Rock

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    They took my guns and my money

    Makes me wonder who I was serving as a sailor, soldier, and police officer. It doesn't look like it was any of us!
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    hello from ga

    Welcome, Bill. The Survival Cache Newsletter is awesome if you haven't signed up yet I recommend doing so.
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    .308 Battle Rifle

    You might check out the Mosin Nagant. They are VERY affordable, accurate, and reliable. http://www.russian-mosin-nagant.com/
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    What's in Your Pockets?

    I think if someone has shot you and hurt you bad enough to think you are dead, they might be a tad tougher to get free from. Thanks for the link though. I hadn't seen it for a while.
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    what about sks rifles for defense and hunting

    If you like the SKS, they're affordable, they do the job, and the parts are interchangeable, I'd hang on to them. Practice with them all and try as many different ammunition types as you can on each rifle, not just one. Keep the MP15 handy for yourself and train family and friends on the SKS.
  6. TDH, Decent list. One thing I would contest is chickens. Chicken are NOISY. They yell FOOD! FOOD! STUFF YOU DON'T HAVE! FOOD! Until (if) things settle after the SHTF, you want to be as invisible as possible. Many preppers recommend rabbits instead of chickens. Sure, their eggs look and taste funny, but...
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    Suggestions please

    If that is your preference, beware. Several companies that made their knives in the USA or Japan for years are now having models made in China. This includes Spyderco, CRKT, and some Cold Steel knives too. I am sure there are many others doing the same.
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    What's in Your Pockets?

    Remember it may be more than one bad guy, especially post-SHTF. Zip cuffs are cheap, life is not.
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    Pick and Choose

    I don't believe in magic. I have at least one knife on me at all times unless I am in bed or in the shower. And I have a hunting knife between the mattress and boxspring and one on top of the bathroom mirror. Unless a building has a metal detector at the door, I have a knife every place I go. That's part of being prepared. I'd go with 1. You can get more and keep more with a pistol than money when there is no authority (government/police) around and I am not the only one who knows that! and 2. C) Home is where I would check first. Despite the best laid plans, if communications are down I want to get my family or ensure they got out and then leave a note. In which direction I am seven miles from home would be a factor in my choices for many places I have lived. Depending on the overall extremeness of the situation, I can't say I wouldn't take a bicycle or car at all, but I'm not likely to take one by force unless it was a true life-or-death medical emergency and reason and charity failed. Whether or not I would help if I saw someone get shot is a vague question. A response is not likely without more information. Some folks need killin'.
  10. I think most of us are here not just to gain and share knowledge, but because we are social creatures. Our tendency with people we like is to share freely, its Human Nature. Unfortunately, not all folks are the sharing types. Even with good people, if it comes down to my kid starving or yours, mine wins. Always, at whatever cost. Then there are just some greedy, lazy evil bastards who think survival of the fittest means brute strength. (It actually goes to the most adaptable in the long run, most of the time). Regardless, there is more than a little wisdom to the military's "Need To Know" doctrine. In it, information is compartmentalized and heavily guarded, broken down to "Do you have a legitimate need to know regarding particular information in order to accomplish your mission"? If not, the information is not shared with you. That way if you are a spy, Saboteur, or captured, you are less of a risk than if you know everything. If you are fortunate enough to have a retreat, weapons stockpile, food reserves, a water supply, fuel, medical supplies, barter goods, etc, even if you don't face a TEOTWAWKI disaster, the more people who know about it and its specifics, the higher the risk you have of having to defend or lose it. Mainstream Sheeple people think we are paranoid or just plain nuts to prepare for something that may never happen.They will be changing their tune if it does and the more who know even that you were a prepper, "gun nut", or had a survival(ist) mindset, the more will come knocking on or knocking down your door! Keep it to yourselves! Teach your kids to keep it to themselves, practice being the vague gray man. Don't wear NRA hats, Glock T-shirts, and camo BDUs everywhere you go! Peel those decals off your 4X4 too.
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    Soda Can Tab Fish Hook

    Or fold the "eye" over.
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    What's in Your Pockets?

    Handcuff keys: 1) If you have a CCW, or just a firearm in your home or vehicle, you should keep at least one set of handcuffs handy. Many a police officer or soldier has been killed by someone they thought was dead. If you can't legally and safely immediately vacate the area after shooting someone, say a home invasion defensive shooting, handcuff them, watch them vigilantly, or tie them up. 2) Not all cops are good guys and it isn't just the good guys who have handcuffs. Be prepared. Taping a handcuff key to the inside of your belt (in the back) isn't a bad idea either. You can buy handcuff keys that are almost universal for two or three dollars on-line or at most police supply or Army/Navy supply stores.
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    Energy drinks, dietary supplements, etc

    I have a few of energy drinks in my BOB. They are the little bottles like the 5 Hour Energy ones, but I buy them for a buck at Dollar General and like the effects. I keep some in my car in case I get drowsy driving or my day ends up being longer than I expected. I never crash or get jittery from their brand.
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    Suggestions please

    Josh, I'm not an expert, but I know where to go when I have questions and have enjoyed the industry and its people for most of my life. I'll be around.
  15. I'm going to have to be brutally honest here. I think SurvivalCache.com is quite possibly the best Emergency Preparation/Survival web site I have found. Awesome articles and links. Straightforward and simple without being dumbed down. Pretty comprehensive too. I strongly recommend it on the forum I run, www.PreparationMForum.com. Its a great placve to send non-preppers to get the point across without overwhelming them. I am truly impressed and grateful for its presence.
  16. Hi All, My name is Rock. I am a former police officer, soldier, sailor, tattoo artist, body piercer, steel worker, aircraft mechanic, service writer, salesman, and a host of other things. I currently spend most of my time designing web sites and as a graphic artist. www.Kowulz.com. I was a prepper before I knew what one was, keeping a trunk kit and BOB since I started to drive. I am the founder and national coordinator of Preparation M: The Preparedness SIG, a Mensa Special Interest Group. Our forum is new, but we have a core of dedicated members who are making it viable. I hope to be able to learn, share, and fellowship here. The articles and threads that I have read are for the most part exceptional.
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    People or no people

    I concur, it is the small communities, nomads, and wandering bands of marauders that survive. Big groups can not easily feed themselves. The Marauders get killed off or tend to die of disease or starvation. Keeping the small communities far from big cities and major highways, especially interstates, seems to be crucial in all I have read.
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    Calibers for Survival - Your Input Please

    Ideally, I would have the following; Glock 17, 19, 22, or 23 for EDC. (You use a pistol to get to your rifle!) 9mm & 40 are both common and cheaper to buy and fire than .45. Taurus M85 .38 Special for discrete EDC/back up. Ruger Mk III 22 pistol for plinking, hunting small game, and snakes. Mossberg Special Purpose 500 Tactical Shotgun 50420 for home defense, patrol, scavenging, crowd control. SIG Sauer M400 Semi Automatic Rifle 5.56x45mm (Molon Labe) for defense, hunting, and patrol. Ruger 10/22 with a 10X 1" or greater scope for hunting small game, pest control, plinking, and marksmanship practice. Remington 770 Sport Rifle with Scope 308 or Remington Model 770 30-06 for hunting/sniping/perimeter defense. Several Mosin Nagants to hand out in a siege and for sniping/perimeter defense. AK-47s for building and perimeter defense. In most cases of respected makers, I don't have strong brand preferences. I do with the Glocks and the Ruger 10/22 because they are so well proven. I'd like multiples of each with back up parts.
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    Where to get?

    Look for insect bite or sting antidote and water purification tablets. There are a ton of links here: Preparation M Links several of which will have both. Remember there is a HUGE difference between water filter and water purification systems. Like diseases, Dysentery, and death. Do your research. Check out Cody Lunden's books or James Wesley Rawles.
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    Where to get?

    Sporting Goods department at Wal-Mart or Academy Sports for both. Try on-line too.
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    Suggestions please

    My dad is a custom knifemaker and I have designed a few knives myself. I am active on two knife forums, KnifeDogs.com and JerzeeDevil.com, and have had the pleasure of becoming friends with some of the best knifemakers in the world. I've attended the Blade Show in Atlanta for the past fourteen years which is a great opportunity to handle everyone's knives! Different knives obviously suit different people and different tasks. I've had knives from almost all of the major brands and liked different things about each of them. You mentioned Spyderco and I like their knives alot. I fully realize too though that their patented Spyderhole takes the spine out of the knife and if you have to twist or torque the knife in an emergency, it will eventually snap which could cost fingers or eyes. CRKT make great knives for the money, but stay away from anything with a bead blast finish if you live someplace that is ever at all humid. The bead blasting makes the surface more porous and they will rust in your pocket. I am a big fan of Cold Steel's Voyager line-up and they come in several sizes. Benchmade makes an excellent product too, but pricier. I was always taught to buy the best tools I could afford. I've owned six hundred dollar knives, but you won't catch me cutting anything but air with them! The critical thing to remember is if you don't have five dollar fingers, don't buy five dollar knives! handles break, blades snap, and locks fail. The better knife you buy the less likely that will happen even if the knife gets abused some occasionally.
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    What's in Your Pockets?

    EDC: This was today and is typical. The large folder changes occasionally and sometimes I will leave the camera at home or in the car and just use the two on the EVO. Here is the list: ROCK’S EDC: 09/16/11. 1) Worth Cigars 2) Pilot Precise V5 RT Pen 3) Jet Torch Lighter 4) Slide-It Lighter 5) 4Sevens Quark Mini 123 Flashlight (205 Lumens) 6) HTC EVO 7) Cold Steel XL Voyager 8) Uncle Mike’s Pocket Holster 9) Taurus M85 .38 Special 10) Daily RX 11) Spare 123 Batteries 12) Business Cards 13) Wallet 14) Bottle Opener 15) Handcuff Key 16) 4GB USB Drive w/documents 17) Whistle 18) iNova Light 19) SwissTech MultiTool 20) Victorinox Tinker 21) Monkey Fist 550 Paracord Keychain with 3/4” SS Ball 22) Cottonelle Wipes 23) 2 Spare Phone Batteries 24) Eyeglass wipes NOT SEEN: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS 10MB Camera I wear cargo shorts year round!
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    Survival on a Budget

    Check out: The Frugal Survivalist, Disaster Preparations Under $500 By James Dakin You can buy the book at Amazon or download a PDF version for $3.00 here: http://www.lulu.com/product/file-download/the-frugal-survivalist-disaster-preparations-under-$500/543143 You can check out James Dakin's blog here: http://bisonsurvivalblog.blogspot.com/2006/12/extreme-frugal-preps.html
  24. If you are an Upstate horse guy, my guess would be the Landrum area. I am in Boiling Springs.

     

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