Do Not Get Caught In The Loop

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  1. EarlyMarksman

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    I'm a fairly new prepper myself as far as learning goes, but this is centered towards the brand new guys who are interested in beginning their long journey into the world of preparedness.
    Firstly, I became addicted to purchasing all types of firearms. I would purchase a new gun each week to the point that it became ludicrous. Nothing wrong with buying weapons to defend yourself, but I got caught in the loop of "I need this gun!" and my preps solely became centered around firearms and ammunition. Let me tell ya something, you can have all the firearms and ammunition in the world but if you die from lack of sustenance then you've wasted your time and money. Bushcrafting, foraging, trapping, fishing, hunting, are all skills that are absolutely necessary, and those are skills that I pushed off to the side and forgot about. When I returned home after a year in Washington I realized that I had only three MRE's, some cheap emergency bars and two pouches of drinking water. That's when I took to this forum and reading into Dave Canterbury's Bushcraft 101 book.
    Plus, if you purchase a lot of weapons then you have to purchase several different calibers of cartidges, and trust me, I can tell you from experience that it's not a fun game to play.

    Bottom line, firearms are really fun and purchasing a new one gives you that euphoric feeling of holding a pretty woman in your arms, however that cannot be the center of your preps. First aid supplies, food storage, water storage, water filtration and purification, learning survival skills, etc. It all plays a vital role into staying alive when the grid goes down.

    Like I said though, just make sure you don't get caught in the loop like I did.
     
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  2. Sonofliberty

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    I agree 100% Guns are part of prepping, but far from the most important part.
     
  3. EarlyMarksman

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    Yes, a lot of wasted money haha. It's also said that a man with one weapon is more dangerous than a man with several. The man with one trains solely with that one weapon and becomes proficient with it.
     
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  4. Dalewick

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    Guns/weapons are simply a tool. No different than any other tool. Tools help us perform work. You can't use a wrench to weld metal. But you can use a hammer if you know how and can make a hot fire. Tools are only as good as the individual using them. Knowledge is king.

    Dale
     
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  5. TMT Tactical

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    When I first started I was excited by all the goodies. Go bag, Get home bag, inch bag, knives, hatchets, firearms, water purifiers--individual to family size. All the camping stuff and then I sat down and did an analysis of my situation. I looked at my physical condition, my medical condition and then my locations. Bottom line I did not need all those fun bags. I did not need several different sized water purifiers. I did not need MRE's. I did not even need a hatchet. My suggestion to beginning preppers, sit down and take a honest look at your self. If you are 50 pounds over weight, then you are not likely to be hiking out with your 60 pound Bug Out Bag. So get in shape or plan to play Alamo. If you have severe medical issues type 1 diabetes, you need to find a way to preserve your medication and how to get replacements. What I am trying to say, look at your self and what you can and cannot do. Learn the skills needed and not depend on gadgets.

    P.S. I do collect firearms but not from a prepping need, I simply like to shoot and work on them.
     
  6. Keith H.

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    I think the biggest money waster & threat to the safety of an inexperienced person, is modern gadgets that are not needed or not sustainable. Use sustainable tools only, & learn the skills you are going to need to survive. Learning as you go is not a good idea, not in a survival situation.
    Keith.
     
  7. TexDanm

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    Guns are tools. I have a lot of guns but then again I have a lot of different hammers and saws. Each is the best for a specific job. You don't hunt quail with a 22lr rifle. You don't want to hunt rabbits or squirrels with a deer rifle. there is no perfect-it-all gun, saw, or hammer.

    The same thing is true for most things. I can't even make a guess about how many knives I own. They are sort of like shirts for me. I wear a different shirt every day and carry different knives depending on where I am going and what I am doing.

    I understand what you mean about guns and in my case as well, knife addiction. If you have the money I can't see any harm in it as long as you don't go totally crazy. I knew a guy that ended up in trouble because his guns kept getting bigger and bigger until he stepped off into an illegal M-60 and got caught with it.

    The thing about guns and ammunition in a survival situation is that they will be the true gold in an apocalyptic future. Food is good too but you need the guns to protect and keep the food. If you are bugging out a lot of guns have less use but if you are hunkering down in place I don't think that you can have too many.
     
  8. Keith H.

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    Well I know my choices are not anyone elses cup of tea on this forum, but my flintlock will take buffalo & quail, & the three knives & my tomahawk will handle any situation or need. I carry the same tools all the time. Let's face it, if you had to leave home & survive in the wilderness, you can't take a selection of guns & knives with you, you have other gear & supplies priorities & have to compromise between minimum weight & maximum self reliance.
    Keith.
     
  9. EarlyMarksman

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    My whole thing is that if I have that extra money to put into purchasing guns, if I already have a great supply of guns and ammo, then I see it as I need to put some of that extra into other preps as well. I have no issue with purchasing a lot of weapons, my main concern is that I don't end up getting too addicted and purchasing an excessive amount of guns when my water storage is lacking. I get what you are saying though.
     
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    My whole thing is that if I have that extra money to put into purchasing guns, if I already have a great supply of guns and ammo, then I see it as I need to put some of that extra into other preps as well. I have no issue with purchasing a lot of weapons, my main concern is that I don't end up getting too addicted and purchasing an excessive amount of guns when my water storage is lacking. I get what you are saying though.
     
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  11. Pragmatist

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    Good morning Early Marksman,

    Ref: "getting too addicted";

    Much of the above you're describing says to prep a written plan and rudimentary supporting budget. Do you have this ? If your main theme is "shelter in place" then the financial budget won't allocate a fortune for a GMC Yukon, a RV, ... If your main theme is "evacuation", same principles apply. Hold off on large inventories of supplies and get the best socks, boots, the evac stuff.

    Add to the "absolute necessary" a health program with supporting supplies in kits. Besides a year's worth of venison and Canadian bacon. do you have an immunization program ? a dental hygiene program ? The support systems for both ?

    Hanoi Jane Fonda was a movie star. Don't hold her.
     
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  12. GateCrasher

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    That's good advice, it's easy to go overboard in one area or in preparation against one specific threat when first starting out. My loop was more the latter, chasing whatever seemed to be the most likely threat at the time. Nuclear war, peak oil, bio terror, pandemic, etc. If you have gas masks and antibiotics but find yourself out of TP or soap, then it might be time to review where you're spending your preparedness budget. :)

    At least firearms have a long shelf-life and retain their value well, besides their uses for security and hunting.
     
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  13. Morgan101

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    While firearms are very important I would not consider them anywhere near the top of the list. I was prepping before I started shooting, and got involved with guns. I felt the two hobbies fit together since self defense was an integral part of survival. For a while I purchased several guns, but never neglected the other areas of prepping.

    I agree with Keith. If you had to bug out you will not be able to carry an arsenal with you. I have always been a proponent of a single caliber for long guns and hand guns, so you only have to carry (and purchase) one type of ammunition. There are many choices that will fit the bill.

    Everything in moderation, as Great Grandma used to say. Look at your overall preps, and see where there are holes; then focus on filling the holes. We should be reviewing all of these things all of the time anyway.
     
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  14. Bishop

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    Lol getting caught in the loop or loop hole means something way different to me.
     
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  15. Sourdough

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    My government will keep me safe and warm and well fed. I don't need any guns.
     
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      LOL!!
       
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  16. Sonofliberty

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    You are being sarcastic; I hope.
     
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  17. Morgan101

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    Would you be interested in buying a bridge in Brooklyn? I can get it for you at a very good price.
     
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  18. Bishop

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    Don't get caught in my loophole


     
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  19. Pragmatist

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    Good afternoon Bishop,

    Appreciate breaking the riddle. I guessed it didn't involve basketball.

    Just curious, what type USMC work - don't know the Corps MOS codes - kept you busy ?
     
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  20. Bishop

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    0311 8541
     
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  21. Pragmatist

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    What do the numbers stand for ?
     
  22. TexDanm

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    Actually, Keith considering the laws and conditions that you live under I think that your choices in firearms are perfect.

    I do agree that a 20 gauge / 60 caliber shotgun/musket is close to a perfect does it all gun. From slugs to bird \shot it will get the job done from Deer to doves. It uses less powder and shot than the larger bores and will pretty much do the same jobs and the ammo and guns are lighter. When you say Buffalo I assume you are talking about the water buffalo. Those are some mean and tough critters. I think that I would have to be close to a tree that I could climb before I shot one of them with a musket. They sometimes take a lot of killing and you won't have time to restuff a musket.

    I like carbon steel knives and there is a lot to say for a good butcher knife for a good carry hunting knife. I'm massively underwhelmed with a lot of the massively expensive stainless steel knives that are currently offered. Yes, they are pretty but in my experience, 300 dollar knife doesn't cut any better than a 40 or 50 dollar knife and actually, I use carbon steel Ontario knifes Old Hickory knives for butchering and they cost less than 20 dollars.
     
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  23. Bishop

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    0311 is a riflema 8541 is a scout sniper
     
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  24. Pragmatist

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    Good morning Bishop,

    Appreciate info.

    Transmitting from vicinity of boyhood home of your Gen C. Puller (West Point, Virginia) and his final resting place 2 counties away.
     
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  25. CountryGuy

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    I think your spot on EM with firearms becoming quicksand for many noob preppers. It's the shiny new toy and the feeling of power and protection. I think many initially come to prepping out of a place of fear. Especially a few years back when the entire Doomsday TV cult was stirring up the sheep. Some woke up permanently and others dosed back off when the TV shows faded away. Those that went back to sleep can be a good source of great deals on guns and gear... just saying LOL.

    I think it's human habit or at least modern human habit to buy things. I mean people run out and buy new kitchen or tech gadgets or whatever else and have no idea how to use them or to get the most out of the features they just needed to have. It's the same with prepping. Buying "stuff" is the easy part, be it guns, generators, freeze dried food etc... knowing when and how to use that stuff is a different story.

    Like others said most people need to first sit down and do some soul searching and thinking but they don't want to do that as they don't feel like they're doing something. Running out and spending a grand on a gun or 2 grand on a generator "feels" like they've taken a step forward. They don't even know enough to know they don't have a clue. Great, new rifle and they don't know what ammo to buy, or worse yet, they don't even know proper safe handling. Knowledge is king in this world.
     
  26. Sourdough

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    To me knowing where to HIDE is far more important then any weapon.
    Especially having pre-selected safe places to HIDE.
    Ever gooooder if they have lots of food and water.
     
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  27. TexDanm

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    If you can NOT get in a gunfight you will survive. If you have a gun some people seem to think that it makes them 7 feet tall and armor-plated and THAT will get you killed.

    This is like the concealed handgun thing. I tell people all the time that if you have a concealed weapon you need to keep it there until it comes time to shoot someone. If I pull my gun someone is getting killed. It isn't there for threatening people or showing off with. If you pull a gun and don't fire it immediately you place yourself in a bad place. If the cops find that it was unwarranted they will arrest you for brandishing and that is a felony that will make possession of a gun illegal.

    If you draw and don't shoot your opponent is in a better place than you. If he decides to shoot or harm you, you have to now decide and react while he is ACTING. If you and I are close enough to touch and you point a gun at me I WILL take it out and you can't shoot me. I've demonstrated this many times to nonbelievers. It is just a matter of human reaction time and understanding how to ACT.

    A gun can save your life but it also can get you KILLED. If you don't have a gun you will be more careful in your actions and as it says in the Bible "The meek shall inherit the earth." because they will hide and survive while the aggressive will get killed eventually. Live by the sword and you will die by the sword.
     
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  28. TMT Tactical

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    Better to be the warrior in the garden, than the gardener in the war. Know what it takes, how to do what it takes and then hope to never use it. The gunslinger in the wild west got killed. Only those that quit being gunslingers survived --- Wyatt Earp ---
     
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    Did you know lol, that John Wayne consulted with Wyatt early in his acting career.
     
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      I did not know that, thinks for the info. Maybe that is why he made such a good cowboy.
       
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  30. Old Geezer

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    When qualifying for handgun permit in my home state, county sheriff's department range-master told us to keep any weapon concealed until needed. Emergency use only.

    He sez: You see a person holding a weapon on another. Call cops. "You don't know the situation. What if it is a good guy holding a would-be armed robber? You don't know!" He also said that he didn't want any calls from citizens about a "person with a gun". They didn't want to put up with that crap. We were basically given orders not to be any trouble for them -- they had enough on their hands as was. The range-master was NOT smiling.
     
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  31. Old Geezer

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    Earp was a man not to be messed-with on many levels. However, people liked him. He was simply one of the good guys. Believed in God, told Tom Mix that he had many questions to ask God, the two of them made up a list of things to ask God.

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    "At Wyatt Earp’s funeral, held the Tuesday after he died on January 13, 1929, his pallbearers were: (pictured above from left) attorney W.J. Hunsaker, Arizona Territory diarist George Parsons, former Tombstone mayor and newspaper editor John Clum, actor William S. Hart, playwright Wilson Mizner and actor Tom Mix. "

    The funeral had a huge attendance. Many hard men wept.

    https://truewestmagazine.com/tom-mix-wyatt-earp-casket/

    https://www.facebook.com/CowboysAreCrazy/posts/660117170695728
     
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      Thanks for the links OG. Good info.
       
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    Tom Mix was from the area I grew up in. It's funny, they have a festival for him and all that, but story goes back in the day the "city" threw him out of town for being a hellion. Sent him back to the little village he was born in, aptly named Driftwood. 'Course that was all before he headed west to for what would be fame and fortune. Then all of a sudden he was a beloved son... LMAO
     
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