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Originally posted by jeepin4x4girl
I see a lot of people buying ammo by the case loads and while this is a very good idea if the SHTF, it's not very practical if you need to get up and leave your place of residence. One small box of ammo alone is fairly heavy, especially if you pair it with the other items in your BOB. Now, on the other hand, if you decide your place is safe for the meantime, stock piles of ammo is a very good thing to have, but what if you need to become mobile and quickly? You're not going to take all your stashes of ammo with you, they would be far too heavy to luggage around. So the weapon of choice in a real survival situation when you're not in the confines of home would not be a gun or rifle.
What are your thoughts on this? What other alternatives would be just as good as a gun or rifle when it comes to survival or protection?
Originally posted by Northern Raider
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Originally posted by tim.vic.au
reply to post by jeepin4x4girl
Would go with a bow myself. It's light and so are the projectiles.
It's a completely silent weapon, for all your multiple hunting target take-downs.
Most importantly, no bullets required. More arrows can be made up as you go, in a long term survival situation.
Originally posted by dashen
A great solution to you problem would be to have a few more people to assemble a firing team. More people can carry more things, shoot more targets, see more enemies, etc. Have at least three people that you trust with your life not too far from you, and as paranoid as you, and your survivability just went up a whole lot.
Originally posted by ANNED
I know a few of you think about caching supplies.
This is a great idea BUT do not use GPS coordinates ALONE as your cache location.
If SHTF the goverment will likely turn the system off or fudge it so a enemy can not use the system.
This may leave you or members of your team/group unable to find your cache unless you have a backup way to locate them.
[edit on 24-3-2009 by ANNED]
Originally posted by EyesWideShut
reply to post by jeepin4x4girl
I think Ammo needs and the strength to carry them and your other gear is relative to your experience. When I got out of the Corps in 01 , my Battalion (2/3) humped 25 miles for a readiness exercise. I did this with 70 Lbs of gear on , I also rotated carrying a M240G MMG (27 Lbs), the Tri-Pod & the T&E (Don't remember how much it weighed but is wasn't light) between Myself and My A Gunner. I weighed 160 Lbs and I'm 5'8". I'm not telling you this to brag, because at that time it seemed normal to me to do that because everyone else was doing it, sure it hurt and we complained but it never occured to me that I COULDN'T do it.
Some of you also make a point to have at 3 very close acquaintances to bond with when the time comes for SHTF. I disagree. When the chaos ensues and things get really ugly - people turn primal - even your own family members would turn if times got really desperate. In a really bad situation, you have to be your own best friend. I wouldn't rely on other people knowing where my ammo stash is hidden.
Another point I want to bring to attention is the fact that you would have several places to stash ammo - okay - thats all well and good, but what if that stash happens to be out of reach when all hell breaks loose? You have to totally reroute and you'd be without any ammo. At least with a crossbow, you could grab it easily and reuse the arrows, and have them on your person at all times.
[edit on 3/24/2009 by jeepin4x4girl]