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William Tell

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Hi guys, I'm a pretty new prepper, and even newer to the site. I was hoping to get a little help in terms of my Bug out gear, and some tips on making a cache and/or fallback position.

 

I live in a part of the western US (SW Wyoming) where I am surrounded by high-altitude desert. Dirt, sagebrush and mountains far as the eye can see, and then some. Thankfully there are a few (but very far between) rivers in my area. I make barely more than minimum wage, so supplying myself is a slow and arduous process.

 

In terms of my BOB this is what I have:

Extra pants

T-shirt

Hoodie

Wide brim hat

Rain jacked/windbreaker (it may not rain much here, but damn that wind is ALWAYS blowin!)

Water/weather proof matches

Sterno/sterno stove

Cooking/mess kit

Mayday 3600 ration (supposedly enough to last for three days)

small camp stove with extra fuel tabs (a stove similar to this kept me with enough food to live by during a hurricane in 2004.)

1 Gal. water

Survival knife

Compass

multi-tool

2 Flashlights w/extra batteries

And a basic firstaid kit I've built myself, to suite my own basic first aid needs

9mm w/a small case of ammo and 1 extra clip

Headphone wire (to make rabbit/squirrel snares)

I PLAN on getting:

Small 1-2 person backpacking tent

Water filter (any suggestions on what kind would be great)

Tarp

Hiking boots

 

What else would be a good Idea? Like I said, I'm pretty new, and feel really uncomfortable laying out there for the world to see what I have... but I need a little help from some of you vets. I have been reading the stuff on here, and feel I have a somewhat decent start, but I need a few pointers.

 

Any tips on prepping, making a cache or bug out location, or any other tips really are welcome!

Thanks for any help guys! (and gals!)

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For the new person I'd really start with working on knowledge (books, forums, videos) and financial preps. They take the longest for most to accumulate. Then work on your home stockpiles of energy, food, ammunition, water, etc. Work on self-sufficiency and sheltering in place. The BOB should be the de facto last resort, IMO, yet it always seems to be people's priority. For me, the BOB is only good for a couple days when I plan actually coming back to an undamaged home. I'm sorry that doesn't really answer any of your immediate questions.

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Maps!!!!

 

Maps that give location of water/cover/local fire stations/Police stations/Hospitals/Doctor offices/stash points if any.

Routs that can be used for safe departure and return...

 

Areas that can be used for a safe meeting place and or "Down time" RR..

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9mm great for people but a good .22 pistol will feed you ammo light a revolver will let you use different kinds of ammo and some like mine

http://www.heritagemfg.com/site/department.cfm?id=50

Let you use .22 Wmr as well? As for a filter frontier straw types

http://www.aquamira.com/preparedness/aquamira-frontier-filter

are small cheap and if used with chemical purifiers will treat pretty nasty water. You will get all kinds of advise here all good but much will not be right for you there are many things that we don't know about you that are important variables, wife kids, dog, physical conditioning,skills, etc. Do your research , here is a great place for it, and. Pick thru carefully for what fit you, but you already have done the most important thing........start!

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9mm great for people but a good .22 pistol will feed you ammo light a revolver will let you use different kinds of ammo and some like mine

http://www.heritagemfg.com/site/department.cfm?id=50

Let you use .22 Wmr as well? As for a filter frontier straw types

http://www.aquamira.com/preparedness/aquamira-frontier-filter

are small cheap and if used with chemical purifiers will treat pretty nasty water. You will get all kinds of advise here all good but much will not be right for you there are many things that we don't know about you that are important variables, wife kids, dog, physical conditioning,skills, etc. Do your research , here is a great place for it, and. Pick thru carefully for what fit you, but you already have done the most important thing........start!

 

I have the heritage rough rider, it's a solid weapon. I really like the dual ammo aspect, and affordability. Things pretty darn accurate too! (not quite as good as grandpa's old Winchester,single shot, bolt action .22 though.)

 

William I would suggest a scattergun on top of the nine and .22

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I have the heritage rough rider, it's a solid weapon. I really like the dual ammo aspect, and affordability. Things pretty darn accurate too! (not quite as good as grandpa's old Winchester,single shot, bolt action .22 though.)

 

William I would suggest a scattergun on top of the nine and .22

 

 

Here one I'm really looking in to for BOB

http://www.hr1871.com/Firearms/Combos/handislug.asp

Would be a great starter for a new prepper

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/manufacturers_id/7/products_id/18965/New+England+Youth+Combo+410g22+LR+Synthetic+stock/

 

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/manufacturers_id/7/products_id/39847/NEW+SC3-YO1+3BBL+++2432220+++YTH+SYN/

 

I have the parnder pump in 12ga home defense 18 1/2 barrel 6+1 and it is a solid enough shooter for the money

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Hey thanks guys! Thanks for all the tips! Will definitely be getting some topographical maps. And some books.

I'll definitely have to dig up the ol' walther P22. There are alot of good suggestions on here, and alot of help. Thank you again!

 

And Jumbo... I'm not quite sure what a BOL is...

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Hey thanks guys! Thanks for all the tips! Will definitely be getting some topographical maps. And some books.

I'll definitely have to dig up the ol' walther P22. There are alot of good suggestions on here, and alot of help. Thank you again!

 

And Jumbo... I'm not quite sure what a BOL is...

 

Bug Out Location : a place you preset up with gear and such, meeting place for friends and family, with multiple routes in and out

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Since you were going to look into topographical maps, here's a post from BlackHawk from a few weeks ago:

 

Free Topographical Maps of Anywhere

Here is an awesome website I found which allows you to use google maps to select a location, zoom as much as you want and generate a Topo map which you can then print out and use in your Bug Out System or for just everyday hiking etc.

 

http://www.digital-topo-maps.com/topo-maps.shtml

 

Just navigate to where you would like a map of then click "MyTopo" on the upper right of the google maps frame. Then click on either Landscape or Portrait under the google map frame and your browser will up a new tab with your custom topo map for you to print out.

 

I have numerous maps in my BOB of my families houses, work, home, and bug out location. I am going to be working on making a more complete map collection and laminate them, 3 hole punch, and put them into a 3 ring binder to keep in my vehicles and at home.

 

And someone once posted links to free copies of all of the US Army Field Manuals, which may help you expand your overall knowledge (you may want to pick and choose which ones to focus on, of course). Here's the link:

http://www.enlisted.info/field-manuals/

 

Also, here's an exhaustive glossary of pretty much every abbreviation you'll ever come across on a prepper forum or when reading post-apocalypse fiction:

http://www.survivalblog.com/glossary.html

 

Welcome aboard! Hope that you find a lot of useful information here.

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9mm great for people but a good .22 pistol will feed you ammo light a revolver will let you use different kinds of ammo and some like mine

http://www.heritagemfg.com/site/department.cfm?id=50

Let you use .22 Wmr as well? As for a filter frontier straw types

http://www.aquamira.com/preparedness/aquamira-frontier-filter

are small cheap and if used with chemical purifiers will treat pretty nasty water. You will get all kinds of advise here all good but much will not be right for you there are many things that we don't know about you that are important variables, wife kids, dog, physical conditioning,skills, etc. Do your research , here is a great place for it, and. Pick thru carefully for what fit you, but you already have done the most important thing........start!

 

 

I got my wife one of those for her birthday it's great. but if you buy one make sure you get the one with the second cylinder for 22mag. if you buy one afterwards you have to have it timed.

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Since you were going to look into topographical maps, here's a post from BlackHawk from a few weeks ago:

 

 

 

And someone once posted links to free copies of all of the US Army Field Manuals, which may help you expand your overall knowledge (you may want to pick and choose which ones to focus on, of course). Here's the link:

http://www.enlisted.info/field-manuals/

 

Also, here's an exhaustive glossary of pretty much every abbreviation you'll ever come across on a prepper forum or when reading post-apocalypse fiction:

http://www.survivalblog.com/glossary.html

 

Welcome aboard! Hope that you find a lot of useful information here.

 

Oregon Chick,

YOU ROCK! I have been looking for something like this for a while now. :D

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Hey thanks guys! Thanks for all the tips! Will definitely be getting some topographical maps. And some books.

I'll definitely have to dig up the ol' walther P22. There are alot of good suggestions on here, and alot of help. Thank you again!

 

And Jumbo... I'm not quite sure what a BOL is...

 

Sorry, William. Here's a place for you to start reading about bug out locations. There are many, many more entries on the forum on the subject.

 

http://www.survivalcache.com/forums/showthread.php?1110-A-place-to-go-BOL

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Speaking of topo maps, here is a high resolution interactive topo map centered on Rock Springs, WY:

 

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=41.585449,-109.215768&t=t4&z=15

 

Gmap4 can show you high resolution topos for the USA in a Google map interface. You can flip back and forth between the topo and aerial.

 

OK, full disclosure time. I'm the developer of Gmap4 which is showing you the topo maps. The homepage has a FAQ and examples to quickly get you up to speed.

 

Want to show your GPS data on the topo map? Sure, you can do that with Gmap4. Want to click the map and save your work as a GPX file? Yup, you can do that and more. Check out the features under the Menu button.

 

This project is part of my way of 'paying it forward'. Translation: Gmap4 is free for non-commercial use.

 

Note: In some areas the high res "t4 topo high" maps use yellow instead of green to indicate forest. If that is a problem try switching to the medium resolution "t2 MyTopo" maps.

 

Gmap4 homepage: http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.html

 

Enjoy!

 

Joseph, the Gmap4 guy

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