"I encourage my readers to ignore unconstitutional laws. Lex mala, lex nulla"
-Jim Wesley Rawles
It is my general observation that most people ignore the laws that overly annoy them, I think Heinlen has a quote about on that. I would submit that you should be smart about this. The odds anyone will find out what recreational substance, let alone sexual act, you enjoy in private are about nil. On the other hand there are times such as speed limits and vehicle registration/ licensing you would be wise to play by the rules. Just think about the realistic gain vs loss before making a decision.
Something Zero said awhile back has stuck with me. "What if the stuff (specifically guns/ mags/ ammo/ parts but I guess it could be whatever) I have now IS ALL I AM EVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET?"
Honestly the need to stock guns uuber deep for some SHTF scenario is in my mind iffy. Aside from the ability to have weapons cached or in different kits
multiple redundant guns do not play much of a role in my SHTF preps. That I could dig out rifle #3 to defend my home is a moot point (beyond arming another person) in my mind. More likely than not I'm coming home with rifle #1 Project AR, plus maybe some other guys stuff or on my back.
However lets say life went on without some Max Max collapse but for whatever reason I was unable to acquire more guns (etc) in the future. Could be a ban or an economic collapse that made a used Glock worth 2 months wages at a good job or whatever.
Unlike some end of the world scenario there is a distinct possibility I could be alive and kicking but suddenly without a gun/ magazine/ etc. Things happen. A gun falls in a creek, your truck gets broken into, the
cabin where you store your hunting guns burns down, etc all. Say I'm that guy who has ONE mag for their gun. Mags can be lost or misplaced and even with the best accountability and maintenance they are a product designed to wear out and be replaced. That single mag for my sweet 1911 is now gone and I am screwed. I'm either going to live without one or pay dearly for another potentially dealing with shady characters or taking legal risks to get a replacement.
I bought my first firearms during the 1994-2004 AWB. I chose a Glock because I'm a smart guy. Ended up disregarding the 9mm because full capacity mags were unobtanium unless you had em prior to the ban. A friend of mine had ONE full cap factory mag that he paid $160 or something silly for. The full sized .45 model 21 was a bit big for my hand (they didn't make the SF model yet, which are nice) so I got a .40. Figured with a limit of 10 I might as well get bigger bullets. In hindsight I could have bought a Beretta 92 and got reasonably priced milsurp mags but I digress.
The years went by and thankfully that silly ban went away. I picked up some mags.
More time went by and I became a full fledged survivalist. I got to working an adult job and had some cash to spare. Around that time President Obama became the President elect and the last round of gun ban madness happened. I swore to myself that I would not let myself be in the position I was in 2004 again. I didn't control when I was born so nothing I could do about the first AWB but if I got caught in a second one it was really just my fault. So over time I spent some cash. A spare mag here, a dozen there, a Glock for my birthday, a case of ammo there, Project AR, etc all. While I'm not where I want to be the odds I will find myself without any sort of handgun, shotgun, .22 or rifle are very low.
My wife stays at home with our kids and while I make a decent living it is nothing amazing. If I can put some mags, ammo and even extra guns away over time with some sacrifice and planning the odds are most of you can too. Note that empowering sentence included the words sacrifice and planning.
I will say this, in my opinion, it would be better to have one battle
rifle equipped with an IR laser, have a PVS 14 mounted on a ballistic
helmet, and a handheld FLIR thermal imager, than a safe full of rifles
and no night vision capability. (my emphasis-Ryan) You don’t have to use this stuff all of
the time, but if you have it you have the choice of using it. For
example, if you are hidden out someplace with your family after the
SHTF, it’s going to be dark out there keeping watch at night. With a PVS
14 and a FLIR you have the excellent capability of being able to scan
your perimeter and pick up threats. You can even use these devices on
ground domination activity patrols (GDA). Yes, I’ve told you that you
can work out there at night, but the flipside is that without the
equipment your visibility is seriously impeded, and without electric
light it is very dark out there.
Aesop's take away's from the 1986 Miami FBI shoot out. These observations are valid beyond the limited context of that fateful day.
1) Teams beat individuals 2) individuals vs. individuals devolves to who is more motivated and better trained 3) vests don't work when they're in the car trunk 4) rifles don't work in the car trunk 5) rifles beat shotguns beat pistols 6) people don't die instantly from one bullet unless it's to the brainstem 7) driving along without a plan doesn't work well as actually having a plan
"I will conceed that sometimes it is helpful to have you. For example I forgot to buy any tin foil for thanksgiving but I have this crazy husband who stockpiles S&*T. Also there are times you go to the field that I do not go shopping for weeks."
"You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to
think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he
might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."
“Everyone has a plan – until they get punched in the face.”
Some years ago I had the occasion to be in a situation where a bunch of people got punched in the face within a controlled environment. Some of them were people who would not otherwise find such circumstances and others were guys like me for whom it was just another Friday. Blood lust aside it was very interesting. You could tell without a doubt who was getting popped for the first time by the way they reacted. Never trust anybody who hasn't been punched in the face.
The implied task is that you need to become accustomed to violence under controlled circumstances now while the opportunity to learn before it matters still exists. Get used to it while you can.
I am not going to be writing a post today. All of a sudden it got late. Will crank out something good tomorrow unless I don't.
People grossly underestimate the physical demands of combat and true 18th- 19th century living. No going to a cool guy class on a flat 25 meter range or having a few chickens and a small garden are not just about the same thing. Cutting your own wood with a chainsaw, hauling it in a truck then splitting it with a hydraulic splitter is not the same thing.
This serious mistake is compounded by the fact that fitness is a genuine slow cooker concept. Think of it like cooking with a crock pot. If dinner isn't in by 10 you aren't eating it at 6. It takes hours and there is no crank the oven up to 500 and cut off the burned parts option. Should you mess up and stick it into the oven at 2 dinner will be at 10pm. There is just no way around it.
Key to crock pots and physical fitness are patience. That chicken is going to take hours to go from frozen to wonderfully cooked. You didn't get into whatever condition you are currently in overnight and you won't get out of it overnight either. It's going to take between a couple months and a year or two depending on where you are and where you want to go with the variable of how much you are willing/ able to work in the middle. Obviously going from a morbidly obese couch potato to the fitness level of a collegiate athlete or JSOC Jedi will take a really like time. For a reasonably healthy person ditching a 20 pound spare tire, building up to running a decent 5k/ road marching a decent 10k and putting on some muscle might be more of a 4 month thing.