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The 12 Gauge pump action shotgun is an extremely effective home defense weapon.  The following are 10 reasons why.

  1. It is the most powerful home defense weapon available at ranges of 10 yards or less.
  2. An attacker shot with 12 gauge 00 buckshot equals the equivilant mass of 4.5 rounds of 9mm ammo.
  3. Shotguns can be relatively inexpensive, are widely available and are lightly regulated.
  4. The basic sights are simple and easy to use.
  5. It blends simplicity, effectiveness and close range firepower.
  6. It offers one of the best one stop shot potentials when dealing with a hostile attacker.
  7. It is accurate, easy to use and can be safely loaded, operated, stored and maintained.
  8. It is mechanically reliable even in adverse conditions.
  9. It is best suited for short range, short duration conflicts.
  10. Many exterior components can be added or modified for mission specific use without any gunsmithing.

You can take a look at some of my apocalyptic, zombie, or horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page by clicking on the book cover images.  If they interest you then I hope you will consider purchasing a copy.

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Knowing the difference between cover and concealment when under attack is of vital importance.  Cover is anything that provides varying degrees of protection from gunfire.  Examples are brick walls, concrete walls, engine compartments of vehicles, logs, thick tree trunks, trenches, rock formations, a freezer full of frozen food items, hillsides, metal dumpsters, sandbags at least 12 inches thick, 55 gallon drums filled with sand, steel doors, concrete parking barriers and telephone poles as examples.  If it can generally stop a bullet it is considered cover.

Concealment provides a place to hide but will not stop gunfire.  Examples are walls of a normal wood frame house, small trees, foliage, darkness, bushes, tall grass, shadows, car bodies, behind non steel doors, tables and couches.  If it cannot stop a bullet it is considered concealment.  Make sure you know the difference; it just might save your life someday.

It’s also important to know the penetrating depths of various calibers at various distances.  Things that might provide protection against a 22LR, 9mm, 45ACP, .223, 5.56 NATO, or a 7.62×39 may provide less protection or at times no protection against a .308, 30-06, 7mm Rem Magnum, 338, 300 Winchester, or 7.62x54r for example.  And if it’s a 50BMG; well pretty much nothing is going to stop that round.   Know your weapons, know your rounds, know the penetration depths at key distances and your odds of survival increase dramatically if the SHTF. 

You can take a look at some of my apocalyptic fiction books on the left side of my blog page by clicking on the book cover images.  If they interest you then I hope you will consider purchasing a copy.

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Whenever you are faced with a survival situation or any situation for that matter; it is important not to bog yourself down with negative thoughts and doubts.  Here are some key principles to remember.

  • Whenever possible surround yourself with positive, like minded people.
  • There are always selfish individuals who might resent you or what you’ve accomplished; don’t let their negativity or spiteful commentary get to you.  Brush it off without a second thought.  Consider them to be worthless debris and move on.
  • Positive thinking leads to positive results.  Negative thinking leads to negative results.
  • Believe in yourself and your abilities.
  • If something doesn’t go your way; focus your energy and try again.
  • You can’t please everyone so stop trying.  If you are happy with your life or what you’ve attempted and achieved then you are on the right track.
  • Positive thinking, confidence, self control and good self esteem will take you far in life.
  • Ignore those who say it can’t be done.  If it’s important to you then go out and do it.

You can take a look at some of my apocalyptic fiction books on the left side of my blog page by clicking on the book cover images.  If they interest you then I hope you will consider purchasing a copy.

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As preppers; we live by the simple mantra of being prepared.  Since disasters and emergencies can come in a variety of shapes and sizes it is important to have other members of your immediate family participate in the various facets of disaster preparedness.  It is a good idea to go over the disasters that could most likely affect you and your family and make sure everyone has assigned tasks that they carry out should a disaster scenario occur.  It could be monitoring emergency frequencies, or dispensing food and water rations, or patrolling assigned areas to guard against thugs and looters, etc.,

Everyone should know the tasks they are expected to perform as well as where primary and secondary meeting places will be in case everyone is not in the same location when a disaster scenario occurs.  I won’t dwell too much on bug out bags here; except to say that everyone should have one and the contents should be reviewed and if needed, updated, at least once per month.  Finally make sure you set a good example for others to follow.  During times of crisis people will be looking to you for effective leadership.  Don’t disappoint them.

You can take a look at some of my apocalyptic fiction books on the left side of my blog page by clicking on the book cover images.  If they interest you then I hope you will consider purchasing a copy.

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The time to learn vital skills is now, before disaster strikes, not afterwards.  Being prepared with good skills is so important I believe everyone should know how to do the following things; in order to increase their survival chances.

  • Know the proper ways to defensively use shotguns, rifles and handguns and what the appropriate use for each is.  Skills include loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions, zeroing your sights so your point of aim equals your point of impact, and target acquisition.
  • Know the difference between cover and concealment as it can save your life.  Cover is anything which you can get behind to stay out of sight which can also stop a bullet.  Concealment is anything you can get behind to stay out of sight which cannot stop a bullet.  You need to always know which is which when moving from position to position.
  • Know how to purify water to make it safe for drinking, know basic first aid, and know what can and can’t be eaten to stave off hunger.
  • Know how to start an emergency fire to stay warm or signal for help, and know how to build an emergency shelter to get out of the elements.
  • Know how to think creatively, stay positive, stay focused, work independently and as a team member, and get along with others.
  • Know the difference between friend and foe.  Sometimes how a person appears and how a person really is are not the same thing.
  • Know when to speak and when not to.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and preview one or more over at Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover images on the left side of my blog page; and if you like the preview, feel free to get one of my books. They make very interesting and entertaining reading.

 

After a SHTF situation occurs; violent crime levels will increase.  Theft, burglary, kidnapping, arson, rape and murder will be the new norm.  You will need to be armed and have the proper skills to defend yourself with your weapons of choice. Insanity will reign in the inner cities and will spread out to the suburbs and then the rural areas. Not enough law enforcement will be available to contain the violent inner city residents so you must become your own first line of self defense. 

If you expect massive civil unrest, economic hardships, political instability, etc., you must have the necessary means, via  weapons and proper weapons training to defend yourself from violent attacks.  Socio-political and economic instability can trigger psychological instability in people which will lead to a rise in violent crimes. Don’t become an easy target for those who can do you harm.  Don’t become a refugee and never ever give up your ability or desire to resist against a violent aggressor.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and preview one or more over at Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover images.  If they seem like your type of story then feel free to purchase. They really are quite entertaining to read according to 9 out of every 10 readers when properly motivated 🙂

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I haven’t met a prepper yet who doesn’t really enjoy beef jerky.  Here’s a good method for making this delicious and nutritious treat.

  • Trim excess fat from the meat.
  • Place the meat in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  • Mix up your marinade in a bowl while the meat is in the freezer.
  • Remove the meat from the freezer.  It should be firm but not frozen solid.
  • Cut the meat into thin strips.
  • Place the meat strips in a clean, 1 gallon zip-lock freezer bag.
  • Pour your marinade into the bag with the meat, covering the meat entirely.
  • Squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag and then seal the bag.
  • Place the freezer bag in the refrigerator overnight and let the meat soak in the marinade.
  • Knead the bag occasionally to make sure the coating is reasonably even.
  • Remove the marinated bag from the refrigerator, the next day, and dump the contents into a colander to drain.
  • Choose your drying method such as using the oven or a dehydrator.
  • If using the oven place your meat in the pre-heated oven for 4 to 5 hours leaving the oven door slightly ajar.  200 degrees is a good temperature to use.
  • Let it cool down once the drying is complete.  Enjoy your beef jerky.

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When it comes to your survival food storage pantry I wanted to add a few points to help others with their survival food preparation plans.

  • Canned foods are ideal as they are inexpensive, compact, durable and have long shelf lives.  Canned goods should be stored in cool, dry places either stacked on sturdy shelves or placed in large plastic totes with snap down covers.
  • When opening a sealed can or jar for the first time; the interior should be vacuum sealed and should make a small sucking sound when the seal is broken.  This should tell you that the food is good.
  • Be wary of cans that are dented around the crimp seal rims.  Never eat food from a can or a jar that exhibits signs of internal pressure. Jars should be concave (sucked inwards at the center) and never popped upwards.  Metal cans should never be bloated with walls or ends bulging outwards.  These are indicators that the food has spoiled.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

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