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H&R says I'm getting some money, what should I do with it?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Arkarayne, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    It's a serious question, i'm allocating $500 to, well, i dunno yet.
    Thinking about: (recommendations encouraged)
    A Handgun
    A Rifle
    Making a Bug-out Pack (need to know what to put in it)
    and, odds and ends i dont know about, maybe some silver.
     
  2. jordanka16

    jordanka16 Albany, OR Active Member

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    Where are your interests? You would probably get better ideas if people knew what you liked.
     
  3. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    might help to know what you already have in your collection.
    Everyone should own...
    - a 12 gauge defensive (18-20" barrel) shotgun - pump or semi
    - a .22 rifle
    - a carry handgun

    If you want something that is really fun, and cheap to shoot, I love my new Sig 522.
     
  4. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    as far as what to put in a bug out pack..

    I have two. One is a Camelbak style water carrier that is more of a get home bag.

    It contains:
    Water 1.5L
    water purification tablets
    200' nylon cord
    box knife
    rescue knife
    headlamp LED flashlight
    whistle
    candles and matches and a bic lighter
    1st aid kit
    poncho/shelter
    2 glock 33rnd mags
    100 rounds 9mm JHP
    Notebook and pencil


    My other is a full backpacking backpack.

    Sleeping bag
    Bivi bag
    Down vest
    Socks
    4 x 1 Qt water bottles
    water filter (Pur hiker)
    Dried food and energy bars
    Small vials of bleach
    TP
    travel toothbrush and paste
    40 12 Gauge 00 buck
    10 12 gauge slug
    200' nylon cord

    I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of the contents but you get the gist.

    Priority is water and water purification.
    Next would be shelter/ability to stay warm/dry.
    1st aid kit is important
    the rest is just for comfort and convenience.
     
  5. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    Well, I like the old school guns. old soviet stuff, 1911, WW2 era items.

    I have just 2 Mosins, an M91/30 and an M38.

    And I like the camelpak bag setup ORBrit
     
  6. jordanka16

    jordanka16 Albany, OR Active Member

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    If you like mosins, you should look into a Finnish M39, basically the top of the line mosin.

    The good thing about surplus soviet weapons is that you can get 3-4 guns with $500:bluelaugh:
     
  7. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    haha it's true, A Finn would be nice, also kinda want an SKS too. but those can be pricey it seems like.
    and as much as an SVT40 or a Dragunov would be nice, kinda out o f the price range.

    I wrote down the Camelpak idea, prolly add/subtract to it and put some money into that.

    a .22 wouldn't be a terrible idea, but kinda wanna get my main arsenal started first.

    Any non-boomstick SHTF items i'm forgetting?
     
  8. smurf hunter

    smurf hunter Auburn, WA Active Member

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    +1 on a bugout/emergency bag.
    Here are some outside the box items I included:

    duct tape
    thin plastic sheeting (used to cover floor when painting)
    a pair of 2-way radios+batteries enclosed in tiny DIY faraday cage (alum. foil)
    head lamp and flash light similarly enclosed as above


    Duct tape has a million uses, but used in conjunction with the plastic it could temporarily seal off a room in the event of some airborne chemical/toxin/disease/volcanic ash. Maybe far fetched, but it takes up little space and has other uses.
     
  9. Arkarayne

    Arkarayne Medford, OR Member

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    *adds Duct Tape to the List*

    I didn't think about it but now you mention it, never hurts to have a roll of he gray stuff with you. Binds the universe together it does.

    Really appriciate the advice.
    So, making a camelpak setup, and potentially getting a 9mm soon (took the advice of a friend's father, who's a dedicated 1911 .45 user, but doesn't discount the advantages of a 9mm round)...

    Rest of the money.. figure a rifle and some small tuck-away investments (silver, rice, etc.) oh, and a C&R Collector license.

    Rifle... 1 or 2 Mosins, an SKS? AK? (call me a Ruskie fan) no .22s yet, got a birthday in a few months, might swing one from that. AR's out of the price range, shotgun's covered by proxy(family members). got some favorite guns in the 300 range?

    I appriciate the help, kinda getting into the game late, but figure if I start off right I can catch up easier.
     
  10. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Off topic, but are those little pouches you have your extra 9mm in waterproof? I've been trying to find the best way to store ammo in my bag without buying one of those big plastic cases.
     
  11. jordanka16

    jordanka16 Albany, OR Active Member

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    If you like AKs, you should look into a 74 instead of a 47. 5.45mm ammo is so cheap, you can buy several spam cans and keep some in a safe place for emergencies.
     
  12. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    I'd say they were water resistant. I ran it under the faucet for about 30 seconds and it was still dry inside, but I haven't done a full submersion test yet. I'm sure they'll leak at the zipper.
     
  14. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Well I'm biased....I'd say if a person has a choice between more gear and more training I'd go for the training. Training is a force multiplier!!!

    Knowledge and Skills once mastered are not easily left behind in an emergency, don't get stolen, lost, rust, or stop working.

    Besides I've learned if I buy gear and then go to training I end up often regretting what I bought based upon incomplete info or out of ignorance. After training I can make a more rationale and intellegent decision.

    But I'm very biased. Maybe some grads from this course can back my hand :bluelaugh:

    http://www.oregonfirearmsacademy.com/courses/Wilderness.htm
     
  15. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    That's about as good as you can get with something that has a zipper. What are they/where'd you get them?
     
  16. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    they're neoprene pouches that came with Logitech web cameras I bought for a client.
    I started with 6 and only had one spare that I sent to a member here.
     
  17. Saigashooter

    Saigashooter Or coast Member

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    thank you again orbrit
     
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    unionguy Portland Active Member

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    I have to agree big time with your point OFADAN...and I'm not a grad...YET! I did Appleseed this summer and I definitely wished I'd done this before buying my battery. It convinced me to focus and get better quality. Since then, I've sold off my WWII bolt guns that I just didn't use. This basic exposure to training also proved to me the merit of focusing on a few platforms and know them in/out. In other words, lots of guns that you hardly ever shoot is much worse than a few that you do practice with a lot. It also convinced me of your point too...get training and not just more and more gear. I plan to get your basic handgun course this summer/fall.
     
  19. wavo

    wavo Portland Member

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    With $500 you could get an Sks, the Bimart camel bak AND take the wilderness course!
    (BTW thanks for posting that OFADAN, I grew up in the country, but I've been a city boy far too long, I could use a course like that).

    I too am a fan of older milsurp guns, have 3 mosins, all shoot amazing. I also have two AK's but by far my surprise favorite purchase of last year was a SKS I got from a member of this forum. Man I love that gun. It was in pristine condition, shoots great and much more accurate than my AK's. When I hold it in my hand it is just so....balanced, great great fun shooting gun.
    Just my opinions :)
     
  20. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    Might seem a bit random but get a good pair of tweezers for your bag. May not seem like a big deal but quite useful to have around.

    -D