan


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Tactical Air Rifle by Crosman

Posted: 28th October 2014 by Noman Shah in Gear, Survival Guns
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“The Armada is the first commercially available PCP rifle that brings the same breadth of modularity and user configurability that is enjoyed by the AR community,” says Jennifer Lambert, VP Marketing for Crosman. “By designing the rifle to Mil-Spec dimensions for the grip and stock interfaces as well as implementing the M-LOK interface system, the Armada becomes a platform that gives shooters an infinite range of possibilities to customize their air rifle with the AR parts and accessories of their choice.”

The .22 caliber Armada is built in America and delivers velocities of 1000 FPS with 32 foot pounds of energy, making it an ideal small game rifle and target shooter. It includes a 10-shot magazine, full sound suppression and gets over 30 shots per fill. The receiver features a machined picatinny rail and the bolt is reversible for left-handed shooters. An on-board gauge for monitoring air pressure and a crisp two-stage trigger make this a worthy addition to your gun collection.

The Armada Magpul Edition is available exclusively at and It features Magpul MOE® grip, stock and cheek riser for the ultimate modern sporting air rifle. It will be available November 10 at $999 MSRP.

Crosman and Benjamin Airguns are excited to announce the auctioning of the Benjamin Armada Special Edition with 100% of proceeds benefitting the Navy SEAL Foundation.

In partnership with Magpul, Surefire, Tarjac and Zeiss Sport Optics, this package includes:

Magpul M-LOK Modular Locking System

Magpul PRS (Precision Rifle / Sniper) adjustable stock

Magpul MBUS Pro Sight front and rear

Magpul MIAD GEN 1.1 Grip Type 1

Magpul M-LOK Cantilever Rail / Light mount

Surefire Scout weapon light

Tarjac Multi-Cam finish

Zeiss TERRA 3x 4-12×50 mm scope

SKB iSeries 5014 rifle case in OD Green

Benjamin 90 cu in charging system

2,000 rounds of .22 caliber airgun ammunition

Telescoping bipod

Removable / configurable direct connect handguard panels

Custom embroidered Benjamin rifle case

This package retails for over $3,300 and the bidding runs on from October 20 through November 2.

via Crosman Introduces Magpul® M-LOK Licensed Air Rifle.

fireSLEEVE: Waterproof Lighter Accessory for EDC

Posted: 24th October 2014 by Noman Shah in EDC
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fireSLEEVE: Waterproof Lighter by Exotac Inc — Kickstarter.

Military kits evolution

Posted: 19th October 2014 by Noman Shah in Survival Guns, Survival Kits
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From the crude weaponry and armour of the Battle of Hastings, to the high-tech kit of modern conflict, a new photographic survey explores the personal equipment carried by the common British soldier through the past 1,000 years. The Telegraph has provided lists of military kits with photographs.

via Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand – Telegraph.

Survival Bike — Motoped, I Liked

Posted: 19th October 2014 by Noman Shah in Gear, Transportation
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The Survival Bike is your tactical blank canvas.

A utilitarian, military-inspired super-hauler, it comes outfitted with a universal rack that accepts myriad bolt-on mounts, harnesses, and fitments so you can pack along darned near anything you can imagine.

A full primary tank plus the added fuel from two side-mounted tanks will take you 400 to 500 miles without a fill-up.  That’s a good thing when you’re traveling through the desert on a horse with no name. . .

This bike was built for the creative survivalist.

via Survival — Motoped.

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Here are ten things that you can do now that will make you better prepared than 90% of the population. And everything is available at your local shopping center – so it’s easy.

You can do all ten steps at once or divide each into a separate week and shopping trip. But you need to get it done as soon as possible. Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and isn’t presented here as a completed list.

1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart, Kmart, Costco or whatever and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice and 20 lbs. of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.

2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs. mixed beans, 5 lbs. of white sugar, 5 lbs. of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs. oats, 10 lbs. each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.

3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.

4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.

5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut b

via Preppers Food Storage Checklist List – Top ten foods to stockpile now!.

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Lesson 1: it is never too late to start. (You might have seen this one in print) Food, fuel, cash were first, followed by a Berkey water filtration unit (try explaining that one to a resistant spouse), propane stove, and lots of propane. Last came the everyday carry bag (EDC). Frankly this was last because it seemed the least important. Boy was I wrong.

Lesson 2: As a new Prepper – start your preparations with the EDC bag, prepping for nuclear war can wait. I built my EDC bag originally as a possibles bag for my reenacting programs. But good stuff kept coming to my attention, so it quickly filled with all kinds of small gizmos and gadgets. Short of a few thousand board-feet of lumber, I could rebuild a war-torn city from my EDC bag. Then disaster struck. Not a big disaster, just a cut. I have kept band aids in my wallet since my kids were little. But I had run out and failed to resupply. So band aids were added to the EDC, along with ointments, gauze and tape.

Lesson 3: EDC should have first aid supplies before tools, fire starters, flashlights, and miniature saws. We had failed to keep up our shooting training, so I took my boys and son-in-law (retired Marine, but still my boy) to the range to throw lead down field.

My first shot with my 9mm (not my everyday carry gun), mind you, the very first shot, brought the slide back and cut a huge gash in my thumb. It was one of those nasty bleeders. It exhausted my wallet band-aid stock, soaked my handkerchief, dripped on the range desk, and stained my cool tactical pants. It just kept going.

Light headiness couldn’t be far behind! I had forgotten to bring my EDC. I went into the range store to find the bathroom. The charming woman at the register smiled knowingly and pulled out a big box of band aids for me. She gave me more than I asked for (obviously experienced with the situation) and pointed to the bathroom. Eventually I got the bleeding under control long enough to bandage it up.

Lesson 4: Carry your EDC bag every day (now I understand the name – I am an idiot) The next day I remembered an old fashion gadget used for shaving cuts. I thought it was called a septic pen, but its official name is Styptic Pencil. Would it work for my cut? My thumb still bled generously so it was in perfect shape for an experiment.

You know what they say: “always test your gear”. The local drug store had styptic pencils so I bought one. I dampened the end and applied it to the cut – the bleeding stopped almost immediately.

Lesson 5: see Lesson 3 & 4, and include a styptic pencil.

I can only imagine how easy the day prior would have been if I had one of these babies!Following all this came the annual craft show I sell at. I had my EDC with me, or course doesn�%

via Six or Seven EDC Lessons You May Not Have Seen In Print Until Now.

G.P.S. Rapid Deployment Pack

Posted: 21st September 2013 by Noman Shah in Gear
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For those folks who feel the need to be ready for the zombie apocalypse

with a "bug out" pack, this is just what the doctor ordered. You can

load it up with a fair amount of ammo for your rifle, pistol and shotgun and

still have room for other essentials like a sandwich and bottle of water. The

Rapid Deployment Pack is a neat idea and handy to have around. We like it. The

only problem is that our daughter and her husband each want one.

Rapid Deployment Pack Features/Specifications

Removable handgun holster inside the pack can be configured for

right or left hand draw

Durable shoulder strap for fast, easy grab and carry

Two external compartments securely hold 4 AR magazines

One exterior pistol magazine pouch

One exterior Velcro shotgun shell pod that holds 4 shotgun shells

Internal storage compartment securely holds 3 additional pistol


Internal storage compartments holds one or more boxes of shotgun

shells, knife, radio, phone, first aid kit

via G.P.S. Rapid Deployment Pack.

G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack

Posted: 21st September 2013 by Noman Shah in Gear
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The backpack is constructed with 1000 Denier nylon with a

waterproof backing. It is treated with a DuPont coating to resist stains. In

short, it is the best material on the market for manufacturing a backpack. (We have

seen golf bags, luggage and chaps made with this material.) Include the triple

stitching of the MOLLE webbing and the GPS signature Visual I.D. Icons for the

storage areas and you have a backpack that is just about perfect.

Illustration Courtesy of G-Outdoors, Inc.

Tactical Range Backpack Features/Specifications

Features three

internal handgun storage cases with magazine storage

Features 4

outside zippered pockets for ammo and other accessories

Padded waist

strap for load stability


(Honey Comb) frame for rigidity of the pack

MOLLE webbing

system that is triple stitched

Visual I.D.

storage system for ease of use

Features an

external bungee system for targets

Has pull-out

rain cover for sudden downpour

YKK Locking

zipper for handgun compartment

Hook and loop

area for name or club placard

via G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack.

How to create a data Backup Strategy | Contesting & SDR

Posted: 21st September 2013 by Noman Shah in Technology
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Have you ever lost pictures, logbooks or the source code you have worked so hard on during the last few nights? Then you have already experienced how painful the loss of data can be. If you want to avoid this unpleasant experience, it’s definitely the right moment to think about a data backup strategy. I’ll split up this topic in two separated posts. In this post I would like to present you the most important factors you need to consider when defining a backup strategy. In the second post I’ll present you my backup strategy and how I implemented it.

How to create a data Backup Strategy | Contesting & SDR.