As we come to the end of another year, I was remembering the Y2K discussions. Now I see people talking about preparing for civil unrest, and some the the discussions are similar.
Being a gun nut, it is easy to focus on weapons. Nice to have a stack of guns and a larger stack ammunition. People like me would joke about building a fort of of your ammo cans to fight from.
Back when Mosin Nagant rifles were dirt cheap, I would read about people buying a crate of them with the intent to arm their friends, neighbors, and harem of liberated soccer moms after the end of civilization.
If you are prepping for the SHTF, or the zombie apocalypse, civil war II, etc, it seems to me that there are so very many items other than a stack of guns that would be useful.
I think in this sort of case the person wanted to buy something, and had to rationalize a reason for it.
Hey, if you want something, and can afford, why not get it? If you can’t afford it, wait.
If you are really trying to prepare for bad times, look at the areas you are weak in. Think about stuff you would not be able to get if supply lines or power were cut.
A simple example would be that many people could make a silencer in their garage with a hand drill. But not very many people could build night vision from scratch. If not night vision, how many people can make a good flash light from the stuff around their house? Similar for body armor or gas masks.
It is like that comical joke of the body builder that always skips leg day. Seeing a tremendous amount of upper body muscle mass atop tiny spindly legs.
It is no fun to acknowledge our weaknesses. I’ve been working on my personal fitness for example, always been a weaker area for me. I have a little food and water stashed away. I keep a pile of ammo. But for me, a realistic bad SHTF event would be an extended period of unemployment. Fortunately I have various job skills that I would like to believe would keep me employed even in a bad recession.
For prepping, we gotta be honest with out selves and ask if we are buying what we want, or what we would need to cover a realistic problem. Are we buying the stuff that gives us a big improvement in our capabilities, or stuff that is just cool to have?