Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stuff: Maybe I am Becoming a Minimalist and How it Relates to Guns

I sort of touched on this topic before but it seems to be worth revisiting. We shipped off our household goods recently so the place is empty. Right now we are living out of 4 big duffels/ suitcases, 2 carry on sized suitcases and 2 backpacks. It will be this way for a couple months. We put some thought into the stuff we kept and to be honest we don't really need anything else. Of course kitchen stuff, furniture and preps are not part of the equation here. I am mostly talking about normal day to day living. It is truly astounding the amount of stuff we have in relation to what we actually use, let alone need. We have clothes for a week in summer or fall weather, entertainment via computers, kindles, books and toys for kiddo.

During the prelim to shipping our stuff we dropped off 3 big garbage bags of clothes at the thrift store. We also threw away 2 big bags of stuff that was in fairly bad shape.

Wifey and I got to talking and if all of our stuff was gone (like the boat it is on goes down or something) we would probably replace half or a third of it. Our goal is to cut out even more stuff on the other end when we move in and get settled. Maybe we are becoming minimalists or at least slowing down our pack rat tendencies.

As to how this relates to survivalism. At the risk of rehashing the last post. It isn't so much that I am against stocking stuff deep. Just that I am for stocking the right stuff deep AND getting rid of unnecessary stuff in our life. Case in point. I donated 2 sweaters and a quilted long sleeved t shirt thing. I hadn't worn 1 in forever or the other two that were gifts well, ever. I kept both of my wool sweaters even though I haven't worn them in years because well wool sweaters are a good thing to have around.

This got me to thinking about how this all relates to guns. The first question would be how many  guns does a person really need. I guess the logical reply would be "to do what?" A guy who hunts big game, varmit and birds, shoots high power, 3 gun, skeet, trap, IDPA and Cowboy action that also wants to equip his family of 8 for Red Dawn style warfare would have to own a whole bunch of guns.

However most people's goals are a lot simpler. I laid out a strategy for (re) building a basic battery awhile back. Basically I would get a pistol, shotgun or rifle, then a rifle if I went shotty first, a bolt gun then another pistol and rifle. Somewhere in the middle I would get a .22 pistol and a .22 rifle or conversion kit for an AR. That would leave me with 2 Glocks, 2 AK/AR's (I said AK in the older post but it is 6 of 1 and a half dozen of the other), a shotgun and a bolt gun. I can't see any gaping holes  though a toy size subcompact pistol would be nice. Honestly if I woke up tomorrow and this was my setup I would be fine with that. Honestly I could do just about everything I really want to. Sure 4 more of each weapon listed and a few more random guns would be nice but that would really just be icing on the cake. When the kid's get close to old enough I will get another rifle and pistol each. Which brings us to the other end of the gun spectrum.

After discussing how many guns is enough to be getting by you wonder how many is too many, if there is such a thing. It might come as a shock to you but I don't think you can have too many guns, at least not exactly. You can however spend too much money on guns at the expense of other things. If you have 8 AR's and do not have night vision, body armor, a serious food storage plan and a decent emergency fund then I would argue you are in fact doing yourself a disservice. It is mostly about being proportionate in all areas.

Anyway I have got to wrap this up. Remember, freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.




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