Prepper Guns: Firearms, Ammo, Tools, and Techniques You Will Need to Survive the Coming Collapse (2016)

Part One: Education

The first is to be self-sufficient. That means that you must be able to provide food, clothing, and shelter for yourself and your family. Of course, that will have many sub-topics, but the bottom line is you need food, water, heat, shelter, and perhaps some medical knowledge to remain healthy.

How you get all that is a wide-ranging topic. But the more self-reliant you are now, the easier it will be later. If you already know how to grow a garden, it will be easier to grow food. If you already have livestock, it will be easier to produce meat, eggs, and milk. If you know how to make jerky, can vegetables, or butcher a deer, you are going to find it easier to survive. If you can build a house, repair a generator, or fix a flat tire, it will be easier than trying to figure it all out on the fly. Can you cut and split firewood? Do you even know which trees make the best firewood?

The first neighbors to my west here in Vermont moved next door to me many years ago from Florida. The new house they bought was designed to be heated with wood, something they knew nothing about. The guy who built the house offered to sell them several cords of wood. He thought it was a big joke to sell them wood from poplar trees. This is poor wood for heating a house. It burns hot, but very quickly, requiring at least twice as much wood for any given winter than the traditional hardwoods. Any native of the north knows that, but that cheating bastard thought it was funny to take advantage of some people who in reality were a lot smarter than him, but were “not from around here.” They ran out of wood halfway through the winter.

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Without the ability and the tools to protect your property and your life, prepping is pointless.

That was a bad winter and after being snowed in for a few days and getting their trendy but useless vehicle hopelessly stuck, they sold out that spring and moved back south. The point is that something as basic as the wrong wood could mean the difference between survival and not making it through the winter in tough times.

We can’t do everything by ourselves, so some of it will have to be bartered. That might mean your wood supply. There will be no Internet for research, so you must know things like this in advance.

The best prepping is education. The best education is hands on.

vehicle hopelessly stuck, they sold out that spring and moved back south. The point is that something as basic as the wrong wood could mean the difference between survival and not making it through the winter in tough times. We can’t do everything by ourselves, so some of it will have to be bartered. That might mean your wood supply. There will be no Internet for research, so you must know things like this in advance. The best prepping is education. The best education is hands on.