How I Got to Where I Am Now in the Prepper World

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Do you ever reminisce the old days? I do quite frequently. I often think about how I have managed to acquire a repertoire of valuable “prepper skills” that could help me to survive today – if, an unexpected accident, casualty, or disaster were to occur in my life, that I had little or no control over, that affected my life a truly detrimental way. What could possibly happen to me, you say to yourself? Well, this depends on what you do from day-to-day; and the type of lifestyle you lead. Let’s see just what this means to a variety of different people.

To hypothesize about divergent lifestyles in a true SHTF occurrence, I will attempt to set forth circumstances for people in differing lifestyles that could encounter life-threatening events or what we true preppers call SHTF scenarios. These are too numerous to analyze, but I will discuss enough scenarios to give people who want to be prepared for scary times, a place and position of comfort, which so many of us need and believe are unquestionably going to be necessary one day soon. Maybe sooner than most of us are prepared for – so let’s get prepared! What do you say?

Here are just three possible SHTF events that could arise that preppers should consider the possibility of happening:

  1. An EMP (electro magnetic pulse) event like North Korea claims to have perfected, which if somehow projected upon our country, could leave us without any power for an extended period of time.
  2. A local power outage occurred leaving us without power for several days like with transformers being compromised in any number of ways.
  3. Any number of natural disasters leaving us without power. These are too numerous to mention, but are very real possibilities. Some could even be from extraterrestrial sources — as so many wise people are conjecturing.

Soooo, how do we preppers prepare for such events if we are in a compromised life situation, which to me is a person or family who lives in a city that is large enough to be a possible target for the those who would do harm to us in any number of ways. A lights out, no power debacle for an extended period of time is going to result in total chaos in any community. The bigger the city, the greater the turmoil will be, I suspect. My family situation is that I live in a city that is a little over 200,000 people, and that is not a major city, but we have a military base on the outskirts of our city and it also has a number of military training facilities. Sooo, we are definitely vulnerable to the enemy. How does such a person (family) prepare of a SHTF scenario like this?

First of all, one needs to look at survival in a given circumstance and what the primary needs are for that scenario. I have decided I to address several different situations in a series of 5 or 6 articles, and the first is a situation like I, myself live in. My life situation is I am a retired person who lives with his wife in a small home in the city described above. What should we have at a minimum? Because I am a prepper, I have prepared for a SHTF scenario and I will give my advice as to what I would recommend for others who wish to be ready for life threatening events so they can avoid serious ensuing problems. Both my wife and I are on medications which certainly would not be available in a long-term life threatening SHTF scenario. What should we do to prepare:


I have enough water to last a minimum of 90 days

Even though we are both on meds, we can’t take some of these monster pills without water. I have put away lots of water because without it you will die in about 3 days, meds or no meds. I have enough water to last a minimum of 90 days for my wife, myself and lots of extra for you name it issues. I may want to help a neighbor or friend who is unprepared. I have also treated it with chlorine to assure it does not become contaminated while being stored. I have access to a large quantity of water I can access by bicycle if my car will not run due to an EMP. I have a number of filtration devices and water treatment pills I may use to purify water. You should have enough in your storage preps for months of purification, should the need arise.

Spare Medications

In a true SHTF event you may not be able to get resupplied with vital medications.

Secondly, we keep about 90 days of meds on hand in case we run into problems. If a SHTF scenario goes beyond this, we will have to do our best by drinking lots of water and staying well hydrated and thus, detoxified. Water is a wonder drug for keeping the toxins out of your body, or put another way, it is the best way possible to keep your body clean and working harmoniously with God’s life plan if nothing else exists to complement it. This could happen! Be prepared!! (Most of us elderlies would probably do better if we were not on so many meds doctors prescribe so freely. I could spend hours discussing this problem, but rather will move on more important issues.


Home Surveillance. Small CCTV Camera in the Corner of the House Roof.

Thirdly, with water and meds out-of-the-way for us old folks, we must be sure the home shelter is secure. How long will it be secure if there is no power and most likely, no water after a few days. Now, think about this for a minute. My guess is about 2 or 3 days in a city my size (200,000), and marauders and thieves will be everywhere looking for water and food and anything, for that matter — like booze, cars, cigarettes, drugs, gas, guns, anything. It will be truly a horror story, and no matter what you have, if you can’t keep if, your prepping efforts will have all been in vain, because you will lose it in short order. The unprepared, especially those with kids who are dying of thirst or are starving for want of food, will be out and about and will be killing if need be to provide necessities for them and their families. How do you protect yourself and your home from these thieves? I will tell what I suggest starting with primitive protective devises, and work my way up.

  • How about an effective blow gun? Got some 3/4′ PVC pipe? If not, go get some immediately. Then you can make a simple and very effective blow gun and darts with paste its and 2″ roofing nails. Go on-line for the simple instructions. You can be putting darts into cement blocks in a matter of minutes by following some really simple instructions. You will be amazed how easy this is and how powerful this blow gun is.
  • Secondly, I recommend both a hand cross-bow and a rifle cross-bow (with lots of extra strings, string wax, arrows, and accessories). These weapons are both very powerful and very quiet.(The hand crossbow can have up to at least 80 pound per square inch availability and the rifle style cross-bow up to 180 pound per square inch availability. These are both awesome and silent weapons.
  • Thirdly, I recommend two high-powered pellet guns.There is about a $50 Pumpmaster that shoots pellets at up top 750 psi and bb’s (loads up to 300 bb’s at a time and has 6 round pellet clips of which I recommend having at least 3 extra clips loaded and ready) and about a $120 Crossman Storm XT pellet gun that has around 1500 psi (along with about 5,000 bb’s and 5,000 pellets (one which shoots BB’s of which I have about five pounds of BB’s put away). Once again, I love these weapons because they are good for small game and they are quiet. In a SHTF scenario, I have an abundance of squirrels in my yard and many more near by, that these guns will take care of in a survival situation.
  • Black powder guns (2 – 1858 Remington pistols in 36 caliber and 44 caliber and one 50 caliber rifle with a scope, and loading accessories to last for years. This classification of bigger weapons I will leave to your imagination. My knives, machetes, and other scary forces of protection are also something to ponder.

Food Stockpile

Food is one of the first things to go in a panic.

If I can make it to day 3 in a SHTF scenario, I for sure I am going to be hungry if I have not had time to eat. I know I would be a busy boy in a SHTF scenario, so I indeed would have to be eating something, and in my situation, I would have to have been providing sustenance to my partner and wife of many years who is not super mobile. (She recently has had a knee replacement, and has previously had her other knee done, and prior to that she has had a double hip replacement [in one operation], and also has previously had 2 major back surgeries. The poor lady has had a lot of surgeries, but thank God, she is real trooper. Rarely complains, and she is a sweetheart and I will love her to the end in this realm. Me, I have had a knee replacement due to a lifelong knee issue from a football injury in high school that plagued me all my life; an aneurysm on my aorta that was found from an ultra sound being done preparatory to back surgery [revealed to be from an infection that literally ate up my 5th lumbar vertebrae contracted from an infection obtained in a hospital that could never be cultured – scary to say the least]; and lastly, the back operation that was put off, until the aorta aneurysm could be repaired. [Obviously, my wife and I have had our share of issues over the years.] Our food stores are adequate for a SHTF scenario. That is all I will elaborate on about this, but we will not starve. If you are wise, you will have put away adequate food for at least a year that you must be sure will not spoil or deteriorate. Always be sure to rotate your food stores.)

First Aid Kit

What about injuries? What do you need to have for first aid? Where should it be? Whow!! This could be a real puzzle, couldn’t it? My advice to any prepper is to take a First Aid Course like offered by the Red Cross. I have read about 10 good survival handbooks and the best of all, in my opinion are the “SAS Survival Handbook” and “Survival Wisdom & Know How,” both of which give great aid advise as well as a wealth of other survival skills and techniques far too numerous to mention in my first go round on survival and prepping. I plan to go well beyond this in a series of articles that I hope the Prepper Journal may find of value to people who may encounter a true SHTF dilemma.

Renewable Food Sources – What about when the food starts to get low. What then? You need to have a plan for gardening in the house and outside – even in a small yard. It does need to be concealed as well as possible. I recommend a good supply of seeds and there are a number of good seed storage packs that have all the essential seeds for a good diet. You will be wise to start a composting area and learn the ropes of composting. I assure you that one person (and two is even better) provide an abundance of composting materials. If you have trees, like I do in abundance, you have loads of composting materials and in my case loads of acorns. I suggest a little reading by preppers on composting. It could save your life. The two survival books mentioned above is all you will need.

There you go for round one of “prepping for the serious prepper.” Good luck and God bless.


  1. JD

    January 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Good article, right up to the point where protecting ones preps is mentioned. All the items mentioned in that section are for hunting game. And in that respect, they are effective tools. Folks, if you are serious about protecting you and your family and your preps, then you need the right tools for the job. You need serious weapons. Period. End. Of. Discussion. Think about it, ok a group of 15 that haven’t eaten in 5 days start down your driveway, they are not interested in you giving them a can of soup. They want all of your stuff and are clear that they will kill you if you get in the way. So your gonna start blowing darts at them with a blowgun? Lmao! I mean really, does anyone truly believe that is a viable solution in that situation?! If you truly believe a pistol crossbow will protect you from a group of hungry, cold, intent individuals, then you are a fool and might as well sell me your stuff at a fifth of what you paid for it because your not gonna make it. Sounds harsh? It is. And so will be a shtf situation. Unlike some people believe, evil does exist in the hearts of men. The sooner you come to terms with this fact, the sooner you can start doing something about it.
    When you do want to do something about it, get yourself some real weapons, the AR-15 is the rifle have. Yeah the AK-47 is ok, but the AR is more accurate, more modular to be able to set it up for the individual and their situation. It’s easy to mount quality optics to, magazines are plentiful and cheap. And contrary to what the AK crowd spews, the AR is an extremely reliable weapon. And with modern ammunition like bonded hunting bullets, or solid copper, the weapon is deadlier than ever. That and a good handgun in either 9mm, .40, or .45 calibers. With ammo and mags for both. The next thing you need is training in how to employ these weapons. I cannot stress this enough. Just owning them will not keep you safe. You must learn how to effectively use and maintain these weapons. When the crowd is making its way down your driveway, then is not the time to learn, now, is the time. Keep in mind, these are NOT for hunting. These are for keeping you and your family safe from the inevitable scum that WILL surface in a shtf situation. These weapons are for killing other humans. It is the cold truth of the matter. If you cannot fathom having to kill another human to keep you, your family or your preps safe, perhaps you should rethink your plans.

    • RevIdahoSpud3

      January 21, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      I would add another perspective. I too was not enthused about blow guns although I did recently buy my first compound crossbow for a to me from me Christmas present and am stocking up on bolts. Also standard bows, recurve, and compound can be useful but like any tool requires practice or they might not as well be counted on in the first place,
      I put a lot of faith in guns, pistols, revolvers rifles, bolt and semi and have several versions of almost all 30, 284,270, and 223 of which you speak regarding the AR15, with tons of loaded ammo for each caliber plus backup components of powder, primers, mt cases, and bullets, not to mention the capability to cast for every handgun and rifle plus stores of several hundred pounds of antimony lead.
      That being said, under a stress situation the best gun of all is the one you happen to have with you or can get to quickest if you have to use it. That means the most powerful, ideal gun may be out of reach but any gun is better than nothing.
      With that which is where my rant is leading is that of all the weapons that I own one of my favorite is the humble 22LR or Mag. Even 22 short are on the market today with fps ratings of 1100. I know many disparage the 22LR but they can lay down a lot of firepower, you can carry 500 rounds easily without taking a lot of room or weight. I regularly practice at 100yds on my home range but tests conducted on YouTube show penetration of 1/2″ inch pine at 400 yards with a 22LR. The Army considers the 1/2″ pine test to be lethal regardless of range.
      The 22LR has virtually no recoil and can be handled easily by the elderly, women or children vs say…a 300 win mag.
      If I had a choice I would probably agree with you that overall I would feel best with one of my AR15 models or even a 223 Remington Bolt I have that shoots phenomenal groups. As far as groups are concerned the average person does not have to shoot MOA to have a proper defense capability. Practicing hitting an 8×11″ sheet of paper out to 100 yards is a good place to start with a 22 LR. I have Colt Woodsman 3rd models and Browning challenger pistols that I can place 4-6 out of 10 shots on paper with open sights at 100yds.
      I know that anytime I see talk about best caliber/model guns on any board it usually results in a pissing match of opinions but again, I always say take the challenge. That is stand out at 75-100 yards and have a partner proceed to fire away with a 22LR at you. I guarantee even a BB gun can hurt at 30 feet. I always have firearms within reach and strategically placed, several of which are 22LR. Just one persons opinion.

      • John Hertig

        January 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

        A 22LR can lay down a lot of bullets, but those bullets very often won’t stop the person from doing what they are doing (attacking you), and that is the only reason it is (or should be) legal and moral to shoot someone. Not to say that there are not valid uses for a .22 and its small, light, relatively inexpensive (particularly in the “good old days”) ammo. Just that defense is not one of them.

        • SilverIzzy

          January 23, 2017 at 1:40 am

          22lrs won the Civil War. Think about that kill count, then tell me they won’t stop someone. It wasn’t until the 1990s that this myth came about that “they don’t do any damage.” I take deer with mine just like my dad and grandfather did.

          • John Hertig

            January 23, 2017 at 2:00 am

            They did? I thought the first 22LR came out in 1887, which coincidentally was 22 years after the Civil War ended.

            But you are right, 22s have an unexpectedly high kill count, but many of the deaths were rather delayed from the shooting, meaning the victim could continue his dastardly deeds for a while before succumbing. In other words, they don’t reliably stop someone or a large animal without exceptional shot placement. Sure, it is possible to become a good enough shot to effectively use a .22LR under decent conditions. But since I’m not interesting in killing, only stopping, I prefer a caliber which gives me a bit more latitude.

            • JD

              January 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

              You are right on the money about this John.

          • JD

            January 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

            Lmao! Dude, you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • Debra Roberts

      January 21, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      I am old enough to know how to grow, hunt and preserve food. I know how to be frugal and to use what is on hand. We have weapons and ammo. But I am afraid that there wouldn’t be enough bullets in the world to protect my preps.

      • Tom Schuckman

        January 23, 2017 at 12:34 am

        Debra, If you really want to know where to buy good ammo., at a cheap price, just email me: tschuckman@aol.com —Also visit my Blog: TOM’S JOURNAL. –Disabled Vietnam Vet: 68-70.

      • JD

        January 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm

        I hear what you’re saying Debra. The only thing we can do is train to be effective with our weapons and gear and give them the fight of their lives. They will have to earn it!

    • John Hertig

      January 21, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      The AR-15 is a really good platform, firing a fairly ineffective round unless you spend big bucks for that hi-tech ammo. The same receiver can have an upper which fires the 7.62×39 (AK round) which is more effective. And the AR-10/AR-308 is very similar and fires the .308 cartridge which is about as effective a defensive round as you can get. But all of these are not optimal in a city environment under many scenarios. The good old 12 ga shotgun would often be a better choice. And a good handgun always on your person.

      You are not looking for weapons which will kill people. You are looking for weapons which will instantly stop them from doing what they are doing. Just be aware that sometimes people might die from your stopping them.

      • Nailbanger

        January 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        I dont know about the 223/5.56 round being useless,, maybe FMJ but i hand roll Sierra Blitz King rounds for my AR, they blow apart after entering and kill anything they hit, judging by the damage to stuff ive hit with them it will definitely ruin somebodys day if the ever get up again,,, its all in the bullet design
        Other part of that is the accuracy, im hitting dimes at 200 off a bipod and velocity is far higher than stock ammo or stuff like a 22.
        The velocity at range is real important

        • John Hertig

          January 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm

          No, its not useless, even the FMJ. Just not the most effective for many purposes. Unless, as you say, you overcome its inadequacies (transferring energy to the target) if it does not tumble or hit something hard, by buying or making rounds with reliably expanding bullets. That way you can take advantages of its inherent accuracy and high speed without losing effectiveness due to the small, pointy bullet.

      • Tom Schuckman

        January 23, 2017 at 12:40 am

        Hi John, Finally a smart, savvy, person who knows and tells the truth about the AR, and the AK-47 !! The AR-15 is a glorified .22 LR !! No stopping power !! Whereas, AK-47 HOLLOW POINTS are great to defend and protect ! Sure the AR is more accurate, but are you really going to shoot the enemy more than 100–250 meters ??? So, you point is well taken, sir. I was a helicopter door gunner in RVN: 68-70, so I would these things.. My email: tschuckman@aol.com — Have a good day.

        • John Hertig

          January 23, 2017 at 1:19 am

          Yes, the AR platform has great accuracy potential. I’m thinking it might provide improved accuracy over the AK if a quality 7.62×39 upper was attached.

        • JD

          January 23, 2017 at 11:20 pm

          Funny, because I have read numerous accounts of actually, how deadly the M193 round was in Vietnam. Unfortunately, it was the weapons that were questionable. But that was only because in the governments infinite wisdom to cut corners, they changed critical features of the weapon from the original design. And then didn’t issue cleaning kits with the weapons! Sadly, it cost a lot of soldiers their lives. By the time you were in they were cycling out the flawed weapons and getting the troops the ones built like they were originally designed. (1967) the 55gr projectile was screaming along at 3000+ feet per second. Out of the 1 in 12″ twist the barrels had, the billet would yaw or tumble in its target producing massive wound profiles. It was when the US went to a faster twist rate in the barrels and changed to the 62gr steel core rounds. The rounds became over stabilized and wouldn’t yaw but shoot straight through, creating tiny ice pick holes and wound paths. Now with heavier bullet weights, and better technology in bullet design and materials, the weapon is far more deadlier than it ever was. With surgical accuracy on par and even better than some bolt action rifles. I would not feel undergunned carrying one.

          • Tom Schuckman

            January 24, 2017 at 10:03 pm

            Well, that’s good to know, so now I am more savvy about that caliber, and thank you for the Info. I already have a ‘different kind of Assault Rifle,’ and satisfied for the moment. Thanks.

      • JD

        January 23, 2017 at 10:56 pm

        Me personally, I don’t see any reason to switch calibers. As within 300 yards, the 5.56 is more than capable. It’s been proven time and time again. But if one feels comfortable switching to another caliber, that is the beauty of the weapon.
        Killing/stopping, semantics. In a shtf situation, I will not let something so inconsequential like legalities, cloud my judgement.

        • John Hertig

          January 24, 2017 at 1:41 am

          If you are happy with the 5.56, that is fine and your choice.

          The killing/stopping controversy is not semantics. Pre-SHTF, it is an important legal and moral distinction which if not paid attention to, may get you in trouble with the law and your own evaluation of self (and even other’s evaluation of you). During SHTF, legality is out the window, and view of self may be a luxury. If there is a post-SHTF, the legality which was ignored during the SHTF may come back to bite you. But none of these is the critical point

          Here’s the thing. The concept of this site and these articles is to help people survive. Survive during SHTF, and why not, pre-SHTF as well. And if someone is doing something which will cause the prepper or those they are in charge of great harm, it is critical that the attacker be stopped. Right then. Whether the attacker dies or don’t die is irrelevant, only that he does not and can n0t do that which it was needful for him to stop doing.

          If killing is the goal, then judgement is altered since there is no indication of the necessity of stopping the attacker in any particular time frame. “Eventually” is implied. And a dying person who is not incapacitated can still do great harm.

          • JD

            January 24, 2017 at 10:44 am

            I would agree with that. My remark about semantics was referring to during a shtf situation. Yes, pre-shtf, “yes your honor, I was in fear for my life and my family’s lives so I did what I had to do to stop the
            attack.” If involved in a justified shooting pre shtf, yes it would be foolish to blab to the cops or present yourself in a way to the courts that your intention was murder. In this pussified society today, you must prove that you were the victim and only as a last resort you did what you did because there was no other choice.

            • Tom Schuckman

              January 24, 2017 at 10:08 pm

              And that is why I have a special 2nd Amendment ‘gun attorney’ strategy system to fall back upon ! I pay about $20/ mo.

    • The Deplorable Cruella DeVille

      January 22, 2017 at 10:07 am

      I concur win the weapons choice as regards defensive uses: multiple weapons chambered in 5.56/.223, with regular practice and training. There are literally tons of different variants of the AR platform, including suppressed 22LR uppers, (that are a blast, but also very nice for head shots out to 75 yd or so), or roll your own from 80% lowers as I prefer.
      One also needs to think about fields of fire from your defensive locations, and that is NOT your actual house! If this scenario really does occur you will need to engage them as far out as possible – once your are defending a single building from inside, you are done. Unless you have visibility to the exterior of the entire structure, and the manpower to defend it, the attackers will just burn you out.
      So start think about how to use whatever space and terrain you have available to discourage attackers in general, channel them into specific areas that YOU want them to be, ie no cover, easily flanked by others in your party, difficult to move though such as swampy or thorny cane bushes, etc. In a nutshell start considering small unit defensive tactics as they would involve your location.
      Example: my current place is just a standard brick tract house built on an former cow pasture, accessed via a cattle gate in a 4-strand barbed wire fence, and a drainage ditch just inside the gate with a piece of culvert pipe under the drive. The builder took the actual gate down, I put it back up, but with a motorized closer and locks. I also repaired and strengthened the fence itself. I planted a hedge of goose berry along the actual fence – now grown eight foot high, and with two inch thorns everywhere, with edible fruit. I dammed the ditch 300 feet down stream from the drive to turn the ditch into a half acre pond, and there’s a small bridge where the culvert pipe was. Removable with a tractor, a 4×4, or four strong men if need be.
      The rest of the perimeter is the fencing, bordered with raspberry and black berry canes and backed by 500 yd of dense woods, except for a couple of spots deliberately left open for escape routes, and as easier access for any intruders.
      Could a group intent on mayhem gain access? of course! But they’ll be on foot unless they’re in military grade vehicles, they’ll be ripped to shreds if they do the frontal route, and will find themselves in the only soft/swampy part of the property if they follow the hedges looking for an easier route in. Which happens to be one of my presighted fields of fire.

      • Nailbanger

        January 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm

        5 gallon buckets with a pound of tannerite burried in the middle of a bunch of 1.25″ filter rock,,,

  2. John Hertig

    January 21, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    If you are being attacked, you need to be able to stop the attacker
    right now. A blow gun dart won’t do it; just will make him mad. A
    pistol crossbow probably won’t do it. A rifle crossbow MIGHT or might
    not, but in both these cases, if you have more than one attacker, you
    are SOL because it takes too long for that second shot. A pellet or BB gun won’t do it, and unless they are repeaters (which means you also need a power source of some kind, usually compressed gas), again that second shot will often be too late. A good black powder gun will do it, but a single shot rifle is probably too slow for the second shot and a black powder revolver would probably be too slow for the seventh shot. Modern firearms are often the only answer to a serious attack.

    An EMP high above the country probably means the end of America as it is. We are so dependent on electricity and electric gadgets for every aspect of our lives, that after an effective EMP (country wide), the odds are that 90% or more of the population will die before any serious attempt at rescue can take place and many of those alive will tend to be in bad shape.

    In addition to effective weaponry, harden your dwelling as much as practical. This means covers over the windows (security screens, rolling shutters or even a sheet of plywood – bars are fairly easy to drag off). Good doors and better door frames and secondary locks (bars across or to the floor)

    Keep in mind that if you are asleep in bed, the best weapons in the world won’t keep you alive. And if the power is out, standard security systems probably won’t work. You might want to consider a dog or three for early warning and possibly some protection. Don’t forget to stock up on their food as well.

    For a renewable food source which can be easily concealed and provide complete nutrition (no plant has complete protein), check into Aquaponics, where fish and plants are grown in a symbiotic environment which is often easier to conceal than a standard garden. If the fish are just too much a hassle, hydroponics or container gardening may be an option.

  3. paul crosley

    January 22, 2017 at 10:49 am

    The use of blowguns, crossbows and air rifles is good for stealth hunting small game. Not so much with 2 legged predators, although I wouldn’t want to get shot with any of them. Black powder weapons are very lethal and hold the advantage of you being able to make your own propellant and projectiles.
    Most people have Rambo esq fantasies of holding off hoards of mutant biker zombies with whatever weapons they’ve acquired, be it AR or AK.
    And the lowly .22LR was used effectively by snipers against Russian troops during the Chechen war.

    • JD

      January 23, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      I don’t understand the hard on so many people have for the .22. Sure, I’m not denying the .22 can kill, BUT IT IS NOT A COMBAT ROUND!!! If God forbid, but you are involved in some kind of gunfight were a group of thugs wants to take your stuff. And they have combat weapons and you have your trusty 10/22, you will immediately come to your senses and wish you had a real combat weapon. The .22 just doesn’t get the job done fast enough. Not to mention it lacks the ability to penetrate objects to get to the targets hiding behind them. You can also be outranged, yeah I’ve read the box but the chances of killing someone at a mile with a .22 is very highly unlikely.

      • paul crosley

        January 24, 2017 at 6:33 pm

        Hi JD. You are correct on it not being a combat round. I certainly wouldn’t consider it as a first line of defense (unless its all you have). It has it’s place as being relatively cheap and fairly easy to suppress. It can be quite lethal as it tends to tumble around in a body. Not quite like the .223 or 5.45x 39. But hit someone in a sinus cavity or intestines, especially with multiple hits, it will ruin their day.
        Again you are right that it is not for penetrating cover or thick clothing and lacks immediate stopping power.

  4. Huples

    January 27, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Throwing knives secured to decent length of wood or hard plastic is an okay thing to have around for single intruders coming through fortified windows and doors. Spears have a place as guns make noise which might not be a good move in all sitreps

    • JD

      January 28, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      That’s what silencers are for.

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