Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Years Resolution Review

Figured it is as good of a time as any to review my 2014 New Years Resolutions which I really use yearly more as annual goals than anything else. Completed resolutions will be lined through and notes will be in italics. Note I am piggy backing off the last review done in May.

Note: The stuff in light grey are long shots. By long shots I mean they are not realistically funded based on projected levels of spending. Admittedly this is pretty unscientific since I do not have an exact projected preps budget that is divided amongst different areas. It's probably more of a gut feeling based on the last few years of what I will realistically be able to do than anything else.


Attend a quality defensive pistol course. Work messed up a scheduled CSAT course. Undetermined on when/ where I plan to reengage this goal.
Try to attend an Appleseed if I can. Scheduled. Decent odds it will happen.
Following said defensive pistol course begin a dry fire regimen.
Shoot more often. Ideally at least monthly but certainly not more than bi monthly. Doing better.

Finish the 870 P project. Refinish, light, sling, ammo cards, ammo holding system to match. Get a .30 cal precision rifle almost surely a .308. 
 I have been semi casually looking for a single shot 12 gauge shotgun to go all Dave Canterbury. If I find one I will buy it.
 Maybe start on an AR pistol

Consumables and minor stuff:
250 rounds buckshot
250 rounds #4 shot
250 slugs
Get a quality kydex outside waistband Glock holster with mag pouches to match
4 Ruger 10/22 BXP mags
A case of 5.56 ammo
A stripped AR-15 lower receiver
Long shot a case of 9mm FMJ  purchased the 9mm ammo for a class and am keeping it set aside for such unless things get all wonky then it would of course be usefull and a second case of 5.56 ammo
10 each PMAGs
 6x Glock 17 mags
I can always use another 10/22 or a Glock 19 but those are big time long shots.

Run more, keeping better track of it. Maybe do a marathon or something. Eh not much has happened on this one.
Keep up a decent weight lifting regimen with hard circuit based body weight type stuff. I'm back at this with a vengeance. Setting a lot of near term (vs back in the day) maxes and some all time ones. Getting my swole on.
 Generally keep on doing good things

Break in all extra boots that are currently accessible. Working on it. Going to need to start wearing a pair of old school black leather boots in my off work time.
Not sure exactly where this fits but I want to firm up our heavy (vehicle) bug out packing list then have that stuff ready to go. Also continue developing all of our systems.
Purchase a small enclosed trailer. 

Skills: Get a ham radio license. Kinda bumping this to the winter when other stuff is not happening.
Get better with HTLM and web coding stuff (any advice would be great)

Get a ham radio, probably one of the little Baeofong (spelling) setups to start.
Get a set of 2 (4 would be better) good FRS radios with head sets. I have a pair in storage that might work but I've got to test them.
Get a scanner 

Keep building our food supply to the interim goal of having a year's worth for 4 people. Put back a lot of food since we have been here.
Get chickens. The golden girls are giving us 3-4 eggs a day. Enough to totally meet our egg needs. Right now I'm alone so I am swamped in eggs.
Start growing some herbs n stuff. Maybe sprouts too. Got a decent little garden going.

Continue to improve our cache situation. Set up the Operational Cache. Looking at some other ideas.
Work to develop primitive skills. Nothing has really happened on this.
Pick up another full tang medium sized survival/ general purpose knife or maybe two plus stuff to round out some of the redundant parts of my various kits. Picked up a Benchmade Bushcrafter. Looking to add a slightly larger knife to the inventory this summer.
Get 3-4 more wool blankets. It is hard to recall exactly when I bought minor item like blankets. I am up one or two since them.

Alternative Energy:
Skills: Use the stuff we have more to figure out how to make it work for our needs. Working this one. This includes a good plan for charging Wifey's smart phone on the go.

Stuff : Wifey mentioned wanting to get a generator before hurricane season. We are far enough North in Louisiana so as to avoid utter destruction but can definitely lose power. A buddy up here lost power for a week during Rita. This worried Wifey. So we might just get a generator. Probably an EU 2000 like Zero has.

Stashing a half dozen or so military gas cans would be nice. Enough gas to completely fill up both our vehicles twice and run a genny enough to keep the freezer cold, charge batteries and watch a bit of news for at least 2 weeks (a month would be better) would be great. Got to do some math on that one.

Many of my major goals have been met. I don't see an AR pistol happening though I will pick up a lower or two. Mostly this is  because I really want an S&W Shield. Also I  need a few hundred rounds of JIC .308 ammo as well as some match grade stuff and a reloading setup to turn used brass into my own home brewed precision .308 ammo.

Of course I'll keep stashing food away. 

Also I need to put about $300 into communications gear. This is honestly long overdue. I'll likely get a scanner first then a couple affordable radios after doing some studying and getting the license. 

Need to work on running more. 

Overall we are slightly over halfway through the year and I am doing good at knocking stuff off the list. 

How are you doing on your years goals?


highdesertlivin said...

Well, I have a house rented in Montana. I also have a uhaul reserved for 3 weeks from now.So iff all goes as planned I will have the family moved to w/in 40 min. of my Bol w/in 30 days. I may have to change my handle.Now iff I can just sell my house.

Theother Ryan said...

HDL, I have been following your move as comments about it occur. Am pleased for you and interested to see how it goes.

It is a good season to sell a house, you should be fine.

riverrider said...

well, 1)came out of retirement,got a job, not dependent on govt check. 2)got an ak,sorta, a vz. 3)loaded/loading up on mags and lowers for the next post sandy hook crunch ie:investments.....what i have failed at: 1)pt-still finding excuses not to. 2)training-still only in my mind,lol. i kid myself that after 29 years i don't need no more stinkin' training. 3)travel more- well accomplishing 1 above killed 3 below to an extent. hoping to get out and about this fall after we issue all the gear out to the cadets. now that i see it written down, i feel better about the materiel but worse about the physical. i will be shifting focus. thanks.

Anonymous said...

"Get a ham radio, probably one of the little Baeofong (spelling) setups to start.
Get a set of 2 (4 would be better) good FRS radios with head sets. I have a pair in storage that might work but I've got to test them.
Get a scanner"

K. here.

I am not a HAM, but I have a good friend whom is a HAM and whom stayed at a Holiday Inn once. I too was looking into fledgling communications equipment which was totally virgin territoy for me beyond a crappy old CB radio I used to have in an old IH Scout II, back in my late teeens.
My HAM friend talked me in a Baofeng(correct spelling, pronounciation, however, well... ?..). As the little radios will can do just about everything you mentioned in the quoted selection above. I'm sure they are not top of the line and that some will call them absolute trash. I'm an ACOG TA31f in a Larue LT-100 mount or "F' it, I'll just shoot the open sights on my m4", kind of snob about somethings myself, so I "get" it. That said, they get good to better reviews for enexpensive equipment from some, and are called cheap junk by others but so far have served me pretty well. My friend uses them quite often in leu of his far more expensive and likely better quality hand held HAM radios because they work "pretty good" according to his fairly stringent standards for what they are and he's not out much $ if it get broken/stolen/lost. Additionally, the Baofeng UV5rs that I picked up at least(and I'm pretty sure most all of them) can be programmed to include all of the FRS GMRS and MURS channels avoiding the need for "Family Channel" type radios. These pretty much are an all in one package for communications newbies. Just download the free "CHIRP" software to any OS other than Vista or Mac product. look up what freqs you want entered into you radio and in what order plug in all the numbers and the computer will "Flash" your Baofeng and like whalah(because comms are still all greek unicorn magic to me)your radio is programmed and ready to use. I currently have all the FRS, GMRS, MURS, NOAA weather stations, a dedicated pre arranged "SHTF" channel that my HAM buddy and several other LMIs will all use, a number of local emergency communications Fire/Rescue/State Police/Medical Helicopter/nieghboring couty Sherifs and Police(my county Sheriff and Police are trunked encrypted and a no go for being picked up by most scanners and radios, the most of the popular local repeters and a few other things my buddy programmed in for me. The little Baofeng radios can also pick up FM radio stations as well. I wouldnt advise trandmitting on HAM frequiences until you have a liscense as they're not real fond of it as I understand and it is quite illegal according to the FCC as I understand it but given a conventional world "Without Rule Of Law" situation or even a genuine local dissaster or emergency I doubt anyone would get too bent out of shape if you stepped up from "Family Channel" freqs to something with a bit more range, espicially if it were actually an emergency and not a behavior that became a commonplace habbit.

Liberal Prepper said...

To charge a smartphone, get a hand crank charger. Will do just about anything if you can plug what you'd plug into the wall into it.

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