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Best gun for a SHTF event

Drum roll please…… wait for it, Ok the best gun for a SHTF event is…..
The one that you have on you when the SHTF. Easy answer.

Seriously, too much controversy is stirred up on forums when someone says “I am going to use my XXX with xxx bullets on those bad Zombies”. A fire storm of comments back-up and tear-down the original posters choice. Now there is no doubt that there are very good choices depending on the situation. and having multiple types of guns for self protection, small game hunting, large game hunting, and home defense would be better. Preppers starting out should concentrate on the basic needs of food, water, shelter, etc. first. Right after those basic needs are met is when guns should start to become a priority.

Starting out with little experience (and possibly little money), I would suggest a shotgun as the first weapon for your future collection. The shotgun is the most versatile choice to meet the needs for hunting small game (with a light bird shot), medium game ( medium shot), and larger game (buckshot and slugs). A shotgun also make a formidable home defense weapon and will almost definitely stop a threat in your home (without the bullet going through multiple walls). The only weakness I see with shotguns would be there inability for long shots (over 75 yards). Shotguns can be bought very inexpensively ($250), and the ammunition for them was not constrained nearly as much as rifle and pistol ammunition was last year.

My second weapon choice would be a military style rifle like an SKS or an Mosin Nagant $100 – $300). Both of these rifles are very inexpensive as compared to the AR-15 and AK-47 varieties. There are many models of deer rifles that would fit into this category as well. I do not hunt big game, and would research some of these for good recommendations. A rifle will handle most problems at a distance over 100 yards (and your shotgun can handle the close problems).

Next I would look into a good quality larger caliber semi-automatic handgun (Glock, Smith & Wesson – $500 in 9mm, .40, or .45) are solid choices. I would suggest a semi-auto, as additional magazines can be bought, and the magazines can be readily available for reloading the pistol. The pistol serves us well at close distances.

With your arsenal almost complete, it is time to have a little fun, and possibly pick up a precision rifle for small game. A quality .22 rifle like the Ruger 10/22 or Remington 597. Both of these rifles are affordable, and ammunition is (or at least used to be) cheap when it is available. The .22 is great for hunting small game, or for practicing.

As you can see, other than the pistol, all the gun selections are budget minded, but also provide adequate quality. These are all popular guns, and finding parts for them will be easier than some more rare or expensive models. If you can only afford one gun now, the shotgun is hard to beat. Visit this thread again, as I am sure I will add additional recommendations, or more information about the shotgun ammunition varieties ( although this could be a whole new post). Please comment on you ideas for preppers starting their collection.

Take care,

Important survival skills during a SHTF event

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

Basic survival is rather easy, and humans have managed to prosper for tens of thousands of years with a rather small skill set. Arguably these are the skills everyone should be learning and practicing.

Starting a fire without using a lighter or matches is difficult to do. I also see plenty of people that have issues when they do have a lighter. The key to getting a fire started is to have three groups of materials ready. Start with tinder which is a material that will easily turn a spark into a flame. To get a spark, a ferrocerium rod and steel striker can be used, or upgrade to magnesium block. Use a knife to create small shavings of magnesium inside your tender, and use a steel striker on the ferrocerium rod to get an intense flame. Next start adding kindling, small thin sticks to keep your flame burning. Then add small fuel branches and work your way up to bigger pieces of fuel.

Water finding
Finding water and purifying it is very important to staying alive. If you are not fortunate to live by a lake river, creek etc., you will want to have plenty of it stored up for drinking, cooking and sanitation. You will also need to be proactive and have systems in place to catch rainfall from the roof of your home or some other method that works for your area. Water is heavy, and walking long distances to a water source and carrying it back will be uncomfortable and it will expose yourself to increased security problems. Use a filter to help remove water pathogens, and boiling it for a couple of minutes will be additional insurance to have safe drinking water.

Raising small livestock
Knowing how to care for and raise chickens and/ or rabbits is another skill that will be important to know. Both of these animals will reproduce quickly, and other than storing feed for them, are easy to care for. If you have garden space available, it could be used to grow things both chickens and rabbits can eat.

Gardening and foraging
It takes time to get your green thumb, as we have had better and better results from our garden each year. We unfortunately have busy lives, and the garden seems to suffer towards the end of summer. Start small and work in additional garden space, and realize you can have a spring, summer and fall garden. Learn to can the extra food you grow, for the winter months. Learn about plants in your area that can be eaten. The yellow flower and green leaves of a Dandelion can be eaten, and is a good source of minerals your body can use. The more sources of food you can grow or find, will extend the life of any food you have stored in your basement.

Trapping, Snaring
One of the best benefits of trapping is that these are passive hunting techniques. You set your trap, and while you are working on other projects, your traps are working for you.

Knot tying and Rope making
It took me a long time to figure out why my Dad tied certain knots, when I could tie a knot much faster, then it dawned on me that his knots were much easier to untie… I have a definite appreciation of the basic knots and the best uses for each of them. Visit ProKnot to learn about the different knots. I like their applications on iOS and Android. As far as rope making, unlike our ancestors, we have various kinds of rope available. Knowing how to twist a couple of bundles of long fibers in a clockwise direction, then twist both of them together in a counter clockwise direction will make a rope. The rope you make is much better than the rope you forgot to bring with you.

Security – situational awareness
It will be important to do quick security assessments during a SHTF event. Just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. Be careful about running loud generators at night, or lighting up your entire house if every other house is dark. You may want to have a big roaring fire to cook on, or cook something that will send an unwanted invitation to some bad people’s noses. If you are in a subdivision, work with neighbors and help each other with keeping watch, or reporting suspicious behaviors. Have a warning bell that can alert many people to a possible situation.

Knife sharpening
Lastly I think more people need to know how to sharpen a knife or axe, etc., these tools work so much better when they are sharp.

Please comment on your ideas of skills that will be needed when the SHTF. Our ancestors were obviously very good at surviving without electricity, AC, smartphones and TV. We have become too reliant on modern conveniences.

Take care,
Sensible Prepper

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Why Bugging in is the best option

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

I have heard too many times on how the Rambos are going to take to the woods when the collapse happens. Frankly, I am tired of this thought. I do not see any upside to leaving home (unless my house is burned up, or leveled in a earthquake or tornado). If I was forced to leave my home, I have alternative shelter (a small old travel trailer) and places with family and friends I can go to (bringing as much of my supplies as I can of course).

The fact is even if I was single, there is not enough room to bring everything I would want with me. Surely the Bug-Outers realize how much space food, water, shelter, and countless other necessities will take. Trying to gather water and hunt for food leaves their supplies vulnerable to every other Bug-Outer that had the same idea.

Their likely reason for leaving will be the zombie hordes roaming the city looting for their existence. This relates to an earlier post and taking the opportunity soon to move away from the congested progressive-minded zombies that think they should have what you worked hard to obtain. While I understand looting will be an issue, it can be handled by having a strong community presence, and protecting one another. These looters will not be tolerated for very long at all before all unknown people are automatically considered a danger and watched closely until proven otherwise. Trust is, for the right reason, going to be very difficult to earn. Having these strong communities and neighbors watching out for each other in place now are vital to keeping the Bug In option preferable.

Bugging In will also be the most comforting thing we will have during a collapse besides family. Think about how you would handle living through a week long power outage, and what things you can put in place now that would make that outage a little more bearable. Work on putting in a spring summer and fall garden, having these routines during a collapse will help with keeping you comfortable. I think that during a collapse, we will be very busy with getting water ready to drink, tending to the garden, cutting firewood, gathering food and preparing meals will keep us busy. These are everyday necessities and the tools alone to do these chores will not likely be taken by the Bug-Outer.

Another negative reason for Bugging Out on someone else’s property, is that the owner of the property will be expecting visitors, their trust level will be zero, and they will evict you at best.

Please let me know if Bugging out is your choice, and give some reasons why this works for you.

Take care,
Sensible Prepper

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