Archive for March, 2012

Mossberg 590A1 Special Purpose 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun with top folding stock,  8+1 rounds

Whatever apocalyptic scenario life throws your way, the main thing to remember is that you must survive.  In order to survive it is important to be aware of the following.

  • While fear can be a normal response, one must come to terms with that fear in order to survive.
  • In a defensive capacity you must be able to out-think and out-fight your opponent.
  • Choose your weapons wisely.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings no matter how innocent they may look.
  • Know the difference between cover and concealment.  IE:  cover may hide you and will stop a bullet; concealment may hide you but will not stop a bullet.
  • Always have a backup plan.
  • Act quickly and decisively but don’t overreact or act too soon.
  • There is no such thing as a fair fight or battle.  If your life is on the line you must win at any cost.  Make sure the unfair advantage is in your favor.

 

Every disaster brings its own set of unique circumstances to the forefront.  When the situation warrants, if you have the choice of bugging in or bugging out bugging in will be the better option.  Why you ask;  let me elaborate.  By bugging in you have the following advantages.

  • You will be in familiar surroundings.
  • Food and water in your refrigerator and or pantry can supplement your survival stash.
  • You’ll have additional time to improve your homes defenses.
  • Your home will offer shelter against the elements.
  • You’ll have access to clothing, blankets and other survival gear.
  • You’ll have access to weapons and ammunition.
  • You can better protect your home from looters.

The better prepared you are, the better prepared you will be to deal with your survival situation.  Trust your instincts and stay alert.

The movie remake Dawn of The Dead revolves around a nurse who wakes up one day to discover that her whole world is now a nightmare.  Her husband and neighbors are now zombies and they are trying to kill her and every other normal human being they can find.  During her escape from her neighborhood, she joins up with other survivors and together they try to create a safe haven inside an enclosed shopping mall where they must not only survive the zombies; but must also survive themselves.

As zombies can only survive by feasting on the living, the film successfully demonstrates what people will do, in a fictional sense, when pushed to their limits of survival endurance.  This film is a must see for those who enjoy zombies and survival.

There are two bags you always need to have at the ready.  1- Your Bug Out Bag and 2 – Your Armed Response Bag.  Your Bug Out Bag should contain your survival gear, extra food, water, clothing, first aid kit, etc., while your armed response bag, which can be used seperately or in conjunction with your Bug Out Bag, should contain your ammo including fully loaded rifle and pistol magazines, shotgun shells, fixed blade knife, etc.

My armed response bag is the Voodoo Tactical extended deployment bag in OD green which is a shoulder, sling mounted bag with 4 seperate compartments and is molle compatible.  In the front compartment I keep 50 shotgun shells, In the rear compartment I keep 4, Ar-15, 30 round magazines, in 1 side compartment I keep a set of binoculars and spare batteries and in the other side compartment I keep spare ammo pouches and 2, 10 round 45ACP pistol magazines.  There is also a front loop for a small flashlight which I keep there for quick access and I have an elite forces fixed blade knife and sheath weaved through the molle attachments for rapid deployment.

The movie The Day After shows how a cross section of middle America; a doctor, a graduate student, a young bride to be, an academic, etc., deal with a Nuclear explosion that has hit Kansas City.  They struggle against increased radiation levels, horrific destruction, nuclear winter and the collapse of society in a valiant effort to survive. 

This movie gives a good visual, fictional representation of what life could be like after a nuclear detenation and how people’s lives are affected.  It is both disturbing, yet enjoyable at the same time.  There are no zombies in this movie but you will see how people will go to almost any lengths to survive.  This movie is definitely worth watching as you will immediately feel the impact of what the ultimate survival situation might be like.

If you survive a disaster such as a nuclear detonation, radiation then becomes the silent killer which you need to avoid.  Radiation is measured in (mSv) millisieverts and a persons normal exposure to radiation in any given year under normal conditions is about 2.4 mSv.  The following is an indicator of what various radiation readings are in millisieverts and what can constitute exposure.

  • 0.01 mSv = A dental x-ray.
  • 0.1 mSv = Dose of radiation from a chest x – ray
  • 0.4 mSv = Mammogram breast x-ray exposure.
  • 2.4 mSv = Natural radiation most people are normally exposed to each year.
  • 10 mSv = Radiation dose in full body CT scan.
  • 15 mSv = CT scan abdomen and pelvis.
  • 100 mSv = Lowest annual dose at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident.
  • 700 mSv = Vomiting within hours of exposure.
  • 750 mSv = Hair loss two weeks after exposure.
  • 1,000 mSv = radiation sickness and nausea but may not cause death.
  • 5,000 mSv = Single dose would kill half of those exposed within a month.
  • 10,000 mSv= Destruction of intestinal lining, internal bleeding and death within two weeks of exposure.
  • 20,000 mSv = Cognitive impairment, convulsions and death within hours of receiving dose of radiation.

The movie The Road deals with a father and son who try to survive the nightmare ordeals of a post apocalyptic world.  They search for food, water, warmth and safety while trying to avoid the canabilistic  thugs who roam the highways and backroads searching for their next meal.  This is not a zombie movie and while the apocalyptic event is never shown, the movie focus on trying to survive the apocalypse in what remains of a bleak and desolate world.

I enjoyed this movie because of the realistic feel it presented and the differences between those who have hope and those who don’t, between those who are the hunter and those people they hunt and between those who cling to life and those who give up and long for death.  The movie gives one the eerie feeling of what life could be like after the apocalypse.

The movie The Book of Eli is about a man, heading west, on a highway littered with death in post apocalyptic America.  He is on a mission, unsure of why he was chosen for this mission but knowing that at all costs he must complete it.  He is carrying a book that could revive society or in the wrong hands, further destroy it.  Cannabilistic thugs ambush weary travelers, water and batteries become increasingly hard to find, conflicts are around every corner as a power hungry warlord seeks to control everything and human life is cheapened at every turn.

The movie is well done and will keep you guessing right up until the end, as one of the key mysteries of the movie is kept cleverly hidden.  As post apocalyptic movies go this one is right up there with some of the best.

The movie Carriers revolves around 4 young people who are trying to stay ahead of a pandemic which has ended civilization as they know it.  Determined to survive the group drives across the Southwestern United States to reach an oceanfront beach which may provide them with possible safety.  Over a 4 day period the group must avoid the pandemic, other survivors and their worst enemy; the darkness within themselves. 

As Post Apocalyptic survival movies go this one is extremely entertaining and is worth watching again and again.  This is not a zombie movie but instead a movie which revolves around the following rules; Avoid the infected, disinfect anything you’re going to touch, consider the infected as already dead since there is no cure and if you fall ill you will be left behind.