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2 Weeks Without ‘Doomer Porn’ – A Survivor’s Tale

My oldest son, Stephen got married last weekend to the nicest girl anyone could ever wish to gain as a daughter-in-law.  They are both honeymooning in Italy and I’m still on cloud nine from the wedding and the joyous party afterwards.  I mention this in my Practical Prepping Blog to illustrate a point.  It’s important, every once in a while to give all the ‘doom and gloom’ a rest and refresh your mind and body with some good, old-fashioned fun.  My son’s wedding afforded me the opportunity (much needed, if I might add) to take my mind off of all the bad news for a while and just enjoy myself.  I actually got in 18 holes of what one could refer to in a purely academic sense as ‘golf’.  That is to say, I had a set of clubs and endeavored to hit that impossibly small ball without killing anyone in the process.  Despite the 90 degree heat and south Florida humidity, I had a great time playing with my son, soon to be son-in-law and father-in-law.  And, this weekend, I actually ran my first 5K – if you can call doing it in 38 minutes – running. I loved every sweaty, painful minute of it.

So, simply put:  every once in a while you need to stop with Gerald Celente , Bob Chapman, Cliff High and George Ure (of web-bot fame), and even our beloved JohnGaltFla Doom-And-Gloom and spend some time with your family doing, well. . . . . nothing.  Nothing but having fun.  After all, what good is prepping if all that time and money cannot buy you enough peace of mind to take a few weeks off from all the SHTF forum posts and podcasts.  Think about it.

Think about it and go have have some fun.  The Doomer Porn will be there when you get back.  But YOU will have a whole new, refreshed outlook and an renewed appetite for one of Galt’s Deathburgers.

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hurricane Season’s Here – Time For a ‘Preps Dry Run’:UPDATE 6/28

****************UPDATE:  Dry run will occur on Wednesday 6/30.  Lots of pics and video to share then.******************

With the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season last week and the end of the school year coming this week (I’m a teacher, so that is a VERY important date), I’ getting ready to post on my annual ‘Preps Dry Run’ next weekend.

What is a Preps Dry Run you might well ask?  It’s when we pull the main breaker for the house (no electric stove, no hot water heater, no A/C…get the picture?), shut the main water valve and live as we would if things went bad – minus, of course, the roving bands of MZBs (mutant zombie bikers, for the uninitiated).

So, get ready for lots of pics and video of the good, the bad and the ugly facts about Practical Preppers’ own preps.

Stay tuned – Preps Dry Run starts 6/12!

June 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Range Report: Springfield XD9 – My New Favorite Pistol.

Just sold a Beretta 92G Elite II that I had not fired in over a year and used some of the money to purchase a Springfield Armory XD9 with a stainless slide at a local gun show.  To say that I was happy with the purchase would be a gross understatement.  From the fit and finish to the ease of assembly/disassembly to its deadly accuracy and fantastic trigger and ergos – the XD9 is a first-rate weapon.

If you’re at work and cannot see the embedded video above, let me hit the high points of my range experience with the brand-new, two toned beauty.  As I do with all new weapons, I disassembled and thoroughly cleaned and lubed the XD9 as soon as I got it home.  The next morning saw me pack the range bag with 200 rnds of the ubiquitous Winchester White Box 115gr FMJ and  a box of Hornady 147gr. JHP TAP ammo – my choice for personal defense, and head out excitedly to the local gun range.  When I got there, I purchased an additional 50 rnds of really crappy, generic looking 9mm ‘Range Ammo’ just for giggles.

Long story short, the XD9 ate the 200 rnds of WWB without one malfunction or hiccup of any kind at all.  Second, I loaded up the twin, stainless steel 16-rnd mags with the crappy Brand X ammo to see if it would cause the XD to stumble, but to my surprise, it cycled the underpowered junk like a champ.  Next, a test of whether it would like the Hornady TAP rounds – the other end of the quality continuum from the Brand X crap.  I recorded myself shooting a magazine of the Hornady at a target some 10-12 yards away and placed the footage in the video above.  Needless to say, not one malfunction or even a hint of a problem.  I was extremely impressed.

The feel of the grip, the smooth and light trigger, the out-of-the-box perfection of the sight alignment and silky smooth function of the Springfield XD9 was beyond even my highest expectations.  I’m an XD fan for life and am already pondering the purchase of a .45 cal model.

Excellent, high quality gun.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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