Showing posts with label Joe Fox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Joe Fox. Show all posts

Friday, September 1, 2017

Real World Bug Outs Continued

Yesterdays Real World Bug Outs post got a lengthy comment from Aesop that I wanted to discuss. I will post it and my comments will be in italics.

My bug-out prep would be for 5 minutes and 30 minutes, but with kids, I could see a 15 minute instead of 5 becoming necessary.

It always takes more time to parade the troops.

Anything not important enough to grab and load in 30 minutes isn't vital anyways.
BTW, That's 10 3-minute round trips.


I think we could talk in circles about what the right time amounts are. As I look at my list the initial 15 minute time hack is way longer than I would need to do what is on the list. 5 might be a bit optimistic (where are my darn keys right now, etc all) but I could certainly call it 10. It would be 15 at least with kids. 

For the long time I need to think about it a bit more.
So besides figuring what you're carrying, break down those ten (or whatever, your house may be shorter trips than mine) trips into what you grab with each one, based again on triaging priorities. That way, if things get worse, you still got the most important stuff first.



I like the list broken down by trip idea. That is neat. 
 
i.e. Notional trip List

1) Important stuff - briefcase and B.O.B.
2) comms, backups, maps, compass, GPS, etc.
3) Weapons & ammo
4) Water and filters
5) shelter - tent, sleeping bags, etc.
6) medical
7) tools, traps, & gear
8) food
9) more clothes, boots, etc.
10) more food, water, addl. supplies

(And don't forget the carrier(s) for Fido and Fluffy, their food, bowls, leashes, waste management supplies, etc.!)


This is where the real world part comes in. We aren't fleeing the zombie apocalypse to go camp in the woods or something. Thus a need for a tent and traps and a bunch of bulk food isn't present. I'll be living on a couch or in a cheap motel eating pizza or microwave food from the grocery store. So I do not need to waste time and space on that stuff. Having some capability, like a BOB makes sense but that time and vehicle space would be much more useful for Great Grandmas rocking chair or something. I suppose the specific event and your plan will ultimately dictate. I can see myself ending up with 2 lists, one for an event during normal times and another or the dreaded zombie apocalypse.

More trips?
Make a longer list, as appropriate.

Then print it out.
Then put a house plan map, with trip number items color-coded, circled, and pre-packed into appropriate bags/bundles, on the back side.
Then make several two-sided color copies.
Then laminate them, and put them in appropriate places.


You kind of lost me with the talk of color coding and circling. Pre packing stuff makes sense though. I am pretty much there. Concur about the list. My plan is to firm it up an then do just that.

Anything not hot/cold/time sensitive, as much as possible, should be pre-staged in the vehicle(s), which saves you needless trips.

Pre staging stuff in a risky situation (there is a fire nearby, not quite close enough to evacuate yet, etc) certainly makes sense. Having your normal vehicle loaded to bug out at all times sounds kind of problematic. A full set up ready to go in a dedicated vehicle would be cool if you have one and a relatively secure place to store it.


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Aesop said...
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(Oh, and it should go without saying, your vehicle(s) should already have a list of items always in them 24/7/365 - tools, spares, flares, fluids, fire ext., first aid kit, etc., and a schematic of where they're stored, and what needs to be checked/replaced, at least twice a year. Just like the .Mil has done with jeeps, trucks, HMMWVs, MRAPs, APCs, and tanks since we stopped using horses. Doing this on the changes back/forth from Daylight Savings Time, which is always a Sunday, gives you winter/summer changeovers, along with swapping out stored batteries, rotating stored food, and changing active batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors, and checking your household fire extinguisher(s). All of which people have, right? RIGHT?)


I concur with this and have more or less the same set up in my vehicle.

Kids bags being "too hard" is a cop out.

I am inclined to agree with you. The difference is you and I are fairly committed to all of this stuff. Normal folks aren't. So what is an acceptable level of hassle to you is not to them.

If they grow that fast, just put one full set of clothes into the bag once a week with laundry, and swap 'em out. You're gonna wash them and fold 'em anyways, so it ain't that tough. Or even once a month.

So obviously what's really kickin' somebody's butt there is self-discipline.

Excuses are just wallpaper for a pile of crap.

The briefcase idea is always right, going back to the second Bond movie.

Having your passport/IDs, important stuff, emergency cash, and some handy weapons and gadgets in a Get Out Of Dodge case or carryall is Survival 101, going as far back as the WWI precursors to the OSS 100 years ago.


I use a small backpack so I can stuff it into my BOB if needed.

Go over each item on a monthly basis, i.e. one item per month.

E.g., on that list, in February, you'd put fresh road maps, topos, state gazeteers, etc. in your map case, put in fresh stored (NOT kept inside the devices) spare batts for your GPS and handhelds, make sure your personal CEOI (local freqs, buddies' freqs, cellphone, e-mail, and snail mail addys for family, friends, neighbors, important contacts - banks, utilities, credit card companies, insurance agents and companies, emergency resources - Poison control, doctors, hospitals, red cross, state and federal FEMA, and anything else you want/need/think is cool etc. is all up to date and current, laminated, duplicated, etc.

And everything should be in both paper copies, AND a bombproof/waterproof/disasterproof encrypted thumb drive or three. You should have some of those stored/buried/cached offsite in redundantly redundant places, with all your important records archived.

This is on my to do list.

You can also fit more photos than anyone should own on the newer high-cap drives, and save yourself toting cartons of albums of otherwise irreplaceable family pics.


Scanning photos is a great idea. I will add it to my to do list.

For one example, you can put one or more such drives in one of the cute anodized, o-ring sealed aluminum "pill carrier" tubes, go to a close relative's house outside your region, unscrew the center latch of an interior door like a closet, get a paddle bit, and put a suitable hole into the jamb. Deposit the tube, put the latch back in place, screw it down on most of the screws, and epoxy in a broken-off dummy screw head for the remaining hole(s), and unless their house burns down or washes away too, it'll be there until you need it, or get old enough to go senile and forget you put it there.



I would probably just ask them to hold onto said thumb drive for me.

If you have masonry bits and some camo skillz plus a glue gun, you can do this with a brick in a pile, a rock, a tree trunk or stump, a plug/switch box in conduit, or about 1000 other places. The places where you can stash stuff you might want, but don't want to carry are mainly only limited by your imagination.




This kind of thing definitely has some cool possibilities. I am certainly a fan of caches.

And the fatter aluminum tubes about 3" long hold 30+ quarter-sized coins. Imagine pre-65 silver, or 1/4 oz. gold Canadian Maple leaf coins, and each one is a stash of $90-9000 US dollars of actual money. Just saying.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Real World Bug Outs

My friends house almost burned down. There was a fire in the immediate area. It happened during the day when B was at work. Maggy was home with the kids. She realized it was time to get out of there. She had the kids (they are young) pack bags while she put some other stuff together. Thankfully the issue was localized so a friend was able to come over and help with the kids which gave her a lot more freedom of movement.


She mentioned that it was a good thing that it wasn't a real emergency because between their kids bags was "3 pair of underwear, 4 shorts, 8 shirts, and 28 pair of socks."



This got us talking about preparing. I mentioned maybe having some bags ready to go. She, somewhat correctly, said for little kids whose sizes change constantly that would be sort of a constant mess. After some consideration I got back to her and told her what I actually do.



For my kids I keep a kid sized backpack in the car with a full set of clothes, 2x underwear, shoes, a coat and a few small books/ toys. This is basically their bug out stuff. It sits in the vehicle because kids are messy and crazy. Also it keeps this stuff relevant because it fits a normal life role and is getting used somewhat often. 


Other things that came up from this conversation are lists and drills.


Having a list of what you should take helps in stressful situations. Do the thinking when your mind is clear. Also this may well lead you to having things more organized. For example having your important papers in a folder or briefcase with your passports, documents, cash, spare keys, etc together in the safe makes it much easier than doing a scavenger hunt.


I broke my list into 15 minutes and 1 hour. To me much less than 15 is grab your wallet, BOB and run so no point in that. The other time of 1 hour seemed realistic for needing to leave soon but having more time.


Maybe you could do 4 hours and 24 but for me they seem to be getting less likely. Unless you have a bunch of guys to help and several large trailers you will see that the 1 hour plan has your vehicles pretty much packed up.


I am going to firm up my list a little and will publish it, or maybe a sanitized version of it, later.


Drills are important. Even relatively small kids can do stuff. Also if the kids are busy it lets parents be much more productive. Even something as simple as "Get dressed, pack a bag of toys, go to the bathroom and get into the car." would be a huge help. The kid drills are something I am kind of light on. I will have to take a look at Joe Foxs Book.


Anyway what are your thoughts on real world bug out's?



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Three Important Homesteading Guns



I find nothing to argue with. Some might note the lack of a .22 but as Pastor Joe Fox has noted aside from shots of ammo you can fit in a coffee cup anything a .22 can do a shotgun can do as well or better.

Even at new prices you could easily buy new solidly brand name guns (Glock, Mossberg/ Rem 870 and Savage bolt gun) and come out at around $1,300. Figure reasonable (not once a year deals) used price would be closer to $1,100. Folks on tight budgets could compromise a bit (Say S&W SDVE, Maverick 88 and Savage Axis and easily come in under a grand, probably under 900.

Sure more cool guns are better but if you are on a budget 3-4 basic guns will do just fine.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Link Dump

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pastor Joe Fox 'Before You Buy PM's'



On the ammo discussion:
10,000 rounds by Pastor Joe Fox
Cheaper than Dirt chimes in and thinks 2 cases per rifle is pretty reasonable
My thoughts on How Much Ammo is Enough

To recap my thoughts:
Fighting Rifle like an AK-47 3,000 rounds of 7.62x39. Ditto for 3 cases of 5.56 for the AR, etc all
Fighting Pistol- 1k of 9mm or whatever your flavor is.
Shotgun- 1k mixed between buckshot, slugs and small game loads. Depending on your area and firearms setup you might want more buckshot for say an urban scenario or more small game loads if you are set on defensive rifles and out in the sticks. Honestly I would probably go 300 buck, 200 slugs and 500 various small game loads like #6 and BB because I'm more likely to shoot 5 rounds a week at squirrels or birds than burglars.

In general:

I think there are a couple of ways to look at precious metals.

One could look at them as a part of a survivalist type plan. From this perspective on the low $$$ end you might have a bag of 90% silver dimes to barter with. This could be $20 face (14.2ish ounces, costing about $300 today) or a big $100 face bag. On the high end you might have a bit more silver and whatever the balance of your funds is in gold.

Personally I do not look at PM's as part of my survivalist plans. If I was headed to Ye Olde Barter Faire sure I would have a few dollars face in 90% but I would also have fifty rounds of .22 lr, a pack of sewing needles, some pins, etc. The way I look at PM's is not so much as  a survivalist thing but as the uuber conservative portion of my financial plans. Some folks put a bit of money into bonds or treasuries, I go with silver and gold instead.

Anyway I thought the video was worthwhile and thought provoking. I hope it is equally worthwhile to you.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Fitness Push




I am on day 2. Not quite as low carb as Pastor Joe recommends but we haven't really done a dedicated shopping trip with this new found health push in mind so it's been catch as catch can. Anyway I am working to get fit and establish healthy long term habits. Are you physically where you want to be? If not, what are you doing about it?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fear Porn, Emotional Reactions and Meaningful Action

It is good to keep up on national and world events but looking through the admittedly paranoid survivalist lens this can get pretty tiring. The term 'Fear Porn' has been around for a bit. I think Maineprepper came up with it but am honestly not quite sure. Basically you have people reading the news looking at everything bad and freaking out all the time. It gets even worse when people only go to aggregators who focus solely on bad news based on whatever their niche is. On even the best day one can find some terrible news or bad trends just by digging deep enough. Invariably there is a war in Africa (not to mention the entire middle east and the Ukraine) and some weird bad economic news will come out and there is a cannibal Murderer in California. Pastor Joe fox brings an excellent point in this video.

If your personal panic meter is pegged every day you need to recalibrate it to the modern 24 hour news cycle and in particular the new (last few years anyway) trend of searchable local news that can be aggregated. Nothing big going on nationally, something terrible probably happened in the regional news, nothing terrible there, go to local new. You get the idea. We need to establish a baseline for what is normal, bad and really bad. Fundamentally if a situation is not driving you to some sort of action then stop worrying about it. If an event or trend is not going to affect my life and or make me do something to mitigate that event/ trend it really is not going an issue for me then. I follow the news but don't really care about Syria because it is not going to affect me. Now on the other hand the entire middle east going to war with Iran and Russia re forming the USSR are concerns but more in a world events way, not so much in that they are going to affect me. One might get worried about something and run out to do this or that. A meaningful reaction would be to do something that will somehow prevent, mitigate or let you avoid the effects of what you think might happen makes sense. Something like topping off your gas tanks if you think something in the Middle East is about to kick off makes sense. On the other hand for a guy living in Alabama buying a gun because of strife in the middle east would not really make much sense.

Once can argue these events are a general reminder to continue your preparedness efforts so whatever was next on the list might make sense. The problem is when you use said events to justify doing what you wanted to do anyway that does not necessarily make rational sense.

Thoughts?



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

From Around The Web

Euro at 9 year low vs the dollar.  I wish it would have been 1.19 to a dollar when I was in Germany.
Deflation in Europe
The Greeks elected a leftist government that is anti austerity which could lead to them breaking the current agreement. The problem is once a country enters the IMF death spiral there really isn't a way out. Some smart people have argued that is intentional.

From Weapons Man
Some predictions for 2015
The Big Lie about Wanat (AKA why M4's aren't jamming and getting soldiers killed)
Wars to Study, to Study UW

From American Mercenary
Fake cell towers, IMSI grabbers, and how to secure communications through an unsecure medium

From Max Velocity
Max Velocity Riflemen training plan
1978 Nuclear Holocaust: March or Die 40 miles with 40 pounds in 24 hours is a darn good goal yet, for a healthy adult who is willing to do an extensive and deliberate train up, a reasonable goal.

From Sheriff Jim Winson
If You Can Shoot AKA why the gun famed border patrolman, shooter and writer would bury for bad times is an S&W Model 19 with a box of shells.
 
Also

Saturday, August 30, 2014

How Much Ammo Is Enough?

I was discussing how many guns you really need and Tpals asked for my thoughts on ammo. Also today I saw Peter of Bayou Renaissance Man's thoughts on How Much Ammo Is Enough today. Peters thinking certainly has merit. Take it for what it is worth.

I discussed that matter about 4 years back and again about a year ago.

To briefly recap my thoughts. The kind of scenario you are worried about matters a lot here.  Normal everyday defensive stuff just doesn't require a lot of ammo. If you live on a ranch out by the Mexican border and genuinely might end up in a running gun fight with a bunch of drug runners or could get caught in a Hurricane [While not part of our current topic Peters posts on Katrina and Rita as well as Gustav are definitely worth reading. Learn from others so you can avoid the pitfalls of their mistakes.] or a serious riot more ammo would make sense. If you are worried about progressively darker scenarios add ammo (and of course other supplies) as appropriate.
 
A big part of how much ammo is enough for you is WHAT MAKES YOU PERSONALLY COMFORTABLE. One could say this about preparedness as a whole. Anyway moving on.

Personally I am very comfortable with:
Defensive rifle- 3,000 rounds
Defensive pistol- 1,000 rounds
Shotgun- 1,000 rounds mixed between buckshot, slugs, small game shot like #4 and birdshot
.22lr- 5,000 rounds
Hunting rifle- 1,000 rounds/ 500 rounds*

Wish I could say these numbers were the product of painstaking analysis based on the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as riots, disasters and other events. However that is not the case. Somewhere between my various experiences and an affinity for nice even numbers I decided that the above listed numbers make sense for me. they may or may not work well for you.

* When I posted this a few years ago hunting rifle ammo was a topic of discussion. Anyway when relooking the ammo counts I came up with years ago I generally agreed with them all but the hunting ammo was worth revisiting. With 30-30 at 80 cents to a dollar a round for SP type hunting ammo, .308 FMJ (brass cased) around 90 cents; Federal 150gr SP hunting ammo at a bit over a buck and 30'06 about the same as .308 cost is definitely a consideration here.

Especially since actual harvesting of big game does not require a lot of rounds I can see the sentiment. On this subject Pastor Joe Fox mentioned that the year before writing The Survivalist Family he fired 6 shots, 3 to confirm zero and 1 each for the three deer he killed. Our longtime friend Chris's math figured pessimistically more like a box to zero and more for hunting to total 40 rounds a year.

My specific concern here is for folks who have a hunting rifle as their only centerfire rifle. Guys for whom the '06 or whatever deer rifle is their only real rifle.  The logic of 'I hunt on 20 rounds a year so 3x20 is 3 years of ammo' works sorta OK if the deer rifle is behind an AR/ AK in the safe but it doesn't work if that is the rifle you grab to get into a fight.

If folks have a defensive rifle with a decent stock of ammo and want to keep a bit less ammo for their hunting rifle I wouldn't argue against it. Also I would want to make sure they are not relying on that rifle for long range/ precision as part of a core defensive plan to hold say a long winding road going into a canyon or whatever. If those two conditions are both met less ammo seems just fine. I think 500 rounds seems pretty reasonable to me.  Anyway moving on.

The goals I laid out are not as ambitious as some but more than others. I think that for most folks given some planning they can be met within a reasonable time frame. Also they are generally high enough that if you are most of the way there the situation is pretty decent still. I generally try to set goals that are realistically attainable but aggressive enough that if you fall a bit low you're still in a good spot.

Honestly for all but the darkest scenarios half of what I like would likely be fine. If landed into the LA Riots (aside from that I wasn't shaving yet;) or Hurricane Katrina say visiting a friend or whatever with half of my goals; say an AK with a case and a half of Tuna 7.62x39 JHP, a Glock 9mm with 500 rounds of 9mm 115gr JHP, a shotgun with 500 rounds of ammo and a .22 with 2,500 I would be fine. Whatever issues I had they would not be ammo related.

I should note these counts are for core type weapons. I'm not saying you need to go this deep for every gun that you own. Like many folks maybe you happen to have an oddball (common caliber or otherwise but doesn't fit your plans) like the .38 S&W revolver Grandpa passed down, a .22-250 you shot Coyotes with for awhile or whatever. What it is smart/ necessary to do for that gun depends on how deep you are in core type weapons and ammo. If you have four AR's with a deep stash of ammo and a pair of .308 hunting rifles with a case of ammo between em you can go light on the heirloom/ oddball in the safe. On the other hand if you are a bit lighter on guns then everything matters.

Of course next is the guns overall viability. Say a little heirloom Browning knock off .25 that hasn't been fired since political candidates wore hats is worth a spare mag and a box of ammo while a more viable weapon like a .303 Enfield or .30 Carbine a relative brought back from the big one it would be smart to stash at least a couple hundred rounds.

I should note these counts have some margin for barter/ charity as well as sighting in optics, periodic test fires, etc but do not specifically include training. I keep a bit of ammo above that for training.

Think that pretty much overs my thoughts on ammo. 

Suppose I should touch on mags.

I like 20 per fighting rifle, and 10 per fighting pistol. As to pocket pistols, hunting rifles, rimfire, etc 4-6 seems sufficient. In this context I am more concerned about replacing a mag that wears out than fighting reloads.

Anyway I think that covers my thoughts on ammo and mags. Am interested in hearing the numbers for mags and ammo that make you happy and probably more interestingly the thinking behind it.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Department of Agriculture Looking for a Few Good Submachine Guns

Well the Department of Agriculture is looking to buy a bunch of 40 S&W submachine guns.

I cannot say for sure there are not a few folks on the Dep of Agriculture who have  reasonable need for such armarment. Yet I suspect they are not just looking to pick up a dozen to arm agriculture experts on loan to assist the DEA in destroying pot fields or something.

Here is what Pastor Joe Fox thinks about the matter.


At a minimum, baring the potentially excusable small order, I find this  symptom of the increasing mission creep and militarization of federal agencies. Departments like Agriculture, Education, Social Security, Wildlife, etc all may legitimately need some armed folks but not many. They certainly do not need SWAT teams, MRAP's or hundreds of machine guns and rifles. In fact I would submit the issue with these agencies getting paramilitary wings entirely outside of the scope of their traditional roles is twofold. First boys of all ages who get cool shiny toys want to use them. Additionally administrators with new departments (that make them look good, allow a bunch of jobs to be upgraded a GS level, etc) need to show their departments have a purpose to justify their continued existence.

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pastor Joe Fox on the Mossberg 500

Pastor Joe speaks the truth as always. The Mossberg 500 is a perfectly serviceable shotgun that offers a bit more value than it's main competitor the Remington 870. The price difference will let you get the combo pack with both short and long barrels which is a heck of a setup. I had one that served me faithfully for around a decade before it was traded away in order to transition into only owning Remington 870's. Sort of miss that gun.

I switched to the 870 because it has a smoother action and a larger spare/ aftermarket parts base. The downsides are that 870's are a bit more expensive and the safety is not well placed. Since my shotgun concept of use is not safe heavy I don't mind but if you are concerned with that the Mossberg is a clear choice. Also the lower cost, without sacrificing reliability, of the Mossberg 500 makes it the clear choice for the budget conscious.

In particular the 22 inch removable choke barrel like Pastor Joe has offers a ton of utility. I've heard that setup described as the ultimate shotgun with a lot of validity. Admittedly there is a compromise there but for just 1 shotgun with just 1 barrel to fill a lot of purposes it would be my choice.

The Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 are both great guns with different strong points. Both will serve you well in any tasks a shotgun is capable of.

If I was a totalitarian dictator I would mandate that the Remsburg 8750 be made. It would be an 870 with a better, more durable finish and Mossberg style tang safety and front left slide release. Anyway,

Just get a good pump shotgun or twelve of them.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Coming Economic Winter


Economic problems worry me considerably. For this situation paying off debt is absolutely critical, doubly so debts for things you can certainly use or arguably need like vehicles or even homes. Homes are a bit more problematic but you can at least take a good whack at the rest of it.

Food matters a ton. Stocking some dry and canned staples as well as emergency food is important but in the long run you need to be producing food or stuff/ skills to trade for food. A good garden and chickens got a lot of folks through the Great Depression. Folks with a good garden, some chickens, a few crops and a milk cow did fairly well.

Of course you need guns and ammo but those are secondary. Two hundred and fifty rounds of buckshot for the house/ duck gun and a half case of ammo for the AR would go a long way towards being comfortable. Realistically unless you live in the ghetto there aren't going to be a lot of gunfights going on. Some game loads and if you can find it .22lr is probably as if not more important for sustainability than the fighting stuff anyway.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Advice From The Pro's, Solid Gold

John Mosby discussing all manner of gear and systems. It touches on his systems and the gear he prefers as well as the methodology behind it, plus the strengths and weaknesses of various other options. Great stuff!!!

Pastor Joe Fox, who has all manner of Army merit badges and IIRC taught at SERE school is doing a very interesting video series on escape and evasion.

Deny the start point!!!

  Gaping Burst!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Review: The Survivalist Family by Joe Fox

Today I am going to be reviewing The Survivalist Family by Joe Fox. If you are not familiar with Pastor Joe Fox then check out his youtube channel which is full of great stuff. Anyway I picked this book up as an add on when ordering the Swack Shack.

The Good: Let's see, the book is chock full of great advice! I especially appreciate that while it has some lists they are well thought out, limited and for specific purposes. You will not see the same 30 pages of sloppy excell documents pasted into this book!

I also appreciated that Pastor Joe hit on budgeting and the financial side of affording survivalist stuff as well as making it work in a relationship where the spouse is less than entirely on board. These are two awesome topics that rarely get mentioned and even then it is usually a brief hand wave. Pastor Joe took the time to talk about the topics in a well thought out realistic manner. 

The book stayed on topic in a thought out way. The discussions of categories/ concept of use flowed into brief lists with occasional relevant and useful anecdotes along the way. It did not jump around or go into aimless rants on tangent topics like other books sometimes do.

Also obviously Pastor Joe really knows what he is talking about. Aside from his considerable and useful military experience Pastor Joe has been doing this for awhile and genuinely practices what he recommends. Very good stuff all around.

The Bad: At a bit under $20 the book is a little on the expensive side. To be fair to Pastor Joe and his book the per unit cost of publishing smaller runs of books is pretty high. Whatever the reason is the book is a touch spendy.

Ugly: Pastor Joe didn't write this book a decade ago and it didn't stumble into my life much earlier.

Overall Conclusion: The Survivalist Family was an excellent book. It gave me a lot of things to think about and implement in our pursuit of preparedness. I definitely think it would be an excellent book to give to a beginner starting out. I strongly recommend purchasing a copy

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Putting Together Bags and Systems

Alexander Wolfe has been talking about the Good Idea Fairly lately in terms of how it relates to different things, in this case hygiene kits. In choosing what to pack/ carry there are always choices. Sometimes there is an element of personal selection within a given category. A guy I know carries a big knife and a folding saw. Personally I am more of a medium sized knife and hawk/hatchet guy. Both are fine options and personal preference can dictate the choice. Assuming relatively similar capabilities and weight it doesn't matter what people choose.

To some degree I think personal preference can dictate some smaller items that one chooses. Maybe some playing cards, a book, smokes, a pint of booze, whatever. However the amount of weight that goes to discretionary non essential items does need to be seriously managed. 10% probably isn't a bad fraction. 

There are inherently choices to be made. The problem is that inexperienced people who do not actually carry or use their stuff tend to choose everything. Hygiene kits that would take care of a model for 2 weeks, seven cutting tools, 4 full changes of clothes, etc. These folks end up with huge bags full of excessive, redundant stuff, they are too out of shape to actually carry any distance. In a fully catch .22 they never use the stuff to get past the point of inexperience. Implied task, start carrying your stuff and using it!

This discussion combined with Joe Fox's book (which I owe a review on) and my general desire to do something productive got me looking at my bags. Part of the change in my setup was transitioning to summer stuff. Since I'm in Arizona the low's this time of year are not exactly low so one doesn't need much warm stuff. On the plus side the weight dropped down some. It went from almost 60 pounds to 44 wet/ 40 dry. I would like to shave a bit more off so it's closer to 40 wet. Went through things looking at what I would be comfortable taking out and did not come up with anything. Maybe a complete bag dump and relook in the next couple days will help me find some stuff to ditch.

Took the new leaner and meaner bag out for a ruck today. While I could carry the heavier one fine the lower weight was sure appreciated.

Anyway I'm not sure where this is going so it's time to wrap it up. In coming days I will be talking more about my gear. Maybe it will give you some ideas or at least make someone go over their stuff.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?


Swapped a shotgun for one that better suits my needs. The new (to me) Remington 870 Police Magnum is looking pretty decent. I really like it with the wood. The finish is pretty worn though thankfully there is no rust (I #*$((# hate dealing with rusty guns). I will get it re parkerized when convenient.

Read Pastor Joe Fox's book The Survivalist Family.

I put together a bunch of meals for our bags. Got some more modifications to make here based on Pastor Joe's excellent book.

While it didn't help me I taught a land navigation class to some people. Calling it a group might be a little strong but people helping each other learn useful skills is a good thing. Also being able to talk candidly about our worries with flesh and blood people who have similar mindsets is nice. This was 'classroom' and we will follow up in 2-3 weeks with a practical field portion. Teaching people is fun.

This coming week I want to do a few things. Would like to really get our bags set up, if stuff is needed at a minimum I want to come up with a complete list of what needs to be purchased. It would be nice to get a sling on the 870 and just maybe pattern it for shot and zero the sights for slugs. May also do some other stuff I cannot think of now.

What did you do to prepare this week?



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Busy Day

I was a busy beaver today. Spent part of the day chasing down some local maps to finish up out navigation kits. Will talk more about that later. Still cleaning up the new shotgun. It's about as good as it will get in terms of finish. I am going to end up painting it or getting it parkerized. Probably parked, however the situation is not desperate so I can wait a bit.

Put together a few more food bags for our BOBs. Wifey and Walker's food has been put together which is good. Wifey's BOB is pretty much done. Might need a couple little things but it's a 90% solution. Got to do an inventory then dig out of storage or order the missing stuff.

Finished Pastor Joe Fox's book Survivalist Family today. A review will come but the book rocks. Just buy a copy or maybe five. You will not regret it.

Cleaned my Glock 19 also. It was pretty dirty from a few range trips and plenty of dust from getting hauled around. Of course being a Glock it still functioned 100%. Honestly it just got cleaned because I was bored.

Since I was doing all that stuff all of a sudden it was 11 at night with no post done. Can't say I regret the productivity but I probably could have written something earlier before I lost focus for the day, Oops.
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