When is enough, enough?
by, 03-17-2012 at 05:34 AM (593 Views)
We all have different ideas about the amount of equipment we need, weapons, clothing, food stuffs, ammo, etc. But when is enough, enough? Does a person really need 25 ARs, 500,000 rounds of ammo, and enough food to last 20 years or is this just overkill? Now I can understand wanting to have a variety of different weapons, and the ammo to go with them it just seems the some people have literally gone over the edge. If you are the armorer for your group and do all the maintenance , I can understand having that many weapons. If youíre one person I think having 20 ARís is ridiculous. I can see having a couple lowers for say a 5.56 and a couple for a .308, and then a couple of each caliber uppers you plan on using. I would think that having extra barrels and parts for the receivers, and cleaning supplies and tools would suffice.
Ammo is always a tough one, but unless you plan on having a firefight everyday for the rest of your life do you really need half a million rounds? If your BOL gets compromised how do you plan on bringing all this equipment with you, especially if under duress. Which leads me to food stuffs why would anyone want 20 years worth of MREís or similar items IIRC MREís only have a shelf life of 5 years. Do they not plan on hunting, fishing, or using the bountiful resources that nature has provided us?
Clothing is another tough one, especially if you live in a climate that goes from one extreme to the other every year. I think that clothing is one of the most important prepping items there is. All the weapons, ammo, food in the world will not stop you from freezing, I mean you still have to go outside and collect wood for burning, hunting, fishing, and other activities. You canít sit in a bunker or such forever and who would want to. Needles, thread, bolts of fabric, even G.I. wool blankets can be made into warm clothing if needs be. These items are just as important as your weapons. Clothing repair is another skill set that everyone needs to know.
Now donít get me wrong, Iím not dissing anyone. Iím just wondering when you guys think youíve got enough to survive and thrive. Do you plan on staying in one place, or do you plan on hopscotching to different locations you have previously set up. What happens if you find when you get there your BOL has already been taken over by another group and theyíre prepared to defend it. Seems like thatís a lot of time, equipment, and the money you paid for it all rendered totally useless to you. So what happens when your best laid plans have gone to shit before you ever got a chance to use them?
Which leads me back to my first thought, how do you plan on moving all this material around without drawing attention to yourself or your group? WTSHTF we all know there are going to be groups whose only plans are going to be taking whatever you have, by force if necessary. I hate to say it, but a lot of these groups are going to be vets that know how to accomplish this task with very little effort on their part. These are all scenarios we have to put some serious thought to, and what contingency plans weíre going to have in case they do.
Now I know thereís a lot of ďwhat ifísĒ in this, but regardless these are real threats and not something to put off until you encounter them. Itís a lot to digest and may have some of you scratching your heads as to what planet is this guy from. Unfortunately Iím as pessimistic as they come and try to think of the worst case scenario first , and continue with the worst until I can feasibly come to a conclusion that I think works. I also know that Iíve left a lot of stuff untouched , I donít want to make this a 10 page manifesto. Whatever I have left out I will be addressing in later blogs if I feel my efforts arenít falling on deaf ears, or the feedback is telling me not to waste my time. That I will leave for the members to decide.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.