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    Pick a job, any job...

    And with technical classes under your belt, most likely you can get a certification after the class, you can probably get decent paying job and take classes part time, or at least work and save for taking classes full time. Take, for instance, welders, they are in HIGH demand, you get a certification or 2 in that and you'd probably be set for a great paying job, even with no degree. I know a couple people who are doing exactly that. Just another thought.
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    Free Topographical Maps of Anywhere

    It appears that when you click on the Landscape or Portrait links, it opens another window. If you right-click on the image in the second window and then select 'View Image', it reloads with just the image in the window. You can then save that by, right-clicking on the image again and selecting 'Save Image As'. Save it as a .jpg, should be the default choice, copy it to a flash drive and you're done. As a side note, I really need to learn how to read a topo map... ETA: You could also save them to a phone or touchpad for use later as well.
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    Ammo question

    Don't say that, I've got close to 6,000 rounds of assorted ammo under my bed :eek: hahaha In response to the OP, it all depends. I tend to buy in bulk of 500-1,000 at a time. Last 9mm buy was 2,000 b/c it was such a good deal. I'd like to think the bare minimum would be 1,000 for each rifle and 500 for each handgun, but everyone has different needs, living arrangements, and financial obligations. I live at home, so any money that doesn't go to bills or savings goes into my gun addiction. Check out and, they have some of the best deals on 5.56, 9mm, and .45 that I have found. The only bad thing is you can never go, "Hey I need to run out tot he store and pickup some ammo". I mean, you can, but I know I hate doing it b/c then I know how much I'm over paying when I do.
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    Pick a job, any job...

    Name is Bond, James Bond..... What, he said pick anything haha. There's a lot of good advice here, but let me throw some stuff out as well. I'm a current college student, 4 classes to finish my Bachelor's degree and I already have my Associates. I think you're going about this wrong. What I would suggest, is getting your General Education courses out of the way at the cheapest, yet still accredited, college you can, most likely a local community college as mentioned about. Believe me, paying $1500 for an English class sucks...I did it, 2 times (2 different classes). You have to take them anyways, so get them done for cheap, while figuring out what you want to do. Unless you absolutely love the outdoors, survival, etc. and want to do that as a career, I don't see the need to go into a field that you will be unhappy in, just to have prepping experience. Let's face it, the odds of everything melting down to the point where you will need to sell your skills for food, is probably not very likely and while its nice to always prepare for the worst, getting into a job you won't enjoy is not the way to do it. Find something you like, do you like engineering (just an example)? Ok, so you want to be an engineer, now look at the different fields in engineering, what ones do you like? What are you naturally good at (ie. I hate math, so I avoided areas within the IT field that dealt heavily in math. I'm naturally good with my hands.)? What seems like it would interest you most as a career and what allows for further movement up the corporate ladder? Also, what gives you the skills to move into another field if need be? Here's what I mean, take my field, IT. I will have 2 degrees, an Associates in Network Administration and a Bachelors in Networking Management. I can take what I have learned in both degrees and build on that to do Networking, Programming, Security, Database, etc. I can also go into Management if I wanted. 20 years from now, you may not want to be doing the same thing anymore and being able to use your current knowledge to get you into a different field of work, is always an added plus. Remember, you can always take survival courses or do stuff in your free time to bolster your prepping knowledge, it doesn't have to be a career. Anyways, hope this helps.
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    .308 Battle Rifle

    So when you say battle rifle, I envision something resembling an AR in size. IMO you left out the most important candidate, the AK. Contrary to popular belief they are accurate. You can beat the living crap out of them and they still run like a champ. You can customize them with lights, red dots, whatever you're preference is. They'll feed just about any ammo, so you can buy cheap surplus ammo to cut costs down. I would suggest looking at Arsenal. They aren't cheap, but those that I have spoke to, say they're the best AK you can buy, hands down. I plan to buy one, the question is when I have a Remington 700 SPS Tactical, its a nice gun, haven't shot it yet, but its no battle rifle, its a long range engagement weapon. The Mosin was mentioned earlier, again, I have one, great gun, cheaper then anything to feed, but doesn't fit the "battle rifle" criteria, at least in my mind. You might also look into an M1A, there are tons of configurations out there, but they are pricey, IMO the AK is the best all around "battle rifle" in the .308 caliber, considering price, availability of parts, reliability, portability, etc.
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    the USA , the newest third world nation

    I guess it all depends on how bad it is. It sounds like your referring to sort of a local and state breakdown but still function on the nation level? Maybe some sort of National Guard presence/Martial Law mixed in. The first order of business is to get out of the city. On your way out, pick up any supplies you might need, but hopefully you saw it coming and already have everything. I live in the city, in an older neighborhood which is surrounded by apartments which have been taken over by Section 8 Housing....not good if/when everything goes. Ultimately heading to a state like Montana, the Dakotas, Alaska, Texas, etc., states on the outside border with lots of open land, would be the best idea. Those states tend to lean more right in their thinking, more apt to tell the Fed to pound sand, but then again one never really knows. It would have to get really bad for me to leave this country and possibly never come back. Chances are it would just be me and my parents, we would still have a lot of family and friends left behind.
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    Hey guys (and gals)

    Yea, High Points are great guns aren't they jk . Yea I love my 1911, picked up the Kimber Warrior in black around May of last year. Prolly have close to 2,000 rounds throw her and she runs great. I'd like to get a few more variations and would love to get my hands on a pair of WW2's just to have and display, but there are so many other toy I want, I'll have to be satisfied with 1 for now.
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    Hey guys (and gals)

    I've posted a few times on topics and the like and completely missed the forums...Anyways, I'm 22, live in Ohio, and am heavy into Crossfit, Krav Maga, firearms, computers, and pretty much anything military. Have 4 classes left to finish my second degree and plan on joining the Army shortly after that. My goal is to pass Selection for the Special Forces and get assigned to a group, ultimately I would love to work in some form of counter terrorism, but we'll see how far I get. My backup plan is to serve a few years in the 82nd or Rangers and join the Marshal Service after that. Look forward to gaining more knowledge and helping out where I can. Jonathan
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    Calibers for Survival - Your Input Please

    Ah, the age old quandary. Really it depends on the person. I have both a Kimber 1911 (.45) and a Sig p229 (9mm). Both shoot well, but obviously the 1911 shoots much better, its a precision gun. If I was starting out, as it sounds like you are, I would advocate looking at a few things. If you've never fired a gun, much less a handgun, I wouldn't buy anything yet. I would go to a range, talk with a RO (ranger officer) and have them instruct you, show you different types of handguns, etc. Shoot the different types and see what you like. I would advocate for the beginner, starting out with a cheap .22 pistol. Ammo is crazy cheap and it builds up skill rather well without breaking the bank. If you'd rather move into something with a little more stopping power, but still not break the bank, 9mm is the obvious choice IMO, as .380 is too underpowered for my tastes (everything I own has a duel purpose of fun and defense, as I think most firearms owners would say. I would not personally trust my life to a .380, but that's me). If you have firearms experience but no handgun experience, I would still recommend what I said before, go to the range and try several out. If you have firearms background and own handguns, then you can ignore most of that. Everyone is going to have different opinions about what round is better, I like them both. I have owned 9mm, .40, and .45. I sold my .40, b/c I didn't care for the gun and I felt the .40 was a compromise between the velocity of a 9mm and the stopping power of a .45, which made it seem useless to me and what I wanted. Notice I said "me" and "I", others my differ in their opinions and that doesn't make them wrong, everyone is different and has different needs. Both rounds are very common, as least in my area, and for my own personal BO situation, I would carry both. However, in my opinion, I would start out with a good, reliable, easily maintained, 9mm. Look at Glock, Sig, S&W, and even Springfield. I feel the Springfields are a little overpriced, but you can find good deals. They are good guns, I have shot one many times, and from my experience are very reliable. Glocks, well, they're Glocks. You will probably either love them or hate them, but they are damn near indestructible, and you get alot of aftermarket support for them. Sigs, I'm partial to them, though sorta the Glocks too, I carry a Sig daily and its great, however the trigger being DA/SA (Double action for the first pull with a round in the chamber and hammer decocked, and each subsequent pull being single action, throws some people off). Sigs are also at the high end of the spectrum price wise. S&W has been building a pretty good name for themselves with their M&P series guns. They are relatively inexpensive and are pretty reliable from what I hear, I do not have first hand experience with them as I do the other ones however. I have no issues at all, trusting my life to a 9mm round. I carry 147g Winchester Ranger Talons in my Sig, plenty of stopping power for most everyone you'd meet on the street and I've usually got 30 rounds on my person. If I need more then that, I should have been running long before then. Its relatively cheap to shoot, I think I picked up 2,000 rounds of American Eagle for under $300 when it was onsale. There's a large variety of ammo available for it and it is plentiful. After that, if you want to move on to another caliber, go for it. Personally for Ohio, walking around in the woods, I would feel fine with a .45 or .357, other places I wouldn't want to go around without a .44mag or larger. And really you don't have to limit calibers so much as make sure you have a small bunker filled with ammo for all your weapons I'll do rifles a little later, once I get out of work.