posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 04:16 PM
Lots of good ideas here. Congrats, BTW, on the land purchase. You have the MOST important variable -- water. Protect those springs.
It occurs to me that aggressive fencing says to a maurading band: "there are valuables in here." I would think about fencing your core area,
your fallback position, and fencing with a material you can hide behind if under attack....... My Dad and I once made a very stout fence from old
railroad ties -- creosote soaked and tougher than nails. Drilled and spiked, there isn't much that could bust through it. You could also go the
hay and adobe way or as another poster suggested concrete. Whatever is stout and affordable for you and the group. I don't think you'll be able
to fence the whole thing effectively. As you say, if TSHTF, you'll be doing mounted patrols, hopefully with some manner of communications to alert
the core group. Army/navy surplus stores used to sell perimter alarms. These are tough devices, and used to be pretty cheap to acquire. Maybe
they're not available anymore, and they don't carry for a long distance, but that's a possibility too.
I'd think about several fallback barriers in between the border of your property and the core, to shelter behind in the event you were under attack.
There could be a cache of ammo, water and food there. A small group that is fortified has good odds of holding off a larger one, if all weaponry is
equal in that situation. You can literally wait them out - no reason to advance an attack, let them come to you, if they're so foolish or desperate
to try and take your assets rather than trading for them.
Good luck folks. I hope you don't need it, but it's better to have it.
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