Thursday, March 27, 2014
Many of you are much better preppers than am I. That said, I have seen a few comments across a few blogs that lead me to this topic: Consumables.
Concerned American used a phrase that earned a genuine laugh from me when he labeled the coming North American Liberty Games as a "Candid Exchange of Views". Yeah, that's pretty much an instant classic. You'll see it used here again. ;)
In our coming Candid Exchange of Views, you already anticipate burning through ammo, eating food, drinking water, and even needing meds. You've probably set back extra glasses and/or contacts, water, food, band-aids, et cetera.
Some of you have even set back extra rifles, ammo and fighting gear for family and/or neighbors who wake up suddenly and come to your place with a new affinity for the concepts of family and tribe.
When you kit-up in your top tier gear and enter the fray, you know you may lose gear. You may not be able to retain every mag. You might break the blade on your knife. You may even be forced out of an area under fire, having to leave your ruck. Hopefully you have extras...right? More than you think you will ever need...right?
Not only do magazines get left on the field at times, and blades break, and rucks get left behind, and magazines wear out. Web gear may not be up to the challenge of continued hard use for years. Zippers wear out and buttons get lost.
That barrel on your AR will wear out after X rounds. Your pants will be torn and ripped. Wear them long enough and they get thread-bare, then the crotch or knees open. Boots wear out, especially if you are running them hard in mud, muck, pavement and such. NV Goggles do have an end-life and will eventually need a replacement intensifier. Items such as NV gear often need special batteries, and even batteries have a shelf life.
Put your junk on your bunk and think hard about every single piece of gear upon which your life, and your quality of life, will depend. Figure out how many layers of back-up you consider a minimum. Lay-in those extras.
If you have taken the time to perfect your load-out, searched for just the right tactical vest and pack for your gear - and you lose it on Day One or Year Three - you can't depend on a mail order re-supply and you can't depend on finding a replacement in the field.
Consumables. Get more while you are able.
Posted by K at 8:50 AM