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By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

ReadyNutrition Readers, the purpose of this article is to list the many reasons why it is important to own a firearm.  It is a choice that certainly is your right to exercise or not to exercise: to have a firearm in your home.  This piece is not to present a moral basis for ownership, but rather the practical reasons it is important to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights.  The moral questions are best answered in the privacy of your own home according to the way your family lives and worships.

Your Right To Defend Yourself

That being said, the primary reason for ownership of a firearm is defense.  This used to be a requirement during the days of the American Revolution and upon the founding of the United States.  If you do your research, most of the State Constitutions for states that are “border states,” meaning upon the outer edges of the United States…these states had provisions that either required or requested the citizens residing in them to own a firearm.  Why?  Because the U.S. citizen is the cornerstone of the phrase “common defense” in the preamble of the Constitution.


The United States is a nation formed by citizen-soldiers who knew their first responsibility to the nation involved taking up arms on its behalf…for the good of all.  That hasn’t changed. 


The bottom line for the 2nd Amendment (equally as important) is that if our government ever “morphs” into a tyranny that attempts to subvert individual rights under the Constitution…the ability of citizens to bear arms is a recourse to that tyranny.

The average citizen has been conditioned for more than 100 years to place all faith in the government.  Soldiery nowadays is not generally viewed as an honorable profession, but rather as a “necessary evil” that you only do “when there are no other options available to you.”  We had a Secretary of State (John Kerry) that publicly expostulated that drivel.

Six Benefits Firearms Have for the Average Joe Prepper

Firearms ownership and knowledge of them have many benefits.  Let’s cover some of them, shall we?

  1. Hunting: In either a survival or non-survival scenario, you must put meat on the table. Hunting is the way to do it, and firearms make it easier. In recent articles I have recommended the Winchester ’94, an outstanding lever-action rifle in 30-30 caliber.
  2. Home Defense: This varies from state-to-state with gun ownership laws and what you can or cannot do, per the law, with the firearms. Some states (Montana being one of them) have the “castle” doctrine…where if a threat is perceived, the homeowner can take action.  Other states will practically sue you if you don’t offer the burglar/rapist a meal when he breaks in.  My personal rule is simple: it’s better to be judged by 7 than carried by 6.  A firearm can prevent Mr. Rapist from carrying out his plans. Some ladies carry around a Saturday Night Special to deter unwelcome advances or perhaps some of these firearm suggestions would do the trick.
  3. SHTF Collapse: Yes, either the EMP has struck or the economy has collapsed…or both. What then?  When the marauders are coming down the street, do you pick up a bullhorn and tell them to leave or you’ll call the police?  Do you think that “Brinks” sign on the front lawn will cause them to shiver and shudder and move away?  The answer to both questions is probably “No,” and I guarantee…that Mossberg 500-A 12 gauge pump will be the best. I’ve gone into a lot of detail on the subject in this article. As well, consider the .357, .45 ACP and these other post-collapse firearms.
  4. Barterable Skill Post SHTF: Yes, the ability to reload cartridges or repair firearms will be a barterable skill…and a skill you will need for yourself with a collapse. Consider diversifying your ammunition for this very reason.
  5. Legacy to your Family: Don’t those words sound great? What they mean is that with proper instruction on the use of, safety with, and care of your firearms, you’re giving your children an education in something that they can use the rest of their lives…it’s their birthright as American citizens to have the right to own and keep firearms.  Why not give them a head start and show them all the fundamentals?
  6. Sport: Yes, sport! You can develop your marksmanship skills on targets…paper targets and at different ranges and clubs.  You and/or the kids can all compete in matches.  Sometimes there are prizes in the form of money, equipment, etc., that can be won when competing.  There are no limits except the ones you set upon yourself.

Other Considerations

Preppers, I must stress how important it is to maintain your weapons, as well as to having as much support equipment for your firearm as possible.  A good cleaning kit with all the component parts for multiple calibers is essential. You can make your own cleaning kit with these items.  Another thing you need is a gunsmith’s tool kit.  They’re precisioned for the set-screws and special screws for mounts, scopes, and the firearm in general.  Along with other things, such as reloading kits and presses, optics, and other books and videos to make you a well-rounded marksman.

As well as basic maintenance, I must emphasize the important of practicing regularly with your firearms. It is one thing to be a fast shot, but it is more important to be an accurate one. Read more about tips to improve your marksmanship here.

To summarize, firearms have held their place above the mantelpiece and mounted on the wall in American homes since even before the days of the American Revolution.  Firearms are a part of your American citizenship heritage, and they can serve a multitude of needs and functions.  For further training, hook up with a veteran or a qualified NRA instructor, and get started on something that is your fundamental right under the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Keep that powder dry, and keep fighting that good fight!  JJ out!

About the author:

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: A Green Beret’s Guide to Prepper Firearms 

 

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Image: Decided to survive? Make sure to avoid these common prepping mistakes and pitfalls – Part II

By  – Natural News

(Natural News) Deciding to become a prepper is not an easy decision. There is much involved, and not everyone gives ample consideration to the potential pitfalls and problems you can encounter once you’ve made the decision to become better prepared to face – whatever. A lot of times people just jump in with both feet thinking they know what they’re doing, only to discover some months later that all of their time and effort really hasn’t contributed much to their overall preparedness.

In Part I, we discussed a number of steps beginning and even seasoned preppers should take in order to avoid wasting time and money on a process that really is so important it could actually save your life in an emergency. We talked about not allowing the over-exaggerated 24-hour news cycle to force you into making bad prepping purchases and decisions; guarding against “fake news” that over-excites but does little to actually inform; looking out for scams; overspending on items you don’t really need and prepping for real-life scenarios that you could actually encounter. (RELATED: In plain sight: How to stay hidden during a crisis)

In Part II, we’ll examine additional things to watch for as you evolve in preparations to survive any number of circumstances, including natural- and manmade disasters, economic collapse and political turmoil (H/T Survival Prepper):

Continue reading at Natural News: Decided to survive? Make sure to avoid these common prepping mistakes and pitfalls – Part II

Image: Ready to survive? Make sure to avoid these common prepping mistakes and pitfalls – Part I

By  – Natural News

(Natural News) Making the decision to become a prepper is not an easy one and, frankly, should not be made in haste. While most people have a natural instinct and will to survive – whether it be a natural disaster, global war or a societal collapse – not everyone is motivated to make the preparations necessary to survive.

It’s easy to see why. Millions live in denial that such events could take place in their lifetimes. Prepping requires a sizeable investment of time and money. Preppers must often alter their lifestyles in order to begin living more simply. Prepping tools must be mastered, medical skills honed, and making the decision to protect yourself and your family with a weapon must be carefully considered and accepted.

But once a person does decide to take on the responsibility, there are a number of common mistakes and pitfalls that await. Everything from paying too much for supplies to purchasing the wrong gear to falling for prepping gimmicks can throw you off your prepping schedule and set you back weeks, months or even years. (RELATED: World’s Ultra-Rich Buying Bug-Out Retreats In Anticipation Of Mass Social Uprising)

With that in mind, let’s go through some of the more common pitfalls of prepping, per the Survivalist Prepper:

Continue reading at Natural News: Ready to survive? Make sure to avoid these common prepping mistakes and pitfalls – Part I

By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

For those who work full time, you probably spend about 38 percent of your life at work.

You spend 29 percent of your time sleeping, if you sleep 7 hours a night.

That leaves 33 percent of your time doing other things, at home, etc..
So, if a SHTF event were to occur, odds are that you might be at work.

For preparedness sake, this is a significant thing. Here’s what I mean…

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: About 38 Percent Chance SHTF Will Happen While You Are At Work

By The Prepper Journal

I am asked regularly what equipment people should have or need for tactical or hostile situations. I am not a gear-queer and tell people to make maximum use of what they have in their everyday environment, there is no need for camouflage knife, forks, and spoons. I am a great believer in the saying that “The more you know, the less you need” and I tell my students always look for equipment that is multi-use or think how something can be adapted for multiple uses.

Let me ask you a question… What makes equipment tactical? For me all that makes equipment tactical is the word “Tactical” which, is overly used these days by stores and manufactures to sell Chinese made junk. Apart from firearms and ammunition a lot of useful equipment can be found in most hardware or kitchen stores. The advantage of kit from hardware or kitchen stores is that it’s meant to be used and worked with, not just talked about, and played with as is the case with a lot of tacticool kit. For example, I always buy my flashlights from hardware stores, they are generally a lot cheaper than tacticool flashlights and take AA batteries etc. that are more widely available than fancy lithium batteries. From a tactical perspective, you don’t need powerful flashlights, they need to be powerful enough for the job, you want to see, not be seen!

Camouflage and tactical black kit may look cool when you showing it off to your buddies but, try finding the camo flashlight or zippo you dropped in the bush when you need it… As, long as kit does not shine or reflect light it will be fine. When buying, equipment think about if you drop it, which you will, would it be easy to find! In potentially hostile environments all but essential equipment needs to be packed or in your pouches or pockets, so your orange spork should not be tucked in your hat band!

The below personal tactical gear list is taken from a proposal I put together for counterinsurgency / tactical team in West Africa a few years ago, this should give you a few hints on kit etc. I have made some explanations on why I have included some of the items, and not every item will be applicable to everyone in every situation, so use this as a guide and adapt it.

Continue reading at The Prepper Journal: Tactical Gear List List & Considerations for SHTF

 

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By The Survival Place Blog

Ever wondered what makes the best Just In Case locations, for when the SHTF and you need somewhere away from all the inevitable trouble that will start happening? If so, you’re in the right place. We’re going to go through a few of the vital things you need to consider when choosing the location of your bolt hole.
It’s a critical decision that you need to get right now, as it will be too late after the event. All your preparation, investment, and work in build the perfect Just In Case place will be for nothing if you a) can’t get there and b) choose the wrong location. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

 

Somewhere close

When a national emergency or worst case scenario occurs, you can bet on a few things; one of which is, the authorities will set up roadblocks and close major road arteries. And that’s going to cause anyone wanting to travel a lot of trouble just a few hours after the event. So your bolt hole’s ideal location has to be somewhere close to your current home – a place you can access within a few hours. Not only will it help you avoid roadblocks, but the smaller distance will reduce the number of potential incidents that you will encounter along the way.
Within walking distance

Ideally, you will want to choose a place that you can walk to. Within five days is your best bet – and given you will only be able to walk a maximum of 12 miles a day, that means your bolt home should be within 60 miles. Of course, the route you take will also be critical – are there enough places along the way to keep out of harm’s way? You should already know how to build a survival shelter, of course, but you’ll also need to have somewhere safe to set up at the end of every day.

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Near water

Finding a location with a natural supply of water is essential, and will save you a lot of work. Whether you are buying land to build a survival hut or plan to use public land, make sure you are within a reasonable distance of a natural spring, river, or lake. Not only is water vital for hydration, but you can also use it for sanitary purposes and power – all of which are going to increase your chances of survival.

 

Somewhere hidden

Finally, the sad truth is that in the event of a critical national emergency, there will be people out there willing to take whatever they find on their own – including your survival home. Therefore, the better hidden your Just in Case place, the less likely it is someone will see it. Avoid areas that are near well-travelled routes, and the more challenging it is to get to your location, the fewer people will find it. Don’t forget; it’s not just about blending your hut in with its surroundings. You’ll also need to find somewhere that hides much of the smoke and light from fires or smells from food.

This article published by The Survival Place BlogWhat Makes The Best Just In Case Place?

Here some New Year's Day tough love with three quick profiles of some preppers I know. Be honest: do you see yourself in any of these?:

By Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper

We’d all like to think we’re some kind of action hero. Ready to fight against the odds and survive whatever comes our way. The smart, intrepid hero or heroine who gets things done, regardless of the situation and the people around us.

But are you really?

Here some tough love with three quick profiles of some preppers I know. Names have been changed to protect the guilty.

If you look, deep down inside, in that place where the ugly truth comes out, do you see yourself in any of these?

The Wilson family had a secret.

It was locked in their basement, in a little door hidden by a bookshelf with a few inconsequential items on it.

If a determined intruder were to get past Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and make it to the basement, behind that bookshelf, they’d discover a stash of beans, rice, guns, and ammo. Stacked to the rafters were these elements of survival. When the shit hit the fan, the Wilsons told themselves, (rather unconvincingly) that they would be ready.

But while they had a room loaded with supplies, they were missing vital pieces of the puzzle. They had no way to heat their home if disaster struck during the cold, Northeastern winter. Mrs. Wilson had never cooked a bean from scratch in her entire life, and if the power was out, she had no way to cook them even if she knew how. Mr. Wilson hadn’t fired one of those weapons in 20 years and was relying strictly on a couple of experiences from his early 30s to protect his family.

They knew they weren’t really prepared, but they pretended like the secret room gave them solace.

Dave was overconfident.

Every night after a meal of processed food, he plopped down on his creaky recliner, using video games like Call of Duty to practice his survival strategies until the wee hours of the night. He was darned good at it, a master, and if trouble came to his door he was confident that he would take care of it as handily as his avatar did on the game. Sometimes, he took a break from gaming to feverishly pound out patriotic rants on his laptop about how the government better send an entire army to “silence” him and how they could have his guns when they pried them from his cold dead hands.

He was an athlete. 27 years ago, he had been the star quarterback, leading his team to victory at the State Championships two years in a row. He had been a superstar and had no doubt that he still was. One year, he bagged a deer that fed his family for an entire winter. Did it really matter that the deer had a broken leg and was just lying there? Or that he hauled it to the butcher to get it processed? He brought it home, and that was all that counted.

If it came down to it, he would bug out on foot to the woods 3 miles away, beyond the mountain, where he could live off the land, no problem. It didn’t matter that he got winded when he walked up a flight of stairs. He knew he could power through when it counted. He’d just have to drag his prissy little wife and cellphone-addicted kids along. Then they’d see that all of his time training had paid off. He’d get the respect he deserved.

At least, that’s what he told himself.

But deep down inside, he knew that all of his boasting and apparent confidence was over the top. In the wee hours of those nights when he tossed and turned in bed, the nights when reality reared its ugly head, he honestly doubted his ability to do what needed to be done. In those moments, he knew he was overweight, out of shape, and truly unprepared. He knew that he was a fraud.

Laura was overwhelmed.

Laura wore a mouth guard at night because she had a bad habit of grinding her teeth. It was a miracle she had back teeth left, so worried was she about the current events she read voraciously online. Her husband’s job wasn’t stable and hers barely covered the cost of child care. Between threats of war with foreign powers, economic instability, and a natural disaster every other week, she couldn’t decide what to prepare for first.

Laura dealt with a constant, creeping feeling of doom. Sure, she had a few things put back, but she knew that she was nowhere near ready.

The future looked bleak and all she had to fight it off with was some canned peaches and crackers.

She read websites that focused on getting prepped, but the conflicting information and doom only scared her more. She had absolutely no idea how they’d survive if something went down. There was so much advice out there that she didn’t know what to do first, and her husband seemed oblivious that something bad could be looming on the horizon.

The world was fraught with impending disaster and it was all so overwhelming that she did…

…nothing.

Tell the truth.

Be brutally honest. Do you see yourself or someone in your family in any of the character sketches above? Maybe just a little? Maybe even a lot?

If so, you aren’t prepared for a major disaster. If you’ve remain unwilling to do what really needs to be done, how will your family fare in a situation like the collapse of Venezuela? How would you feel if your children were suffering when you look back and know in your heart that you could have prevented it?

But you can be ready. If you accept the reality of your situation, you can change it.

It’s time to get serious.

Make this the year you get it together.

These prepper mistakes seem so obvious when we read about them, yet many of us are guilty of the same ones. The best way to tackle preparedness is this: make your goals realistic and complete one before moving on to the next. After all, your families lives could depend on it.

What are you waiting for? Start the year off right.

This article first appear at at The Organic Prepper: If You’re Anything Like These 3 Preppers, You Won’t Survive When the SHTF

About the author:

Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her websites, The Organic Prepper and DaisyLuther.com She is the author of 4 books and the co-founder of Preppers University, where she teaches intensive preparedness courses in a live online classroom setting. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter,.