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  1. Lemonmint

    About a 12 gauge ...

    A friend is letting us borrow his 12 gauge shotgun. What type of ammunition would I need to practice shooting. I think it's a Mossberg short barrel shotgun. Is the recoil bad? Is it appropriate for a woman? If I can handle it properly, we might consider on getting one if we can fit it into our budget. What kind of ammunition would be best for home defense?
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    How to convince your loved ones to start prepping

    This is put together by the American Red Cross and FEMA, "respectable government agencies". You won't look looney if you present them with this. It suggests a two week supply rather than just a three day supply. At least you will have more than you have now. Focus on real natural threats not an end of the world type scenario. When you watch the news and there is flooding, hurricanes, severe storms use that as a springboard. It might get them thinking. www.fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf
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    What have you done today to better your Prep? III

    We got one of these. Hubby is going camping this weekend so he will see how he likes it. We may end up getting another one. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1869[/ATTACH]
  4. Kids and hubby are staying home. I'll be staying with relatives and speak the language fluently. I know the airlines are pretty strict but what do you suggest I take or just have on me while I'm there. I obviously can't take my GHB. P.S. I'm asking the world to please put "end of the world" chaos on hold until I get back I hope it complies
  5. Thanks for the tips everyone I'm researching what I can legally carry as edc or in baggage and in Germany itself.
  6. Oh...and some herbs (mint, oregano, sage, basil) that I have to put into planters...
  7. Got some snap caps I plan on getting better at handling the firearm.
  8. In the year 2013, the Lord came unto Noah, Who was now living in America and said: "Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me." "Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans." He gave Noah the blueprints, saying: "You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights." Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard - but no Ark."Noah!," He roared, "I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?" "Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed." "I needed a Building Permit." "I've been arguing with the Boat Inspector about the need for a sprinkler system." "My homeowners association claim that I've violated the Neighborhood by-laws by building the Ark in my back yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the local Planning Committee for a decision." "Then the City Council and the Electricity Company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark's move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear none of it." "Getting the wood was another problem. There's a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl." "I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls - but no go!" "When I started gathering the animals, PETA took me to court. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space." "Then the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that I couldn't build the Ark until they'd conducted an environmental impact study on Your proposed flood." "I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I'm supposed to hire for my building crew." "The Immigration Dept. Is checking the visa status of most of the people who want to work." "The labor unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only union workers with ark-building experience." "To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species." "So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this ark." "Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine and a rainbow stretched across the sky." Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you're not going to destroy the world?" "No," said the Lord. " The Government beat me to it."
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    How mucg water do you keep in your pack?

    I have 4 16.9 oz. bottles of water plus the "Just Water" bottle.
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    Introduction Thread

    More of the general Fresno latitude...although I lived in Sacramento while in college...ages ago.
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    My intro...

    I posted in the intro thread but here's a little bit more. We're a family of 5. Three kids between 10 and 16 and two dogs. We've gone camping for a week at a time without amenities but we're far from survivalists. I'd rather be reading a book with a cup of hot tea than roughing it My husband is quite opposite from me. He's a machinist and all-around handyman. I've gotten overwhelmed with all the prepping posts and what we might be in for in the future. It's a little too much to handle right now so I'm just focusing on the known emergencies we have had. We're going to start small. We live in the country in a town of about 25,000 surrounded orchards and vineyards and towns the same size or smaller. The biggest city is a little over 500,000 and about 25 miles away. We're about 45 min. to the foothills. Natural disasters are possible earthquakes (but the USGS database shows that there is a about a 60% chance of a major earthquake within 50 miles within the next 50 years. Largest earthquake within 50 miles was a 6.5 Magnitude in 1983). We have hot summers (can get to 115) and mild winters (some freezing). Man-made disasters: If there was a blackout or food supply was cut for more than three days we would have to deal with gangs as they are in all the surrounding cities. Not as bad as LA but it is here. We have a large agricultural migrant population. We have family in the foothills and the mountains. They both have some land (less than 2 acres). Both are pretty self-sufficient with a lot of common sense and hard work ethic. They know how to make a little go a long way. That's just a little background info. The most immediate emergency I can think of is getting stuck in traffic/storm/fog while coming home from work. I work 35 miles from home and drive on the highway with little towns interspersed to a city of about 60,000. My husband works 25 miles away in the industrial area of a city a little over 500,000. I am putting together a car emergency bag now from what we have around the house and will make a list of what we need. I've gotten lots of info from these forums and will post a list when it's together. Our second most immediate emergency is when the power goes off. It happens quite a bit but never for more than 6 hours. I'm planning on a 3 day supply for now, just in case. After that we will do a 2 week supply and keep adding to it. If it becomes a doomsday scenario then we wouldn't want to stay here and trying to lug around all our stuff would be futile. We have a backpack for everybody. We're going to set them up for a 3 day supply. We have firearms for protection but I never paid attention to what they are He's in charge of that. We plan on keeping our vehicles at least half-full at all times. We are on a limited budget so we'll be using what we have and upgrading items as we can afford to. We're going to be increasing our knowledge basics of food, shelter, etc... Doesn't do us much good to have stuff if we can't utilize it. It might be short-sighted to not go all out in planning for doomsday but if I thought about it too hard right now (I saw The Road, Book of Eli) I would probably hyper-ventilate and be a useless mess
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    My intro...

    Thank you Capt. Bart. I will look into the snap caps and practice.
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    My intro...

    I've taken your advice and familiarized myself with the firearms we have. I can use one comfortably, the others are too hard physically. I'm not very strong. If only ammo was easier to find I could practice more!
  14. It's open for abuse just like any other law. Maybe it's time to move....:confused:
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    Yugoslavian war conflict in 90's

    Very interesting read. I read almost all of his entries. Interesting how some people rose up to the occasion and helped while others helped themselves. It also brought attention to the "strength in numbers" debate. It would be nice to find like-minded people but to trust people is hard these days...either you're a loonie or they are more looney than us
  16. I wish people would wake up and see what's happening.
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    Updated EDC and GHB

    Thanks to input from this board and tons of reading I have my EDC and GHB ready, but feel free to make suggestions. Let me know what items you would upgrade and what priority it would be. EDC (in a little 6x7 cross body purse goes with me everywhere, even the restroom): Leatherman style PS Emergency whistle Gerber Mini Paraframe Fine Edge Knife Flashlight Nail clippers Bic lighter p-38 can opener mini altoids tin with altoids and Tylenol 1 hand sanitizer bottle 1 paracord bracelet 1 chapstick 10 band-aids & alcohol wipes Id & cash My second attempt at a bag. It weighs about 25 lbs. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1826[/ATTACH] GHB List (this bag is in case I’m stuck on the freeway on my way home. I work @ 35 miles from home). I keep the backpack under my desk since I don’t want my car to get broken in to, an occurrence that happens here especially around the holidays). I'm not crazy about possibly having to lug around 25 lbs. on me and will have to reassess what I will keep in bag vs. what I leave in car. In my backpack. Everything is in various ziploc bags so I don't have to search for stuff. (bottles are all mini or travel size and): 1 Smith & Wesson CK108 24-7 Folder Knife, Grey 1 headlamp 1 flashlight 1 neon orange safety vest Toiletries: deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss (all mini size) 4 hair elastics 1 thermometer 1 wrist wrap 1 knee wrap 1 travel Kleenex pack 2 anti-bac wipes packets 1 hand sanitizer bottle (travel size) 1 mini sunscreen 1 aloe vera gel bottle Off insect repellant 1 Coleman water purification tablet 1 notepad, pen, pencil & sharpie 1 no name multi tool 1 eating utensil 1 carabineer 1 M&M tube with quarters & bills Feminine stuff 1 no name compass 1 plastic magnifier w/ light 1 mini binoculars 1 can opener 80 ft. 550 para-cord 1 mylar emergency blanket 2 gallon, 2 quart Ziploc bags 1 white garbage bag 2 pr hand warmers Food:& Water in backpack: Water: 4 bottles of water (16.9 fl/oz. each) , empty metal water bottle in outside pocket. Food: 3 granola bars, 5 Slim Jims, 10 pcs hard candy, 3 propel water beverage mix, 3 single cup coffee packets Clothing in backpack: tennis shoes, cargo pants, long sleeved shirt, hat, gloves, scarf, 2 pr. Socks, 2 pr. Underwear, 1 thin thermal set, emergency rain poncho. Switched out to lightweight pants and lightweight long sleeve shirt for summer. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1827[/ATTACH]First Aid Kit in backpack (I added stuff to the original container): 2 pr. Nitril gloves 4 single use Neosporin packets 1 mini scissors 2 nail files 1 nail clippers 1 tweezers 5 large, 5 medium 10 small band-aids 1 Bic mini lighter 4 threaded needles 1 chapstick 1 Visine eye drops 10 2x2 gauze pads 4 day time sinus caplets 6 gas relief caplets 6 benadryl caplets 4 anti-diarrheal caplets 3 laxative caplets 6 alcohol swab packets 3 hand cleansing wipes 4 moleskin patches Extra cotton balls so nothing rattles in the first aid box Fire Box (in a watertight case) in backpack: 2 Bic lighters 24 strike anywhere matches tip dipped in wax 1 magnesium fire starter Vaseline coated cotton balls In car in a 5 gallon bucket with lid: 1 roll TP 2 road flares 1 5x7 tarp 1 pr. leather work gloves 1 roll duct tape 3 pack dust masks Umbrella Baby wipes packable down jacket In glove compartment: Flashlight 1 Humvee HMV-KC-ER1 Black Emergency Rescue Knife Maps of local areas sunglasses
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    TV show, documentaries, and movies

    It has been very very quiet here. I'm still reading tons and learning a lot from the old posts. I don't have much to contribute since I'm still learning. I have appreciated all the feedback on my questions. Back to the topic at hand....We don't have cable so we watch things on Netflix. I've watched Dual Survival, Man/Woman/Wild, and other shows like that. Some I learned stuff from others were just entertaining.
  19. IF you can find ammo...it's easier to find silver....
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    Updated EDC and GHB

    No aversion to firearms:D. Don't have a CCW...and the budget doesn't allow for me to have my own firearm.
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    Updated EDC and GHB

    I'm getting the Bugout Water Bottle good for 200 bottle refills. Should I still get the aquamire water straw? specs on the bottle: specs 99% Arsenic 5 and 99% Arsenic 3 (special order) 99% Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) 95% Chlorine and Chloramines 99% Taste 99% Odor 98% Aluminum 96% Iron 98% Lead 90% Pesticides 85% Herbicides 85% Insecticides 90% Rodenticides 85% Phenols 85% MTBE 85% Perchlorate 80% Trihalomethanes 95% Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons 99.999% of particles larger than 0.5 micron, including Anthrax (Staffordshire University Labs) 99.7% of particles larger than 0.3 micron (Staffordshire University Labs) 98% of particles larger than 0.2 micron (Staffordshire University Labs) 100% Giardia Lamblia 100% Cyclospora 100% live Cryptosporidium (WRc Standard) 100% Cryptosporidium (NSF Standard 53 – A.C. fine dust – 4 log challenge) 100% E. Coli, Vibrio Cholerae (Johns Hopkins University) 99.999% Salmonella Typhil, Shigella Dysenteria, Kiebsiella Terrigena (Hyder Labs) National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 42 National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 42 National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 53 ISO 9002 Quality Standard USA AEL Laboratories USA Analytical Food Laboratories USA Johns Hopkins University British 5750 Quality Standard England’s Water Research council (WRc) Performance Standards
  22. http://now.msn.com/public-liability-insurance-for-gun-owners-in-california Californian Democrats are pushing for the state's gun owners to hold public liability insurance — if they want to hold a firearm. Echoing similar legislation introduced in other states, the legislation, still in its infancy, might apply to anyone already owning a gun, or shooters might have to provide proof of insurance before purchasing a weapon. Unsurprisingly, Sam Paredes, of lobby group Gun Owners of California, is against the idea, accusing the Democrats of trying to "price gun owners out of existence." He also suggested that the idea of having to be insured to own a gun would be unconstitutional. :mad:
  23. In the current economy would you pay off your current debt (lump sum)and then buy silver with the amount you used to spend on your debt payments...OR.. would you buy silver (lump sum)and continue paying your monthly debt payments?
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    Backpack for the kids...

    Good suggestions...