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  1. BuckWild_Abrams

    What got you into survival/prepping?

    Prepping focuses on most of my favorite hobbies and lines up to personal desire not only for self sufficiency, but the ability to keep many other people alive too. I have a family with generations of police officers, soldiers, EMTs, etc... Something about how we all were raised that life is defined by what you do for others, not what you've accumulated from others. Prepping for TEOTWAKI events is an engaging and challenging hobby for me because while all of the components are very technical and engaging on their own time and assets invested in it could pay off 10, 20 or 1000 fold depending on the severity of events this century. It's not a chore (yet) and whether an event happens or not, nothing I've learned or done is a waste. Hard to find anything else to do with money or time that has such a guaranteed pay off. Soooo many other time and money sinks in today's culture that could not only become worthless in an instant, they could all become massive liabilities. Today's dominant culture and society feels incredibly unsustainable. I want very much to find and prepare something better for my kids than the bulk of the next generation will face. They may never have it as "easy" as I did dirt poor, but in the richest country on earth, but I do hope they will have it "better" though and that's about a lot more than money, boats and television.
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    Farming, Plants, Livestock, and Pets

    To be clear I'm not advocating "Vegan" just a plant based diet (plants as the primary/majority of your food plan). I'll take a look over at the article too, thanks for the share.
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    Survival Movies

    oh and my guilty pleasure movie (and comedic gift to the forum tonight) Buffalo Rider - Trailer now in public domain free full length film (worth it at any price, especially free) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vf01W0J-SY&feature=related
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    Body Armor?

    For my plan a vest or armor feels like the wrong kind of prep. I wore the stuff in the military when we knew we were headed for or looking for trouble. Dollars to dollars there so many preps I'd rather have that are not so combat focused. I also intend to prep for a decent to small sized community. So even if I shift it to just a dollars for combat prep I'd more likely want another quality rifle or shotgun available for defense and have a good fox hole or sand bag between me and incoming fire. I totally get that there are exceptions and every measure has a countermeasure. If my plan were to "bug in" in a metro area, a vest would definitely be much higher on my list. Again though I think overall the combat side of prepping is the dangerous glamour of survival prep and my hope is that through debating .40 vs .45 (I won't even consider a 9mm LOL) people start to take a long hard look at long term survival and resource production. An ever growing concern is that folks who start with the right ideology of prepping pick up a couple guns a knife and more bullets than they can carry. Quickly (or slowly) eat through their pantry of food (a month, six months a year) and then have no food and these handy lethal "preps" How many at that point will have forgotten how much we disparage the "takers" and become one themselves. In the few real life discussions I've had with people wanting to talk about serious preps I often lead off with "What do you think you'll be eating on the 366th day?" I'm very discouraged that many people will have to answer "I have no idea". My apologies if I've gotten overly serious tonight. Normally I'm the first to say "lighten up". I just spent a while talking with folks from the north east who've been without power for several days and are projected to do without for several more. Just has me thinking in my "reality prep" space.
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    Survival Movies

    Just because I'm in a thread hijacking mood (and technically it's not a hijack I will name a movie) Forks Over Knives - Documentary about American diet and how food is major factor in vast majority of chronic illness. If you really want to think about "surviving" reality it's worth a viewing. If you want to escape reality and dream about survival through manly conflict Jeremiah Johnson is my all time favorite followed closely by Book of Eli
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    gold , silver , precious metals. etc.

    great topic. another one that bears a lot of thinking. precious stuff - probably won't be too precious for a sizable window after any significant collapse I always find myself thinking that ammo will be the most, or at least a very common, "precious" small denomination currency but somehow that doesn't feel right. If we get down to it being that bad, ammo could likely be too precious to give up and too dangerous to put in anybody else's hands. Small clearly preserved food cans and extra portable tools come to mind, but again in a scenario where money has lost all value and meaning I'm hard pressed to see myself even getting close enough to talk to "strangers" for a long long time. If I do associate with folks, an exchange of anything would come after a strong assurance that they are also looking for our mutual survival and not feigning barter to get a better sense of what I have.
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    Farming, Plants, Livestock, and Pets

    I'll go ahead an refute this idea. Funny joke, but really not very survival minded. I've been contemplating some pretty radical changes to my diet pre-event to drop most if not all animal products and it really rocked my notion of self sustained living. I've been a life long hobby farmer raising my own beef, chickens, goats (meat and dairy) ducks and rabbits. With my recent relocation from upstate NY to WI I'm "between" farms waiting for the NY one to sell while I rent in WI and scour for a homestead(ish) place to buy out here. Electricity and refrigeration have always been on my list of top things to secure quickly but it almost completely revolves around the need to process and preserve animal products. Billions of people have lived out their lives on largely plant based or completely plant based diets. Cutting animals out of my plans (I haven't yet, life time of farming you know) *would* also pretty much eliminate concerns of refrigeration and greatly reduce electricity burden on a homestead. Also as stated above animals are noisy and animals draw attention from other animals and from starving people beating the woods and fields looking for anything. Like I said in beginning it's radical thinking to me even (I'm trying to convince myself here too), but the more I live it out and they more I adjust my plans I'm convinced a solid knowledge and ability to cultivate heirloom seeds and knowledge of soils etc... will be for more important to me than my youthful fascination with ballistic tables and magazine capacities.
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    Baby Preps

    I have six kids ages 18-1.5 with pretty much even gaps. We believe strongly in nursing/breastfeeding as much as possible even without TEOTWAWKI. Antibodies alone convinced us. Go for potty training asap, our fatest was 14 mos our slowest was just under 2 yrs. Inuit and eskimos don't have diapers cloth or otherwise. infants are carried au natural strapped to mom or gramma's back bare flesh to flesh. First sense of any business going on and a quick shriek startles the baby interrupting said business long enough for a quick dismount to let them finish. I *read* this has them trained in that department very quickly. Oddly enough I couldn't convince my wife that we should attempt this method with any of our six Even with only our single 1 year old and all the older kids ready to pitch in, bugging out is 10x more complicated to really think about doing. My thought is all the more need to stay vigilant and have a plan that would be described as more of a careful exit than a bug out.
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    A SHTF event remembered

    I've been there and seen that. Most major conflicts were 99% hurry up and wait, a whole lotta empty time to fill your head with something bad or good before it all becomes split second mortal decisions. Before enlisting I did a lot of reading out of my dad's library (he was a state police officer) and one book talked about the biggest danger in "combat" scenarios was going into shock from wounds that you would survive apart from shock, but slipping into shock and dying. A real key thinking I adopting was imagining vividly what it would be like to be injured in many ways and constantly trying to keep a mental picture of what would be life threatening injury on its own and what would just be a painful injury but only lethal if shock set in. I figured I could at least prepare a sort of "force of will" determination to not go into shock for non lethal stuff and maybe stave of the lethal types if I was good at "pretending" they weren't really lethal. Anything to keep shock from setting in. Other scenarios to imagine and prepare for well ahead of the moment. Stranger on the road - can't see hands or can see hands? Stranger approaches your "location" - What do you try to assess? What if anything do you communicate? When you see three people moving onto your property is a lousy time to start debating with your group if you are going hide - bear arms or just strike up a conversation. Group that "looks" official (FEMA or National Guard) showing up and telling you what you're going to do (or what they are going to take....) Are they legit? Does it matter? These are all scenarios that I can see a dozen easy and and pleasant outcomes for but just as easily see an instant crisis boiling out of. You don't want to start trying to think up a response the moment the first unknown vehicle decides to push in close to your business "trying to help".
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    Peanut Butter

    I'm definitely a fan of peanut butter as survival BoB stuff. Very high calories to portion weight. Store bought commercial stuff, not super healthy as a regular staple, but for emergency calories the sugar and preservative stuff are great short term addition with no refrigeration needed. And a special nod to it's use as a bait. Turn a 1/4 dab of it into a 3-4 oz of squirrel with some trap setting.
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    Pick a job, any job...

    My 18 year old is in a similar (but not nearly as hard a spot) currenlty. Advice I'm pushing is to work a 30-40 hr day job (box store sales associate) so that she builds cash towards tech college tuition and gets a healthy taste of work life without a specialized skill. Prep for her first semester of Tech/Community college getting as many shifts as she can. Take every shift her less dedicated co-workers want off - get to be known as the first person to call if you want to have a shift covered. Get CPR pro certified through a local fire department (Pre req for EMT) - EMT Basic - Intermediate as evening classes. Then decide if paramedic is worth it as a career. From that point she at least has an employable skill (EMT) and can work in just about any community where people live and have a far better wage than box store job to fund her go forward education. And of course her dear father the prepper has another trained medic in the group
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    What happened to Survival?

    No worries, I know I'm and oddity, and likewise I did a few years with So Cal game development companies and realized that I didn't want to live in So Cal before the SHTF, much less afterwards. It will quickly become a warzone when they realize all the water they used to live on came from 2 states away... Great forums and great moderation, just "to close to home" not to make a comment.
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    What happened to Survival?

    @ Capt Bart "It is highly unlikely that any of the modern game makers are survivalist or preppers." What a hurtful thing to say. Video games have been paying my bills (and stocking my pile) for 14 years. Zero application of work skills post event? Yep. But that's only 40 hours of my week. As someone "behind the curtain" of the mystical Xbox and PS3 I can assure we know the difference between a game and reality far better than most folks consuming the media. We wouldn't be very good at crafting the experience if we didn't. My less humble than yours opinion
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    What happened to Survival?

    I look at survival prep as working towards a very real reality that my family *could* likely see someday. I've been to war and seen the elephant from the front lines. I lived out of an Abrams and washed my underwear in my helmet. Even then we were up the creek if an endless supply of MRE's and diesel weren't being trucked to us weekly. 20 years ago it got me thinking "what if there were no more trucks?" That fancy 60 ton boat anchor I was living out of would have been the master and commander of 4 kilometers of empty sand. Since then I've done a lot of reading a lot of prepping and run through endless scenarios in my head of how much to stockpile, how much to prepare to create, what things matter and who I would or wouldn't associate with "post event". Yeah, I take it pretty serious. All that being said, I constantly refer to the 'zombie apocalypse' or just as often the 'hordes of the great unwashed'. It's actually a way more comfortable vocabulary for non preppers and doesn't instantly jump you to a message of "I think it's likely society will fail and neighbors will be killing each other for gasoline in this generation". It lets you both laugh it off but maybe a more real discussion comes of it. Maybe not. It's not a fantastic leap to substitute 'zombie' for 'crazed desperate and unprepared person' if you want to have a real conversation. I'd also advise being careful about taking yourself too seriously. Though I can't quantify or justify it I am convinced a sense of humor and humility will be key to the survival of any group. I don't plan to sacrifice mine. Now if I could just find some humility....
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    Southern Wisconsin relocation

    Combat veteran, served two years with 1st Armored Division and deployed to Desert Shield/ Desert Storm from Erlangen Germany. Two more years at the Armor School at Fort Knox before heading back to civilian life. Avid bow hunter, hobby farmer and horsemen. Married nineteen years with six survival minded children in tow. Recent relocation to southern Wisconsin has us rethinking and mapping out our strategies against the unwashed hordes. 1. Please describe your Every Day Carry? Iphone, Coast fisherman’s multi-tool 2. Favorite Bug Out Pistol? Springfield XD .45 3. Favorite Concealed Carry Pistol? Ruger LCR .38 w/ crimson trace 4. Favorite Bug Out Rifle or Carbine? Kel-Tec SU16C 5. Favorite Rifle or Carbine? Marlin 1895sbl .45-70 6. Favorite Shotgun? Benelli M4 / Moss 500 7. The amount of food you have at your house? Rotating stock 40 days of dried goods 8. Name your top 7 items in your Bug Out Bag? Fire Starter Tarp Folding Hand Saw 3’ crow bar/shovel Water filter 5.56 ammo 2 weeks canned food 9. Describe your Bug Out Location, if you have one? Family farm 10. Describe your Bug Out Vehicle? Chevy Suburban towing 5x8 enclosed trailer 11. Describe your Bug Out Bag? Gregory Snowy Creek 5500 CI internal frame pack 12. Favorite home defense pistol? Springfield XD .45 or Desert Eagle .44 13. Favorite home defense Rifle/Shotgun? Benelli M4 14. Favorite Survival Book? Patriots by James Wesley Rawles 15. Favorite Survival Type Movie? Book of Eli (as entertaining fantasy) 16. Survival Knife? Kabar 17. Survival Tools in Your Kit? Enough to start a small farm