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Emergency and after, have you stockpiled?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by FROGO207, Mar 11, 2011.

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  1. FROGO207

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    Are you where you want to be? Firearms and ammo wise that is. I was watching the earthquake coverage in Japan and was wondering if you have what you consider enough firearms/ammo/reloading supplies to get you through a like disaster and the following supply disruptions for your normal activities. Due to the economy and poor availability of supplies of firearms related items are you at a level that allows you comfort that your needs for the immediate future are OK or are you still trying to build up to that comfort level? I am OK at the moment but if I start to sell off stuff for basic necessities as some here have had to do it would not take long to deplete my stocks.
     
  2. jimmyraythomason

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    I should think that in such a scenario as you described that clean drinking water would be needed much more than a firearm or boxes of ammo.
     
  3. Rembrandt

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    I'm comfortable......it would have to be quite a wave to sweep away my ammo supply. Not sure what the effect would be on primers, probably ruin them along with the powder supplies.
     
  4. CTPhil

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    I've got a fair amount, but I'm not comfortable. I'll continue to stock up as finances permit.
     
  5. hirundo82

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    I have a decent amount of the calibers I shoot frequently (few hundred rounds of each) but I'm trying to build up a stockpile of a few key cartridges (.22lr, 9mm, .223, 12 gauge). Primary reason for stockpiling is for supply shortages like we saw in late 2008/early 2009.

    In the case of short-term (<6 month) emergencies, the amount of ammo you have on hand isn't really important as long as you have enough to protect yourself--it's not like anyone is going to be engaged running gun battles in the streets after a hurricane (most likely emergency where I am). I agree with jimmyray that in those circumstances stockpiles of other supplies (food, water, batteries) will be much more important.
     
  6. dusty14u

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    I'm set for just about any contingency.;)
     
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    After I loaded all my medical equipment into my car, there would be no room left for my limited collection. Honestly in a situation where the utility infrastructure became deteriorated to the point that security becomes an issue, my first priority is to move to an area where the infrastructure is still intact ASAP because I cannot live for long periods (week or more) w/o electricity and clean water. This is of course because I live in the US and we can easily move around.
     
  8. ny32182

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    If your house gets knocked over by a 26 foot wave, 100k rounds of ammo is going to be pretty far down your list of immediate needs.
     
  9. DC300a

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    Water and all.
     
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    Both of these.

    Folks, if you get caught in a disaster (natural or otherwise) that's powerful enough to disrupt daily life badly enough that you need to worry about what supplies you have on hand, the guns will be your last concern.

    You will likely have to move to a safer area, which rules out a large stockpile of ammo. You may need building materials to board up and secure your property. You may also need medical supplies. You WILL need food, water, and extra clothing. Most sources recommend at least a three-day supply of food and water for each person in your household. That can add up and occupy a lot of space, depending on your household.

    Are we starting to see a pattern?

    Guns and ammo should be one of the last things you consider in terms of emergency preparedness. If anything, a good pistol (or even better a rifle) and a few hundred rounds should be sufficient for most situations. Anything more than that is overkill, and becomes a liability, IMHO.
     
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    If there is a polar magnetic shift reversal and all things electric and electronic fail to operate, I think things would get extremely bad in an extremely short amount of time. No electricity means no freezers, no refrigeration, etc. Heck, modern vehicles may not even run!

    I certainly would not want to live in any large city.
     
  12. M2 Carbine

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    I'm pretty well set for a short time or long time emergency, but add more stuff all the time. Actually I'm packing up another box of can goods right now.:)


    You just have to consider, whatever you have you have to have the means and will to hold on to it.
     
  13. KingContraryMan

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    I was in the thick of it after Katrina. I'm pretty aware of what I'll need. After the storm, my family was able to sustain a semi-normal life for 3 weeks, until the power came back on. There was no law enforcement for at least a week, more like 2 weeks. I live in an area north of Biloxi, 10-15 acre lots. We took care of each other, security, food, ice, whatever we could do.
     
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    In this event guns are irrelevant; you sure will have other problems.
    In an event in which you survived along with your residence, guns & ammo supplies only really become important in the event society really breaks down, a Katrina+ situation.
    I don't dismiss being armed entirely but there are other concerns, like water, as has been mentioned, and also food. You can't eat a gun.
     
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    Lots of folks I know lost their gun collections. Salt water is a nightmare.
     
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    Scary crap is an 8.9 quake! I would imagine that after something like that or other types of natural disaster, water, food, shelter, a good multi-tool, and communication would be primary considerations. Guns and ammo are also important, but how much do you actually need in that type of situation? I personally would make due with a 9mm and 4 or 5 17 round mags.
     
  17. Vern Humphrey

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    Ammo is not a problem -- I generally keep quite a bit on hand.

    However, I have exercised my survival plan quite a bit -- Tornados, ice storms, and so on have left uw without electricity and cut off with trees and power lines down on the road. From February 5th, 2008 to February 6th, 2009, my wife and I spent a total of 30 days living in our survival shelter -- a reinforced basement with wood heat.

    About every other year we have to move down there when the electricity goes out for a prolonged period.

    Your major needs in such a situation are food and water. We keep a 30-days supply of canned goods, and several gallons of water frozen in the freezer -- thawing them as needed. We also keep a gallon of bleach in case we run out of clean water and have to rely on creek water.
     
  18. forgetitohio

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    I'm in the area of the Great Miami River that's 20" above flood level in some parts.
    Roads have been closed off so the residends can't get back to their homes.
    But that's not stopping the thieves. They're in boats breaking into houses that can't be accessed.
    There's a pic of a guy standing on top of his car with a scoped rifle guarding his house.
    Don't need the "big" one to bring out the best.

    I'm ready. Let the Commies come.
     
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    I am well stocked in ammo, food, and silver. All the gas jugs are full.Fresh water is not a problem.I think I have all the bases covered.For some reason that really worries me.
     
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    I'm at the point that I'm buying backup guns for each caliber and gage that I stock. It'd be down right ironic to have thousands of rounds sitting on the shelf and have the one gun that uses it crap out. I need 3 more lever actions, one pistol, and one revolver. Maybe a fourth lever action.

    I prefer the lever actions over the semi-autos due to their simplicity. 'Course, in some calibers there are no lever actions available, like .308WIN. Yeah, yeah, I know, there are bolt actions in those calibers, but I don't particularly care for bolt actions. Maybe I need to get a third semi-auto in .308. Yup. I'm convinced!

    Has anyone been able to get their hands on one of those new Kel-Tec double-magazine-tube pump shotguns yet? If they pan out, I would think it would make a nice addition to the defense force.

    Woody
     
  22. hogshead

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    Yep got a generator too.
     
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    Nope, but it can put food on the table.

    During Hurricane Ike, we were without power, fuel, etc. for close to 3 weeks.
    We were supporting a couple families and livestock that fled the Galveston area. However, I wasnt prepared to take care of an extra 9 mouths (Food). Luckily some disaster relief food/water showed up a few days before the power was restored as it still took several more days for grocery stores to have food themselves...

    My gun's & ammo never entered my mind till we started getting low on stuff.
    Another 5-7 days I would have been a poaching son of a gun.
     
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    The Browning BLR lever action is available in .308 Win and you can find Savage 99s in .308 Win as well.
     
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