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On Crossing The Firearms Rubicon

There seems to be a natural progression to the, for lack of a better term, Prepping Mindset.  That is to say, once a person gets into the mindset (and I consider that ‘mindset’ to be the realization that all is not well with the political/financial/economic system and the possibility one or more of those systems can significantly break down or even collapse in the near future and that you are obliged to prepare for such events), they similarly prioritize their or their families’ needs, then set about the process of obtaining what is necessary to meet those needs.  It all makes perfect sense once you accept the logical premise that the S*** can and very well might Hit The Fan in the not too distant future.  But, be advised, the decision-tree of prepping is fraught with peril.  A typical progression of prepping is illustrated below, along with the aforementioned peril.

Assuming that most people cannot or will not bug-out to their mountain redoubts, they begin their prepping by obtaining supplies of food and water.  Starting out modestly, as most people’s budgets do not permit them to purchase a years’ worth of freeze-dried food in one fell swoop.  They typically start with canned goods, legumes, pasta, soups, etc., and gallon jugs of water and simply build on that idea until a sufficient amount of food and water exists (that amount will differ from prepper to prepper). Your mileage may vary, as there are virtually infinite combinations of food and water storage methods available to the diligent prepper. Concurrent with that, the beginning prepper might begin obtaining supplies of needed medicines, both over-the-counter and prescriptions as I mentioned in my previous post on the subject.  From this point, the prepping decision tree branches out in many directions.  For example, do I need a water filter?  If so, what type, how many?  Do I have a means of cooking food if the power goes out (including the municipal natural gas supply)?  Do I need a solar oven, a firewood stove and lots of wood?  The decisions I have made on such matters have been outlined in great detail here on my blog, OPSEC permitting, but one decision, a crucial one, might (I submit, MUST) change the way the beginning prepper views his preparations for disaster – the purchase of firearms.

Have You Thought This Through?

Unlike the other comparatively trivial decisions, purchasing firearms for the purpose of protecting you and your family is a Rubicon that, once crossed, demands that the prepper decide well in advance that he/she is capable of using that firearm as deadly force to prevent harm to themselves or their family and is at peace with that decision.  For if you waver at all in your defensive actions with a firearm (due to indecision or misplaced sympathy or guilt) against persons that seek to do you harm, that moment of indecision could cost you any your family their lives.

But, that decision alone is NOT the peril I referred to above.  In my opinion, the peril comes from the many less obvious, but weighty decisions (less obvious than taking action to save the lives of you and your loved ones which is a no-brainer) you need to have made before deciding to employ a firearm for protection.  For example, what if several weeks into a financial collapse, when many supermarkets have long since stopped receiving re-supply, a group of people begin banging on your front door demanding food, stating that “if you don’t give it to us, we’ll come in and take it!”  No threat to your life was directly made, but you will have to have already decided what you will do if they break in to steal the only available food and water to keep you and your family alive.  What would you do?  They might not mean you any direct harm, but isn’t taking your food tantamount to sentencing you to death in an emergency situation?  Have you thought this through?  I would not presume to advise you or anyone on this matter as it is both a legal and moral question.  One which is better taken up with your God and/or the local authorities – presuming that there even are local authorities in a disaster situation.  Remember Katrina anyone?   But, if you accept the premise that things can go very badly very quickly, waiting until they kick down your front door to decide what to do is a good way to lose your food, water and your firearm and maybe your life.  Again, you need to have thought these scenarios through and discussed them with your family BEFORE you are confronted with them.

OK.  You’ve taken time to think through several dozen scenarios in which you will either use deadly force or not and have discussed those scenarios with your family, sought their advice, and even prayed on it.  Good.  Now, let me throw a hypothetical monkey wrench into the works.  What if the knock on the front door is a government agent advising you that your supply of food is against the newly passed ‘Food Hoarding Act’ whereby anyone possessing a ‘cache’ of food while others are starving is in violation of the Anti-Hoarding provision of the law and he is here to ‘legally’ confiscate it.  Do you give it to them ( ‘it’ meaning, the food, of course)?  What if the folks at the door are local police or DHS minions confiscating all firearms like New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagan ordered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Do you leave your family defenseless because folks in black uniforms have no qualms about violating your 2nd and 4th Amendment rights?  Are your preps worth dying for?  Are your guns?  Is your family?  Is Liberty?  Again, I cannot advise you on such matters.  I can only say that you must have decided in advance what you will do in such situations AND be at peace with those decisions.  The decisions are weighty ones – and, as I said, fraught with peril.

Have you thought this through?

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

Practical Prepper 2011


December 28, 2011 Posted by | Firearms, My Opinion | , , | Leave a comment

Zombies Beware!


Although my son is not yet completely on board with this ‘Prepping’ stuff ( luckily, he doesn’t have to be, his dad has prepared FOR him), he still knows a great Christmas gift for his pop when he sees it! 1600 fps 00 Z buckshot Hornady Zombie-Max 12 Gauge ammo.

I guess I raised him right. : )

December 26, 2011 Posted by | Firearms | 1 Comment

Merry Christmas 2011

To all my readers, subscribers ,and fellow preppers:  May God bless you and your families in these difficult times.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

PP 2011

December 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment : Sellier & Bellot 147gr .308. Pure WIN!

You know, the Lord works in mysterious ways sometimes.  A few weeks back, out of the blue, I get an email from Steve at asking me if I’d like to review some ammo from their great web-store.  Now, the email might not seem so miraculous, and indeed it was not, but what was amazing was the timing.  I had just come back from the range with my DPMS LR-308B (seen below relaxing on the couch) and was extremely disappointed with the performance (or acute lack thereof)

DPMS .308

PracticalPrepper's DPMS

of some .308 ammo I had purchased at a local gun show a week before.  I bought 5 – 20 round boxes of an unnamed .308 150 gr. ammo that did not even have enough power to cycle the bolt of my DPMS.  Oh, it would fire alright, and eject the round, but it would not push the bolt back with enough force against the buffer spring to strip off a new round from the magazine.  The problem is NOT my rifle.  It has several hundred rounds of Remington 150 gr .308 through it with ZERO malfunctions.

Sellier & Bellot .308

So, when Steve offered to send me some .308 for evaluation purposes, my eyes lit up, a broad smile came to my face and I quickly agreed.  True to his word, a few days later, a package arrived with 2 boxes of Sellier & Bellot 147 gr .308 brass-cased ammunition.

I finally was able to free up a morning to get to the range and try out the S&B, so I loaded up the DPMS and my trusty Kel-Tec SU-16 CA, just for fun, and headed to my favorite outdoor range in Sunrise, Fl last Sunday.  Despite an oblique 15-20 mph wind across the range, I set up the target at 100 yds, peered into the Leupold, and fired a magazine of Remington MC 150 gr at the center of the target for a reference.  I then followed that magazine with one filled with the Sellier & Bellot from, aiming, this time, about 6-8 inches below the first cluster of 19 shots.  I am pleased to say that my LR-308 loved the S & B ammo.  Zero problems with the 40 rounds and, as you can see from the photo below, the grouping was equal to (or even better than) that of the Remington at 100 yards.

GroupsSo Steve, thanks for running a great store over at – one with terrific customer service and great prices on all manner of pistol and rifle ammunition.  You provided great ammunition for evaluation and have made a customer out of me for sure.  With all the craziness going on around the world and right here at home, it might be a good time to spring for something you can NEVER HAVE ENOUGH OF: ammunition.  That’s what I’ll be doing.  And I’ll be doing it at  I hope you will too.  Click below to do business with Steve:

Be Safe.  Be Prepared.

Practical Prepper 12/11

December 8, 2011 Posted by | Firearms | , , | 4 Comments


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