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Question Of The Month. (August 2020) (Prepping)

Discussion in 'Question of the Month' started by carbinemike, Aug 1, 2020 at 10:50 AM.

  1. carbinemike

    carbinemike Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Howdy,
    This is a monthly series of questions topic for everyone to join in on the discussion. Some of the questions may have a poll, and some will not. Don't be shy now, go ahead and post an answer and vote in the polls...

    We are having the worst gun and ammo shortage since 2012 (post Newtown). When the Wuhan flu resulted in much of the country home quarantining many grocery stores etc. were bought bare. Has the last 5 months resulted in you changing, or planning to change, the amount of supplies that you have available (prepped)?
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  2. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    I need more MREs and medical supplies.

    2013 ammo And gun crisis already had me buying during salad days under Trump.

    guns and ammo I’m good on.
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  3. Scoop

    Scoop .30-06

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    Back about 2 years ago there was the June 2018 QOM that asked:
    In a crisis situation, how long should a household be prepared to survive?

    I went back to that thread to remind myself what I was thinking at that time to compare it to this month's in 2020:
    Has the last 5 months resulted in you changing, or planning to change, the amount of supplies that you have available (prepped)?

    So I post this from the WayBack Machine for reference:
    In a crisis situation, how long should a household be prepared to survive?
    In this discussion I'll be a thief and steal John A's answer: "So, I'm going to say at least a months worth of food/water alone. Plus emergency fuel for heat and cooking and everything else that you can't live without. Medicines, feminine hygiene stuff, diapers and formula for babies, etc."

    I think that is a doable approach for most families.

    Then I'll steal Cadd's statement: "water is the major concern. I have enough on hand for several days without having to drain fish tanks and boil water. I have enough liquor for 2 years, and food for 2 weeks, but we will run out of milk in 2 days."

    Actually, I don't have fish tanks to drain, but H2O will last about a week. Residual liquor is nil but not zero.

    After I run out and it gets critical I'd try to get to a non-crisis area where my money is still good. Otherwise I guess I'd have to be a thief and steal your supplies. Actually, I'd try to work for your instead.

    I will probably die of old age or stupidity before such a crisis hits here. But now you've got me thinking.
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    August 2020
    In the last months I have not really changed the amount of supplies. I don't see too many shortages of things I need to restock like paper, cleansers, water, etc. My ammo supply is not historically high but I've got at least 1K of .45, 9mm and 30-06 and I'm not shooting much right now.

    I just hope I can recover or replace all those guns that fell off my boat.


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  4. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I am still ducking around The real ID law, and haven’t bought ammo since April.
    I currently have a lot of lead and reloading supplies saved up.

    But my stock of .22 mag is pitiful at under 200 rounds & .45-70 stock is low.

    I have enough of everything else & enough shotshells for the Zombie Apocalypse. As long as I don’t run out of primers I can Muzzle load the long 16ga too. I don’t have a handheld muzzleloader but I definitely want one.

    And I have been thinking about a shelter under the house.
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  5. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett .30-06 Supporter

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    Not much of a prepper but sure wish I would have put back some more ammo, as it stands I have enough to last a few minutes...

    I hit 3 or 4 places yesterday and there`s birdshot available everywhere but buckshot and 9mm ball is non-existent. I did managed to find a 15 round box of Winchester slugs at a Walmart...
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  6. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    I’ve been shooting clays every weekend cause ammo is readily available and pricing hasn’t changed.
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  7. Ernst

    Ernst .270 WIN Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Just a couple of thoughts for your consideration. Like minded folks today seem to fall into two ddifferent categories regarding preparing for the unknown or SHTF situations.

    First, those who prepare for an event driven change to their normal day to day lifestyle. Changes that are more situational focused in nature. Examples might be the threat of a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or even a wildfire. These preppers typically focus on stockpiling supplies to get them through short term disruptions in their normal lifestyle. They anticipate runs on groceries and fuel as an event is predicted to happen and stock up. However, in many cases are dependent upon their neighbors for help if events actually occur or linger.

    The other group is focused on developing a self reliant lifestyle through a balanced approach toward both skills and supplies. Developing survival skills in many cases is viewed as more important than actually stocking of additional supplies. In many cases the long term focus is on the establishment of a standalone survival homestead. Preparing the mind is of ultimate importance and embracing the ability to fallback on 100 year old technology as a learned skill. Year's ago these folks were call survivalist and tended to be loners. Not so today and their ranks are growing. They tend to live this lifestyle daily.

    There is nothing wrong with either approach and everyone can choose what best serves both their needs and their budget.

    There's an old saying that "One is none, two is one, and three is better."

    We look to identify potential critical single point failures and work to eliminate them. Example might be a water well with an electric pump. What is your backup if the power is out for days or weeks? Do you have a generator and fuel? What if your fuel runs out or your generator breaks? Do you have adequate storage as a backup based on 5 gallons of use per person per day? What are your other sources of water and what's your ability to treat the water.

    While most folks will focus on food, water, ammo and fuel, access to immediate medical care has already become problematic in some areas given the recent pandemic. Do you have adequate medical supplies and skills to treat a life treating gunshot wound or broken bone?

    We're becoming our own first responders in case of fire, medical or intruders. We should all address these needs.

    Best of luck. I really believe our worst challenges lie ahead.

    Regards
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  8. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter Premier Member

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    My backup food stash is non existent since i got unemployed. Edit: Found a pack of Rice ( 500 gram )
    Ammo is low. 2/3 is some cheap target loads.
    Guns.. is ok, i think. I cant carry more than these two anyway. :)

    During the pandemic, im mostly indoors.. either looking out through the window or i am looking at the computer screen. Spider webs on my prepper shelves...
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  9. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Unemployed? That's a revelation @fellmann. So what's unemployment like in Sweden?
    I was never unemployed much in my 65 years, but I have cashed a few unemployment checks.

    I am losing weight now, working outdoors every day on various projects. I've been sanding & rubbing on a wooden plank for two days, and I'm moving heavy things around to reorganize the boatyard.

    I had been over eating but by 4PM temps have been about 100F here, for the past 2 months. Working outdoors in the summer kills my appetite.
    If I stay indoors with the AC on I'll start over eating again.
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  10. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah, I'm using some of the supplies that I have stocked up so I don't have to go to the store as often.

    Wife replenished our paper products recently too in advance of the next wave of infections.

    If you all want to know something really funny, my wife has typically kept no less than 5 of the large packs of toilet paper on hand since we have been married. I don't mean the little packs. I mean the biggest jumbo packs you can get. And this had nothing to do with the kung flu. This had been occurring since at least 1999 when we were dating.

    There's been a bunch of times in the middle of snow storms when I'm glad that I don't have to go to the store to get something to wipe my rump with.

    Kids these days wouldn't know what to do with an old cheaper than dirt catalog laying on the back of the toilet. That's the only thing that catalog is worth.
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  11. Centuriator

    Centuriator .270 WIN

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    I have intentionally cut way back on my shooting trips to the gun club....I had not really been paying too close attention to ammo prices since I have so much stored up, but .....

    I did over the weekend and ... boy was that ever a wake up call.

    I can't even find brass 9mm for much less under FIFTY CENTS a round.

    Shotgun 12 gauge 00 Buck is approaching $1.00 and slugs....forget it.

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