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  1. Generators can be expensive to keep your electrically powered home running. So I was wondering, do any preppers here have houses than run on solar power or the majority of the house runs on solar power? I would like to know if it is expensive, and if solar power is a good and cheaper alternative to electric power. One last thing, do you guys think Solar Power would be powerful enough to keep a home running in a SHTF scenario?
  2. Just asking, because cars that run on good old gas are much easier to find for sale than diesel. I understand diesel gets better MPG on average, but it is also louder, and costlier. Is it worth it? Are the trade offs negotiable? Just wondering, because I am thinking a Nissan Xterra (Which runs on gas) would make a great BOV. Comes with roof racks standard, and there is a plethora of aftermarket parts for it. Lift kits, large tires, etc.
  3. So I am purchasing 8.9 acres for 24K. It has a stream running through it and the nearest town is far away, so it is secluded. There is one guy that lives about 5 minutes away and has large corn fields so lots of deer are in the area. Fish, deer, and corn! Great BOL. I am going to build a small cabin and hopefully get some solar panels to power it. Any suggestions on making my BOL secure/secluded/safe?
  4. Worth the $55? Or should I save more and buy a good MOLLE pack?
  5. I'm wondering what medical kits I can get for $100 and under? I would hope they come in sturdy bags/cases. And if I can't find a kit, how many bandages/gauze pads/other basic medkit supplies for $100?
  6. My next gun purchase will either be a PSL (7.62X54R) or a Saiga in .308. Lets leave the Saiga out of the question, because I know .308 will be common in a SHTF scenario. No, I don't own a Nagant, (Although sometime in the future I will definitely buy an M44 Nagant) so this is the first time 7.62X54R availability is really a concern for me. No, I am not taking into account the PSL's quality control or accuracy, for now just the ammo availability. I know that the ammo is cheap, but I heard it isn't very common, and I don't remember ever seeing it at the local gun store. (Then again, I was never looking for it!) So, what are the average prices/availability on the ammo? Prices on bulk non-corrosive rounds would be appreciated.
  7. Seems like a great deal and very useful. I apologize in advance if this has already been posted.
  8. Easier to set up and take down, lighter, cheaper.
  9. No, I don't mean vehicle BOB gear, I mean stuff that actually goes on your BOV. I hear a winch is important. One in the front, one in the back. Also, large tires and a CB Radio. I noticed that some vehicles aren't cheap to modify. Would a CB Radio mount easily into an M1009?
  10. Lets face the facts - Driving an M1009 will make all of the soccer moms and tree huggers in your neighborhood think you are a psychopath. A camo gas guzzler, who'd a thought THAT would be a good daily driver? Maybe the K5 Blazer (Civvie model M1009) would be good. But how about a Jeep Wrangler? I heard they could make a decent BOV but they make horrid daily drivers.
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    Makeshift weaponry thread?

    (This MIGHT belong in alternative weapons, but this has to do with urban survival) Being that most large cities, such as Chicago and New York City, have strict gun laws, I think this thread could help someone defend themselves and G.O.O.D without necessarily needing firearms. First off: Canes can provide useful. Maybe sharpen a wood cane, or take a cane and mount/ mold a metal blade to it?
  12. I have been looking for a cheap yet effective CB Radio to mount into my M1009. I have never owned a CB Radio, but I realize it is necessary. Which would be better: This one is about 10-20 bucks cheaper, and has the NOAA channel. Although, wouldn't NOAA go off air/loop warning broadcasts and become useless in a legitimate end of the world SHTF scenario? I would buy this with the 4' Antennae and the 520 Radio option. Although, I think the antenna might be a pain to install. Is the antenna really necessary? Will the above first CB Radio I chose work without it's own antennae?
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    When the rush is on

    Protecting my land would be hard. How much would it cost to buy hundreds of bear traps and landmines?
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    I need an SKS!!!!

    Back in the 90's you could buy one for $100. Damn how times have changed.
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    The Beauty of Our Land

    Heh, I know what you are talking about. Ever see the mountainside left of River Road? Not the most pleasant sight, but I like it.
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    If you live near one of this things,pay attention.

    I live close enough to Three Mile Island to be in danger. I think I saw some nuclear reactors only about an hour away from here last year. It was up in the mountains and it was closer to me than Three Mile Island is.
  17. Is it a good buy? For the money I might buy 3 or 4.
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    Trading Post??

    Ammo will always be worth alot in a SHTF situation.
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    Trading Post??

    How would you go about refilling a lighter with a common combustible liquid other than gasoline? Yeah, that story about the Bosnian war survivor was interesting, and he said that he knew how to fill up lighters with some kind of liquid that wasn't gas yet burned, and how he used that skill to feed his family for a while. He also said how his neighbor could make his own form of gas that lit lamps and the neighbor never went hungry.
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    Bugging In: The Compromise

    Its a n important choice: Do you want your house to look empty, or do you want to make sure every would be looter knows you are armed to the teeth with firearms? This was mentioned in another thread but not put in depth. I think if your house looks empty, people would raid it just for a place to stay. But if looters/raiders know you are armed, they can: A: Be afraid of you. or B: Find a way to burn you out or sneak into your home and kill you so they can have you stuff. So what would be better, looking like no one is home or making your presence home? Or should you find a way to compromise? How would you balance both aspects?
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    Shopping for possible BOV + ALter. Fuel

    M1009, a military variant of the K5 Blazer. Most have under 100 thousand miles and are for sale for less than 6 thousand. Very tough and come already painted in camo. They use diesel. It's a survivalists dream vehicle.
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    Something interesting. Information.

    Imagine living in South West Nebraska...damn.
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    Something interesting. Information.

    My county will be swallowed by fallout from Philly, Scranton, Newark, and NYC.
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    Fishing Gear for the Prepper

    Although I am no expert when it comes to fishing, my grandfather taught me to fish, so I know the basics. I should fish more, I live on the Delaware river, I think that would be a great source of food if SHTF and the water stays safe (Hopefully SHTF doesn't involve waterborne pathogens.)
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    Urban Survival --real world experience.

    Great info. About the hospital slaughterhouse thing, does this mean the gangs just went into the hospitals shooting everything? I bet this would happen in a SHTF situation.