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Fear we are returning to a time in history where it is a common occurrence to fight for one's life?

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"There are going to be situations where people are going to go without assistance.  That's just the facts of life."  - Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates

So, you are a successful trader, speculator, investor, money manager, and is typical, have little patience.  Something has been bothering you.  You have been reading Zero Hedge long enough that you are now absolutely convinced that TEOTWAWKI is indeed nigh, and it could well be quite violent.  You have also decided that you want to do something to prepare, beyond getting short the equity markets and going long gold and silver coins, but you do not know what to do, exactly.  The HELP function on your Bloomberg terminal is, unsurprisingly, not helpful.  A quick review of the government and Red Cross emergency preparedness websites tells you nothing about guns.  This is problematic, as you fear that we all might be returning to a time in history where it is a common occurrence to fight for one's life, and you know that we usually do that in today's day and age with guns, or a knife close in. 

What to do?

Well, you could read several books such as The Long Emergency, Reinventing Collapse, One Second After, Alas Babylon, Patriots, and Lucifer's Hammer to gain an understanding of what some recent authors believe TEOTWAWKI might look like, and then try to formulate a plan on your own.  You could also read countless blog posts on www.ar15.com/forums/b/10_Outdoors.html, www.survivalblog.com, or www.zombiehunters.org to see what other people with alleged or unknown expertise are doing to prepare for if/when TSHTF.  I understand there is now a television show called Doomsday Preppers that you could watch.  Not surprisingly, you can even hire professional consultants to help you prepare for the possibility of a coming apocalypse.

Alternatively, allow me to provide to you absolutely free of charge and in just one brief Zero Hedge article, A Guide for Those with Much Money and Very Little Patience Whom Want to Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse But Are Afraid to Google It For Fear of DHS Labeling Them A Terrorist.  There are some unique aspects to this Guide.  First, because it is for Those with Much Money, it assumes you can afford to drop as much as $25,000 and thus save much time by not trying to do things on the cheap.  Second, because it is for Those with...Very Little Patience, it makes no attempt to explain the rationale behind each recommendation.  One can complete the entire Guide within a couple of months, thus allowing you to put this fear out of your mind and move on to much more productive worries, except for fitness.  Regular exercise should really become a habit for the duration of your life. 

Item 1

Learn that the first rule of preparing for TEOTWAWKI is you do not talk about preparing for TEOTWAWKI.  Tell nobody.  Do, however, make up some lame excuses in advance for when some friend questions you about your actions and purchases.  Say that you are getting ready to visit your rich and crazy uncle whom is a gun nut living in Alaskan bear country, or your friend in Detroit wants you to house sit.  Just do not tell anyone what your plans or preparations are, or even that you have plans or preparations.

Item 2

Develop a basic mindset.  Here are some ideas.  Commit to prepare for zombies, so that currency collapse, EMP, hurricanes, revolution, world war, or anything else will seem relatively mild.  Understand that the time to make a plan and prepare is before, not after a zombie invasion.  Understand that there is no way you can plan or prepare for every contingency, but doing something today goes a long way to peace of mind, and eliminating any regrets should the shit actually hit the fan.  Realize that everything is likely to cost more next year, if you can get it, so better to buy it now.  Acknowledge that nobody really knows if, what, when, or how anything in the future is going to happen...it is all just speculation.  Finally, always remember that, "on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero," so don't get too worked up, or go into debt, just because of this little exercise in paranoia.

Item 3

Stick to the plan.  Because you have very little patience, this Guide is not going to be concerned about detailed questions or nuances such as, 1) if you intend to leave or stay at home in case of TEOTWAWKI (also known as Bug In or Bug Out); 2) if you work far from or close to home; 3) if you live or work in an urban or rural area; 4) if you are a 30 years-old ex-marine, or a 55 years-old female florist; or 5) if you expect the zombie infestation to last 48 hours, 5 days, 12 months, or permanently. 

This is a One-Guide-Fits-All (as long as you have the money) and accordingly all the actions and items have been designed and actually tested in real life (by those trained and certified in such things) to work with all the other items and actions in the Guide.  Customize it at your own peril.

Item 4

Get yourself in shape so you can run for your life.  Go running, no matter how slowly, five times per week.  Work yourself up to 30-minutes during the week, and then a longer run on the weekends.  After each run, do three sets of as many push-ups as you can do.  When you go see your doctor to ask for permission to get healthy, ask her to find some way to get you off any drugs you currently require to survive, and to please write you a post-apocalyptic "ditch medicine" prescription for a broad spectrum open wound MRSA antibiotic like Bactrim DS (or something else if you have a sulfa allergy).

Item 5

Purchase the items on the following shopping list to outfit your person with a Get Back Home (GBH) pack (aka Evacuation Pack, aka Bug Out Bag, aka Assault Pack, aka 3 Day Pack, aka Survival Pack).  It includes a First Aid Kit (aka FAK) and a set of clothing so you will not be forced to evacuate the city in your loafers, heels, wool suit, or dress (Read One Second After).  This pack can reside in the trunk of your car if you are a commuter or in the hall closet if you live and work in a city. 

Included on the list is an advanced, easy to use, compact, and highly reliable personal-defense weapon system that is made by FN Herstal, currently the largest arms manufacturer for the U.S. military.  The FN FiveseveN pistol (get the model with tritium night sights installed) and PS90 rifle (Tri-Rail model) each fire the same 5.7 x 28 ammunition, which, along with these two weapons, is extremely light to carry.  These weapons' standard magazines hold 20 and 50 rounds, respectively.  Unlike many old-school firearms, these are actually fun to learn to operate, because they are so light, yet still have no felt recoil (aka kick).  A Zeiss Z-Point optic (rifle sight), Urban ERT sling, TLR-1 weapon light, kydex pistol holster, magazine carriers, and spare magazines are all crucial components that cannot be excluded. 

 

With the push of a single button the PS90 easily disassembles into two parts that fit in the bag; because there is no gas system it is also very easy to clean.  The two extra rifle magazine pouches, concealed under a shirt and bandana, are accessible while wearing the pack.  The lower exterior pocket contains the FAK.  The rain cover keeps things dry and looking less military.

Not if, but when someone advises you to buy an AR style rifle and a Glock pistol, first ask yourself why you have broken the first rule for preparing for TEOTWAWKI, then put an extra 5-7 pounds of lead in your pack to represent the weight difference (including ammo) and go for a 15-mile hike while you try to remember Item 3 from above. 

If you live in California where you are restricted to 10 round magazines, then maybe you should move.  If you live in Illinois, NYC, or DC, then you should definitely move.  If you live on Airstrip One (formerly Britain) where essentially only shotguns may be owned then adjust accordingly.  If you live in Switzerland you probably already know how to shoot and have excellent equipment.  Everyone should know and abide by their local gun laws, no matter how Draconian, illogical, and unconstitutional they may be.  These laws are for your protection/sarc. 

Total cost for this life insurance policy is less than $10,000, much of it in "uncivilized" traveling money.

              

location, item, qty, description, cost    

c=Carry / i= In Pack / o=On Pack       

  • o,Belt,1,Webbing riggers belt,$8.00
  • o,Pants,1,NorthFace Horizon Falls Convertible Nylon Pants (summer),$50.00
  • o,Shirt,1,Vented Nylon Long Sleeve Shirt (summer),$25.00
  • o,Shoes,1,Merrell Moab Ventilator low-top (summer),$85.00
  • o,Socks,1,Wrightsock CoolMesh II,$11.00
  • o,Undershirt,1,UnderArmor (Summer) / Patagonia (Winter),$20.00
  • o,Underwear,1,UnderArmor (Summer) / Patagonia (Winter),$20.00
  • ,Backpack,1,Maxpedition Falcon II w/ 3 liter H2O bladder,$130.00
  • o,Pack Leash,1,Pre-tied 20' 550 para cord leashed to top of pack w/ biner,$10.00
  • i,Dry Bags,2,Sea to Summit lightweight dry sack (2 liter),$24.00
  • o,Bag cover,1,Mountain Hardware Backpack Cover,$35.00
  • o,Jacket,1,Waterproof jacket w/ hood (tan or sage),$100.00
  • i,Underwear,1,Spare UnderArmor - Black (in dry bag),$20.00
  • i,Socks,3,Spare socks - Wrightsock CoolMesh II (in dry bag),$33.00
  • o,Poncho,1,Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Tarp-Poncho (Gray),$85.00
  • o,Hat,1,Tilley and/or wool beenie (seasonal),$25.00
  • o,Bandana,1,Khaki ,$5.00
  • o,Gloves,1,Work gloves w/ leather palm,$15.00
  • i,Water Filter,1,Katadyn Pocket water filter,$300.00
  • i,Water Purification Tablets,1,Katadyn Micropur tablets,$13.95
  • i,Energy bars,12,Power Bars -Energy,$4.00
  • i,Food,2,Datrex 3600 Calorie Emergency Food Pouch,$14.00
  • i,Dried fruit,8,Dehydrated Figs,$8.00
  • i,Electrolytes,6,PowerBar Gel ,$6.00
  • i,Lighter/Matches,2,Bic/water proof matches,$2.00
  • i,Toilet Paper,1,Backpaking style-no tube,$2.00
  • c,Knife,1,Benchmade 760 LFTi,$200.00
  • i,Multi Tool,1,Leatherman Skeletool,$40.00
  • o,Flashlight,1,Streamlight MicroStream w/ extra AA battery,$15.00
  • i,Gorilla Tape,1,Small 1-inch roll wrapped in wax paper,$3.95
  • o,Zip Ties,6,"14"" black heavy duty zip ties",$2.34
  • o,Tubing,1,6' surgical tubing (emergency tourniquet/syphon),$6.00
  • i,Mirror,1,Metal unbreakable survival mirror,$7.00
  • i,Sewing kit,1,"Heavy nylon thread, needles, seem tape, buttons",$4.00
  • i,Wet stone,1,Smith's Pocket Pal,$9.00
  • i,Hack Saw,1,"Mini Hack Saw w/ 6"" blades (master key for bike lock)",$9.50
  • i,Patch kit,1,Tube patch kit w/ CO2 airfill,$3.00
  • i,Towel,1,Lightload backpacking towel,$2.00
  • c,Watch,1,Casio Pathfinder solar,$150.00
  • i,Maps,1,Laminated state map(s),$2.00
  • i,Compass,1,Suunto MC-2 Global,$56.35
  • i,Paper,1,Rite-In-The-Rain all weather notebook-small,$5.00
  • o,Marking pen,1,Sharpie,$0.50
  • c/i,Sidearm,1,"FN FiveseveN pistol w/ tritium sights, 4 mags (keep 2 in pack)","$1,000.00 "
  • c ,Holster,1,Kydex FBI cant on paddle,$65.00
  • c,Mag carrier-pistol,2,Kydex on paddles ,$30.00
  • o,Mag carrier-rifle,2,Tactical Tailor molle to attach on pack,$25.00
  • i,Rifle,1,"PS90 w/ Zeiss Z-Point, Urban ERT sling, TLR-1 light, 4 mags","$2,000.00 "
  • i/o,Ammo,250,FN 5.7 x 28 (100 in PS 90Mags + 3 x 50 boxes),$112.50
  • i,Cleaning kit,1,"Rod, ends, brush, patches, lubricant, 3mm hex wrench",$15.00
  • i,Earplugs,3,Small foam w/ string,$1.50
  • i,Monocular,1,Zeiss MiniQuick 5x10 T,$139.00
  • i,Extra Rx Glasses,1,RX sunglasses w/ keeper,$50.00
  • i,N95 masks,2,Floor mask w/ eye shield,$0.50
  • i,Nitrile gloves,2,Latex examination gloves (pr),$0.20
  • i,Sunscreen/Chafe Balm,1,Dermatone,$3.00
  • i,Trauma Pack,1,BoTach Tactical Tac-Pack Battle Pack Option #2,$120.00
  • i,Celox,1,CELOX-A Hemostat syringe,$23.00
  • i,Sutures,2,4-0 Monofilament w/ curved needle,$30.00
  • i,Betadine scrub,1,B-D Easy Scrub Brush,$1.00
  • i,Betadine swabs,4,Foil packed single betadine swabs,$2.00
  • i,Gauze roll,2,Israeli battle dressing,$4.00
  • i,4x4s,8,Sterile 4x4 gauze pads,$0.40
  • i,Coban,2,"2"" roll (tan)",$7.00
  • i,Rx ABX,60,Bactrim DS (CDC open trauma dosage is 1 po 3x day x 10 days),$60.00
  • i,Rx ABX ointment,1,Bactroban (Mupirocin) ointment,$18.00
  • i,Fever/Pain medicine,6,Excedrin travel packets-Extra Strength,$4.02
  • i,Mole Skin,1,2 inch roll,$5.00
  • i,Alcohol prep,10,Alcohol prep pads,$1.00
  • i,Benzoin,10,Tincture of Benzoin ampulet,$5.00
  • i,Passport / DL / CHL,1,Copies of ID, $                -  
  • i,Important numbers,1,Laminated list of emergency contacts, $                -  
  • i,Cash,5,USD/CAD/MXN,"$1,250.00 "
  • i,Coins,20,0.1 ounce barbaric relics,"$3,400.00 "

In general, when given a choice, always choose the lighter weight and/or more expensive option.  Lighter weight is fast.  Lighter weight uses much less energy.

 

Item 6

Purchase the items on the following shopping list to outfit your home.

·         5,000 rounds ammo for training; $2,500.

·         Purchase and install Door Jamb Armor and dead bolts on all your exterior doors; $1,000 for 4 doors.

·         A bullet proof vest; $500.

·         Install a professional alarm system, or better if you live in the country get a big dog and have you both protection trained; $50/month.

·         12 months of food storage (2,400 cal/day) with > 20 year shelf life ;$4,500.

·         If you have well water get a SimplePump.  If you rely on city/municipal water, and there is not a swimming pool in your backyard, then get at least one waterbed; $1,000.

·         A hand-crank emergency radio and a couple of hand-crank flashlights; $50.

·         Purchase and store several cases of liquor; $500.

·         If it gets cold where you live, then purchase

o   A mummy style sleeping bag like a Wiggies; $250.

o   At least one set of heavy wool pants and wool parka, such as Columbia's Gallatin Range ; $350.

o   A pair of warm boots, wool socks, warm gloves, and a wool hat; $350.

o   Two sets of Patagonia long underwear; $120.

 

Item 7

Complete the following courses in this order:

1.       One half-day tactical folding knife class; $150.

2.       2-3 weekends of Tactical Pistol Courses; $1,000.

3.       2-3 weekends of Tactical Rifle Courses; $1,000.

4.       One day of Self and Family Emergency Medical Aid/Trauma Kit Course; $150.

5.       A series of several two-hour self-defense classes (not martial arts classes); $200.

6.       Fulfillment of requirements for concealed handgun permit; $250.

You should learn in these classes how to safely conduct dry-fire training with your firearms and a dummy knife.  Do this on a regular basis, such as once per week for at least 5 minutes.

Item 8

Gain, store, and maintain the knowledge, skills, and special equipment that would enable you to do at least one third-world job.  If you are a dentist, doctor, farmer, cowboy, mechanic, miner, fisherman, lumberman, mason, blacksmith, whore house piano player, plumber, butcher, or similar, then you are already set.  If you are a derivatives trader, banker, realtor, healthcare administrator, politician, actuarial, benefits coordinator, DMV clerk, compliance officer, or similar, then get cracking.

In Conclusion

Truly, it does not matter how good my reasons are for each suggestion, or how qualified I am to make these recommendations, because I can absolutely guarantee an endless number of critics on the internet, at REI, or at your local gun store advising you of just the opposite of what I have said, on each and every point, and claiming far greater expertise on these matters.  It is even likely some will respond critically to this post here on ZH in the comments below.  However, I believe that an average plan that is well implemented is usually better than a great plan that is never implemented. 

Now, it is on you.  Follow this Guide and if the shit hits the fan then you are likely to be far better off than most people will.  The best part, however, is the hedge on this zero hedge investment.  Even if TEOTWAWKI does not occur, but your course instructors have at least average ability, then after completing this Guide you will no longer be a sheep, but rather a sheep dog.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.  Everyone else is.

 

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Wed, 11/07/2012 - 13:21 | 2956821 AC_Doctor
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Better get one for all the folks, bitchez!

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 04:31 | 2535648 sunaJ
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Thanks, HH.

 

You inspired me to finally get my pack together.  I only changed a couple of things but appreciated very much your recommendations, as I could see the strategic insight of your choices. 

 

Peace.

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 13:49 | 2536793 hedgeless_horseman
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You're welcome.  Still have the R80?  She is a beauty.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 12:15 | 2539796 sunaJ
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Sorry, what is the R80?

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 09:06 | 2454470 John Bigboote
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HH, Checked out the Benchmade LFTi and bought it. Love it. Thanks for the rec.

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 01:13 | 2416282 malek
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Nice article, with some interpersed hilarious lines!

Did I miss something, or where you're going to use the Katadyn Micropur Water Purification Tablets in?

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 00:02 | 2420116 hedgeless_horseman
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No, you didn't miss a thing.  In fact, it sounds to me like you read the article in great detail.  Thank you.  

There are at least four options for a vessel in which to use purification tablets, as a back-up should the filter be unavailable, or if you must dump weight for speed.

  1. Plenty of discarded plastic bottles and such along the roadside or in homes and businesses in most AOs (my 1st choice).
  2. The 3 liter Camelbak type bladder in the backpack.
  3. The 2 liter dry bags keeping the spare clothes and food dry.
  4. The ziplocks in the FAK.
  5. Add a Platypus bottle to the list if you don't like any of the above options.

I always come back to my Katadyn Pocket Filter pumping directly into my Camelback as a primary source, because it works so well, and is so bomb-proof.  I have tried, but cannot give it up for a filter that is bottle based.  

The Aquamira Frontier works well if you are looking for a light and fast alternative to purification tablets that doesn't need a vessel.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 19:24 | 2415360 Helicon
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The most important piece of gear is clothing and a backpack. The mountaneering brands such as black diamond, acterix etc... work the best, your life depends on the gear quality in the mountains, and it is designed, build and tested the proper way. Get a good 50L or more back pack and a gore tex pro shell lined jacket and pants.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 20:00 | 2415503 Bananamerican
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MediHoney is an awesome all around 1st aid dressing...a natural all encompassing antibiotic, it heals things that regular antibiotics can't touch...funguses, bacteria, MRSA, deep wounds, eye infections etc

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 18:12 | 2415037 nmewn
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Its not paranoia if they really are after you ;-)

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 18:09 | 2415018 lookma
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The whole point of the deflation versus hyperinflation debate is about the denouement, the final outcome of this 100-year dollar experiment. It is about the ultimate end, and the debate has been going on ever since the 70s when the dollar was separated from gold and it became clear that there would be an end. The debate is about determining the best stance someone should take who has plenty of net worth. And I do mean PLENTY. People of modest net worth, like me, can of course participate in the debate. But then it can become confusing at times when we think about shortages or supply disruptions of necessities like food. Of course you need to look out for life's necessities first and foremost. But beyond that, there is real value to be gained by truly understanding this debate.

http://fofoa.blogspot.com/2011/04/deflation-or-hyperinflation.html

 

GoldGet you some. We are moving in this direction faster than you imagine. 

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 18:06 | 2415005 Skip
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I could nitpick but it wouldn't be very important, merely personal choices. Yet he did make a serious omission. He did not tell you about what you must do to preserve the right to have effective self-defense weapons.

 

The rich and the mighty want you to be disarmed.

Bloomberg launched MAIG, the $4 million budget is funded by him. 

Bloomberg has a personal fortune of $19.5 billion, (Forbes November 2011)

George Soros, a Jewish fellow from Hungary and a currency speculator, funds many anti-2nd Amendment organizations. He is very wealthy.

Democratic strategist Celinda Lake, who has spent many years polling on gun issues, said her data shows 76%  of Latinos support Mexican style gun laws for USA

I have to tell you that if you don't care enough to join the NRA and Gun Owners of America, then you don't care enough about having the ABILITY, the PHYSICAL ability to save your own life and that of your wife and children.

http://gunbanobama.com/

http://gunowners.org/

http://www.americanpatrol.com/REFERENCE/GunGrabbers.html

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 18:35 | 2415148 Charles Bishop ...
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if TSHTF, All laws are MOOT, so what's your point? If the lights are out,the wolfpacks are out on the street,  and the water's off-you gonna call your lawyer and SUE somebody? little late, doncha think?

 Acquire armaments while the sun shines and you can still swipe the plastic;

once the power's out--it's TOO LATE.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:53 | 2414930 TJ00
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All good stuff, as someone has mentioned already 5.7mm ammo is unlikely to be very available after the event, so if you go that route you'd want enough to last, otherwise the AR-15 that can take NATO as well as standard .223 with a red dot (Aimpoint or EOTech) plus a good light and the Glock with XS sights option and light is fairly standard, also if you have the money buy two of everything incase something breaks, shotguns are not just for us Brits, as they can be used for bird hunting as well, note to Brits, you can train outside the UK, in Northern Ireland handguns are legal (yes, I know, it's nuts) and you can use airsoft to train at a pinch, if you're looking for a company to train with Magpul are really good, they train LEOs and millitary as well as civilians, get their DVDs at the very least, you'll learn a lot, also read Surgical Speed Shooting and Principles of Personal Defense.  Buy plenty of magazines for your weapons and cleaning products, learn how to take care of them. As for self defence, I'd go with the military training, Krav Maga, Systema, USMC L.I.N.E, take knife fighting / disarming, pressure point striking and especially classes on situational awareness training, being aware is the number one thing that will save you, read The Art of Fighting Without Fighting. Buy CELOX Hemostat Blood Coagulant for your first aid kit it will stop wounds from bleeding in 30 seconds, if legal get morphine and antibiotics.

If you want to buy your food already prepared you can go the dehydrated / freeze dried route plus maybe some supermarket tinned food, it won't be gourmet though, if you want to have nice food, get yourself a pressure canner and can your own food, it will last and taste much better, if price is no object buy a vaccuum sealer that will do retort pouches (MRE pounches) >$1000 but much lighter than jars. You can also get a dehydrator and dehydrate your own food, get the Excalibur one.

If you really want to know about real SHTF events to gain some insight into what happens read Ferfals book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse and his blogs ferfal.blogspot.com and www.themodernsurvivalist.com also read Dimitri Orlovs book about the collapse of the USSR and similarities and differences to the USA, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, and his blog at cluborlov.blogspot.co.uk, also do a search and find their interviews and listen to them.

Also look at growing your own food, look at aquaculture (fish + veggies in a self sustaining system) and independent heating if you need it, I would suggest ground source heating and a wood burning stove plus at least 12 month of wood.

If price is no object buy a nice big yacht (50ft+) incase you need to really Bug Out, sail it out 1/2 mile from shore and no one is likely to disturb you.

The last thing is sustainable power, wind + solar and batteries plus a low voltage fridge and microwave, also have enough media to entertain you, a Kindle and the Gutenberg free library is enough to keep any of us going for years.

Also, whatever you do, do it legally, being in jail when the SHTF will probably be the worst outcome you could possibly have.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:50 | 2414898 q99x2
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Item 100 "Bible" to pray they don't use nukes.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:25 | 2414779 newengland
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HH,

I would also like to thank you for a well considered presentation. People can take it or leave it, as you point out. The LA police chief reminds of the Metropolitan Police in London last year who did little or nothing to stop the muggings, robberies, arson during unprovoked and sudden riots. It took days to get the problem under control - only after drafting in police from up North who chased the rioters down.

A few reminders of the scenes:

the silhouette of a woman leaping from a burning building to the waiting arms of firemen below, as the night sky burned red.

A young tourist looking for a way home, and 'befriended' by strangers who then violently robbed him. He was hospitalised with a broken jaw. The country was ashamed by the CCTV footage of the incident. 

Another fit young man, lying stripped on the road after robbers humiliated him further by making him take off his clothes.

While the authorities made bold statements of disgust and promises, London burned and rioted for days, with office workers locking themselves in under police orders as roaming gangs used cell phones to organise 'flash riots' and robbery, shifting attacks quickly from one place to another.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:16 | 2414727 Dien Bien Poo
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why dont i just kill you and steal your ridicoulous kit bag? youve got to sleep at some point, no?

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 19:15 | 2415347 Axenolith
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Good luck with that strategy...  If your to lazy to do it yourself, and would just steal, then you probably have far less capability of taking it from people that have it (and they'd post watches).

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:03 | 2414673 Ura Bonehead
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WHAT !!??  WHAT THE HELL AM I TO DO WITH ALL THAT DAMNED GOLD EVERYONE IS SCREAMING I SHOULD BE BUYING!!???  SURELY THERE'S ROOM IN THAT 'BUG OUT' BAG FOR A BUNCH OF GOLD COINS, RIGHT !!???  AND PACK U.S. COINS AND DOLLARS!!???  I'm so confused??  I guess I'll have to leave the gold in Warren Buffett's cave.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 18:12 | 2415034 Skip
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Well I've heard people telling us to buy gold for many many years. That might have been a good idea in the old USA.

This is Third World USA, all bets are off, and the radiation from Fuku still flows on the Jet Stream, so maybe the gold will be Geiger Counter identified by "bad guys"

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:45 | 2414574 EvlTheCat
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Might want to purchase a book dedicated to edible plants in the region/s you will be moving through or staying in.  Maybe I missed it, but I would also consider learning to garden a viable item for #8.  Companion Gardening specifically.  No need for pesticides or fertilizer.

Great article.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:34 | 2414532 JohnFrodo
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Great pick of firearms. I have added it to my shopping list.

http://thinkingaboot.blogspot.ca/2011/10/not-survivalist.html

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:33 | 2414527 Joe The Plumber
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As a long term prepper this is a good plan. Add a years supply of food and extra water purification. It is safer to bug in than bug out. Your bag should be a bug in bag when you are away from home. Leave the rifle behind unless it is truly a bug out scenario rather than a scenario where u r trying to fight your way back to your house.

Goldflex body armor is light and virtually invisible. You dont want someone shooting at you to realize you are wearing body armor

Buy a ballistic brief case or clipboard. It can be held in left hand while you shoot wirh your right hand to give you extra armor and protection. Always carry your body armor with you. At first sign of apocalypse put it On.

Scalps make good trophies especially zombie scalps or MZB

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:26 | 2414501 pissing_excellence
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"Just miles from your doorstep, hundreds of men are given weapons and trained to kill. The government calls it the Army, but a more alarmist name would be... The Killbot Factory."

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:24 | 2414497 W10321303
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The description of the "individuals" in the first paragraph ARE the blood sucking vampire zombies.....well, DuHHHHHHH!...Oh Yes, I forgot, this the place where all of the sociopath speculators hang out. They were all taught that CAPITALISM has to do with the concept of quarterly profits, or they are the people who believe the Military-Industrial Complex is an expression of Keynesian macro-Economics....Well, like I said, BLOOD SUCKING VAMPIRE ZOMBIES/ You are already DEAD above the shoulders, Don't WORRY BE Happy. ..DUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:19 | 2414478 entropos
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Fuck that. 
I have my rifle, 1000 rounds of .223 and a list of all the Mormons in a 2 mile radius. What else could I possibly need?

Fri, 06/01/2012 - 14:55 | 2485369 Dr. Kenneth Noi...
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Yep, the PS90 may be lighter, but good luck on finding the ammo for barter anywhere..  5.56 or 7.62 is plentiful and much cheaper, I would rather spend $$ on lightening other items in the loadout before going for some wacky caliber.  Heck, if you want to go multitasker, there's .45ACP and 9mm carbines out there so your pistol and rifle logistics are simplified, particularly if you're arming for mobility..

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:43 | 2414563 lolmao500
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Are the mormons armed??

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:00 | 2414595 hedgeless_horseman
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The Army holds a large shooting competition every year in Georgia and invites shooting teams from within the Army and from the ROTC programs accros the nation. Durring the week long competition soldiers and cadets practice and compete in events involving pistols, assault rifles, and sniper rifles. The BYU ROTC organized and sent a shooting team for the first time in 2009. Their 6th place overall finish and two indiviual event championships demonstrated the quality training cadets receive in the BYU program.

 

http://marriottschool.byu.edu/army/cadetlife/shootingteam

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 22:03 | 2415963 Nobody For President
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Thanks for the memories - 6th Army ROTC rifle team and Benning School for Boys...

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:46 | 2414578 EvlTheCat
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LOL

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:16 | 2414468 lolmao500
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If you are very attractive, 40 years old, a female, 120 pounds, and a successful trader with millions in the bank,

Sorry but you'll end up as a sex slave.

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 01:31 | 2416304 chumbawamba
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America will become the world's next sex tourism destination.  All these pretty American girls raised on hardcore porn with tramp stamps and boob implants will find full employment in what will be the nation's burgeoning brothels.  The first few years will be rough going as they get acclimated (e.g. trained) to their new employment.  Sadly, there are no health benefits.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:12 | 2414456 Mercury
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...or get a good sailboat.

Lubbers.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 15:32 | 2414332 shovelhead
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Don't forget a trailer and a chainsaw for rustling cattle.

Beef... it's whats for dinner.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 15:27 | 2414317 john146
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For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in various places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 15:37 | 2414349 hedgeless_horseman
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He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

 

-Jesus Christ as quoted in Luke 22:36

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 15:15 | 2414269 NEOSERF
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Glad to see my shoes are in the backpack picture, now where did I put my solar powered flashlight

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 16:12 | 2414454 F. Bastiat
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Under your submarine's screen door.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 14:05 | 2413964 RingToneDeaf
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The tough part will be choosing who to exclude from the group, then driving them away permanantly.

Govinmints are on a path of breeding mulit generational hatreds, be it race, age, religion or sex.

Yes, this could go on for a long time or a life could end brutally and quick.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 14:06 | 2413933 NuYawkFrankie
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And for all you tightwads who are just too damn cheap to spring for all that survival gear, at least go get yourself a Louisville Slugger so when you do see someone all kitted for buggin-out, just go up and give that sucker a good whack over the head - like you're aiming for deep center-field or even (for the more ambitious) a home-run.

Voila! You, my friend, just got youself 10G's worth of bug-out gear for the price of a Slugger (what.. say $25 used?) - not to mention some firepower that aint registered in your name! What's not to like about that deal?

On a side-note: I prefer the traditional ash-wood Professional model - less bone-jarring recoil than that aluminum or composite crap when impact is made on the target. Also, I find, ash seems to have a much larger sweet-spot and is therefore much more forgiving should one's accuracy be impaired by "target resistance" .

Last but not least: don't forget to select target that is at least your size - nothin' worse than heavingng a 50lb backpack, 15miles a day in boots that are too damn tight!

You're welcome ;)

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 14:55 | 2414179 Silver Bully
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Well, as funny as that was to read, it'll be downright hilarious when you attack someone ARMED WITH 2 GUNS.

Now they'll have an extra walking stick.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 13:48 | 2413897 disabledvet
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We're equity people so my apologies. We did just take Ithaca Arms out of receivership and have hired over 10,000 folks tho. We're planing on a run rate of 50,000 a week "of all types." at a set price of 50 bucks a pop we're pretty sure we...AND YOU!...will control the market in just a few weeks.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 13:51 | 2413864 Westcoastliberal
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Bugging out should only be considered if you have "advance" knowledge of whatever the "event" is, otherwise you and 100,000 other assholes will be stuck in traffic whenever whatever occurs.

On the other hand, the get home bag is very important. Here in EQ country we think about this a little more; I have a stash of supplies in both my vehicles (bottled water, crackers, crank-powered radio, extra sneakers & socks, flashlight, etc.).  You never know when roads will be impassible (see prev sentence) or EMP might disable transport. And with modern commuting distances, you could well be stuck 30 miles from home and need to hoof it.

Good luck!

P.S. HH recommends two books that are really priceless, "One second after" and "Alas Babylon".  Let me add one more, "Dies the Fire" by S.M. Stirling https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Dies_the_Fire  This book puts an added twist on TEOTWAWKI but I won't divulge the spoiler.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 13:35 | 2413828 sof_hannibal
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that's some fresh gear... but over the top-- you could cut all that down by 75 percent and still be far ahead of the game...

though, I disgree with NATO friendly rifle-- a shotgun is more robust and buckshot is far more common and cheaper.

food and water (purification tablets/ system) above all else... but seriously... global financial collapse is more slow then sudden, for about protecting the resources you already have...and for zombies, have fun

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 15:25 | 2414292 DosZap
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 I disgree with NATO friendly rifle-- a shotgun

Shotguns have their place,( I own one) just not past 100-200yds.(rifled slugs)

Nor do they hold 30rds, and can be changed to a full one in 2 secs.

Handguns are simply instruments to FIGHT your way to a rifle in the scenario we have discussed.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:03 | 2414666 chiroref
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And your rifle is simply an instrument to fight your way to a belt-fed weapon in the scenario we have discussed.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 18:16 | 2415057 TJ00
Thu, 05/10/2012 - 17:42 | 2414864 koperniuk666
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GMG way to go....

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