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  1. Hello all, haven't been around much in the last few months due to personal stuff but been trying to build my preps when I could. A few months back my wife needed another vehicle, so I looked around and after ruling out a Land Rover Discovery I was interested in, I ended up buying her a 4WD Chevy Tahoe. I liked it because it's got considerable interior cargo space, ground clearance, and I plan on adding lighting, a winch, replacement bumpers, and CB and Ham, among other things, none of which stand out in the area I live in. I also got my wife and kids interested in geocaching as a family hobby. It serves multiple purposes, allowing me to spend time with the family, teaching them what I know about the outdoors, and getting them acclimated with finding/following directions and using GPS. So to start enjoying this new hobby, I checked into handheld GPS receivers. Not finding any new that fit my budget, I hit the local pawn shops today and scored at the second one I went to. Got a Magellan handheld GPS, and made a deal on 2 matching knives, a fixed blade (about 4") skinner with wood handles and a nice sheath, with a small folding locking knife, all for $30. Didn't figure that was too bad, and I think they'll make good knives for my 9 yr old. Now I've got a few days vacation from work, and plan to teach my boy about braiding paracord and tying knots, and try to get some target practice in too. I've got my 9 yr old boy shooting gallon jugs at around 50-60 yards with his pellet rifle, and my 5 yr old daughter shooting gallon jugs at 20 yards with her Red Ryder. I know, that's not Olympic marksmanship just yet, but no more than they've been shooting, I'm proud and they show steady improvement and interest in shooting.
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    Dual Band Radios

    Haven't been on in a while and just happened to come across this post right after I was looking at these very radios online. They're on Amazon for $33, and I was a little nervous about ordering one because as we all know, you typically get what you pay for. Are these good radios for the money? If so I'll order a couple.
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    Little advice please?

    I'm sorry for being redundant if this has been addressed elsewhere, just had a kinda dumb question I haven't seen an answer to. I'm new to prepping, only been doing it a couple months, and currently, my plan is to bug in until we have to move for whatever reason. I'm currently working on my food and water preps, and I'm storing food in 5 gal buckets. My question is, I've been storing a variety of foods in each bucket, rather than one bucket for beans, one for rice, etc. My thought process behind this is that if we were forced to leave in a hurry and could only grab a couple of buckets, we wouldn't be stuck with just one item in each. Most of my preps are relatively short shelf life (1-2yrs), because I personally believe the S will HTF in the next couple months, and right now I need more bang for my bu ck as far as food goes.
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    Little advice please?

    Wow I appreciate all the feedback and ideas. I've got a few things to change, starting with rotating my stock. As far as MREs and other freeze dried stuff.. I'm not opposed to it, just haven't done it because of finances. I get quite a bit of stuff at my current budget ( around 20-30 bucks a week) by utilizing store sales along with price matching and coupons. Its not hard to get food for four for around 25 bucks a week if you shop carefully. I just haven't seen any "survival food" that was even close to that budget. Granted, MREs are easier to prepare, and I won't be eating gourmet dishes, but I'd rather have a year of rice, beans, and fruit cocktail than a month of MREs. No disrespect intended to anyone or MREs, just gotta get more bang for my buck right now. Thanks again for all the info guys, not just this thread, but the whole site. I know I haven't posted much, but I've learned A TON here.
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    Little advice please?

    Wildfire -- actually, and someone please let me know if this is a horrible idea, I've just been leaving the products in original packaging, simply because my finances haven't allowed me to try another means of packaging. My beans and rice are in smaller (2-3 lb) bags mostly, then I've got my canned goods, etc distributed into different buckets. My flour, sugar, salt, etc, I buy in larger quantities and store separately in buckets. I realize it isn't ideal, but I gotta do what I can with what I've got, while I can. When a bucket is full, I seal it and store it in a dark closet inside my home, and use self- stick envelope address labels to list the contents on the lid. Hoping for the best.
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    Hi from north Texas

    Welcome to the site! I'm also in N TX, closer to OK than I'd like to be.
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    My wife has been pretty supportive about the prepping thing, but gets a little irritated, as she believes its all I think about. ( Or somethin like that, I was busy on AutoCAD drawing up a plan for a shelter while she was talking.) Anyway, fast-forward to bedtime, and my wife, who HAS to sleep with the TV on, something I've grown accustomed to, has popped in her random DVD selection for the night and is already asleep. Looks like tonight I'm going to sleep listening to "2012". Nice. Sweet dreams.
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    Another Knife Giveaway!

    Nice knife! Wish I had the skill & patience to do that. I'm in.
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    Little advice please?

    Thanks for the input guys. I'm doing the same thing, buying 1-3 lb bags rather than in bulk, then storing several small bags in each bucket. I realize I'm spending a little more money this way, but with only 4 people,I prefer the option of only opening what I need at the moment. As far as the " variety", right now each bucket contains 5 lbs of beans, 5 lbs of rice, several assorted canned veggies, instant oatmeal, instant coffee, granola bars, etc. I figure for my group, I should be able to get 10 days (or maybe more) worth of food in each bucket.
  10. Picked up a spiffy little flashlight this evening at WalMart, its a waterproof LED light that will run on AA, AAA, or C batteries. Not bad for 12 bucks, I thought. Packed away some more food and now I'm gonna relax and make something out of paracord.
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    Little advice please?

    Sorry for the two parts, apparently my smart phone isn't that smart after all. Any thoughts on storing food in this manner? Any input is appreciated.
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    Hello from North Texas

    Welcome to the site, neighbor!
  13. Been reading " When Hell Breaks Loose..." by Cody Lundin. (Very informative book, I would recommend to anyone.) Bought a small used generator for $75 the other day, and a good running chainsaw this morning for 30 bucks. Picked up a couple Homer buckets with lids from the local Home Depot, and I'll get a couple pounds of dry goods when I go grocery shopping later. Also caught a great deal at Wally World recently and scored generic Aspirin, Acetominophen, Benadryl, ibuprofen, and bottles of alcohol for 88 cents each.
  14. Awake - I like the dog part. My Lab/Mastiff mix isn't as mean as she may look or sound, but she knows who isn't supposed to be here. My dog, my wife and I are all light sleepers. 9 times out of 10, my kids end up in our bedroom at night. I only leave one light on at night, on the other end of my house. I also always leave my bedroom door open (under normal circumstances) and my bedroom is very dark, so no one can see in from the doorway, but I have a very nice silhouette to put 3 bright green dots on. The way I see it, no one but my wife and I have keys to my home, and anyone who has ANY legitimate business here knows I'm armed and will call or announce theirselves and wait for a response before entering my house.
  15. Don't know Navyvet. It doesn't take much to make a vehicle roll on a smooth surface, all the stress is in taking off or if slack gets pulled out.. (don't mean to state the obvious). I really don't think it would be worth it for any reason besides it takes up minimal space. It takes around 8" of cord for each INCH of 4-strand, so you'd have A LOT tied up in just a short rope.
  16. Oh I agree Regulator, and that thought occurred to me when I was almost finished with it. I ended up just kinda rolling it up on a carabiner and clipping it on my bag. I like the 4-strand braid though, I got 17' braided up in it.
  17. Made my first attempt @ braiding paracord, made a 4-strand necklace that came out 8" too long lol... maybe one of the kids needs a belt.
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    Welcome. I'm new too but there's a lot to be learned here and plus...I found a group of people that makes me not feel crazy anymore well.. AS crazy.
  19. I live in a "village", I guess, of 150 on the edge of a town of 15,000 30 mins from a town of 120,000 to the south and one of 40,000 to the east, along with a metro area of 2.5 or so mil 60 or so miles to the south. But I can be lost in woods on the river 15 mins to the east. guess it's kind of an ideal position really. Though if money were no object, I'd be somewhere in the middle of a mountainous region in Colorado, unable to see, hear, or smell any trace of anyone else.
  20. Went through all the "junk drawers" in the house and found quite a bit of stuff I'm sorting into different strategic locations and packs. Stuff I forgot I had, like lighters, safety pins, ammunition, couple of carabiner key rings, small flashlights, old pocketknives. Also went through my old tackleboxes and found that there's a lot of stuff in there I will split up as needed. So far, I haven't spent a penny on prepping, if you count that I already had everything I've packed. Feels like I'm getting something for nothing. NICE!
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    Surviving the Commute

    I would say that all of the aforementioned are good tips, from personal experience. In my former company vehicle (while studying a Mapsco trying to find an address in a gas station parking lot) I noticed a person pacing in front of my vehicle. Did my best to look like I wasn't watching him, up until he yanked the driver's door of my truck open. After his forehead was introduced to the muzzle of a Ruger P94DC, he quickly stated that he used to work for the same company and thought I was a friend of his. Was robbed at gunpoint 10 ft from my door in 2008 North Dallas. Noticed 2 males in the shadows, not unusual for that neighborhood, and proceeded on my way until a Glock was against my temple. My Glock, unfortunately, was upstairs with my wife and 2 small kids. They got me for over $900 in cash plus 2 phones and my keys, but I wasn't hurt and don't leave home unarmed now, ever. Had a man yank my driver's door open when I was a teenager, put a machete to my throat, and make it clear he intended to kill me. Luckily, a friend in the car with me reached into the glovebox as I fumbled with the seatbelt and pulled my .380. The guy took off and was caught by police shortly after. I'm a firm believer (and find it the safest state of mind) that I'm not safe anywhere. Not at home, not at work, not at my kid's school functions, not at the movies since Friday night. Don't mean to sound paranoid, but the fact is that there are a lot of sick, stupid people out there who wouldn't hesitate to kill you if you have (or they think you have) what they want. I don't want my wife to be the one on the news saying "I never thought it would happen to me, here in this quiet little town." I won't let that happen. Preparation cannot be beat. You can act faster than someone else can react.
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    What's in Your Pockets?

    My pocket content isn't what it should be, nor is my EDC. I hate having anything in my pockets unless I'm wearing cargo or tactical pants/shorts. But for the area I live in and generally stay in, it would be enough to get me home or to a safe place. MY pockets, at the moment: SOG Twitch II assisted-opening knife wallet cointaining flat credit-card sized stainless bottle opener and handcuff key some cash and always a dollar or so in quarters lighter carabiner on key ring My EDC ("man-purse" as my wife calls it) (never far away from me, sometimes in my large lunchbox at work): Fieldline Accessory Pouch with shoulder strap (it's camo, so it's ok) Glock 23 w/ 1 mag (180 gr Gold Dots) rechargeable LED tactical-style flashlight S&W M100 cuffs (not an LEO, but former armed security) Benchmade CBK (when not on my person) lighter jigsaw blades (1 metal, 1 wood) small amount of cash fingernail clippers w/ nail file small off-brand leatherman-type tool with pliers, bottle/can openers, etc. I know it's not perfect, but I add to it periodically, as I remember/am able.
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    Fire sale

    wow thats scary.. I had a '98 Grand Cherokee I loved until it took a HARD impact from the rear. mine held up good though. Impact totaled the Jeep but it didn't hurt me much.
  24. I saw on a prepper show a while back (on tv, so maybe total BS) that a guy used a new galvanized trash can for a Faraday cage. And he "tested" it by connecting jumper cables from his pickup battery to the can.. the electronics inside came out seemingly unhurt, still functioning. any truth to this? seems like a pretty cheap and smart idea if it works.
  25. I personally use Hoppe's, have for the last few years. Have no problem with RemOil either, used to use it. Both have done the job for me and are budget-friendly.