Due to recent events in the world, I purchased a Bug Out Bag last night


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Kitchen_Duty
March 17, 2011, 02:50 AM
Greetings THR, it's been a while.

Due to the recent events in Japan: food shortages, contaminated water, the earthquake, tsunami, etc I decided it was time for my official purchase of a bug out bag.

I decided to get the MOLLE bag similar to this one: Amazon Link for MOLLE (http://www.amazon.com/MILITARY-LIGHTWEIGHT-LOAD-CARRYING-EQUIPMENT-RUCKSACK/dp/B004G7JT1Y/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1300340478&sr=8-17). Got myself some inexpensive tube tent, fixed blade knife, water purification tablets in addition to my MSR water filter, bivy sack, flint and steel, paracord, and some tarps. Also: Food, water, dog food for 3 days x2 (2 people and 2 dogs). Some other miscellaneous stuff but that's not the purpose of this post.

So now I'm ready to add my firearm to the collection. Temporarily I'm adding my Taurus .38 snubbie to the bag and 50 rounds of ammo, gun not loaded. Mostly because the bag will not be locked up in my safe so I don't want to risk my nice AR or SOCOM to just sit out unsecured.

In addition to my .38 I think I've decided to get a ruger 10/22 with a folding stock. Even though the .38 will have more people stopping power, the ability to haul 500 rounds of 22 or 50 rounds of .38 is a pretty big tipping point for me.

Given the opportunity I of course would rather bring my AR with several mags, a .22 pistol and my compound bow which all fit rather well in my truck but since Seattle can technically be hit with earthquakes/tsunamis I have to consider the possibility of a quick get out.

So, would just like to say: if you don't have a bag that you and your family can grab in a hurry, might want to consider it. Mother Nature/God/FSM does not wait for anyone and the food you have in that bag might save your life.

Keep safe.
-Kitchen

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B yond
March 17, 2011, 03:22 AM
i keep a large steel-frame backpacking pack ready to go for the same reasons. Differneces in contents include AR-7 for survival firearm (floats) and mil spec poncho instead of tarp (works as a tarp/shelter too) I also have a separate bag with Russian surplus NBC gas masks and a well-stocked medic's bag ready to go that can quickly attah to the main pack.

I usually have a defensive pistol on me, so I didn't bother to pack one.

Which knife did you get? I'm fond of the LMF II for survival purposes, or the M-9 bayonet if you're going to take an AR too.

Lots of canned food and water purifiers. Trioxane fuel tabs and a folding stove, small mess kit firesteel and magnesium bar. Don't forget a backup knife and a multi-tool.

Good looking out.

Kitchen_Duty
March 17, 2011, 03:42 AM
Fixed Blade Knife (http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-31-000751-Survival-Ultimate-Serrated/dp/B003R0LSMO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300343827&sr=1-1-catcorr)

Granted I'm not a Bear Grylls fanboy but I enjoyed every gerber i've owned. Yes I will have a multi tool (gerber also) as a backup/tool accessory.

I might skip on the gas mask though, usually the canisters that are used for them have a 90 day shelf life, that will add up over time. If it comes down to it that something biological/nuclear is happening then a single gas mask won't help too much (imo). Also all this stuff will add up considerably and I have to keep the wife in mind when I'm thinking of who will carry this.

Sadly I bought the knife in haste because it was after midnight and I was determined to get most of it bought today. I probably should have done my research on the knife but I'm sure it will do fine.

I looked at the LMF II, that looks pretty nice, will add it to my list of "cool stuff I want".

jcwit
March 17, 2011, 03:48 AM
Where you gonna run to? This brings back the memories of the folks building bomb shelters back in the '50's.

We got loads of radiation then from the above ground tests.

au01st
March 17, 2011, 03:49 AM
Didn't see a flashlight on your kit.

I don't have a B.O.B. per say, but I have a duffle bag I keep in my trunk with a first aid kit, some paracord, water purification tablets, and a pair of cargo pants (the ones that zip into shorts if needed in summer), 3 pairs of boxers, a few t-shirts and pairs of socks. Nothing too crazy, and I have a safe in my trunk that holds my pistol if it's not on my hip.

Kitchen_Duty
March 17, 2011, 04:06 AM
jcwit said:

"Where you gonna run to?"

Well, probably south if the navy base gets hit because the contamination. I'm honestly more concerned about earthquakes and power outages. We always joke about zombies but if that happens I think we are screwed anyways.

I'm far away from the downtown Seattle now so I'm not concerned about the riots that could potentially happen. Not many people drive 15 miles to the suburbs to protest.

au01st said:
"Didn't see a flashlight on your kit."

I didn't list everything in the bag because the point of the post was to talk about guns (THR right :) )

Anyone want to trade a 10/22 for a henry repeating .22? Might have to post another for sale ad....

B yond
March 17, 2011, 04:16 AM
kitchen,

the knifenyou bought is basically a lmf with a slightly thinner blade and lighter/oranger handle. not bad at all!

The gas masks I have are russian civilian issue and the canisters are sealed. Supposedly they'll keep for awhile, and besides, my intent for them is to use them if necessary to move my family to a safe/secure location, like the national guard armory up the road, where we could hopefully get some help. I bought them years ago for just a few bucks apiece whe I came across a deal too good to pass up.

Forgot to mention the flashlights (wind up and AA), and the radio (scanner/weather/marine and FM). I also packed a paperback survival guide for reference (edible plants and the like).

I also have a 4x4 jeep with a 10,000lb winch that attaches front and rear on a receiver hitch, tow straps, 20 ft jumpers, jump box, hi-lift jack and a land anchor. Never less than half a tank in it.

Most importantly, first aid training is essential, including CPR.

I was a boy scout and I still respect the motto.

I also want to point out: a .22 rifle is a great survival gun, and CCI velocitor ammo can supposedly drop animals as large as a coyote. Plus the small plastic boxes they come in are durable and small enough to fit almost anywhere, and easy to waterproof with a little tape.

My chosen survival gun is an AR7 with a 4x scope and extra mag. aside from the extra mag and scope it all breaks down and stores in the floating stock so it doesn't take a ridiculous amount of space in the pack. People have complained aout reliablity problems, mostly FTF, but mine has been reliable provided I feed it high velocity ammo and don't step on or otherwise mangle the magazine (hence the extra). The scope I use is a cheap tasco and it actualy re-zeros when i remove/attach it provided I attach it on the marks I've scribed in the rail. Not a tack driver but accurate enough for small game under 100 yards and I only paid a bit over $200 for it (8 years ago).

B yond
March 17, 2011, 04:24 AM
oh, and just so you dont all think im nuts:

I live in a small rural coastal town on the west coast with few main roads out, all of which are subject to flooding, snow, ice, mudslides, and all matter of assorted annoyances.

I'm also surrounded by fault lines, dense forest, pot growers, and idiots.

My level of preparedness is proportionally related to the likelyhood that my family will need to fend for ourselves at some point. I'm not just crazy, although I may be that too.

makarovnik
March 17, 2011, 05:20 AM
I live in the Pacific N.W. Currently the jet stream is heading for California but last week it was headed right for us. Luckily I have plenty of ammo and water but need to stock up on food. I have a friend in Texas, so I can stay there if I can get out when the radioactive cloud comes our way (if it hasn't already).

Cryogaijin
March 17, 2011, 05:39 AM
I bought a BoB about 3 years ago this month. It was essentially an all in one kit from Costco, that I switched out three things. The crowbar I switched out for a Gerber hatchet/saw combo, the flashlight I replaced with a crank radio/flashlight combo, and I took the water out and put in my xd45c. http://bit.ly/fsfLKU (links to the Costco page for my survival kit)

Where I live there are several legitimate reasons for me to have a survival kit: Volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunami, invasion of a herd of Lavamoose, etc.

ultradoc
March 17, 2011, 08:28 AM
I have a small and a large ALICE pack. They are probably from the 1980's. I keep telling myself that I need to fill them up with gear/supplies. I also think that I need to get something more modern. I just need to do it.

vaherder
March 17, 2011, 08:43 AM
I just purchased a few nice bottles of single malt and some hot La Perla lingerie for my girlfriend. I did check the supply of Pol Roger Winston Churchill in the wine cellar and there are still several cases left. House and farm have wind, solar, geothermal, and a generator. I have over a 1000 gallons of diesel and gas on the farm. Kitchen has wood pizza oven. So I have a beautiful woman, chamapagne, food what else does a man need? Radiation?
Whose afraid of a little radiation? Life is more fun if it glows.


Girlfriend and her stuff will not fit in bug out bag. Plus she wouldnt be seen dead with a or in a bug out bag that wasnt from Jimmy Choo, Brian Atwood, Gucci or Prada.

If I remember correctly from watching old horror movies shouldnt the recent Japanese earthquake give Godzilla and his monster friends a wake up call. i dont see CNN and Fox covering this possibility.

I am deeply concerned about monsters and zombies not radiation. Spent too many years on nucs in the USN to worry. Need to check the claymores and interlocking fire zones. Check the IEDs and double check the hidden weapons caches. You never know.

But who really cares its St Paddy's day. Guiness for my dogs and sheep.

Va herder

Sam1911
March 17, 2011, 08:58 AM
I'll just quote Jeff from earlier today: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=581337

Although it is interesting and relevant, unfortunately it's not on topic here. These 2 closed threads:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=580507

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=581136

Should have provided a clue that this one would also be off topic. We try hard to keep THR mission focused and there are other forums devoed to this subject where you can have this discussion.

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