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Arm Up: Getting ready for combat, hunting, and securing your property

The most important part of getting ready is getting armed. You need to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your possessions.

That doesn’t mean just buying a bunch of guns. You need to know which ones to buy, and how to use them.

-Get armed: I think every Survivalist should have a few different guns. Get an AR-15 to start. They’re about the easiest to fix,and you can make them custom. Get a good shotgun. 12-gage is a classic. Good for protecting yourself, and some hunting. Make sure you’ve got a .22 or a rimfire plinker around your house for small game hunting. Not worth wasting big bullets and powder on small critters. 


-Learn, practice: You have to know how to shoot any weapon you own. No good being armed but not able to hit your target. Get a target, and practice every day. Work on breathing, work on distance. Make sure you can take shots from standing casual, to bring the gun up in time. The other thing to know is how to maintain your weapons. Get cleaning and greasing equipment, and make sure you get some tutorials on Youtube. Every gun is different. Know them all like your kids.


Security vs. hunting: There’s different guns for different purposes. Your AR is for combat and big game. Your shotgun is about the same, but it’s less of a rapid-fire combat gun. Use the rimfire for all the hunting you can. It’s cheaper.

Bullets are valuable. Stock up now, but who knows when you can get them again. Don’t waste full bullets on small game.


You can kill small game like rabbits and groundhogs with a .22 pellet gun. At any rate, don’t use center fire round.

If you’re after bigger game, use crossbows for hunting when you can. You can reuse the arrows but you can’t reuse a bullet.

-Have backup: A good hunting knife is all you really need in a tight spot. You need something you can always have on your person, especially if your gun won’t go off. You can also get machetes, or a hand axe to protect yourself in a situation without firearms. Don’t forget slingshots. They might seem silly now, but when you’ve got to take down a threat at range, they’re your best friend.

-Stockpile ammo: Every year gun control gets stricter and stricter. Plus, ammo is a valuable commodity. Get it while the getting’s good. You can never have too much. Because when it’s gone, it’s gone. You don’t want to be the one on the other end.


-Get a good safe:

There’s no point getting your arsenal together if you’re not going to take the time to protect it. You need to be protected against thieves and bandits as well as natural disasters and accidents like fires and water damage.


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Make your survival checklist: For first time survivalists. 

The first lesson in Boy Scouts is be prepared. There’s no time like today to start getting ready. Getting everything together for Survival can seem pretty overwhelming. It also probably looks pretty expensive. But most of this stuff is items you should have around anyway. Putting aside a year worth of food isn’t very expensive. Think how much you waste on

-Water system: keep chemicals like bleach and pool cleaner around to filter groundwater. Get a collection system going with rain barrels and gutters. Make sure you’re stocked up on barrels. Keep them small so you can carry them easily. 5 gallons is a good size for most people. Get iodine tablets by the crate.

-Food supply: Get a setup for freeze-drying and dehydrating your own food. Get a seed bank going. Use hybrid, non-GMO seeds that’ll grow in hard conditions. Get some grow-lights as well. You can run them on fluorescent and LED bulbs without using much power/

-Power: Get a solar setup. They’re not for hippies anymore. You need to be able to live off the grid, when it comes down to it. You also need batteries, for cloudy days and for . If you can do geothermal heat, do it. You just need a backup in case of an earthquake.

-Emergencies: make sure you have a gas mask, hazard suit, weapons (guns, knives, bows, etc.), all the supplies to maintain your weapons

-First aid: Get basic surgical equipment, bandages, sanitizers, a burn kit, irradiation pills, and whatever else you can afford.

-Communications: You need a HAM radio, radar equipment, and other wireless devices to help you connect with other Survivors.

-Currency: Get as much as you can in reliable, stable currency. Gold and silver bullion are your best bets. There are also older coins from before 1960 that are 90% silver. They’ll be the only standard ones that work when the time comes.

-Tools/etc.: Stock up on all the essentials. Get propane, and gas canisters that won’t leak. Get seasoned firewood stacked somewhere secure. Having a whole camping kit is a solid idea. Kerosene, matches, rope, duct tape are all essential.

-Wardrobe: stock up on everything. Get tough canvas clothes, and plenty of waterproof gear. Look for stuff that doesn’t need to be washed. You can’t rely on having water for laundry.



This is just a quick overview. You need to think seriously about everything you’ll need to survive. Make sure you’re going to be safe, make sure you’ll be healthy, and make sure nobody else can jeopardize either of those big factors. We’re working on our Master List. Make contributions by sending us an email. We need to work together to make sure we’re all prepared.