After the stock market crash in 2008, many preppers warned that doomsday was imminent and that people should prepare while they still can. But doomsday never arrived. In fact, over the last few years things have gradually improved. The stock market is higher than ever, and unemployment is ways down. Because of this, some people […]
This post was written exactly 4 years ago, on my Facebook page. I still stand by it. Rich Fleetwood – February 7, 2012 · Riverton · Watching “Doomsday Preppers” on NGC this evening, with an as objective as possible viewpoint. I’ve been doing this stuff myself for 20 years, and in my position and experience, with the […]
WASHINGTON — The world is 30 seconds closer to doomsday, according to a new report by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Scientists moved the hands of the famous Doomsday Clock ahead by half a minute Thursday, asserting the world is “more dangerous today than it was last year.” I
That means the world is just two and half minutes away from Armageddon and as close to midnight as it has been since 1953 at the height of the Cold War, when it was two minutes until midnight. Since ’53, the clock has varied between three minutes and 17 minutes until midnight.
This is the 70th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock.
“The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon,” a statement from the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board reads. “In 2017, we find the danger to be even greater, the need for action more urgent. It is two and a half minutes to midnight, the Clock is ticking, global danger looms.
The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 as an indicator of how close the planet was to nuclear war. Today it gauges a variety of threats, including climate change, biological weapons and cyber weapons.
“Over the course of 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change,” the scientists said in the report.
The board was critical of President Trump, asserting in its report that even though he just took office, “the president’s intemperate statements, lack of openness to expert advice, and questionable cabinet nominations have already made a bad international security situation worse.
Physicist Lawrence Krauss said much of the world’s security depends on Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin getting along.
“President Trump and President Putin, who claim great respect for each other, can choose to act together as statesmen, or act as petulant children, risking our future,” Krauss said.
Do you believe the world is closer to doomsday than it has been since 1953?
When we think of survival and disaster preparedness the images most people conjure up are basically rural. Preparedness is all about being ready to harvest the essentials from the land,
The 5 Worst Cities for Preppers after Doomsday
In this guide we are going to review the worst cities for preppers to live in when the shit hits the fan. I know what most of you are thinking, ‘That’s easy, the cities with the highest crime rate are the worse’, or at least that would be the response of someone less imaginative. Luckily, I’m not a two dimensional kind of guy, and I prefer to see through parallel monotonies to the abstractions of life. That doesn’t mean I am going to exclude those statistics, they will just play a small role in a greater sum. To provide a genuine list of the worst cities for preppers we have to factor in four critical elements; crime statistics, natural resource availability, government dependency, and cultural values.
Crime statistics that take murder per capita, strong arm robbery, and assault into account provides a reasonable expectation of what these cities will look like after doomsday. The availability of natural resources will play a much larger role than crime because a lack of those natural resources will force the people who aren’t criminal to become criminals. Natural resources that factor into our ratings include; farms, freshwater sources, and raw materials. Government dependency plays a smaller, but equally important, role in how a city fares after doomsday seen in our latest post ‘Life after Doomsday’. A city with a high percentage of its inhabitants on welfare, food stamps, and other forms of government assistance means a high number of people who are less likely to be prepared, and self-sufficient. Cultural values can somewhat be succinct with crime, but for the purposes of this article, it is its own being. Cultural values like community togetherness and team spirit is a plays a huge role in how a city will fare after the apocalypse. Wolverines!
A minor clarification — one thing not taken into account is nuclear fallout patterns, which would be relevant if the disaster we face is in some way related to nuclear war, or a series of earthquakes near nuclear facilities causing a meltdown. However, this information Is more relevant to another article I am writing, and for the sake of redundancy this factor will not be accounted for in this article. That being said, this list is relevant as long as Doomsday wasn’t caused by a nuclear event.
The Worst Cities after Doomsday!
I hate to break it to all of you Sac Town hoodrats, but one of the last places I would want to be after the apocalypse is Sacramento. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but Sac is a shit hole. Sacramento, CA is ranked the 11th most dangerous city to live in America, where children aren’t even able to go to a football game without the possibility of getting murdered by one of the city’s 100+ gangs. In addition to being one of the most dangerous places to live, even without the threat of doomsday, California’s unconstitutional gun laws will leave law abiding citizens defenseless since the only ones that will have guns is the gang bangers. Is that not enough to convince you? Let’s add icing to the cake, Sacramento is running out of water forcing it’s 1.7 million citizens into a very desperate situation when the pumps get shut off.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Two of the writers for usCrow.org live here, so trust me this article is not biased at all, and honestly if you live in areas like Summerlin or Anthem it’s easy to live in denial with all the trees, good schools, and ridiculously unnecessary albeit beautiful architecture, but denial will only sustain you so long. The reality is we live in a fucking desert with absolutely no natural resources whatsoever. Our water comes from the Colorado River, and Lake Mead, but once the Hoover Dam goes out of commission we are royally screwed. In addition to our unavoidable drought in the near future, our murder rates are starting to sky rocket! Even though Summerlin and Anthem are great neighborhoods, they are surrounded by areas with extreme crime rates like the East Side, North Town, and Boulder. Unlike other cities, after doomsday we will have nowhere to go for food, or water, and once the power gets knocked out we are all going to die with no air conditioning and an average temperatures of 120°+ in a very long summer.
New York City, New York
Believe it or not, New York City has a low crime rate when compared to other cities. So why is New York on this list? Like I said our conclusions aren’t based solely on crime statistics. The problem with New York is the size of the city, proximity between people, gun laws, exits, and complete lack of natural resources. Due to the size of this city, when the shit hits the fan these people will cannibalize each other. The proximity to one another makes it increasingly difficult to contain a viral pandemic. Again, the gun laws play a role making the criminals the only ones with guns, while everyone is running around with baseball bats and cannolis. Worst of all there are very few options if you want to get out of the city, which is a double-edged sword, making it that much easier to quarantine, contain, and subject the city to marshal law.
What do you do when Motor City turns into Amityville? You get the hell out of there in a hurry. It’s no secret ‘liberalism’ destroyed this city, like it is slowly destroying Austin, Texas. While Detroit does have natural resources surrounding the city, there are very few people who live in the city that would actually know how to acquire them! I shit you not, I’ve been to Detroit, met the people, and I’m telling you right now; once the water pumps turn off these people would be too inept to go down to Detroit River or Lake Huron and get their water and filter it, nor would they be able to hunt from the surrounding woods. Over a quarter of the city’s population is on welfare, or food stamps. Want to hear the kicker? Detroit is the second most dangerous city in the country.
Much like Sac town, but not as bad, Modesto has high crime rates, with over ten thousand violent crimes every single year. Another issue with Modesto is they are ranked as one of the top ten cities in The United States that is running out of water with the San Joaquin’s river turning up dry. Just like the other cities listed in this article, Modesto has little exploitable natural resources, and horrible gun laws that will create several issues after doomsday. ‘Water Wealth‘ lol…
When writing this article I resided myself to the fact I was writing a preference point and not an iron clad academic syllabus. The things I listed are what I would be the most concerned about, and if you find yourself agreeing with me I suggest you find a home in a city with little crime, a bounty of natural resources, fewer gun laws, and a strong community. If you guys have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below. We value our readers’ opinions!
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In the survival community, the term “SHTF” (shit hit the fan) get’s thrown around a lot, but what exactly does it mean? The truth is, there is no single meaning. It just depends on how you want to use the term. If world war 3 has started, the shit has hit the fan. But if […]
Meet Scott Hunt, also known as Engineer775 on his Youtube channel where he gives expert reviews for National Geographic’s reality TV show, Doomsday Preppers.
His religious stance has made him plan accordingly to doomsday, plans which include his and his families 55-acre farm near Pickens being totally sustainable if, oh let’s say out our nation’s electrical grid, shut down its water supply or render its computers useless.
But don’t think of him as gloomy, the creative genius is actually very energetic and he has made a “booming business” out of helping others get prepared for whatever may come.
On the farm, they grow their own food, generate their own electricity, maintain their own water supply and powers their machinery with fuel made from their own wood.
It has elevation change, which can be used to provide a gravity-powered water system. He pumps water from a well low in his topography to a high point on his property and sends it flowing downhill from there to his house with the twist of a faucet.
The tract has ample trees, which he looks on as “solar batteries.” He uses them to fire a 500,000 BTU boiler that provides hot water to his house, and a wood stove for heat and cooking, and for gasification, using a process developed by the Germans during World War II.
With the success of their own off-grid living arrangements, Scott is a consultant and installer of solar-powered water systems and other devices for others who like the idea of being unplugged.
“I feel like that’s what my calling is right now – to help many people as possible,” said Hunt, a former pastor, former Michelin engineer, and upstate New York native.
Tinkering is in Hunt’s genes. He comes from a family of tradesmen. His father was an auto body man. His grandfather was a carpenter and operated a lumber yard. He also went to university to study engineering which is where he found God.
“Some people just want to go off the grid. Some people want something sustainable. Some people are into preparedness big time,” he said. “I just provide solutions that make sense.”
His homestead was ideally suited to become his laboratory for developing self-sufficiency solutions.
If you’re interested in learning some of his tricks, most of his business comes from the Internet. He has a store on his website, www.practicalpreppers.com, from which he sells and drop ships items such as solar water pumps, and his book, “The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness.”
I don’t normally post doom-and-gloom articles. In my opinion, constantly obsessing over disasters that could happen is a waste of energy. You’re better off focusing on your preps and enjoying your life. However, I think it’s a good idea to poke one’s head up every now and then and see what’s going on. And over […]
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Technology seems to be something that splits most preppers down the middle. For some, stocking up on all the latest survival gadgets is an essential step to take to ensure preparation for potential apocalypse.
5 Worst Assumptions People Make in a Doomsday Scenario
Is it going to be some kind of nuclear holocaust? Are zombies going to start rising from the dead? Will there be a mass infection that wipes out the bulk of our species, or a spiritual rapture that leaves only a handful of us on the Earth?
These scenarios don’t seem especially likely, and they seem even less likely when you consider the sheer number of times people have predicted the end of the world that turned out to be false. Still, the curious and most prepared among us always keep the prospect of a “doomsday” in the backs of our minds, considering how we’d survive in a post-apocalyptic society. Some of us even have shelters or supplies stashed away, just in case—but there’s a problem with these doomsday preparations. They’re almost always based on a number of false assumptions.
The Dangers of False Assumptions
All forms of preparation rely on some assumptions; this is unavoidable. However, when most people picture a “doomsday,” they approach it with a set of preconceived notions that they’ve gathered from books, movies, or ideal projections of what the apocalypse might be like. If these assumptions are incorrect, you could end up preparing wrong, reducing your chances of survival and making all your efforts worthless.
The Worst Assumptions You Can Make
These are some of the worst—yet most common—mistakes you can make about the ambiguous coming “doomsday:”
- Some forms of technology will still work. We’ve come a long way in terms of being able to protect our data and protect our devices against natural elements and disasters. But on a big enough scale, it’s unlikely that any of our technologies will survive a massively destructive event. That means all forms of Internet and electricity will become unusable, and even portable, analog devices like radios might be useless. Does that mean you shouldn’t include a radio in your emergency stash? No—it might still come in handy. But you shouldn’t plan for it to work, just like you shouldn’t plan for cars, phones, or any other form of technology to work. Count on absolutely nothing surviving, and you’ll be prepared no matter what.
- You’re more likely to survive than someone else. This is an assumption most of us live with, and we can’t really help it. Imagine you’ve just learned that a new illness is going to wipe out 95 percent of the U.S. population—you’ll imagine yourself as part of the 5 percent who survive, even though this makes little logical sense. You can’t really plan on dying, though you do owe it to yourself to be more realistic about the scenario. Even if you survive the initial effects, the aftereffects (think: secondary infections, nuclear fallout, etc.) could catch up to you.
- Your supplies will be safe. When most of us prepare for a doomsday scenario, we focus on physical goods, sometimes going overboard with the amount of supplies we store. All of this is usually based on an assumption that we’ll be able to keep these supplies safe and available for our own use. In reality, having this many supplies is probably going to make you a target rather than providing a cushion for your lifestyle. In reality, it may be wiser to only store what you absolutely need for survival.
- Supplies matter more than skills. This assumption also involves our tendency to horde supplies; people generally assume that as long as they have the right materials, they’ll be able to survive. And it’s true that additional food and water can keep you alive for longer, but it’s more important in a post-apocalyptic scenario to have the skills and abilities necessary to support your own continued survival. It’s the “teach a man to fish” moral, but applied to post-doomsday survivalism. Instead of spending more money on supplies, spend money on survival training and experiences that will keep you alive.
- Short-term survival is what really matters. Most people end up planning for a few weeks of survival after a doomsday event. Some go nuts and plan for a few months. But the truth is, your body will probably be able to survive for a few weeks on its own, without much need for additional resources. If you really want to survive after a doomsday event, you need to think in longer terms. How are you going to survive in a year? In five years? In ten?
Predicting the Unpredictable
Even though this article has been centered on false assumption, it’s probably making some false assumption of its own. Why? Because by its very nature, a doomsday scenario is unpredictable. It may never come. It may come tomorrow. And if it does come, it could take any one of an infinite number of forms. It’s impossible to prepare for everything, so the best you can do is prepare for the greatest number of possible events, and prepare yourself—mentally and physically—for the most demanding situations you can.
I know I’ve complained about this before, but I can’t stand preppers who are actually looking forward to TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). Sure, disaster movies are exciting, but talk to anyone who has actually lived through a major disaster and they’ll tell you how awful it is. That’s why […]
3 Ways to Fund Your Doomsday Bunker
We all dream of having our very own doomsday bunker in case things ever get so bad that living above ground becomes impossible for a period of time. The problem is that very few of us have enough extra cash lying around to invest in the construction and upkeep of such a bunker.
The Cost of a Doomsday Bunker
Doomsday bunkers, while necessary, certainly aren’t cheap. This is largely due to difficulties with manufacturing and installation, but is also a byproduct of the small nature of this market. When looking at sales numbers, the market is still pretty tiny and until the market grows enough to increase production, prices will remain high.
The cost of a doomsday bunker depends heavily on what you need. “A minimal bunker can cost upward of $38,000, depending on how hooked-up the safe house is,” says appraiser Joseph Castaneda. “A reinforced concrete bunker averages around 2,500-square-feet. One that includes kitchen gear and other amenities can cost about $60,000.”
But that’s only the starting point. Shipping costs can be $10,000 or more, while excavation and installation may add $20,000 – $25,000 to the price tag. And if you want a larger bunker with more space, amenities, and features, then you can easily spend upwards of $2 million.
3 Options for Funding Your Bunker
Unless you have a lot of spare money in a bank account somewhere, you probably won’t be able to build a bunker on your own. You’re going to need a way to fund your bunker purchase and installation.
Thankfully, there are a number of options.
Much like you can take a loan out to purchase a home, you can also finance a bunker with the help of specialized lenders. Certain lenders will extend financing in the form of an FHA Title 1 Home Improvement Loan or unsecured loan. While you’ll be hard pressed to find a lender willing to finance a bunker that costs $100,000 or more, you should be able to secure enough funds for a basic bunker in the $30,000-$50,000 range.
Another option is crowdfunding. If you can’t secure traditional financing – or if the financing isn’t enough to satisfy the full purchase and installation cost – crowdfunding can provide an excellent complimentary source of funding.
There’s something about building a doomsday bunker that’s appealing to crowdfunders. It strikes an emotional chord with many and can be viewed as an opportunity to help others establish a safe and secure future. There are many different types of crowdfunding platforms, but targeting one that focuses more on personal funding (as opposed to business and startup funding) is ideal, as this will help you reach your target market.
Setting Aside Money Each Month
Another option is to gradually set aside money each month in order to build a fund for your doomsday preparations. This is exactly what American Preppers Network co-founder Phil Burns has done and continues to do.
Burns suggests setting aside as much as 20 percent of your income for preparations. This money can be used towards the purchase of a doomsday bunker, guns, food, and other supplies. It’ll take time, but there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’ve done it all on your own.
Make Sure You’re Prepared
“A lot of people say preppers are paranoid, scared, pessimistic, always believing that there’s going to be a disaster,” Burns says. “But if you look at it with open eyes, we’re actually optimists – we’re saying, ‘I don’t care what you throw at me, I can survive it.’”
As you consider purchasing your very own doomsday bunker, keep these three funding options in the back of your mind.
You want to make sure that you are secure enough to live to see tomorrow. Let’s take a look at five security measures that you can implement to help you stay alive during doomsday.
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Doomsday Book of Medicine!
James Walton “I Am Liberty”
Imagine a world without doctors, a brutal world that could exist in our near future or in the distant. For a second however envision a person you love with a life threatening injury. Are you prepared to deal with that? Are you prepared to save someone you love? No medicine and no doctors what are your options? There are a lot of great books out there about survival medicine or apocalyptic first aid. I have read some. Have you ever read one that featured so much preventative medicine? I have a gem for you on this episode of I AM Liberty. We are lucky enough to have a phenomenal guest.
On this show we are talking to author Ralph La Guardia M.D on the show to discuss his new release The DoomsdayBook of Medicine. His book is addresses the scenario of dealing with illness and injury in the event that there are no doctors. What are you capable of? This book goes into great depth about how to become a one man healing machine. The book doesn’t only cover first aid but it expounds on great topics like vitamins and your nutrition. There is another great chapter on fermentation and fermented foods.
I was thrilled when I got my hands on this book and found it not to be that run of the mill Army training manual about how to put on a tourniquet. It’s chock full preventative medicine, which is crucial in today’s world. We are going to have a great guest that will be open to questioning. I am sure if you call in with a question he will have no problem sending a copy of this great book. Don’t miss this episode of I AM liberty where we have a solid guest like Ralph La Guardia and his book The Doomsday Book of Medicine.
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15 Reasons to Prep Even if Doomsday Never Arrives One reason many people hesitate to start prepping is the fear that it will all be for nothing. What if they spend hundreds of hours practicing survival skills and thousands of dollars on survival supplies, and nothing happens? Would that mean it was all a huge …
“Home” Considerations for getting there!
With so much focus on bugging in and out scenarios, I feel that not a lot is being said about those crucial moments when disaster strikes and you’re away from home. When you’re away from your preps, your bug out bag and your stockpile, things will be that much tougher. In what follows I want to give you a few common sense tips that go beyond assembling a get-home bag list.
It’s hard to anticipate what you’ll be doing when it hits, the distance from home and where your spouse and kids will be and many more details (see below). The more you think about these possible scenarios, the better the solution your mind will come up with… so let’s see if I can challenge you on an intellectual level.
Don’t Leave Your EDC Kit at Home
Ever walked away from home and decided you don’t really want to carry your EDC items “just this once”? You’ve had them with you so many times and nothing happened that you get this feeling of “well, it’s not like anything’s gonna happen today”.
Well, what if something does happen? If you’re out there and you get a phone call from your wife asking you to come home ASAP, having a knife, a flashlight or an extra cell-phone battery could make a world of difference.
Explore Your City
What does this have to do with getting home in an emergency? Depending on the type of disaster that will affect you, you probably won’t be able to get home using the route. As we do our daily chores or go to work, we always take the shortest route possible, right?
Only thing is, that may not be the safest one in a disaster. A bridge might have collapsed, there might be checkpoints on the main arteries, riots or a protests could block parts of the city. The more you know your city, the quicker it’ll be for you find alternate routes without the need for a GPS or someone guiding you over the phone.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t have printed maps of your city. On the contrary, you should improve those maps by marking shortcuts and keeping copies inside your car and your get home bag.
Prepare For Mini Get-Home Scenarios
Scenarios aren’t just related to Doomsday. You may very well be forced to rush home to handle personal emergencies. Here’s a few things most preppers never consider:
- the transportation system could be halted for whatever reason, forcing you to go back home on foot
- your car could be broken into
- your cell phone battery could die
- there could be a heavy and prolonged rain or even a hail storm
- you could get a flat tire
- you could get sick as you’re driving home
- your get home bag could be stolen or you might be separated from it for whatever reason
- …and many more.
How would you prep for each of them? It’s not that hard. You can add an extra cell-phone battery or cell-phone charger inside your GHB, you could learn how to fix your flat tire, you could add a few basic OTC meds inside your EDC and get-home bag etc.
Ask Yourself: Is It Safe To Get Home?
People talking about get home scenarios see themselves coming home in record time when it finally happens. The only problem is, their home could be compromised, which means they won’t be able to bug in, they won’t have access to their bug out bags or any of their preps.
You have to prep for every possible scenario, including bugging out without a BOB and losing our stockpile and guns. This is why having a fully-packed vehicle and one or several bug out locations is important.
Keep this in mind: the more time you spend away from home, the more likely it is you won’t be there when disaster strikes.
Is It Safe To Go Inside Your Home?
If your wife called you because there’s a burglar in the house, you probably don’t want to barge in there like Chuck Norris. You don’t know the current status and, even though things look quiet on the outside, on the inside, things could be bad. Real bad.
Think about how you would approach a home invasion that happens when you’re not at home. Would you call the police? Would you call your prepper friends? In case you have to do this alone, do you know alternative ways to get inside?
What ELSE Could Affect You In a Get Home Scenario?
A devastating earthquake just hit. You expect people to be crying in the street, maybe some of them trying to get their relatives from under the rubble. There’s panic everywhere and you need to get home right away because your wife’s not answering the phone.
Do you think it’s that easy? Any number of things could go wrong and they have nothing to do with collapsed buildings or blocked roads. For example:
- you find out your kid’s also trapped under the rubble at school so now you have two family members that need your help
- you pass a downed building and there are people trapped inside asking you to help them
- you come home to find that 3 thugs are looting your home
- the earthquake also caused a gas leakage which lead to a house fire
- when you reach your wife, you realize she’s injured, you may need to get her to a hospital
- …and on and on.
When disaster strikes, if anything can go wrong, it probably will. Tragedies come in threes and it’s easy to lose your mind when chaos unleashes. There’s only way to prepare now for the myriad of outcomes and that is to ask yourself questions today. The more questions you ask, the more problems and holes you will uncover in your survival plans.
It is more likely you will be vulnerable and wearing what you are wearing now in a crowded public place or alone in unfamiliar territory. Hopefully you have a pistol and or knife on you to give you an edge on your would be attacker/attackers. If it all possible dialing 911 should always be your first action when you get the feeling your life is in danger.
|Leave the square ranges for BZO|
|My EDC, within arms reach 24/7|
For some added firepower and magazine capacity consider storing a rifle in your vehicle, but be cognizant of local laws prior to doing so. Rifle manipulation in a vehicle is frustrating at best so look into acquiring an AR or AK pistol.
|My work in progress AR pistol|
These rifle caliber pistols are relatively new to the market and have tremendous benefits. Especially if you value maneuverability in tight places such as a vehicle or in your home.
|It’s a shame the cameraman didn’t have a gun|
You can be that person who spends their last moments with their hands up begging for mercy or you can be prepared and give yourself that chance to fight back and stop a tragedy. What do you do to keep as prepared as possible?
|Molly and Maynard|
Would I buy a doggy flak jacket or some stupid useless crap? Or would I be able to focus on the actual fantastic resource my dog will be to me. If I was to take my dog and set her free in the middle of the woods alone with no food or water and did the same to an average citizen with no survival skills to speak of (besides an episode here and there of naked and afraid or whatever fake survival show is popular now) and left that person in the same conditions as a dog, who would fare better after 3 days? My money is on the dog; basically what I’m saying is we would need the dog more than the dog would need us.
Saiga 12 to a Mossberg 500/590 as a common reference point. I decided to compare the Saiga 12 to the Mossberg 500/590 because they are what I feel is the standard to which every shotgun should be compared to. The Saiga has a few fatal flaws for me and yes most of these can be overcome with modifications to the gun. Keep in mind this review is on a factory Saiga 12, not a super modified aberration of this firearm. The only modifications that I did to this firearm are the addition of the
Carolina Shooters Supply reliability kit, a Polychoke muzzle brake, and some de-burring of the internal rails. If you decide to purchase a Saiga after reading this please follow these steps prior to purchase. Take off the gas plug, visually inspect the gas ports for sign of a “Vodka Special” meaning there is only 2 of the 4 gas ports that are required, if you have a 3 gas port gun and you can live with a possible issue then buy it, but by no means can I suggest that you buy a 2 gas port gun. Yes, you can have the 2 other holes drilled. But why? Buying a brand new gun should never require you to fix a known factory issue. Second item to look for is proper fit of the top cover (some can be a bitch to get on and off). When you are inspecting this gun prior to purchase be sure to disassemble it and inspect all moving parts including the internal rails, feel for burrs or deformities. If you have 4 gas ports, an easy to remove top cover and smooth rails you have a good Saiga. If any of these parts are not up to snuff I suggest waiting or buying a different shotgun. Where you live and the availability of this gun will influence the asking price for this gun drastically. Let’s just agree they are an expensive shotgun. Keep a running count of potential money you will be sinking into this firearm prior to purchase to achieve the end result you require. Let me know if it is a monetarily responsible purchase for your needs after reading. For the purpose of this review I am using the MSRP of $799.99. If you stop reading here and buy a Saiga 12, you have a shotgun that will run 3” magnum shells with relatively no issues and you might be happy with this, I was not. I had major feeding and ejecting issues that got me running to online gun forums to figure out what I can do to relieve myself of an issue that could be a disastrous if I was defending myself or home. Carolina Shooters Supply has an overwhelming amount of parts to maintain, replace, and modify your shotgun and they do a great job of explaining what may suit your needs best. I just went simple and got a reliability kit and went to a 5 position adjustable gas plug, a better functioning gas puck, and a low recoil spring. This kit took me about 3 minutes to install, it takes no skill to do so. This kit gave me the opportunity to now shoot high brass and low brass of most kinds 2 ¾” and 3” both ran decent and after some fine tuning I was satisfied. I went to the range for some fun with a state trooper I know and he brought along his Mossberg 590A1. First thing I noticed in comparison is the simplicity of design and function of the Mossberg. Economy of effort is big with me and the Saiga takes too many movements to get into action compared to the Mossberg.
comparison to the Saiga12. I am no shotgun guru but I was able to shoot 6” groups at 25 yds. and I shot 8” groups at 50yds. In comparison on the Saiga I was able to get a 10” group at 25 yds. It was ugly at 50 yds. The rear sight on the Saiga is terrible; there is no method of elevation or windage adjustment on the Saiga. If your shotgun is like mine and is extremely off target you are stuck with that, just make a Kentucky windage adjustment and try to remember that when your life is on the line. You can again drop some more cash into an improved set of adjustable sights. This is again your call to keep throwing money at this gun or to cut your losses and go in a different direction like I did.
|Jungle Run at the Big Run Ranch|
It sounds like they could live forever in their cozy secret squirrel location. If an intruder came they could defend their location with their armory. For me it sounds like borderline hoarding and they are not prepared for anything other than becoming a supply house for an intruder because they are a soft target. If you prepare yourself with purpose and maintain a flexible but firm preparedness philosophy you will be better off with very limited “Prepping” supplies and a shitload of training.
|Don’t be this guy|
|Do you even prep, Bro?|
|A chicken for no reason|
If there were to be some sort of mass hysteria or zombie apocalypse or any sort of just boring old civil unrest it is not going to be crowds of people running through the streets screaming and lighting people on fire or suddenly feeling the need to just be mowing people down in their Prius while marveling how great the gas mileage is.
If the event that took place was to a level that deprived us of services such as gas, electric, trash removal even police and fire protection services, it would be a slow burning fuse not an immediate rush of panic. Imagine your small town without something as simple as trash removal or when you lose power for 5 days in the winter, now picture losing power but there is no chance for a reconnection for months. How could you realistically expect to be prepared for something like that? You can’t, if you work a job and have the same bills I have it is not realistic to expect you can be properly prepared for more than a week of complete self-sustainment. With that being said just do an assessment of your surroundings, take a look at your neighbors, do they have a garden or have some sort of flag that hints they have military or police training. People such as this could be of great usefulness to your survival, just make sure you have something to offer to a group before you try to assemble one or you could find yourself on the outside looking in. Obviously this doesn’t mean have American Idol style try outs for your Zombie Apocalypse Squad, but just be a neighbor and have a casual conversation about their hobbies and make a mental list of people that you know or could get too quickly so you could start the process of preparing for when your supplies run out. This is where you get to see if you are able to sit back and wait it out or if you need to start the process of playing catch up and scrambling to find things to keep you and your group surviving.
|Lance (right) and I|
The point of being prepared, not a prepper, is that you are prepared for a multitude of scenarios. Will you be able to prepare for everything? No, that is just stupid. But what you can do is be flexible and be willing to adapt to your surroundings and the situations that may arise.
|Range time is key for consistency|
How would Macgruber make his Christmas dinner? Get me a cardboard box, some tin foil, four empty cans and some wire! A situation may arise where you have no access to conventional methods of cooking your food and you have to be inventive and tactically sound. Eating raw or undercooked meat is a death sentence and during times of harsh realities you do not want to be letting nefarious characters or even wild animals know where you are and what you are having for dinner. Open fires and the smell of food being cooked is
like getting on a loudspeaker and inviting everyone in the area over to check out what is going on. This follows the same logic as the military in regards to smoking at night. The smell of smoke and the glow of fire or cigarettes may seem trivial to consider as a possible danger to you, but put yourself in the shoes of a desperate person who has no food or warmth. They will seek you out like a shark to blood in the water. The way to avoid this entire situation is to just go raw vegan. I am a carnivore and love eating meat so vegan is not an option for me. Coming up with methods to cook food in a manner that is safe and concealable is easier than you think.
The key to success is going to be having a diverse group of people who can work together, and are willing to teach their skills to others in the group. You almost always see in apocalypse movies two types of people; you have the “gun nut” and they survive solely by that gun. Let’s face reality here, how does the gun get you medical care or food? How does the gun do anything besides provide security and meat? You then have the “complainer”, everyone hates this person. The only thing this person brings to your group is certain death to everyone but themselves, they manage to put everyone in constant danger and do nothing to help. If you need an example watch Saving Private Ryan and take note on how many people die directly due to Cpl. Upham and his poor decisions or pure inaction when his comrades needed him most.
Things to come to terms with when making a list of items for a long term survival; you WILL eventually run out of ammo, if you plan on hedging your survival solely on firearms make sure you stockpile extremely common guns in extremely common calibers. I suggest keeping the same calibers as the military and police such as 9mm, .45, and .223/5.56. If something were to go completely haywire, plenty of ammo and gun parts will be reasonably available. That being said, if you are a long term survival planner then you probably already have some form of back up weapon like a bow or edge weapon that you can use over and over again for years if need be. Remember, as long as trees have branches you have arrows.
Training or researching in one particular field makes you well suited to write a fantastic article on that one item or will make you great on the gun line, but we are talking survival from zombies rising or the Russians or whatever catastrophe you desire. Having a multitude of resources in your brain on how to not only survive but to thrive on your own will be the key to your success. I mention repeatedly on your own for a reason. You can’t count on having a group to help you in these situations. Who says that your crisis will be an invasion like Red Dawn? Your struggle to survive will most likely be a personal one, whether it’s you against an attacker or you against nature. Having a car accident and ending up in a ravine or being snowed in for 8 days with no utilities happens to people all over the world on a pretty regular basis. Don’t be the person who has spent thousands of dollars prepping for global chaos only to lose a battle against Mother Nature when all you needed was some knowledge on how to make a field expedient shelter and smoke signals until help arrived. Be well rounded, take a second before you leave your house and make a conscious thought. Does my phone have a charge, do I have a lighter, do I have my pocket knife, should I bring my gun, does anyone know where I am going and how long I will be gone for? Something as simple as you informing someone of your plans could save your life.
The mini seed bank cost me about 65 dollars and takes up less space than my empty shoe box in the corner of my closet. Next on the list is basic camping gear; tent, battery and gas lanterns, multi fuel stove, coffee pot, water filtration device, 3 internal frame packs, and lots of fishing gear. If for whatever reason I was forced to bug out, I would have enough gear to make a manageable camp for my group to get situated. This stuff takes up very little room. I would love to have at least 8 firearms. This affords me the luxury to issue each person a primary and a secondary firearm. I try to keep a set amount of ammo aside which I call my “Zombie Invasion Reserve”. It’s basically my SHTF cache. I put this designated amount of ammo aside and I date it. Doing this is not mandatory but rotating ammo is the same principle as food. Why not shoot the older ammo first for range time? You don’t want to chance that the round you need to defend your life got moisture in it and it hang fires or dust doesn’t fire at all. There is no use of carrying a heavy ass gun if you don’t have any ammo for it. Remember, guns get dirty and guns need maintenance. Unfortunately this is the bulkiest part of prepping for me. There is no easy way to carry 1 handgun and 1 rifle/shotgun per person plus the ammo for it. This is where having multiple levels of back up plans come into the fold. Bugging in would be optimal for obvious reasons, but let’s say you have to relocate for whatever reason and you need to go mobile. Are you going to just toss your supplies in your trunk, put the guns up front but accidently toss the ammo in the trunk during your nervous frenzy? I hope not, don’t lose your mind and just start throwing your junk. Think about stuff like; what is my destination, what will I need easy access to, and am I permitted to have these items visible in the current state of emergency? Is there a chance I will have to go out on foot so maybe flip flops are a bad idea? Take a few minutes and pack accordingly, you would not want rush and completely screw yourself in the end such as having unloaded guns with the ammo unreachable in your trunk.