Saturday, May 31, 2008

Gun Show - Charleston, SC May 31st, 2008

Well, I just got back from the gun show...same shit different day.

I went there to try and get a shotgun. I wanted either a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500...just a regular shoutgun not some fucking SWAT special. Not one to be found, actually I did find a Remington 870 Express but it was the Magnum model which I don't want.

There were the usual suspects there charging outrageous prices for piece of shit guns. I was tempted by a Marlin 336W in 30-30 I saw new in the box for $299 but I felt the stock was cheap. I would rather wait and get the 336C.

I did pick up a Barska 3-9x 42mm scope for my 10-22. I also grabbed a couple of the .30 ammo cans for $3 each. My final purchase was 500 rounds 0f 9mm 115 grain FMJ Wolf ammo for $85. The ammo price wasn't bad, about what I could get it for on the Internet minus the shipping.

The best part of these shows is the food..they have a kick ass BBQ platter for $8 bucks I get everytime I go.

FUCK...I really wanted a shotgun. Guess I will just have to bite the bullet and visit one of the over-priced gun stores we have in this area.

...that is all.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

C & R (UPDATE)

You may remember I posted that I had applied for a FFL C&R license a while back.

Well...(drum roll please) it is here!!!! It would have been six weeks as of tomorrow 5/31/08. Not to bad actually, I was expecting to have to wait for months. I guess our friends at the BATF either like me or they are getting their crap in order.

Hurray for me!

My first puchase will most likely be the SKS I have mentioned many times in my posts. Well off to make copies and contact dealers...wish me luck!

...that is all.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Wal-Mart Method Of Hoarding Ammo...

Note: I didn't come up with this...it has floating around quite a while.

Damn I hate to keep mentioning Wally World in all my posts but I have a large one about a mile from the house... The wife an I made a run to the store for some assorted goods. I immediately made a bee-line to sporting goods and got a box of Federal .22lr "Value Pack" (550 rounds) ammo.

It cost me a $11 and some change; I do this pretty much everytime I set foot in the store. I usually don't notice the extra 10-15 bucks added to the bill and by doing this I have quickly accumulated 6,000+ rounds of .22lr.

Once in a while I switch up and grab a box of Winchester White Box 9mm Luger (100 rounds), I now have 1,100 rounds of that as well. Long story short...that is the famed "Wal-Mart method" of ammo hoarding ;)

...that is all.

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How To Survive The Coming Apocalypse (Part I)

Food – You can last a few weeks without food. Last is a good word because your time won’t be very enjoyable. Without food for your body to convert into energy both your mental and physical well being will suffer. Decision making and physical activity will get exponentially tougher as the time goes by. If you have kids, I think it will break your heart to watch them go hungry…but the above scenario does not have to come to fruition with a little planning.

There are several types of survival foods on the market, most of which I would not recommend. The reasons for not getting my seal of approval are simple: they are expensive for the most part and secondly they are so far removed from your regular diet your body may go through some tough times trying to adjust to the change.

Freeze Dried Food – a.k.a. Mountain House, etc. This food is really expensive and taste is questionable. I have eaten some of this stuff on hiking trips and anyone who tells you they enjoy this stuff is kidding themselves.

MRE’s – They are expensive as well, especially with the Iraq war going on. The military is buying these things up by the truckload. I have eaten MRE’s and they aren’t that bad but once again not exactly my first choice. I have 3 cases (36 meals/12 per case) of these I obtained from a friend in the Military that I SUPPLEMENT my food storage preparations with. I would not rely solely on these either.

Crazy Survivalist Recommendations – This is the famous five gallons of wheat, dried beans, rice, powdered milk, etc. all the “real” survivalists tout as all you need to survive. Give the average American a bucket of wheat and I guarantee you they will say “What the fuck am I supposed to do with this?” Not everyone, in fact, most everyone would have no idea how to make a meal out of this crap.

Well folks all is not lost…the easiest things to store for a rainy day are the things you eat everyday! Next trip to Wally World (Wal-Mart) try something for me: Instead of buying one can of corn, buy two. One can for that night’s dinner and the other can to put into storage. When tuna (solid white albacore, not that chunk light crap) is available for a buck, instead of buying 3, buy six! Wow, see how easy this is? When you add new stuff to storage make sure to rotate the old stuff forward and use that first. Some common stuff my wife and I have in storage:
Tuna, sardines and canned salmon SPAM – I love this stuff…apparently so does the whole of Hawaii.
Dried pasta Macaroni and cheese
Raman soups
Canned corn, green beans, peas, tomato sauce, beans (Kidney and baked)
Canned peaches and pineapples
Cooking oil (Canola – I have high cholesterol)
Salt (never goes bad if stored correctly)
Honey (never goes bad if stored correctly)
Coffee Powered creamer (for the coffee)
Beef Jerky (Jack Links makes some of the best)
Rice

This is not an exhaustive list but you get the idea. I have supplemented this with the three cases of MRE’s I mentioned above. We buy extra every time we go to the store and rotate as needed. If you do this every week you will slowly but surely have some items to fall back on should procuring food become an issue. We could easily survive for three months on just what we have in our pantry.

The idea is to accumulate things you eat on a everyday basis, this will make sure you enjoy what you have stored and more importantly during a time of stress (any disaster is stressful), you won’t have the added stress of adapting to a new diet. A great book on the subject I would recommend reading is Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisisby Peggy Layton.

One other thing we do is we have a garden in our backyard. Our garden is not huge, probably 10 tomato plants, 2 grape tomato plants, 4 cucumber plants, some green beans and watermelon. If don’t have a backyard use planting pots and place them in a sunny area of your house. It is a great way to supplement your stores with some fresh produce. Whatever you don’t eat either freeze or can. Go to Wally World pick up some Ball quart jars and a Presto pressure canner (total investment less than $50) and learn how to use it. It may save your life!

...that is all.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

How To Survive The Coming Apocalypse (Preface)

Hey folks, I figured I would start a series of articles on the most basic preparations you would need to survive whatever your disaster of choice is. The series will consist of:

1.) Food
2.) Water
3.) Shelter
4.) Energy
5.) Defense

I will post a new entry in the series every Wednesday for the next five weeks.

These five items make up the most basic of survival strategies. If you do the most basic of preparation in each of these areas you will be in good shape for the short term and easily be ahead of most of the population in term of preparation.

These suggestions won’t require huge sums of money…but you may need to spend a few bucks if you have been a lazy bastard about this.

Reminder: Hurricane season starts on June 1st for those of you lucky enough to live in areas affected by that sort of thing…like me ;)

...that is all.

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New Generator

The wife and I bit the bullet and picked up a new generator from Home Depot. We live in the Southeast and hurricane season starts June 1st.

We selected a Coleman Powermate 5000. It has a Subaru engine in it which was one of the reasons why I picked this particular model. Peak wattage is 6250 watts, 6 gallon gas tank, low oil shutoff and low noise (under 78 db) were some other reasons we selected this one as well. Damage: Just under 6 bills.

I plan to do a review on this bad boy but some initial impressions: Not terribly heavy, my wife and I can pick it up if we need to. Nice heavy wheels - makes moving it around fairly easy. Filled it with gas and oil and she started on the 3rd pull. I left the gas tank full - threw in 2 ounces of gas stabilizer. I also bought three 5 gallon gas containers which I promptly filled and threw gas stabilizer in as well. I have several long extension cords as well as the convenience cable the generator came with. I think I am set in the temporary power area should we loose power for a few days or even a week.

My plan is to run the refrigerator, a few lights and fans as well as any miscellaneous items for about 10-12 hours per day - no where near 100% load so the gas should last. If you cool your refrigerator for that period and keep the door shut everything should stay cool just fine.

TIP: Take the generator out once a month and run it for 5 minutes. Helps keep everything lubed and will aid in preventing hard starts.

Remember: NEVER run a generator indoors as you will likely die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

...that is all.

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My Humble Arsenal....

I am a firm believer that everyone should own at least one gun. Please understand I am not a gun nut by any stretch of the imagination. I have several guns but I am not someone who has 14 different AR's or AK's in as many configurations. I don't have 50,000 rounds of ammo or $600 Eotech sights. I do have some practical weapons that I have purchased with a few more on the "wish list".

Currently I have the following:
Ruger 10/22 in a Hogue overmolded stock with a Simmons scope and a Walmart sling.
Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm
Hi-Point C9 9mm
Walther P22
Smith and Wesson Model 22A

Wish list:
I will be hitting the Charleston Gun Show this weekend and hopefully walk out with a Mossberg 500. My final purchases will be an SKS when I finally get my C&R FFL and MAYBE a Remington 700 OR a Marlin 336. I haven't made up my mind on the bolt or the lever action gun just yet.

I have approximately 5000 rounds of .22 lr and about 1000 rounds of 9mm. I am going to try to get around the 10,000 round mark and I think that will be good. I am mostly hedging against rising prices, not trying to start a 3rd world insurrection.

I am going to break down my choice of weapons here for you into why I chose them and what their intended purpose will be:

Ruger 10/22 - Great varmint rifle. This is a tack driver and can certainly help put some squirrels or birds on the dinner table.

S&W M&P 9mm - This is my self-defense sidearm

Hi-Point C9 9mm - Junk gun. Good for the price. Strictly a backup or a hand over to someone else in my party if needed.

Walther P22 - This gun is for my wife. Load it with some CCI Mini-Mags and it will hurt you if she unloads it on your ass ;)

S&W Model 22A - Target plinker, my first gun actually. Used for practice. Backup for my wife in a pinch.

Mossberg 500 - If you have one gun make it a shottie. Multiple uses, configurable and nothing else says "Get the fuck off my property..." quite as good.

SKS - Main battle rifle for me.

Remington 700 or Marlin 336 - Intermediate game gun. Look at keeping as few calibers as possible. I have entirely 9mm and .22 now with the addition of the Shottie and one or two other guns I would like to keep it to 4 or so calibers if possible. Makes buying easier - always cheaper in bulk. I am also an NRA member. I don't always agree with them but they do an admirable job trying to protect our 2nd amendment rights.

...that is all.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

C & R

Well it has officially been a month (4/19 to be exact) since I submitted my application to the BATF for my C&R FFL (Curio and Relic). This magical document allows you to purchase weapons listed by the BATF as curio or relics, like the SKS or Mosin Nagant, on the Internet and have them shipped to your house.

Needless to say my first purchase will likely be said SKS. The BATF sure cashes your check ($30) quickly - within 4 days in my case. Unfortunately they take their sweet time getting you the license. The application really is no big deal. You fill out one copy and send it to the BATF with a check for $30 and you send another copy to the head law enforcement officer in your area. In my case that was the Dorchester County Sheriff - Ray Nash.

Below is a great tutorial on how to obtain your C&R FFL on Surplus Rifle:
How to obtain your C&R FFL

I will keep you posted on when the hell this thing gets here, I have heard estimates of 4-6 weeks and 4-6 months.

I am hoping for the former and not the latter ;)

...that is all.

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Be A Survivor...

Well here it is, my first post. Survival in the coming mayhem will depend on a persons will, character and their ability to prepare in some meaningful fashion. It is a fact 90% of the people out there are sheep. They are sheep because they rely on others, including our government to provide for them. They lack the character to provide for themselves and to take pride in doing so.

Survival is a state of mind, not running to Walmart when the shit hits the fan. Take some personal responsibility and provide for yourself and your family. No one is saying buy 1000 acres in Idaho and retreat into a hermit like existence, stockpiling food and guns. Simply start by have more than a weeks worth of food and water available should something like Katrina hit your neck of the woods. Even better have a months worth of food and water available and possibly invest in something like a shotgun in case you actually have to defend yourself and your loved ones.

Believe me when I say it is hard to get through to some folks. My wife sometimes looks at me like I am some kind of whack job. She is slowing seeing the light though and more often than not I can convince her to see things "mostly" my way.

I envision this blog as a way for me to document my own journey and possibly provide some information to folks in the process. I plan on doing some artcles, reviews and instructional posts that I hope will add some value to folks and their quest to prepare for whatever "it" is.

Anyhow, let the journey begin...

...that is all.

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