What Is The Point of Survivalism For You?
So we all obviously look at survival differently. Some of us are Dog Eat Dog and some look at it as another form of insurance.
It's through seeing things through new lenses that we learn more about the nuances of a particular view and ours.
So share yours.
Mine is simple. It's insurance against the nastiness of an unleashed human animal. By learning certain skills I put yet another barrier between me and mine and the societal muck that will be more commonplace.
The more ways I learn to get food the harder it will be to get to that time when I'll need to choose between morals (which are deeply rooted to me) and my life and the lives of me and mine.
The more places I can make safer the harder it is to put us on the road at the mercy of the elements.
The more little skills I can pick up the more I can depend on me and less on the kindness of strangers.
It is insurance at its basic level.
Jul 24 2012, 12:50 AM EDT by
B.O.B food - enough for 72 hours? Really?
It seems to me that most "preppers" have caught on to the idea of having enough food and water in ones bag for 3 days, or 72 hours.
If I'm not mistaken, this is taken from the US Air Force's Bail Out Bags for when pilots were waiting to be rescued, possibly in enemy territory. I can understand the thinking behind pilots having a time limit, but in the event of social collapse (I don't believe in zombies-yet), why only take 3 days worth of food? Am I right in thinking that most people on this site seem to go with that?
I can understand if the intention is to go somewhere in particular where there are at least high chances of more food, but not the whole "escape into the woods with 3 days worth of food and then live of the land or barter" kinda thing.
I live in a suburb surrounded by lots and lots of countryside. The countryside is all connected and goes out for dozens of miles that i personally know of. There are also probably close to half a million people within a 30 mile radius of my house.
Whilst the woods and fields may have lots of furry creatures in, it aint exactly the land of milk and honey.
Here's my BOB, with plenty of food in. Not that I intend to leave my own home:
May 31 2011, 2:59 PM EDT by
How to shoot faster whilst retaining accuracy?
I was at the pistol range today,and fired off a few rounds at 15 yards.The guy two lanes accross from me made me feel ashamed of myself,as he was a million times faster than me.He had smooth trigger control,effective recoil handling and emptied his entire 7 round mag(he was using a 1911) in something crazy like a few seconds(this is outdoor).I am pathetically slow,but precise and accurate.It takes almost half a second for me to squeeze off another round with my sights lined up after each shot.
Any advice,or general discussion,in relation to speed shooting?
P.S The guy is on his way to compete at IPSC I think.I also use a variation of the weaver stance,with my reaction(left-hand) bent at the elbow and my shooting arm(right) locked at the elbow with my right leg locked and supporting to the rear,and my left leg to the front slightly bent at the knees.
May 5 2011, 1:03 AM EDT by
A complete survival shelter?
In my short time on this website, and looking on youtube, I am yet to find a fool-proof survival shelter.
There are many people who are very well prepared with supplies and weapons etc, but i am yet to come across photographs, videos or even a description of the ULTIMATE survival shelter.
Im talking underground shelter, with food, water, weapons, med kits, gold/silver bullion n all that shniz.
There are a few videos on youtube of peoples personal underground shelters (excluding basments) but none of them are shown to be kitted out with all the neccessities.
We all (I hope) know that nuclear war is probably much more likely than WWZ, and I think an underground shelter/bunker is preferable to a home you could defend.
If i was loaded, i'd build an underground bunker. I understand they cost a substantial amount of money (depending on how its built, obviously) so not many people can afford one.
I'd apreciate if any of you could direct me to somewhere where there's either a picture, video or even description of such a place. Thanks.
Jan 18 2011, 4:04 PM EST by
Does anyone know the statistics concerning...
... the number of rounds that are likely to actually hit a target in combat?
The reason I ask is because my weapon of choice has a 25 round mag, and my backup has a 32 round mag. Now I'm not naive enough to think that 25 rounds fired means 25 dead zeds, as accuracy when punching holes in paper targets and accuracy when your life is at stake are two different things. So I'm wondering if anyone knows (or knows where to find) any numbers that will give me some idea about this.
My criteria are as follows:
A) For purposes of this discussion, I am presupposing any of the "shoot-em-in-the-head" style of zombies, body shots won't do it, so I'm aiming at a smaller target by default.
B) I have read statistics saying that in Viet Nam (and elsewhere) it averaged thousands of rounds to kill each enemy combatant. As much of that ammo would have been expended on suppressive fire, and suppressive fire would accomplish precisely squat against zombies, these sorts of statistics don't count.
C) I am presupposing a shooter who has moderate training and moderate practice, but little or no actual combat experience. Granted, some elite shooters such as Delta Force, Spetznatz and other Bada$$es might be able to do better (WAY better) than average, but they ain't me.
D) If possible, I would like data for standard ranges of engagement for both pistols and assault rifles.
Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Sep 10 2010, 8:36 AM EDT by
Why Do People Think there Houses Are Safer?
Why do people think there houses are safer,I get that your used to the surrounding and everything,but say if you went out out for food or any reason for a day or two and come back wouldn't you look around first before setting back it.I asked my friend and most said that they didn't feel the need too(not in those exact words but on the lines of that).I don't know if this is just my paranoia or something,but I just thought I would post it for you.Oh and one more thing,when you go somewhere and set up a base or camp wouldn't you search around the place first,just a thought
thanks 4 reading
Aug 11 2010, 5:03 AM EDT by
Favorite handguns, and why?
So, I have limited experience with handguns, and I am considering purchasing one, and my wife is considering letting me (with PTSD, people get ancy at the thought of me with a gun, sheesh). Anyway, I mainly have fired m9's. I have heard good and bad about a lot of weapons, and I have 2 kids, so safety is something of a concern. My favorite handgun that I have personally used was a Taurus .357, but reloading a revolver with Zeds bearing down on me would not be fun. So... What is light, accurate, safe and reloads well (not just quickly, without jamming or causing misfires)?
Jun 21 2010, 4:33 AM EDT by pdonettes
Can I Drive?
Ok, let me start by saying this: I'm still too young to drive (Although i am 5ft 8 inches), but would it be ok under this circumstance (by this i mean worldwide zombie apocalypse)? And my second question: Is it safe? I'm not concerned about gas, because I can just change vehicles play it litterbug style. Also, not many people will be on the road, so crashing isnt a problem if i take it slow. And how far will i need to travel? please answer these questions. im curious.
May 16 2010, 12:48 AM EDT by
Lots of talk about base safety and how to keep a base safe from infection.
But of the protocols discussed how many ensure mutual safety? The safety of both parties.
Most of these protocols require the visitor to give up a great deal of personal safety. Fair but making your visitors uncomfortable is not a great way to kick off the relationship.
But the other side doesn't want to sacrifice the safety of their medic. Also fair but making the visitor unsafe is again not too great.
So the visitor is concerned with their safety and the safety of their environment.
The base folks are concerned with the safety of their medic.
How then do you please both?
So who here can think of a way to ensure the mutual safety of both while still maintaining security?
Apr 4 2010, 3:08 PM EDT by
.N.W.S.S. Hillside Station
North West Survival Squad.
After Z-Day and the fortification of our base we Will have men stationed At Hillside station southport from the best option on getting here is following the side track along the railway line from the southport liverpool line access from this line is huge as the merseyside and lancashire area can access
Once at hillside station You will be greeted by some of our members and im sorry to say u will be disarmed, Strip searched and have a check over from a Dr who is part of the team and then taken back to our base by car when you arrive you will be Taken and examined by one of our founding members in this examination You will be asked ure skills E.g.Medical, food preperation etc... you will then be asked about your combat skills and shooting ability depending on ure low points e.g. shooting you will be trained by one of our 3 members that are fully qualified shooters and have entered national competitions
To access our Base of Operations you must have..
*A cool head people with a short fuse may start to bring down morale and the rest of the group will decide what to do with these people
Before leaving your safe zone remember our BOB's and long range and malae weapons whatever else you can carry will be much appreciated such items could be
.Food and Water (Essential)
.Medecines and medical kits
.Long range and malae weapons (extra rounds for long range)
.Sanitation products (dettol/Bleach etc...)
.Molotovs or insengery weapons
.Other sanitation(Soaps, shampoo/Conditioner, Toilette roll ETC..)
After a ouple of days or weeks you will be assigned a duty
Feb 5 2010, 2:29 PM EST by
Scavenging for Hygiene products
Personal hygiene products (Toothpaste, soap, deoderant) will be pretty easy to scavenge as they are likely to be left in homes, convience stores, etc. as it is not what people usually think of to grab when they are in a hurry.
Nov 21 2009, 4:38 PM EST by
PROS/CONS Of different zombie types.
What do you guys think the pro's and cons of the different type of zombies are?
Such as the rage zombies (28 weeks later) I am legend zombies (if they can be considered zombies)
Resident evil zombies (Includes lickers and such..)
And which would you prefer in a zombie apocalypse?
Nov 15 2009, 11:51 AM EST by
Jun 18 2011, 6:19 PM EDT by
If zombies attack what would your survival plan be?
Feb 1 2009, 11:07 AM EST by
Firearms Training/Safety Issues
1. All guns are always loaded. 2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. 3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. 4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. -Jeff Coo
Jun 18 2010, 6:02 PM EDT by
Add your contributions here!
As for me, I plan to wear a button-up poncho over my gear. The benifits of this would be that, although it is loose and easy to grab, if it IS grabbed it can pop right off (as with a slip-over poncho your screwed). As for my face, I'll slap on some of my goggles (zombie juices in your eyes is not a good thing), a Bandana will cover my mouth and nose as a quick fix, although I plan to see a more suitable face shield later on (perhaps a gas mask).
When it comes to personal Hygiene, it wont be to difficult to swipe some tooth paste, deodorent, and soap from you local one-stop-shopping outlet. Your probably going to head there, and this is going to make survival a butt-load easier, and will also increase morale (your friends and family are probably already dead, atleast you'll smell great).
What are you going to do to keep clean, and stay fresh in a zombie world? Post below!
Sep 7 2008, 10:09 PM EDT by