For those Bugging Out all by themselves. You might get a wake-up call, and the last thing that you see is THIS
The use of firearms when SHTF is probably one of the most talked-about issues on the internet these days. In many cases, firearms sometimes rank higher than food supplies in some circles.
The trend in survival firearms has taken a radical right turn; instead of defensive weapons, many have turned towards assault rifles, and offensive weapons. It’s not uncommon to see survivalists wearing tactical gear, Kevlar helmets, ballistic vest, and sporting an assortment of battle-ready guns with multiple magazines of ammunition.
The problem with that is; it doesn’t leave much room for survival gear. Heading out into the woods with tactical gear, and preparing for a gun battle is okay if that is your mindset. But the reality is that all of that gear won’t help you one bit—when faced with multiple opponents. On the contrary, it will only serve to make their job easier because it’s hard to run wearing all of that gear.
When I train newbies out in the field, the rule is only carry the things that you will actually need, and replace everything else with food supplies. Nothing is as important as food—nothing!
One of the things that I attempt to have people understand, is that even though firearms are an integral part of any survival plan, they should not be the entire plan.
No matter what the weapon of choice is; it is necessary to first become intimate with the weapon. That means spending a lot of time at the range, shooting at various distances, and shooting during weather extremes. It takes hundreds of hours to “Become One” with your weapon. But when the honeymoon is over, you’ve got something in your hands that is both familiar and might provide for an extra edge if you are ever forced to shoot somebody down.
It really doesn’t matter the make or model of the rifle, what matters is the weight, the maneuverability, and whether or not you can hit what you are aiming at in any survival or weather condition. One of my more favorite weapons is an old Soviet battle rifle: The Mosin-Nagant M1944 7.62x54R bolt action rifle. The rifle is sometimes referred to as a “Russian .308”; and that would be a close description.
[ Mosin-44 Out in The Alaska Back Country ]
The Mosin-44 is a trusted old rifle that is still being used today in many parts of the world. Here in Alaska, these old rifles are found in the hands of Eskimo hunters, and homesteaders alike. It’s reputation and durability makes this a rifle that has earned its place by the people that count on it for their day to day existence.
I’ve owned and fired tons of weapons throughout the years. Some weren’t worth a plugged nickel, while others were worth their weight in gold. One of my more favorite defensive weapon is a Diamond Back .380 caliber handgun. It’s small size makes it an ideal carry-weapon,. It certainly doesn’t pack the same punch as a .45 ACP, but again—it’s all a matter of getting to know your weapon, as well as your own capabilities. What is amazing for this small caliber cartridge, is the penetration factor. As a primary combat weapon it’s all but useless due to to lack of energy; but up-close-personal, this weapon will do what’s asked of it.
[ DB-380 Semi-Auto Handgun ]
Survivalists should consider firearms as yet another tool that gets the job done. Over-reliance on weapons is the one problem that should be avoided. To me personally; a rifle that I carry in the bush has to be suited for hunting and defensive situations. The standard that I apply to myself is that I carry one rifle, and one handgun; perhaps if the situation requires it, I may also hump a folding-stock shotgun. But in my own survival plans, everyone in my group is armed, and even if it’s just my family and I tromping around in the bush—we all carry weapons.
When SHTF; protecting the family and yourself, as well as protecting your stockpile will require firearms that are capable of doing the job with little or no frills. A basic pump shotgun, an assault rifle, or even a bolt action rifle will make life miserable for those individuals who foolishly believe that a “force of arms” will feed them.
I much prefer the heavy caliber weapons such as the belted-magnums. There is no doubt in my mind that a .375 H&H magnum will punch right through ballistic armor. Subsequently, the .454-Casull Magnum will certainly eat bullet-proof vests everyday of the week.
Additionally; in the hands of an experienced shooter, the bolt action .308 caliber rifle loaded with deadly Armor Piercing ammunition is a force of nature unto itself. A determined shooter can far exceed the range and killing power of assault rifle wielding assailants.
When it comes to self-defense in a survival situation, it’s important to understand that if you are doing things correctly; nobody out there should see you, hear, you, or realize that you are in the area. When things go south, and you find yourself confronted with armed thugs, your best option is to get away as quickly as possible. Breaking contact might not sound very “Macho”; but I guarantee that you will not feel so Macho when one of your kids, or your mate is laying dead on the ground.
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One of the more prevalent threat scenarios that we face these days are the threats of a major medical pandemic that affects the entire country.
Considering the many foreign (Mid-Eastern) scientists that are in the employ of North Korea, Iran, China, and Russia; it shouldn’t come as a surprise if these nefarious denizens of hatred were to unleash a biological virus against America, or its interests abroad.
The fabled Center For Disease Control (CDC) is unable to cope with even minor-localized outbreaks of infections—one could not hope to have any quick reactionary assistance or control apparatuses in-place, if an attack were launched simultaneously in different areas of the country.
Lets examine this a little closer:
The Spanish Flu struck the world between 1918 to 1919: It was first identified in Kansas in March 1918. Six months later it became a world-wide epidemic which killed 500-Million people. Some estimates put the dead at twice that number. In the United States, 675,000 people perished due to this virus.
The virus was recently reconstructed by exhuming the remains of dead victims found in Alaska’s permafrost. What’s uncanny about this virus; the recent and much published H1N1 virus has a core structure that is similar to The Spanish Flu. The first strains of the Spanish Flu appeared in Camp Funston Kansas—a military base. The Flu decimated the American Expeditionary Force that was preparing to head to Europe in World War-1. It delayed the American forces for several months, and reduced their mobility and unit strength factors by half. That’s why the US was late in getting into World War One.
Between 1957 to 1958 the Asian Flu killed-off another 70,000 Americans, and over two million deaths globally.
The "Hong Kong Flu" (H3N2) of 1968–1969 Killed about 34,000 people in the United States. A million more people around the globe died as a result of this Flu. The virus is still in circulation today.
Tuberculosis is still a rampant disease which has claimed on-third of the world’s population at a rate of one new infection per second. 8-Million people have the disease—and two million of them will die. During the 20th century this disease has killed well over 100-million people; and it continues to claim more lives every second of every day.
Currently there are other more violent diseases out there: Hemorrhagic fever such as Ebola have the capacity to rapidly spread through a population. In the event of a massive infection rate among America’s population. The CDC and FEMA would be forced to “vector” the contagious area by guaranteeing the victims. That means you die in your own home—cut off from the outside world. Imagine this scenario on a national scale. The CDC and FEMA can’t even get first aid supplies o Hurricane Katrina victims—imagine what would happen during a major virus outbreak.
It’s a very well documented and published fact that record numbers of Russian, Pakistani, Turkish, and Afghani scientists are working for the Axis of Evil in the medical-weapons research fields. It wouldn’t be all that difficult to introduce a Spanish Flu (type) virus that is even more resistant to antibiotics—thus lengthening the time that it would take the CDC to manufacture an antibiotic-cure.
To date the H5N1 Avian Flu has spread across Europe at an alarming rate. Already 60 people have died of this virus which got its origins from an American Laboratory in October 2004 when 3,700 “test Kits” were accidentally sent around the world. This virus is the original strain of the 1957 Avian Flu virus.
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