Stop imagining yourself shooting at hoards of rabid, zombie bikers. Just stop it. Life isn’t a video game. Sure, you have 10,000 rounds stored, but don’t you think someone else may be shooting back at you? At some point someone else is going to get lucky. That may leave a mark.
I guess we all have different priorities and the priorities we set for ourselves kind of dictates our plans and goals. I like Rawles Survival Blog, http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://www.survivalblog.com/. I read it just about every day. Honestly though, I think Mr. Rawles is too focused on the shoot em up kind of survival.
Personally, if I had money to burn it would be nice to have a big gun collection. I don’t have limitless cash so I have to develop plans and goals for things I may want to acquire.
As I always like to say you have to think about what is most likely to happen and build your plans around that. I mean why spend 99% of your time, energy and $ preparing for something that may have hardly any chance of occurring?
That’s why I wear my seatbelt, have smoke, CO detectors and a fire extinguisher and am careful with the wood stove, power tools and ladders.
If you have limited resources, like most of us, than how many firearms and how much ammunition do you really need?
If you’re buying all kinds of tactical clothing, BDUs, Alice and Molle bags and gear and are preparing to get all soldiered up for TEOTWAKI in my humble opinion I think that you may be preparing for the wrong sort of operations. It is very difficult for me to see the type of event happening that would allow citizens to walk the streets in full gear with rifles or shotguns. Even during earthquakes, riots and hurricanes you see folks get arrested for brandishing (that’s showing a gun in public) or get their firearms seized by the PTB.
As for bugging in and shooting it out with bad guys, have you ever seen how easy a rifle round goes through wood and plaster walls? If you picture yourself hiding behind a wall or door and shooting out the windows you’re gonna get shot right through the wall or door. The sheet metal of your car offers no protection.
I don’t care how well you think your house is secured, the bunker mentality is suicidal. You can be burned out. Ever see how well a gasoline filled bottle works? A vehicle can be driven into you house. During a siege those on the outside can just wait you out. On 12/3/2008 Dragon had an interesting take on roadblocks. Stationary targets = death. http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://circleoftheoroborous-dragon.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-12-05T11%3A21%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=5 In case you need me to point it out to you your home, house, castle, trailer, cabin is stationary. There is no way you can defend against committed attackers. Someone will jsut wait for you to leave to get some more wood or water and then you are done.
I think what we’re all seeing is a slow slide. That’s what we need to prepare for. It seems like we’re going to continue our period of deflationary pressures followed by some serious inflation.
Personally, if you have the self-defense and hunting basics covered (shotgun, rifle, 22 and one or two handguns) I think that you are better off buying a bullet proof vest, protective masks and Quickclot. Of course this is only after you have 1. Water 2. Food 3. Shelter 4. First Aid all taken care of. In the correct order by the way. I think someone would be absolutely nuts to buy any ammo at all prior to purchasing two water filters. And of course all the preps in the world are useless junk if you don’t eat right, exercise and take care of yourself.
Here’s to laying low, being quiet, not being noticed and not becoming a target in the first place.
Get out everyday!!
Gittin out pics-
This is some game trail through the woods. Notice how the leaves are packed down. Click on the pic if you want to expand it. If I was hungry and wanted to trap something this trail looks like it may be a good place, with some more preparation, to set up some snares.