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Just wanted to introduce myself briefly. I linked here from a wilderness skills website, and though I have an interest in firearms, it's really only part of a much bigger picture - a long term dream, really.

I was born in a city....Belfast, Northern Ireland to be exact. We moved here in my early teens and made a new life for ourselves. But even though I was born in the city, and live in the city.......I have always dreamed of living in a wilderness area. And for this reason I have envied those living in remote parts of the USA and BC in Canada.

We have many beautiful remote, and untouched wilderness areas here; but we don't hace such a vast market of skills and equipment providers for those who want to not just learn bushcraft skills, but want to incorporate them as a part of a growing lifestyle, which could translate to wilderness living. Thats the larger part of my dream, and I always live in hope !

But to diverge from the philosophical stuff a bit; does anyone own a Kel-Tec SU-16 rifle http://www.kel-tec.com/su16a.html that they would care to share their thoughts on, or maybe even point me to a review or two on them ?? I've read the review on http://www.equipped.com/home.htm and wondered if any others had thoughts on its suitability as a hunting/backpackpacking/survival weapon ?

Great if any could comment on this.

Regards,

Ken.
 

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Welcome aboard. Northern Ireland to NZ, quite a jump. I know what you mean about the desire to live in the wilderness. I've pretty much been a city, or at least suburb dweller, and recently moved into the country in NW Oregon. Next month I'm taking my second trip to Alaska, where I'd really like to live, if I could find employment. Sorry, can't help with your rifle request.
 

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Welcome, Whitestone.

I was also looking at that particular model Kel-Tec but ultimately I opted for an AR-15 instead. Some of my friends did not have complimentary things to say about Kel-Tec products in general.
 

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Whitestone,
Welcome aboard. Northern Ireland to NZ, quite a jump. I know what you mean about the desire to live in the wilderness. I've pretty much been a city, or at least suburb dweller, and recently moved into the country in NW Oregon. Next month I'm taking my second trip to Alaska, where I'd really like to live, if I could find employment. Sorry, can't help with your rifle request.
Thanks anyway pioneer; Alaska would be my pick for wilderness country in the States, or BC up North. I used to look after (together with my ex), a place down south in a remote and beautiful part of the south Island (NZ) called Paradise, and it had million dollar views almost 360 degrees in any direction. It belonged to a friend and we were caretakers while he was overseas a lot. A big closed chapter in my life, much to my regret. He passed away a few years back. I see from your credentials that you shouldn't haver too much problem in the survival skills area !

All the best, regardless of where you settle. Just don't head for the city !!

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Welcome, Whitestone.

I was also looking at that particular model Kel-Tec but ultimately I opted for an AR-15 instead. Some of my friends did not have complimentary things to say about Kel-Tec products in general.
Thanks BKT, it just helps with an overall balanced view. I'm none too sure they can be procured anywhere in NZ anyway. Kel-Tec informed me with a brief email that they simply don't export, full stop.

Ken.
 
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