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11/9/12

Random thoughts. what are you working on and more...

Chillin' with my sons watching the 1984 version of Godzilla, glad that a long weekend is here. You know, for all the zombie preparedness we do, you think there'd be a few more people worried about ol' big green Godzilla. Maybe that's what they prep for in Japan? Or maybe they've just realize that there's not much you can do to prepare for 80 feet of giant atomic lizard.

The market has not done well this week, post-Obama election, which shows you what the general consensus among the markets is. The largest single day drop of the year came the day after the elections.

The fiscal cliff is looming before us, with a real risk of recession if they don't deal with it - and deal with it well. If taxes are raised, most businesses will have to trim some of their costs, and personnel is the largest expense for most businesses. We'll see if Washington reaches some sort of compromise, but businesses and investors everywhere are concerned.

Last time around, everyone and their grandma went out and bought up guns and ammo that they were sure was going to shortly get the ban. I don't see an assault weapons ban 2 at the top of the Dem's agenda, and it's something that not even the masses favor these days. Yes, no one wants to have the mass shooting psychos that we've had, but there's a realization among many that a law isn't going to stop a determined crazy person. With a Repulican controlled House, I don't see a gun ban happening in the immediate future.

I DID buy a 10 pack of P-Mags on election night--it's been something that I've been meaning to do; with the new generation of P-Mags coming out, there's some screaming deals on Gen 2s out there. I was a bit concerned that prices would inflate for the next few months. Initially, that doesn't look to be the case.

Ammo looks to still be available in normal variety and at normal prices. We may even see some Veteran's Day sales. If anyone spots some good deals on XM193, lemme know.

We got two 55-gallon water barrels, a couple weeks back. Guy we know is moving and gave 'em away, free of charge. Free is a good price for anything.

I'm looking at picking up some additional web gear. My main means for carrying space mags is my plate carrier, which leaves me with not much if I want to run without a plate carrier. A chest rig can be worn atop the plate carrier, or as a standalone if needed. The Esstac Load Bearing Boar is pricey, but exactly what I want.

I also need to suck it up and buy some new outdoors-y clothes and boots. Some BDUs, wool stuff, etc. My current stuff is old, wearing out, or cheap-ish crap. Clothes are oft overlooked, and being an average dude, I have a hard time pulling the trigger on decent clothes.

Blog-wise, I'm planning on an e-book, looking at a couple new series and DIY articles, and a few other projects in the works Taking a bunch of pictures and hopefully getting some writing in this long weekend. Thanks to all for your support - there'd be no T-Blog without you guys!

That's it from me--what about you guys and gals? What are you working on?

Edited to Add: It looks like many online retailers are getting hit pretty hard for business. Maybe not the full scale we saw in '08, or maybe it's just taking a while to get rolling...

Edited to Add Pt. 2: I'm seeing a lot of "we're busy, expect delayed shipping" notices for ammo dealers. Midway is limiting purchases to 10 boxes per kind of ammo. Lots of others are starting to run low on certain kinds...I was going to restock my plinking/practice 9mm supply with a trip or two to Wal-Mart, but I ordered up a case off Midway at similar prices, and because they had it in stock. Last time around, Wal-Mart was cleared out for a long, long time.

But, it looks like we might be facing some measure of what we saw in 2008 all over again. I'm a bit surprised, really -- with the Republicans controlling the House, I don't see any bans coming down, but if people are going to go nuts and buy, you can't stop 'em.

Really, I don't even know what kind of priority a gun ban is for Obama - during the debates, he mostly dodged around the question about an assault weapons ban, citing Saturday Night Specials as killers in Chicago (gun control working there, huh?) and the need to use education as a way to prevent violence. He said, if I remember right, he would sign an assault weapons ban if it came across his desk, but there's no large demand for that currently.

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  1. Just been reviewing gear I've purchased over the last year. Some good, some bad, some pathetic. Teaching the family tactical awareness and shooting basics. Trying some new things such as home made meal pouches, lightweight backpacking, hunting for storage food. This winter should be interesting, for sure.

    Can I make a suggestion for the contest? Thanksgiving BOB's!

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  2. Had been doing some research and pricing on AR's in preparation to get one as a bday present to myself. If a buying panic emerges, it will likely kill that idea. Just got done building a composter out of a 50 gal fuel tank to keep up close to the house-$0 invested other than fabrication consumables. Supposed to be nice out tomorrow, so I will hopefully be busy fabbin on a pair of axlehousings. Dads 74 Bronco snowplow rig is in bad shape. Need to get started on either putting a plow on his crawling buggy, or to breathe some life back into the ol Bronco.

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  3. Just picked up 2 M&P shields, a mossberg 590 and a panther .308. I'm getting them all set up and dialed in.
    I'm waiting on black friday before I get more food storage.
    Adding to the propane storage, fuel storage and water storage this month.
    Working extra hard at the gym.

    otherwise I'm having a grand old time waiting for the snow

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    1. Which LR-308? I have a decked out Sportical, with the heavy barrel... I can ring steel at 600 yards with it, all day long.

      Got to love DPMS...

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  4. We (Primary Arms) have been waaay busy the last two days straight. Steady stream of customers from 9am till 5pm without sitting down for more than five minutes the whole day. Wednesday was "normal" as I think people were still trying to figure out how the election turnout happened the way it did. Thursday and Friday we sold out of Noveske and Spike's stripped lowers and sold through more than half of our Seekins lowers as well. Magazine sales have been through the roof as we had new Gen 3 PMags and have been selling the older versions at a discount. Gun transfers have been about the same. As soon as the news reported that Obama had won Ohio, I turned off the TV and got on our website and started ordering parts for a new project (take-down AR-15 that fits in a briefcase/pelican). The take-down parts can be had from www.pdoutfitter.com for $225 that converts an existing rifle. I need a new trunk gun setup anyway, so it seemed like the time was right. After the election results, spending money on gun-related items made me feel better...

    -Rug

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  5. I'm new with prepping item/material wise, so I'm thinking about making a list of everything I've got and a second list of ASAP purchases(any suggestions?). Other than that, I'm looking at work and thinking about a paper I have due later this month. Sometime, I'd like to get a bit of my own writing in. Haven't had much chance with everything going on between work and school to do much of anything. For a while now, I've been thinking about getting my first firearm. Torn between a remmington 870 or a S&W M&P shield, thoughts? I can't get my cwp yet, so that's not a huge factor, though I plan on getting one the second I become able to.

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    1. Lists are a great idea as is inventorying what you already have. You probably already have most of what you need for a rudimentary 72hourkit/bugout bag around the house.

      For new purchases I'd start with things you know you're going to use anyway, like canned food that you already know you like, flashlight, swiss army knife, and things you should have anyway like smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and a full tank of gas in your car.

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    2. Thanks for the suggestions. I edc a leatherman sidekick, so I have the sak covered. Flashlight for edc should probably be my next purchase. The fire extinguisher is a great idea. That's probably the only thing I don't have in my car in case of a break down. Thanks again, any other suggestions?

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    3. I take it you have a fire extinguisher or 3 for your house then? At first stick to practical stuff you know will get used and could be helpful if things go south.

      I'd go with a handgun and a .22 rifle (cheap ones are fine) for first guns.

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    4. My house if fairly well prepared because of the frequent hurricanes, but I go to school an hour from where I live, so twice a week, I'm 50 or so miles from home. I should check the expiration date on my extinguisher at home though. My primary plan is to get from where ever I'm at to my car, then get home, then tale things from there. I should pocket dump for this site and let you all critique it. What I carry, will (I hope) get me to ly car where my bob will be kept. As I go, I'm sure I'll find gapping holes I'll need to patch, but this site has been a great help so far, and the people that frequent it have given me a great deal of insite that I lack due to inexperience.

      The more research I do about local gun laws, the more leary I get of getting a handgun at the moment. I'll look into a .22 rifle though. Over then next few paychecks, I'll hopefully be able to put enough away to pick up one without dipping into my savings account.

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  6. thanks for sharing.

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  7. A guy i work with ran to Academy to take a look at the Windham ARs. He ended up buying one and the guy behind the counter told him that he was the 17th person Wednesday to buy an AR...

    I've got most of what i need but i can always use a few more mags... and stuff to fill them with.

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  8. Just came across your blog, love it. It's hard to wade through the mess of just plain crazy bloggers and you tubers but thankfully I have a few good go-to sources for advice now. Dealing with another deployment which always brings somewhat of a "nesting" routine being the one at home 24/7 with the kids - which means working on food storage, organizing documents and home security improvements and family night lessons on preparedness. Hoping to get the kids familiar with gun safety and the range soon, they are about the right age now. I admit to feeling more pressure since the election and the hype to go ahead and get the gun hubs wants but that would take away the fun for him! Interesting and disturbing news feed all day yesterday, wasn't it? Thanks for the hard work on the great blog!

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  9. I used a chest rig and a stripped plate carrier on the last deployment and think it is the way to go for a heavy load out. If you were going to do a home defense type setup with 2 pistol/ rifle reloads and an IFAK I would just attach them but for several rifle mags, a small admin pouch, etc it carries better on a chest rig.

    Personally I use a chest rig (Blackhawk brand) and keep the plate carrier (sadly still waiting for the plates to arrive) slick. I appreciate the modularity. Maybe I would want just the plate carrier under a light jacket due to mission requirements/ OPSEC or because I want the armor but don't need the rifle mags. Also (unlikely except for range time) I might just want the chest rig but not need the PC.

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    1. Ryan - thanks for your comment. I know you're not alone in running a chest rig/plate carrier combo.

      It's a "diversify" thing - if your plate carrier is your only way of carrying large numbers of mags, then you're stuck with that. A chest rig folds down and fits places a plate carrier can't, and really, I can imagine scenarios where you'd need to ditch the 15 lbs of rifle plates. Glad it works well for you.

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  10. We're finally getting around to setting some raised beds to garden next year. Better use of the space than the lawn (especially in Las Vegas) and we'll be able to supplement our food supply. Thinking about getting some chickens too. Side yard will get berries planted in the spring and some fruit trees. Have the guns and ammo thing sorted, and money is tight anyway, so no new gun purchases planned.

    Maintaining a healthy diet as the personal budget gets squeezed is my primary concern. Especially as a middle school teacher with an unemployed wife. On the plus side, she'll be home to tend to the garden...

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  11. Just turned 50 this week and as a gift to myself picked up a Sig P220 Dark Elite, 4 spare stainless mags and a CrossBreed supertuck holster to wrap it up in. I also weeded out some superfluous gear from my Get Home Bag and added a color-coded inventory sheet to see everything I have at a glance. I also put in $100 cash in various denominations. I'm currently putting some thought into a test scenario for the bag and its contents for sometime after Thanksgiving. Bought a small solar charger for cell phones, etc and hoping to give that a test next weekend.

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  12. The stock market goes up and it goes down. Much of post election selloff looked like computerized trading and it's still up for the year and well up from the 08-09 crash. I wouldn't read too much into the latest down blip.

    I got my various kits that I keep around restocked and fitted out for the colder months and put my winter tires and fenders on my bicycle, there's not much more to do at my place.

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  13. Try looking at Propper's Battle Ripstop pants. Virtually indestructible and not that expensive, unless you decided to go with Multicam.

    Wool is a bit of a hard one. 100% seems pretty expensive. I was looking into old surplus wool shirts, but nothing comes in XL.

    Black Friday is coming up in the U.S., so I bet there will a crap load of deals online that you can take advantage of.

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  14. A gun ban is absolutely on the top of the Dems list, I don't see how anyone can make a statement to the contrary, the work has already started. We have a Republican House for at least another 2 years and we always have the NRA but that is no safety net for our Liberties surviving the next 4 years. I suggest to all readers that joining the NRA be one of your $40 priority goals, you can join for $35 or less. The greatest 2nd Amend assault in history is likely to come from this administration.

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    1. If the Republicans lose the House and the Dems are feeling stupid, then yep, I'd get worried about then.

      Obama and the Dems had FULL control of the House and Senate from 2008 to 2010 and used that to force through ObamaCare, amongst other things, NOT gun control measures. Not saying that they won't, but it's also not a forgone conclusion.

      BUT, yes, I agree - support the NRA! They have made and continue to make tremendous progress for 2nd Amendment Rights!

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    2. Perhaps we'll see a Prepping for $40 a week post tomorrow: Join the NRA. They are going to need more money.

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  15. Woolrich's Alaskan Wool Shirt is a bit on the spendy side, but I've been using and abusing one for the last decade and mine still looks new. It's well worth the $120 price tag. I love it for outdoor chores in the fall and winter and grouse hunting.

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  16. I have been working on making secure hiding places for the weapons I currently own, inside walls, etc.. anywhere I can make a hide especially in a wall that is easily hidden from view is for me. I have a few of them just in case one is found out. we should all be considering having a hide out for your weapons, when the bans come down the line they will come knocking, if it is not obvious you are a gun nut the search would be quick and they would miss a good hidden location. trying not to be paranoid about it, but it seems like something inevitable to me, especially assault weapons as they classify them, (we all know the difference)

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