Thought you folks might want to see my paranormal investigation kit.
I've got a waterproof point n shoot and a camcorder with night vision capabilities. They are near the upper left of the photo. And now that you mention it, I actually do have some sample bags. Forgot to take them out of my backpack.
Pic related is the store pic for the pvs-14 I ordered recently, it is built around an l3 manufactured omni VIII tube but I haven't gotten it in yet, TNVC has lead times of around 4-6 weeks on this one.
This is how I /x/. Get on my level. Use your third eye.
That's not my edc, it is my exploration/investigation kit.
My edc includes a protective amulet (mjolnir), and I'm carrying enough iron and unstable chemicals to make nails irrelevant.
A friend told me about a goatman/skinwalker encounter in a nearby forest so I went to check out the area. From my understanding, they seem to be most commonly encountered in wild areas, near settlements. I also believe that native shamanic practices seem to be linked with the phenomenon.
Im mostly being silly because its an /x/ trope.
Truthfully, we don't REALLY know, in folklore there are stories about supernatural creatures (notably faeries) being susceptible to "cold iron". Though it's never really explained.
The going theories are that it is iron which is forged using a special technique that avoids heating the metal very much before shaping, others say "cold iron" is metaphorical (as used by Kipling), for an iron weapon. Others say outright, it is just a folkloric terminology for "iron". Still others believe that cold iron is made either form meteoric iron (a real thing, look it up), or especially pure iron ore which doesnt require smelting before it can be shaped.
In all honesty normal iron seems like the most likely candidate, I believe it taking the form of a nail has something to do with sympathetic magic, since nails are sharp and thus can be used to signify a weapon, or a harmful object (towards supernaturals)
That's more or less what I suspected. I have read before in Celtic and germanic folklore that iron nails and weapons can provide protection from spooky things. Always figured the iron in my knives and guns would be sufficient. And the .410 is loaded with rock salt.
>Celtic and germanic
Its actually a much more widespread belief than just those two even.
>Always figured the iron in my knives and guns would be sufficient.
I think the idea is that its entirely iron, not just iron content, but I dont know if theres actual rules here.
>And the .410 is loaded with rock salt.
Yeah Im loving the snake gun man. ALways wanted one.
Other alternatives if you can load your own shells and want to get crazy would be to make some iron shot (should be easy enough), silver shot, and/or mix in some white ash (again not known if they mean a specific kind of tree, literal white ash, or what) into the shot casings.
When /k/ meets /x/ shit gets fun.
land of the free home of the brave.
Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Abandoned buildings have crackheads, wild animals, and other terrestrial threats too.
as in "non supernatural threats"
as I said, nogunz as fuck. That is a Bond Arms snake slayer over/under .410/45LC pistol. VERY modern.
OP is wandering around in abandoned buildings with snakes and other critters, (you go and try and shoot a snake with a 9mm come back tell me how that goes). I have a .410/45 carbine for the same exact purpose, it works. He has also stated hes loaded the .410 with rock salt, so all the nogunz crybabies in this thread take comfort that OP is using a nonlethal force option in order to defend himself.
If you were more experienced with firearms, youd be questioning him about the glock, not the over/under.
I like my glock, thanks. I know there is a lot of glock hate on the internet, but it has always been a reliable weapon. I carry it for protection against things like humans and wild animals, and anything else that bleeds and might try to hurt me while I'm out exploring or whatever.
Glock hate is irrational. My G19 is still the best shooting handgun I've ever fired. It's just big enough to serve as my home defense handgun, and yet small enough to serve as my conceal carry handgun.
I can't but all things are possible through god. And if you're implying that equipment is somehow better because it can be disseminated then you're foolish. Being able to see and leading people to see like I can is much better.
The backpack actually has a hydration bladder, the hose is visible in the photo. And there are specimen bags in the pack too, I just forgot to take them out. I do need more batteries though. I've got plenty of AAs, but I need to get a couple extra 9v and a much bigger rechargeable for all the usb stuff like the cameras and my phone. I also want to get a motion activated camera.
Pretty impressive, but I think a hatchet or axe would be a good idea too. Same reasons as the crowbar I suppose, but more effective at chopping, obviously. Ofcourse, they are kind of heavy, so.
At least include a picture you lazy fuck.
/x/ kit thread?
Not mine, someone else's.
Yeah, i saw that too, looks like a knock of as well. Look. I'm not trying to be rude or anything. I'm just saying, if you plan to go investigate the paranormal, and you actually find something, you'll be a hell of a lot better off with a 10 dollar buck knife than you will with a kitchen knife. I have a huge knife fetish, so when I saw that, I had to say something.
I've always been into the paranormal and I've been wanting to some exploring/investigating with my cousin and some friends. Op, your kit looks really good, I'd really appreciate it if you could give me a list of what you think are the essentials in a kit like this. Ofcourse, you don't have to, but I'd be mighty grateful.
Also, do you guys think fireworks could serve a purpose in a paranormal investigation/situation. I have some bottle rockets that are really noisy and produce a big flash, and some firecrackers that make a huge bang. I think they could serve a purpose of either signaling or distraction. But I have no idea. What do you guys think?
I like knives too, but I'm a filthy casual who probably couldn't tell you the first thing about them. That said, I wouldn't have a weak little kitchen knife in my /x/ collection either.
Think about it this way...what if one night he got up to get a glass of water and was attacked by a ghost or alium or skinwalker or whatever and all he could grab to defend himself was that kitchen knife and he actually managed to kill it with said knife...now if it were me and I turned boogie hunter then I'd probably carry it on me too (at least for my first hunt) 'cus I know it works. Plus maybe the more kills you get the more effective it becomes, who knows how this works. I'd do it just incase.
Well, yes, with special circumstances like that, I suppose. But from a general perspective, it's dangerous to use a kitchen knife hunting the paranormal. I see something dangerous and I point it out. Just a habit of mine I guess.
That's what I thought they would be good for. They are illegal here, but I'm not too worried about it. It's not particularly dry where I am so I should be alright using them.
I just try to make sense of things sometimes. It was the first thing that popped into my head. That or he has some sort of special attachment to it, which may provide some sort of buff or something, I don't know.
Hm, I suppose so. But a whistle isn't nearly as distinct as a fire cracker or bottle rocket, and lacks the flash/explosion. And probably wouldn't be as good of a distraction for something. Firecrackers can be confused for gunshots, maybe some paranormal creatures are afraid of guns? I don't know, but a whistle is definitely a good idea too.
Yeah, I'd carry both as well. Roman candles would work even better than bottle rockets but are bigger, more expensive and more fire danger. Maybe carry 3 of them, 10 bottle rockets and a whistle with your other gear.
All you guys talking about firecrackers and lasers need to stop and think realistically for a second. DON'T start shooting or pointing this shit off into the sky at random, you're less likely to attract a UFO than you are to blind some pilot or get the cops called on you. Same goes, obviously, for shooting off guns at shadows. Exercise proper safety precautions when hunting your spooks.
I'm gonna let this one go because I'm pretty sure you're not even pretending right now.
I'm being semi-serious for the people who are actually serious and go innawoods or wherever looking for shit.
>No one is trying to attract ufo's with these things.
Apparently you missed all those threads a while back where people were trying to do just that. It was the first thing this conversation reminded me of.
You should probably include a roll of some kind of tape. They've started making duct tape in other colors, and your needs might go towards less visible or more.
A first aid kit is probably a good idea.
Unless you smoke, maybe omit the lighter, since you have several kinds of cool light sources. If you have reason to be carrying a gas mask, you're going into areas where there might be a methane buildup or flammable dust.
That's a lot of batteries, but you're the one who has to carry them and you are bringing a lot of electronics. All of them are AA? Even the camera and headlamps?
I wouldn't assume it would be useless until I actually tried it. And none of us should assume he won't encounter things other than ghosts. Going armed is not an unreasonable precaution.
He carried two handguns, a flashlight, and a cellphone. And I know there were episodes where he had a voice recorder or a camera when it was appropriate for him to. Presumably, he was relying on his wallet to fill in the rest. Rather than lugging around a big all-purpose kit, he could just buy exactly what he'd need once he found out what that was.
OP is not in that position. I doubt any of this is a deductible work expense.
This guy knows what's up.
>Presumably, he was relying on his wallet to fill in the rest. Rather than lugging around a big all-purpose kit, he could just buy exactly what he'd need once he found out what that was.
True, though as a result, Skinner often took him to task for inappropriate use of FBI funds.
OP here, these are my sugestions for exploration and investigation basics.
First of all, I firmly believe nobody should ever go anywhere without a knife and a lighter. In my line of work (wildland firefighting) you will be ridiculed if you don't have those two things. I also recommend a smartphone and a wristwatch. Phones are great for quick photos and videos, and if you encounter some sort of spooky time distortion you will likely notice a discrepancy between the phone which automatically updates its clock, and the watch which does not.
Now for the main list.
-HD camcorder with night vision mode. You can get these fairly cheap nowdays, and having nv mode is great.
-magnetic compass or gaussmeter for detecting electromagnetic anomalies.
-logbook and pen.
-batteries. Make sure you have extras for all your electronics. You can try to get as many rechargeable devices as possible, and use rechargeable usb battery packs. its a good idea to bring a charger too.
-Ziploc bags for collecting samples and also keeping your gear dry.
-60ft rope. I use climbing webbing. This will give you enough for a 30ft retrievable, which is about as far as I'm willing to descend without a harness. Very useful in abandoned buildings and steep cliffy areas.
-gasmask or at least a p100 rated respirator. Mold can be extremely toxic and most old buildings are full of asbestos. I've also had to call off an investigation because of overwhelmingly bad oders, so at this point I consider respiratory protection a basic essential.
-finally, I suggest a crowbar and a pistol. But be smart about these. If you are trespassing and get caught, a crowbar is a burgalry tool. I Carry a pistol whenever I'm going somewhere sketchy, because I am licesened to do so, and I live in a pretty sketchy area. Don't fuck around with the law on this one, they tend to take firearms very seriously.
I do recommend arming yourself though. Bear mace (especially if you are already wearing a gasmask) will repel nearly any living creature. I also edc an impact karambit, which if you're reasonably fit and know how to use it makes a great nonlethal backup.