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When I started thinking way too much about Zombies: I don't know exactly when it happened, it just seems like something that was an innate fascination I have always had with struggling for survival and thriving under phenomenally adverse conditions... basically I think I am a survivalist at heart and this was my favorite scenario possibility.
What started my zombie fixation: When I was a kid, my brother and I would stay up late into the night spinning tales of adventure with each other, and though Zombies were only ever a small part of the vast universe we created in our heads, it laid the ground work for dealing with such a peculiar and veracious adversary.
Favorite Zombie book: I am open to suggestions on this one. I read a lot, but only recently flopped out of the main stream sci-fi (Frank Herbert, Dean Koontz etc.) to begin digging into the realm of fantasy (David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist, Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin and David Farland)
Favorite Zombie movie: Shaun of the Dead.
Favorite quote in any zombie movie: "You've got red on you."
My score and score summary on the non-lame zombie survival test: Zombie Master - You were born for z-day. Not only will you be killing zombies left and right, but you will be leading the other survivors. You will be the one making decisions and the person who is looked to for advice. Congratulations.
My “handle” should you look for me on the radio waves or web: DooN
My location: Shoreline, WA
Is my plan dependent on zombies in your current location, or anywhere? Current location - will always head home first, wait for the worst to blow over, then head to a secondary location with better resources for self-sufficiency.
Will I be staying in my home or headed somewhere else? Depending at what stage I find out about it, maybe hole up until some of the initial chaos blows over, but when I move, I have plans to move somewhere close by.
If I'm heading out, how do I plan to get there? Fiance driving Chevy Trailblazer with dogs and gear, me on the Yamaha XS1100 ranging out ahead
Got anyone I want to take with me? My girlfriend and my two dogs, plan to rally everyone else to me.
How will I communicate with the outside world, or do I plan to go the hermit route? Will be without comms until I scavenge a CB or Ham
How am I planning to get food and water? I have water filtration and stored food goods to hold over for a while, then it is time to scavenge.
What’s my weapon of choice? Do you need to reload that thing? Gotta plan for that? Saiga 12ga. with plenty of shells, Springfield Armory XDM-40 w/5-16 round mags (a 9mm conversion barrel and 5-19rd. 9mm mags) on my hip and my machete strapped to my other hip. I am working on learning to reload ammo so as long as I can find/make bullets and ingredients for powder, I will be able to keep reloading between scrounging.
Got a survival philosophy? Help others when I can, but otherwise avoid strangers and help myself.
Am I willing to hook up with other survivors? After a close inspection and mutual quarantine period to ensure no one is infected.
Is my plan based on a book/movie/blog/scientist other survivors may have heard of? no
My original plan was a little unrealistic, so I archived it by moving it to the bottom of my profile and am now working on a revision that is grounded a little more in reality and based on fortifications and supplies right here at home. My plan will also include secondary and tertiary rally points based on what I anticipate the different stages of the outbreak will be. First, I will outline the supplies and materials I am going to buy and keep on hand for fortifications and sustenance here at home to keep me and mine safe and ride out the initial chaos.
Ideally I would like to get a couple dozen sheets of expanded steel and a few dozen 2x4s so I can secure all the windows without obscuring visibility and making a dark, stale house. Cost and availability of materials will most likely dictate that I will get a dozen sheets of plywood and a mess of 2x4s and trade light and visibility for higher security. I used to be a metal fabricator so I could easily build cages for the windows and a steel gate for the doors, but I don't have a welder or enough raw materials here at home to make that part of my practical plan. I will be using some leftover exterior paint to cover all the raw lumber so it doesn't weather, warp and weaken and leave me vulnerable in the event of a prolonged siege. My yard os fully fenced front and back with galvanized steel cyclone fence/ It is a 6' fence in front, but only 4' in the front where I would be doing any food farming because the back yard is completely shrouded under a giant cedar tree that makes growing even grass impossible.
I want to install rain barrels on all my downspouts so I can take advantage of our regular rainfall here in the NW and save water for irrigating crops in the summer and of course for drinking and hygiene. I am going to start collecting 5 gallon water cans from the army/navy surplus store nearby so I can keep a nominal supply of drinking water ready at all times. A company called Mountain House makes fantastic freeze dried food that comes in 10# cans and only requires adding water, no heat is necessary if you are out of fuel. I plan to stock quite a few of these cans along side the drinking water. I currently have quite a bit of canned and dried food already stored in my garage, but would need to supplement it with some high calorie freeze dried food with a long shelf life. Also some energy bars that provide high calorie value and light weight to carry on outings.
A lot of my plan so far is based on what I am gonna get and not so much what I've got already and is still based on unrealistic circumstances, but right now I am focusing on arming up and gearing up with the essentials for survival in any location or situation. I go into more depth about gear and weapons a little further down.
Once it seems like things have calmed down I will begin to scout around my neighborhood working slowly in the direction of the area I have mapped out at the bottom of this page which I refer to as the ark. I will be watching for Zeds and unfriendly non-Zeds.Once it seems safe enough I will take my Trailblazer down to the shopping center and see if there is anything useful I can scavenge and take back home.
*** TO BE CONT'D 11-04-09 12:53 AM ***
BOB (Bug Out Bag)
As you can see I have a standard backpack for extended hiking trips. Most of this gear is used for that purpose, but when I get home I clean it all, restock what has been used and pack it right back up for immediate use. When I go camping I don't bring the framing hammer and crow bar hanging from the side of the bag, just the machete. :)
Clockwise from top left: Sleeping Bag, Water Filtration System, Tent, MSR Gourmet Cook Set, MSR WhisperLite Multi-Fuel Stove, Dry Bags, CamelBak Hydration Pack, and First Aid Kit. (Not Pictured - Gerber Folding Trench Shovel and Hand Chain Saw)
Clockwise from top left: Stove Fuel, Fire Kit (Tinder, Zippo, Magnesium and Steel Striker Kit), Hand Warmers, Bug Spray, LED Headlamp, Rope, Cord, Zip Ties, Deck of Cards (to fight off the boredom), Sling Shot w/ Extra Band and Foam Padded Tin of Ball Bearings, "Hefty" Poncho, Nylon Poncho, TP, Backup Pocket Knife and Tent Stakes.
This kit has been put together over the span of a couple years, and I also have a lot of the same gear for my girlfriend, now I just need to get her a pack to keep it in. Then we can split the load of most of this stuff and I can have more room for precious ammo. Also I am trying to build canine BOBs for these two so they can carry their own food supply, water and possibly other gear. I still need to add a few things like Duct Tape, File, Needle Nose Pliers, Utility Knife and Multi-Tip Screw Driver, yo-yo auto fishing reels, Xacto knife set, snares, water purification tablets, let me know if you have any suggestions for additions to the kit.
English Mastiff's: Left - Atlas 145 lbs. 32 in. at the shoulders. Right - Stella 135 lbs. 30.5 inches at the shoulder. Ain't they just adorable? Good early warning systems and faithful companions for when things get bleak.
1) NEW!!! - Springfield Armory XD(M) .40 w/5-16 round magazines and 5-19 round 9mm magazines for use with EFK Firedragon 9mm conversion barrel. The conversion barrel is extended and threaded for use with a silencer which I will be building very soon. I also have an in-the-waistband soft holster, a tactical nylon holster with room for flashlight/laser, and a STAR QD M6 LED Flash Light & Laser.
2) IZMASH SAIGA 12ga. Semi-Automatic Shotgun with Tapco Inrafuse Pistol Grip/Collapsible Stock and 12 Round SureFire Mag - It came with a 5rd mag and I bought two 12rd mags for it as well. I also managed to finagle a tactical sling from a Marine at the range. I just asked where he got it and he said he gets them for free from "work" and pulled it off his own gun and fitted it on mine... that's a swell guy in my book.
3) Remington 870 Express Pump Action 12ga. Shotgun
4) Winchester Model 94 Lever Action .30-30 w/Leather Sling
5) Marlin Model 60SP Semi-Automatic .22 Rifle w/Scope and Leather Sling
6) Smith & Wesson SWAT Locking Pocket Knives as seen hanging on the wall behind the guns in the previous pictures. They are both fitted with extra long lanyards so the knife can be attached to my belt to prevent loss, but still enough slack to make use of the knife without needing to undo my belt. Which segues nicely into the next group of weapons on standby: melee and bladed weapons.
7) Machete (aka Bolo Knife) - Made in the Philippines from the leaf spring of an old army Jeep with a water buffalo horn handle and water buffalo hide sheath. The blade is roughly 1/4" thick and about 14" long. Since it's spring steel it won't easily break, but may need sharpened more frequently which is fine with me. I would rather have to sharpen it every night then have it snap in two when I needed it most. I also blued the blade and keep it oiled in it's sheath to help resist rust. I am looking into making a custom kydex sheath for it soon.
8) Framing Hammer - standard stock at Home Depot or Lowe's, Stanley "Fat Max" model. I plan to drill a hole in the handle and add a lanyard.
9) Crow Bar and MagLite - Nuff said.
10) Stanley Framing Hammer and Axe w/Lanyard - Backups, too heavy for first choice in BOB
11) Muela Bowie Knife Set - Spanish made 8.5" Molybenum Vanadium Steel blade, rosewood handle and brass fittings with matching 4" blade version of same materials.
Arms Cont'd - Things I don't have but will be getting as soon as I can.
These are roughly listed out in the order I plan to purchase them in, after the first two I am a little unsure what order I will proceed. I may not be able to buy much more beyond the first two (if even those) for quite some time, but I am ever the optimist. :)
1) LMT : CQB MRP Defender Model Piston 16 - After much agonizing between the AR15 and the AK-47, I thought I had finally settled on the AK-47 as my first choice for assault rifles, but after seeing it fire in slow motion I had serious reservations. Then I found the LMT CQB and it blew my mind. The accuracy and refinement of the AR15 with reliability more comparable to the AK-47. I am sold! The price is only slightly higher than a good AR15 or a decked out AK at about $1500 - $2000 and is still compatible with most AR-15 platform parts and magazines. I will still get an AK, but maybe just a more basic model than the one I have knocked down to #7 on my "to do" list.
2) Springfield Armory XD-40 Sub Compact (Left) - 3" barrel model in .40 S&W with one 12rd mag and one 9rd mag. The one on the left is extended grip 12rd mag and the one on the right is the compact 9rd mag. I may buy this before the LMT AR for concealed carry, because the XDM-40 is a little too bulky and if I am not carrying all the time, then what is the point?
3) Springfield Armory GI.45 1911(Right and Bottom) - .45 ACP built to military specs - haven't decided which I want yet.
a) Standard Model - 7+1 capacity and legendary heritage. Can get .22lr conversion kits for it...awesome!
b) Hi-Cap Model - 13+1 capacity. Higher capacity :) but a little bulkier and no .22 kits with wider mags. :(
c) Micro 3" Model - 6+1 capacity. Great candidate for concealed carry.
4) Remington 700 SPS Tactical - Chambered in .308 Win. Top image is stock rifle with 20" barrel, lower image is same rifle with custom precision rifle stock. The scope, bipod and extended mag are not included with the stock, I would have to track down something like shown below. This would be great for taking large game as well as offering long range defense options.
5) FNH Five SeveN USG (Left) - 5.7x28mm rounds stacked 20 high in the standard mags but also available in 30 round mags. I have fired one and it was amazingly accurate and felt great in my hand. Drawbacks: lack of stopping power (too much penetration without hollow point), very expensive gun and expensive ammo, still I really want one.
6) H&K USP (Right) - .40 S&W such a nice pistol, and while I would LOVE a USP Match, this is a little more realistic for my budget
7) AK-47 - This package is available from Shooters Wholesale on GunsAmerica.com, it is a fully converted Black Widow AK47-XTR© Side Folder Package plus Mono Vault™ storage system, which includes premium Gun Kote™ finish, Intrafuse Quad Rail Forearm, Red Dot Reflex Sight, Six 30rd polymer mags and three mag pouches. Imagine keeping six loaded mags, extra ammo, food and maybe a couple other essentials all stocked and ready to go in a waterproof airtight container... I've got chills. I don't much care for the stock, but that can easily be swapped out.
8) Walther P99 (Left) - .40 S&W or 9mm, either way this is a sexy gun.
9) Walther P22 (Right) - .22 that is small agile, accurate and again... sooo sexy. Also, it's a great candidate for a silencer.
10) Taurus Raging Judge (Left) - 45LC/454 Casull/.410ga. 6im pictures also avasilable in 3in. This revolver is versatile (3 different rounds through one gun!), powerful and dependable. Would be perfect loaded up with some 5 pellet buck rounds as a last ditch weapon for close range engagements where you are all out of options and it has to work... or else, and it could be fitted with a scope for long range shooting. I previously wanted both a Taurus Judge and a Raging Bull, but this one gun will do nicely instead.
11) Taurus Tracker (Right) - Chambered in .357 Magnum and features 7 round capacity, ported barrel and (like all .357mag firearms) it can fire .38 Spl rounds. The ability to fire multiple calibers makes scavenging for ammo easier and the lighter .38 ammo makes practice easier and the gun more manageable for those that might not be able to handle the recoil of a .357mag round.
There you have it. I've got a long list of guns that I want to get my hands on, and there are a few others beyond these, but they are either too expensive or not realistic for real world use. I think there is definitely room for more long guns, but with the addition of the AK I will have quite a wide range of long gun profiles covered.
04 Chevy Trailblazer LT EXT 4x4 w/5.3L V8 Eventually I am going to add a K&N Performance Intake Kit and hopefully going to get it lifted just little (2"-4") and put some bigger wheels and tires on it so its not completely useless on anything but smooth asphalt.
81 Yamaha XS1100 Special This is a great motorcycle that just won't quit... as long as I keep gas in the tank anyway, I will be upgrading to a cruiser (Yamaha Roadliner Midnight) sometime in the future, but I will always keep this bike because it's great for a relatively quiet runabout to do scouting. That way I can keep my fiance behind the wheel of the Trailblazer with our dogs and gear while I range ahead to find a good route.
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