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Thursday, July 27, 2017

paycheck prepper 1 of 2


PAYCHECK PREPPER

I trust you understand by now that I do not care for Plodding Preppers.  You know who I’m talking about.  The mortgage holders of a homestead.  The “buying a case of freeze dried a month on sale” folks.  The guys saving up for a bigger and badder gun.  Since you can’t, you know, time the collapse, although evidently they are much more intelligent than anyone ever in the history of mankind, since evidently they can in actually fact tell you exactly when they won’t have a job and the ghetto explodes.  They are so good they should go work for the CIA and forecast the next Soviet Union Collapse ( perhaps the CIA did know, as they orchestrated it through color revolutions in Poland or something similar.  I don’t know.  But I use the example following the perceived common knowledge, which was that the organization was as surprised as we were ).  I have no problem with someone guessing, as that is natural and human nature.  But when you keep staying in danger with your guessing, that is what I mock and deride.

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You can guess when TSHTF, but in the meantime you need to have an insurance policy in case you are wrong.  Having a stash of wheat and a bolt gun, before you ever even think about taking the next five years to buy freeze dried or the next six months to save up for the sniper AR.  The wheat isn’t going to waste because you’ll always eat bread ( you just might not have the eventual plan of living on it, as I do ) and if you have the bolt in the same caliber it can be used by another member of the group.  Or a burial gun or a barter gun or whatever.  Guns don’t go bad.  The quality has gone down, as with everything at the end of the Industrial Age, but it is still a firestick.  Well, hell, the quality of the wheat is down also.  Less nutrients from degraded soil, pesticides and whatnot.  But it will still get you through the apocalypse just fine.  The days of affordable quality are gone.  Anyway, no one is saying you are a dumb ass because you are guessing at civilizations pull date.  But you are a moron if you don’t have a plan in place to substitute for all the future preps you may never be able to buy. 

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But let’s say that you are not prepared.  Not in the slightest.  I’ve almost always had a minimum of a years worth of wheat on me, since the ‘80’s after getting out of the military ( they frown on buckets of wheat in the barracks-the other times were short occasions when I was with HOL-handmaiden of Lucifer, wife #2 ).  But sometimes I’ve had that and about nothing else.  Not a nice feeling, feeling vulnerable.  And looking back, it wasn’t even the feeling of being under prepared but of being in a location that was overcrowded.  I was feeling like a rat in a cage, and not even realizing it was because of the other rats.  So, if you have plenty of food and ammo, and still are feeling afraid and nervous, that is probably your lizard brain screaming at you at the top of its lungs-DANGER, Will Robinson, DANGER you stupid dumb bunny moronic ass wipe!  I’m forcing you to lose sleep and get acid reflux and keeping your junk limp, how much more clear can I get that you are in DANGER.  I’m a friggin primitive organism without the gift of speech, friggin work with me here ( Lost In Space TV show AND Austin Powers reference, a two-fer! ).

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So, if the friendly helpful lizard brain is hollering at you, and you are in no eminent danger of the other rats getting hungry and gnawing on your ass while you are still alive, that means you have no supplies.  The best tool you could ever use for survival is simply moving ( no spot is safe.  You’ll eventually be dead in a town of 500.  But in a big city you’ll be dead instantly.  You are not buying safety as much as time to get safe ), but the second best tool is basic bare bones prepping supplies.  What if you don’t have any and you are dog dingus broke, too poor to pay attention, broker than a politicians word?  We have all been there, and not just during college student days.  Wives leave you taking the kids, husbands leave you and hide from paying child support.  Parents get old on you and have made zero financial arrangements, kids suddenly move back home in their Thirties.  Few people have good, honest, smart, loyal families anymore.  Usually it is just one bastard taking advantage of a person trying not to be a bastard.  So, that doesn’t stop you from being broke, and we’ll cover that sometime today, but let me get side tracked for a moment here and talk about family.

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I understand you can’t abandon them.  But you need some tough love.  A parent that is broke but wants your help?  Fine.  I’m moving and you can move with me if you want.  But, snivel, whine, I grew up in this house, I gave birth to you kids in this house, I don’t want to leave.  Ma, the place isn’t safe anymore.  You need to sell this turd and come with me.  End of discussion.  If they don’t want to, off you go.  They had the option.  It doesn’t matter if they don’t agree with you about the collapse, they won’t.  To them, FDR was their hero and big daddy gov will always protect them.  You aren’t asking them to agree, just that they can’t have it all their own way.  You are leaving.  Come along or be left on your own.  Your spouse is a bit tougher, but let me make this really clear.  A functional couple will want to be together, regardless of location or situation.  A taker, a user, one in the relationship for what is in it for them?  They are not worth keeping.  Honey, I know you don’t fear the zombies like I do, and I’m not asking you to agree with me or help me, but I’m moving and I want you with me.  We can make it work, but I feel I HAVE to move, NOW.  I’ve waiting all this time because that is what you wanted, but no more.  Take it or leave it.

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If a kid moves in with you, it isn’t as much of a big deal.  If you won’t get caught, tell him to claim homelessness and get on Food Stamps, and then he is barely a burden, living out in the garage.  If you are staying at your job because you need their medical, well, you aren’t long for this world.  Buy a case or two of ammo, get an AR or SKS on the credit card, a few cases of MRE’s and a couple of bottles of whiskey.  You’ll be dead shortly, so make it count.  Take a bunch of the pukes with you, payback for a life dictated by the existence of criminals.  The cops aren’t to blame, but the politicians selling out the country and creating unemployment and crime, profiting off illegal drugs ( Kennedy‘s Da made the family fortune in illegal booze ).  Even the criminals aren’t really at fault, being pawns in a Machiavellian opera they can’t comprehend, but it will still feel good to waste their asses.  Go out in a blaze of glory.  If you are staying for any other reason, most likely it is all your fault and you are just a pussy and deserve to die.  Why even be a survivalist?  If you can’t stand up to a wife or an aged parent or the fact you’ll earn less, you won’t stand up to road warriors or invading hoards or being hungry.  See the above on medical invalids.

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Okay, back to dirt poor folk who have nothing.  You’ll have no choice but to be a Plodding Prepper, a Paycheck Prepper, buying a bit each payday.   The trick is, you don’t do it for years or even too many months.  You get it done post haste.  Lickity split.  You need immediate answers no matter how problematic.  You need to be prepared yesterday.  If you aren’t working, just on food stamps, you take half your amount and go grocery shopping for a friend, for three quarters of the price.  His $50 in groceries nets you $38 in cash, as a for instance.  When I’m talking dirt poor preps, I’m talking far worse than wheat kernels and a bolt action.  This is not a level you want to be at, but it is doable by everyone.  If you are homeless, reading this on the public library computer, you can do this.  How do you only live on $50+ a month food stamps?  You don’t eat meat that month, substituting butter and/or beans, whichever works for you.  Take your $38 and go get a weapon.  Easy, peasy.  Go to Home Despot and get some metal pipe and you have a shotgun. 

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Do NOT try for a 12 gauge!  The round is too big.  Do not be swayed by images of knock down power or universal availability or the like.  You can’t properly aim or shoot the bastard.  Go with 20 gauge.  It is more available than 410, far more powerful and far cheaper ( although not as, compared to 12.  Too bad, sacrifice those features ).  With the recoil of the 12, you are both in danger of the weak metal pipe being compromised while being used too many times and also of bruising while firing it.  Kurt Saxon in his Martian fiction had our hero using a piece of plywood or similar strapped to his chest and braced the slam-bang ( pipe shotgun ) against that.  It might work, or it might not.  You can of course explore.  It isn’t illegal to make your own gun, at least not yet ( it is illegal to have bomb making components, if they decide it is so,  so only have ONE threaded end and ONE cap.  No guarantees of course  ).  You can try it out and see.  Me, I’d just stick with the 20 gauge for its better controllability.  A pipe shotgun is just two pieces of pipe, one into another, with a cap on the end containing a piece of dowel with a smoothed nail sticking out of the end.  You place the shell in the smaller pipe, sticking that pipe down into the larger, and the shell hit’s the nail primer.  Grip tight!

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Or, if you don’t like that, perhaps you can get a fiberglass bow from a garage sale cheap enough.  I like the YouTube videos showing how to make a PVC pipe bow not by melting and flattening the pipe but by placing the driveway fiberglass sticks used for marking the road by the snowplow or seeing the reflector at night to locate the drive ( not placing the name right now ) down the middle of the pipe to strengthen it and increase the poundage.  Those can be made for, what?  $10 or so.  Nobody needs to be without a weapon ( of course, making one and carrying one or using one are different legally, so this is more a future apocalypse weapon than a crime fighting weapon ).  And of course you can always just make your bow out of natural materials, for free.  Hey, if you are homeless, unemployed, under employed or such, you got nothing but time for manufacture and practice.  I’m not saying you want to show up to a gunfight with a bow and arrow, but at least you are armed.  With the remainder, get a Sawyer water filter.  Perfect?  Of course not.  It is not a countertop gravity fed unit.  But it is super cheap at $20 and in theory filters tens of thousands of gallons of water.  The Sawyer is to prepper filters as the LED light is to prepper illumination.  Far from perfect but so cheap for such long use it is retarded to NOT have them.  Both made the lives of survivalists so much easier, simpler and cheaper.

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Now you need food.  Those you can use your Food Stamps to purchase.  There are lots of other cash items you’ll want, from $15 carbon blade Mora knives to the $8 Rada sharpener to plenty of other knick knacks.  We’ll cover the minimum in a bit.  Here we speak of priorities in purchasing.  I hate saying Weapon First, because you know I keep screaming at you that prepping is all about Food First, but here we are talking about such basics at this point it is a hard call.  Do you protect your life first, or do you spend that money for a months worth of food?  If you have the food, but no protection, you’ll lose the food as well as your life but if you are protected with no food you starve anyway.  If you are so concerned the end is tomorrow and you have less than a payday to prep, I’d do the following.  Go to a thrift store and buy a bunch of kitchen knives which go for something like 25 cents per steak knife.  Get four steak knives and one butcher knife, more stout and sturdy than large, and you’ve spent $2.  Now you have four spears and a knife.  I’d prefer distance weapons, which is why you want the shotgun or bow, but a spear is how our ancestors got to the top of the food chain in Africa.  You could do worse.  Don’t just lash the knife at the end of the stick, try to cut a long opening and set the knife blade, sans the handle, deep into the end then secure and wrap.  The idea being to really bury three quarters of the blade into your stick making it rigid as can be.  A floppy blade at the end doesn’t work.  Ask any gal-long and floppy isn’t the same as short and rigid.

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32 comments:

  1. I really enjoy the thought exercise of "how do you start from nothing". It's kind of like an old board game (although I know for some it's a cruel reality). A few thoughts that always strike me are these:
    Food, I know the opinion of Your High Hairedness on rice but it's still the cheapest, most readily available, least alergenic and longest lasting product out there. For starters, you could do worse than a 20 lb bag from Wally World. It goes for about $12-$15. Throw in two cases of bottled water and you now have a bare minimum 3 weeks of starvation rations to get you going. You don't have to wait until you "save up". Anybody can beg borrow steal or sell something on craigslist to come up with $20.
    Security: I like the idea of a cheap bow but you don't even have to build one. You can get a brand new youth model WITH ARROWS for under $20. It sucks for knock down power but it still puts distance between you and a would be bad guy. I bought a simple fiberglass recurve bow on ebay a few years ago for under $20 as well. It didn't come with arrows but it's a cheap option.
    Shelter: Do I really need to say buy a tarp? You can latch some tree limbs together in just about any shape you want to make a quick shelter (check out youtube) but without a tarp you are going to have a tough time keeping it dry.

    Keep the ideas coming. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's article.

    -Novice

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    1. I'm sure you'll simply ADORE it!

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    2. I appreciate the Novice's enthusiasm, but have you lived in a tarp shelter for more than a few days... in bad weather? You need to shift gradually to living with poor temperature regulation. People can get sick in a hurry living in a shelter like that unless your body is used to it. We are a pampered society.

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    3. I cover blankets tomorrow, as well as fire starters.

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  2. Good post I don't know about a pipe gun but thrift store knives are. One of the best blades ever made was an old hickory kitchen knife.

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    1. A crappy pipe gun might be better than a quality blade spear, however.

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  3. I'm not brave enough to try a pipe gun, but I wouldn't at all be ashamed of the .410. The 3" .410 has a 5-pellet 000 Buck round which is highly rated for self defense. A 000 Buck pellet is .36 of an inch and each pellet is roughly the equivalent wounding of a .380 FMJ. The 000 Buck pellet weighs less than the .380 round, but it's the same diameter and goes faster.
    Peace out

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    1. I have an issue with the expense of the 410, although it wouldn't matter overly much if one box is all you needed, I suppose.

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  4. Looks like your system or mine is acting up. Just tried to comment. Everything went blank when I tried to preview.

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    1. Blogger is free ( that one ad you see on the right, not Amazon, is a Google ad and how they make their money ) and you get what you pay for. I just had a few days it kept eating every third to fifth letter as I was typing comments.

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  5. A tarp in the woods? A Pipe shotgun? A bag of rice? Please. Are there any adults in the US that are that bad off financially? Really?

    Then they have more important things to focus on than long range prepping. Maybe some serious quality time with the brain and figure out a game plan and get at it.

    If some how you suddenly become convinced that you need to prep than the first thing you got to do is liquidate everything that is not already prep ready. This presumes you already have the basics of life and little else. If you don't already have that stuff than I can offer you no suggestion.

    If you can't carry it with you, and it's not prep worthy, off load it, preferably for some coin.

    But before you do that you have to get your mind in shape. Prepping might not be a normal way of thinking for you. Reading this blog is a good start to getting your mind right.

    A real 12ga shotgun and learn it by running 100+ rounds through it. Buy it new and use it immediately and if it doesn't work take it back. Buying used or making a pipe, you don't have that option. Remember, we're talking about security here, and no pipe I have ever seen is capable. Birdshot is cheapest, #7 or so. Higher the number the cheaper the price. Howevr you lose distance, so think about it. #4's are a good choice, a balance between price and distance.

    Yes, the sawyer water filter, and the hook ups. Figure it out. 5 gal buckets are $3 at Menards (you need at least 2), a lid is another buk and a half. Tubing and fittings, another $10. For $50 you got clean water for the next year. And on and on.

    Just WAG'ing but I'd say at least a grand is required to extend your life for a year after everything falls down, and that's nuthin fancy, still living like an animal.

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    1. Are there any adults in the US that are that bad off financially? Really?
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      I've been there. $25k a year and I was dead broke during the divorce-supporting two households. At the time, cigarettes were $12 a carton on sale for Marlboro. And I couldn't even afford generics. My bedroom in the apartment was cut in half by a tall bookcase, with another roommate there, and the second bedroom also rented out, so that my rent & utilities were only $100 a month. Food was $10 a week. I didn't need to prep as the above as I was already squared away, but I've been that poor. And that was just one episode. I've had others. No worries, it taught me well. But while you are stuck there it is a situation you can't easily escape. I also know several people who choose to live this way-pretty much just on Food Stamps, their only assets a junk trailer on junk land, getting a friend to use their truck to go salvage pallets for the winters firewood. I think they were smarter than me, not kissing ass for a few spending dollars.

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    2. ps-I meant the last sentence as regarding my last job. My writing is different, I just harass for payment for goods already delivered.

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    3. You can get a decent bow for a low enough price, but I’d still like to try my hand at making a PVC bow at some point. Keep plenty of the appropriate PVC pipe around (stored inside and out of the sun) for post collapse use, along with some spools of Dacron. And remember, “It’s not the size of the arrow shaft, but how you use it” (See the end of the movie Predator, or P.75 of The Poor Man’s James Bond 1st edition).


      https://www.amazon.com/Spectre-Compact-Take-down-Survival-Arrow/dp/B0725L1QYN


      Probably the main reason for the 12ga as a standard is due to the commonly found pipe size of 3/4”, but there are ways around that if you wish to go smaller. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out how to do your own barrel porting (Recoil reduction) at home. You could only screw up so badly, and worst case, you’re out a cheap length of pipe.

      Homemade Slam Fire Shotgun with Royal Nonesuch: 50CalVal

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8moXs9PC_k


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      This is my second attempt as well, but gives me the opportunity to add to the comments after reading them. Some people can’t legally purchase a firearm over ridiculous reasons (one false domestic assault charge is a lifetime ban) hence the pipe gun.

      As far as being that bad off financially, been there, done that. I’d get paid and literally have $30 to $40 to live off of for 2 weeks if I was lucky, and I didn’t have that many bills either. But when your hours are cut from 40 to 28, it makes a big difference over a two week pay period (24 hours short).

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    4. Yeah, I've been broke as hell too, in distant states and countries where I knew no one and didn't speak the language. If you're only working 28 hours out of each 168 hour week what are you wasting the rest of your time on? Get off your a$$ and exchange some time for coin. Remeber Scotty's Lumber back in the 80's? Like Lowes. I swept their warehouse once and it took all day, 8 solid hours, for $4 an hour. $28 take home pay that day. Working for the local labor pool in the early 80's cause jobs just weren't available. But I didn't lay on my ass and complain. I was up at 6 and out the door, looking, at 6:15 and half the time I found daily work, until a couple months later when I found a steady 40 hr job.

      I squeezed eggs out of fish for $6/hr. I worked on trashed out houses for $4/hr. I had 33 jobs by the time I was 30 and that doesn't include the many, many odd daily jobs at the labor pool.

      I've been the poorest sob in town, many times, then I grew up and grabbed this world by the a$$ with both hands and was never poor again. Laser beam focus and the will to never give up and being glad as he11 for what I had. Yeah, I wrote the book.

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    5. Dude, was one of those jobs a propaganda writer for the forces of globalization? :) I understand exactly what you are saying. I was a terrible writer to start, only unigue rarely discussed topics compensating for that. I can probably get a lot better if I have another twenty years. I put blood, sweat and tears into this. Yet, please do not confuse what worked in the past still doing so. If there is no money, no jobs, no economy, determination and a Protestant work ethic only get you so far. And that doesn't even touch on the end of the money economy, anyway.

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  6. Good call on the 20 gauge. Not quite as many 'personnel' loads as the 12, only about 5 - 10 yards less range because of lessened projectile count.

    Fiberglass bow is also worth it, thought I'd stock up on bowstring, at least half a dozen for a lifetime of shooting. Especially good for bowfishing - quiet way to gain meat. Shooting personnel with it - they are likely going to scream a lot before they expire, ungrateful bastards that they are :^) I have three of these, two given to me by an Uncle, the other at an antique shot. These do require practice to become good enough for accuracy, but its good exercise and can be done in your backyard - no noise.

    Tarp shelter is very basic, but if you add a hammock and bug netting, you should be okay until it gets cold. Then you are going to need some good cover. Most homeless people during the winter sleep during the day so they can remain active at night to stay warm.

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    1. Never was tempted by a hammock, as I like a bed with support, but what do I know?

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  7. You can get a decent bow for a low enough price, but I’d still like to try my hand at making a PVC bow at some point. Keep plenty of the appropriate PVC pipe around (stored inside and out of the sun) for post collapse use, along with some spools of Dacron. And remember, “It’s not the size of the arrow shaft, but how you use it” (See the end of the movie Predator, or P.75 of The Poor Man’s James Bond 1st edition).


    https://www.amazon.com/Spectre-Compact-Take-down-Survival-Arrow/dp/B0725L1QYN


    Probably the main reason for the 12ga as a standard is due to the commonly found pipe size of 3/4”, but there are ways around that if you wish to go smaller. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out how to do your own barrel porting (Recoil reduction) at home. You could only screw up so badly, and worst case, you’re out a cheap length of pipe.

    Homemade Slam Fire Shotgun with Royal Nonesuch: 50CalVal

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8moXs9PC_k

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    1. If you settle for fiberglass rather than steel you should be able to rather easily convert to a crossbow ( with the old timey lever rather than conventional trigger )

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    2. Crossbows are a better choice for the non-archery types Jim. Last time that I checked them out on youtube there were plenty of designs, but this was before the youtube policy change, so I can’t say now. It would be worth looking into a simple design that can be produced easily enough post collapse, while you still can.

      Another possibility that might have some post collapse potential is one of those diver’s spear guns. Not the one’s that use compressed air, but the one’s that use the rubber tubing that looks like a wrist rocket tube.

      Someone out there also sells some slingshot type contraption, that fires bolts like a crossbow.

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    3. Yeh, not a lot of luck on YouTube crossbow vids.

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    4. Check out the link below Jim. Obviously not as easy to aim as a crossbow, but also a heck of a lot easier to make. I don’t see why you couldn’t add a shoulder stabilizer to something like this to make it easier to aim.

      How To Make A 45 Pound PVC Slingbow for $5 Zommbie Defence , fishing , compact. By Project 4x4

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTCCSMOz3-o

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    5. I always worried about rubber getting too cold and cracking, or just not lasting too long in general. But a good idea with that in mind.

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    6. They do dry out and crack over time Jim, because I’ve had that happen to my wrist rocket bands, so spares should probably be vacuum packed. I’d imagine that there’s a way to lubricate them to prevent this, but I don’t what would be best for this purpose. But you have a similar problem with crossbow strings wearing out fairly quickly, because they glide along the track as they fly forward.

      When I was a kid, my mother worked briefly at a furniture manufacturing facility. The plant workers used these giant rubber bands to hold the plastic sheeting in place that covered the furniture. We kids had all the rubber bands that we needed. And guess what these giant rubber bands were perfect for? If you happen to come across such a place, keep this mind.

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    7. Actually, the military crossbows were designed specifically to eliminate the string from rubbing against the stock. I had thought the same thing myself before researching old timey construction.

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  8. Are you going to explain to everyone which end of the knife is the sharp end?

    Your readers are dead meat if they are so stupid that they can't figure out buying knives at the thrift store or even sharpening the end of a stick.

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    1. It isn't a question of not being able to think of it, but rather a question of being focused elsewhere and simply not thinking of it because of that.

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  9. Now that you don't have a job to go to, tell us how you have been improving your shooting skills.

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    1. As soon as you guys pay me more, I'd be happy to spend money on research. I'm not complaining about the pay, so do your part.

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  10. I propose that we each send Jim a bulkpack of .22LR so he has a reason to love the 10/22 again. Gitten shot with a 40 grain pellet at just over the speed of sound can be a lingering PITA. Being shot 25 times fast can cause serious blood loss. It's not a thing for 600M, but at 90M that's gonna hurt. Arm all of the little girls who can be trusted and it's some close-in defense. Weekly 5-round contests for a chocolate bar and being on the "sharpshooter" list posted at the canteen can be inspiring for the girls without personal assets.

    pdxr13

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    1. Uugh! High-cap mags and shooting up your supply in practice? Frugally problematic.

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