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What have you done this week to prepare?

Wanted to start up a weekly open thread discussing what you've been able to accomplish over the past week in order to improve your overall level of preparedness. Big, small, whatever. Stuff like this helps keep us engaged and moving forward.

If you're struggling with something and want ideas from the tribe, have at it. If you're following along with us on the $40 a week series, let us know how it's going. If you've found an interesting project or skill you're working on, let us know. Ideas you're researching? Those too.

This week has been an eventful week for us, getting settled in our new place and figuring out the area. Lots of unpacking.

Few bullet points of other stuff I'm working on:

  • Lots of exercise moving/unpacking, but need to get back into my exercise routine. Have plans to scout out a local jiu jitsu gym, too.
  • Been running dry firearms practice on a nightly basis--15 minutes or so. Have been focusing on tactical reloads lately...good stuff.
  • I'm going to be mapping out multiple routes home this weekend--traffic can be nasty at rush hour.
  • Refilled our water jugs (military water cans).
  • Planning out $40 a weeks series - excited about this one!
  • Stocking back up on staple foods - they didn't make the cut for the move.
That's it for me! What have you been working on this week? 


  1. Traded a guy for a tactical 10-22, set it up and zeroed the iron and red dot sights, got a new survival knife for birthday, ordered some kydex to make custom sheath, son is goin away to college, bout and hour up the road, set him up with his own BOB, knife, multitool, stainless water bottle w/fire making/fishing kit inside and other essentials. Made sure all of my kits/bags had redundant supplies inside, each one has complete survival kit, if i loose one or give to someone else, still got everything I would need to survive long term in bugout situation!

  2. AnonymousJune 22, 2012

    i gardened like crazy. bought 500 rounds of 9mm (300 jhp/200fmj) and went shooting. bought a bulk box of 22lr and some buckshot. also this week, an inadvertant opportunity to learn. the trigger group in my 10/22 kinda fell apart when i was cleaning it last night, so this week i get to watch a bunch of videos and figure out how to put it all back together.

    going yard-saling tomorrow!!! very, very excited. lately i've picked up a bunch of awesome stuff.

  3. AnonymousJune 23, 2012

    Canned a ton of zucchini relish. Things are growing like weeds in my garden now! (Well, the weeds are growing like...weeds too). Also found small serving packets of freeze dried veggies at Target of all places so bought some of those.

  4. AnonymousJune 23, 2012

    Using our oven, we dry canned 200 lbs of white rice, 36 qt's of dried beans, 12 qts. quick grits, 24 qts. quick oats, and 15 lbs of white flour.

    1. Anonymous, I didn't know u could can rice? How?

    2. AnonymousJune 25, 2012

      @ osoka
      Heat oven to 225 degrees.

      Pour rice/oats/grits/flour/or corn meal into room temp jars leaving 3/4 inch headspace.

      Place jars in oven for 1 hour on a cookie sheet.

      Remove 1-2 at a time and put lid and band on asap.

      Wait and they'll seal themselves just like water canned goods. You'll hear the same "pop" when they are sealed.

      Keep in a cool dry place.

  5. AnonymousJune 23, 2012

    Canned 7 pints of strawberry/rhubarb jam and froze 2 large bags of brocoli from our garden.

  6. Zero'd in my new scope on Fathers day. Picked up more ammo for my primary rifle. Built up my stockpile of nuts, bolts, nails and screws (strange, I know, but doing repairs, makeshift equipment, emergency construction and improvising will be difficult in SHTF. If grocery stores are out, hardware stores will be too) and my proudest addition this week was a cherry, old hand-drill. With a bit of oil and some TLC, she's top-notch, now. Hey, when the powers out, I want a good stock of handtools, as well as food and ammo.

  7. Zeroed in new RPK rifle, canned pork and chicken, had 1st meeting w new group.

  8. DiabloLocoJune 24, 2012

    I went to a few yard sales. I bought a kerosene heater and two 5 gallon gas cans for $10. I also bought a mix of over 200- 10" and 12" tapered candles for $5. Lots of good deals out there. You just gotta look! (oh....and know how to negotiate too....LOL)

  9. not much done around here except reinforce the chicken fencing and get a Great Pyrenees puppy to (one day) protect 'em.

  10. got a case of MRE's to go along with our other rations. Started work on another project gun, a sterling, it should be done in a week. then I have a couple more to keep me busy. learned how to weld, kind of, still learning,.

    1. How hard is the semi sterling build? Off the shelf parts or no?

    2. yes, you can buy all of the semi parts from Apex, everything except the rear trunnion. I have found it to be a little harder than an AK build because of the welding and having to drill 76 holes in the barrel shroud. but it is fun and will be a great gun. I am going to do the PPs 43 next but with out a stock so I dont have to buy a 16 inch barrel.

  11. I picked up another 1000 rounds of 5.56, 10 more Magpul mags, packed up and sealed 63 #10 cans of wheat,rice,sugar and powdered milk. That was over the past 2 weeks