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Friday, November 14, 2014

bulls-eye 4


BULLS-EYE 4

The second ring outside the bulls-eye of preparedness is today’s topic.  You have your basic supplies in case a sudden ass falling out of civilization occurs, EMP or solar flare or sudden Putin nuking the White House or what have you.  You then got your economic collapse preps, the land unhindered by debt, the shack to keep the elements out and a minimum of alternate energy generation so that you don’t have to immediately choose between light at night or animal fat in your diets ( yes, one could use beeswax, if bees are still around- but let’s not be in any hurry to return to candles, swords and animal hides.  The cost of basic solar and batteries are so low-less than two months of cell phone use- that it is a very affordable luxury ).  So this next ring is about improving your post-apocalypse life.  You’ve got the basics down.  You are better off than most Backwoods Home Magazine readers who are now homeless due to bank foreclosure ( almost any immediate plunge collapse will be so bad that the benefits of no bankers sniffing around your ass for your wallet will be negated.  For instance, global thermonuclear conflict will kill you in a few months from fallout or in a few years from the decade long nuclear winter.  A solar flare will see 400 Fukishima meltdowns globally ).  Now you can treat yourself to luxuries and in greatly expanding the amount of time you will in theory survive.

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The first thing I would do is go underground.  This enables you to live with nearly no fuel for winters.  And it need not cost much at all ( see the $50 & Up Underground house book ).  Then I would procure much more rifle ammunition.  I wouldn’t stop buying it, just because you reach a mythical Enough amount.  When forever after without industrial supplies is looking you in the face, X amount suddenly doesn’t look so hot.  Only then would I think about a pistol.  Yes, they are uber cool and are quite handy now, for crime and other problems.  But post-apocalypse, they are only luxuries allowing you to rest from schlepping a rifle at all times.  If your current location requires a pistol now to stay alive, move.  If it is that bad now, imagine when the food trucks stop delivering.  The only excuse you have for being in a big city with high crime when the collapse occurs is that you are a moron.  Next up, food storage protein ( it would be a toss-up which is first, protein or a pistol.  Your choice.  I think meat would keep you fit and stronger and hence is more valuable than a sidearm, but that’s just me ).  I really like the new plastic pouch meats.  Nothing rusts, and there is no water to add.  Plus, the entry price point is $2 rather than a freeze dried can going for $25 or whatever.  But however, try to get some meat into your diet in case of trapping being unsuccessful or impractical.  Last, try to get another solar panel or three.  This is an unprecedented time of very low prices.  If it’s in the budget, invest.  A panel, to me, is almost as good as some silver bullion.  And probably much more practical.  Next time, the last ring of the bulls-eye.

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8 comments:

  1. There are many settings where you might want to be armed but carrying around a long arm would look decidedly odd, or might get a very negative reaction.

    If you look at the Native American's very common method of starting hostilities (starting across many tribal groups and centuries) it was an up close sneak attack on groups who thought of them as friends, trading partners, etc. In general these attacks occurred very up close and personal (the proverbial 5' or closer assault that women worry about). Having some sort of sneak peace can go a long way toward making this a less dangerous (key word less). In the survivor accounts, there are occasional mentions of suspicion, but to pull out a rifle when your normal trading partners show up means that you may not have many trading partners soon enough. And note, these groups often traded with the Natives for years before the attack occurred.

    After the first attack, the common ambush and raiding tactics, where a long arm was supreme, came into play.

    So while I would get a long arm first, I think I would find a small 9mm or .38, at the very least, in the mix pretty quickly. If your fortunes afford it, it is also noteworthy that there are a fair amount of pistol caliber carbines out there that non-experienced, or weaker, shooters can use relatively easily. The stubby bullet means they will never be accurate past 50 to 100 yards, but the longer barrel means they pack a wallop.

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    1. A pistol definitely has its place, but I think afterwards everyone will go along armed. If pistols aren't open carry, it will be assumed the person is poor and a slung rifle would be normal. In Nat-Am gatherings, I can see where culturally prohibited arms carry came into being, but I'd guess in our future we will regress a hundred years when it was odd for someone to NOT be armed. Especially giving the 100% probability of militias. Like modern day Israel, I guess a good comparison would be.

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  2. Good post Lord Bison of the Magnificent Hair. I have downsized my solar project due to your advice and funds. 600 watts with room for expansion. I have plenty of guns and ammo in most calibers.I may start selling off a few. Time to get serious folks

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    1. Given the battery issue ( it will be a cold day in hell before I spend $1200 for an Edison battery. Damage or theft is too likely for that kind of investment ), it would be silly to spend too much on solar. Except enough panels to directly power a microwave so you can do away with batts and not need cooking fuel. Which is still a rich boy project.

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  3. Grandpappys site has a pretty good article on the underground (mostly) housing thing also. I keep forgetting to look for the bags of meat at wally world, but the precooked bacon ain't bad, but expensive.

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    1. last time I went, no hamburger and I couldn't find a label for them. Hope they aren't discontinued. Got crappy chicken instead

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  4. We discussed at some length the feasibility of buying an elderly van that runs good for a mobile shelter. Buy one without motor, fit towbar and register as a trailer. Carry family, tools, guns, food for months. Sleep safe from weather, crawlers and biters.
    http://bisonsurvivalblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/junk-van.html
    http://bisonsurvivalblog.blogspot.com/2007/02/junk-van-2.html
    http://bisonsurvivalblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/junk-van-3.html

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    1. Hey, Vlad, good to hear from you again. I was starting to get worried.

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