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Old 12-22-2012, 14:11   #1
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2013: What have you done this week?

Kicking it off a little early. So, since we're not quite there yet, what are your plans?

For me, keeping finances in check. Battening down whatever hatches I can.

The year of course, and the next several are framed by the fact that a socialist demon who believes his own failed policies is going to reinforce the need to keep prepping.

While we probably should never stop, if the election had turned out differently, I was looking forward to relaxing a little since upon reflection I started getting revved with prepping after Nov 2008. Funny that. I get the funny feeling preps may be consumed before this is all over.

Again, its financial. More than anything, and keeping the pantry topped off. I havent bought anything that goes boom since 2008 and am pretty much…no, lost all that in a tragic boating accident.

I would suggest before the year actually ends that you look into renewing any FAK's since apparently that stupid medical equipment tax kicks in on Jan 1 and is alleged to go right down to tongue depressors. So, if you need to get it, get it now. Even though its only a couple percent I am going to strive mightily to avoid paying anything extra to The Beast for the evil scheme.

And you? Plans for the new year?
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Old 12-22-2012, 14:15   #2
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Why do people start these early when there is a perfectly good one for THIS YEAR?
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Old 12-22-2012, 16:25   #3
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Why do people start these early when there is a perfectly good one for THIS YEAR?
Well with only 9 days left in the year, and that this is the PREP forum, its um…good to be prepared? Talking about the year ahead...
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Old 12-22-2012, 17:19   #4
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My number one goal is to continue to gain knowledge and experience in self-reliance related areas. I'd like to learn how to hunt. I know how to fish, but haven't done so in quite a while. Additionally, I want to expand our garden and begin learning composting.

Overall I have a level of comfort in the plans we've made for being prepared for the normal crisis situation i.e. hurricanes and such. I also have a level of comfort for man-made situations. The plan isn't perfect, nor is it complete. But we're farther along than a year ago at this time in both skill sets, experience and fundemental planning.

What have we accomplished over the year? We have BOB's, GHB's and EDC packs. We have stored food. We have a rain barrel system. We have a garden set up and producing. We have multiple ways to make fire, sanitize water, protection from the elements.

All in all I'd say it is a good start. My goal is self-reliance because dependence is a poor choice for survival. That along with our faith brings peace of mind and heart.
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Old 12-22-2012, 18:42   #5
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Well with only 9 days left in the year, and that this is the PREP forum, its um…good to be prepared? Talking about the year ahead...
I woke up grumpy. I apologise. Carry on.
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Old 12-27-2012, 17:58   #6
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Why do people start these early when there is a perfectly good one for THIS YEAR?
Some people have huge egos.

Or maybe they have trouble dealing with the Now which is where preps need to be made.
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Old 12-22-2012, 17:15   #7
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I'm also trying to get out of debt. I have just under 4K left in student loans to pay off. I just got a promotion at work so I'm going to devote that extra $$ towards paying off my loans.

Some items I have in mind for 2013 would be a Aimpoint for my AR, another case of .223 once the price comes back down and more camping gear.
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Old 09-27-2013, 16:04   #8
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I'm also trying to get out of debt. I have just under 4K left in student loans to pay off. I just got a promotion at work so I'm going to devote that extra $$ towards paying off my loans.

Some items I have in mind for 2013 would be a Aimpoint for my AR, another case of .223 once the price comes back down and more camping gear.

Figured I would quote myself and provide an update. I paid off my student loans and got all the camping gear I need at the moment. I didn't buy another case of .223 but I have increased my stash quite a bit. Still working on the AR optic.

Overall, a pretty good year so far.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:24   #9
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Still working on the AR optic.
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If you are looking for a decent AR optic on a budget...

..strongly suggest you consider this..

http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Vort...t_p/v-sprc.htm

The red dot optic is similar in size to the Aimpoint Micro T1, digital push button controls, night vision mode, has multiple risers for 4 different heights, x2 multiplier, unlimited unconditional lifetime warranty.

Tested with .375 H&H Magnum for 1000 rounds.



I wouldn't wait too long though..

..$40 off til 9/30/2013 (free shipping also ...IIRC)

That sale prodded me to order a spare Vortex SPARC ...

$159.99 to my door...IIRC
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If you are looking for a decent AR optic on a budget...

..strongly suggest you consider this..

http://www.joeboboutfitters.com/Vort...t_p/v-sprc.htm

The red dot optic is similar in size to the Aimpoint Micro T1, digital push button controls, night vision mode, has multiple risers for 4 different heights, x2 multiplier, unlimited unconditional lifetime warranty.

Tested with .375 H&H Magnum for 1000 rounds.



I wouldn't wait too long though..

..$40 off til 9/30/2013 (free shipping also ...IIRC)

That sale prodded me to order a spare Vortex SPARC ...

$159.99 to my door...IIRC
Do you think the Sparc is better than the Primary Arms? I've heard good things about both. One is significantly less.

https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary-...se-p/md-06.htm
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Do you think the Sparc is better than the Primary Arms? I've heard good things about both. One is significantly less.

https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary-...se-p/md-06.htm

I would closely compare the warranty, specs & features of both...

..and make the decision you can live with.



I just purchased a Spikes Tactical Lower for my niece..

..bought yet another SPARC for it also,
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Do you think the Sparc is better than the Primary Arms? I've heard good things about both. One is significantly less.

https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary-...se-p/md-06.htm
I do not own either.

But from what I've read and seen, the Sparc is better than the PA. But it isn't twice as good, even though it costs twice as much.

And, IMO, an Aimpoint PRO that costs twice as much as a Sparc (or close, sales can be had) is probably twice as good.

But I'm an Aimpoint fan.
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Do you think the Sparc is better than the Primary Arms? I've heard good things about both. One is significantly less.

https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary-...se-p/md-06.htm
I bought a Primary arms micro dot a while back. It sits on one of my ARs as a side optic. The rifle has a large powerful optic, but I wanted to try the side optic. It hasn't gotten much use.

Then I bought a second one recently for use on a SBR. It hasn't made it on that gun.

I think the best thing is the price.
I think the worst thing is the battery life. This is not an Aimpoint.
Would I trust my life to it.....as much as I trust some of my Tasco and Simmons scopes. That is, not as much as my EOTech or Leupold, but .....I will probably buy another.
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Old 12-22-2012, 19:28   #14
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I can say it now, since my boys won't be checking glocktalk between now and Christmas. ("Boys" is a subjective term; they're huge monstrous yeti-things. Our youngest is 6'2" & in a 14 shoe. Freaks are gonna be bigger than me if they don't stop soon... )

Anyway, got my boys pistols this Christmas. A glock 19 for our youngest; he's not really a pistol guy and while he's used & borrowed mine in the past, he's never has had his "own" serious defensive pistol. This seemed a good time to remedy that.

The older yeti, I got a kahr CM9. He does have a couple decent defensive pistols of his own - a smith 5906 and a bulgarian makarov - but this can serve him better as his ccw piece. He's been using one of my G26's for a while now, so maybe I'll get that back.

That, and have been working volume at our business. This is historically our slow time of year, but even with adding another employee last month, we're still barely able to keep up with customer requests. Not a heartening thing for the overall economy imo, since our industry (security and video surveillance systems, primarily) tends to pick up when the economy in general drops off. I try to not be the ambulance-chaser or vulture, but when people genuinely need us, they need us. And lately, they need us more than usual.

Gun shops and security companies - when we're going gangbusters like this, it's not necessarily a good sign for society in general. I would strongly advise against the urge to panic (as so many now are), but I'd definitely recommend taking a good inventory, sorting, organizing, and finding any gaps that need attention. We may - or may not - be close to the time to stop loading up our ships with cargo, but rather start sealing up the watertight doors. Just one redneck's opinion.
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When 2013 gets here I'll let you know.
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Well, it seems that between today and the last time I did organized PT ('97) I seem to have gained a couple pounds. So my main prep goal that is "new" is going to be to lose those pounds, and get back more of my aerobic capacity.. The work around the house and woods has kept me in better shape than many my age, but, 1-2 hours a day of pure workout will do much better. May even get back to Mt. Biking regular.. though I doubt I will be as aggressive as I used to be. Chicks dig scars and all.. but I got a keeper already..

(and yes, I checked with my DR. before starting a new exercise regimen at my "advanced age". he laughed and said no problem..)
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Another plan for the year ahead is to reinforce a gun room. re-fit doors solid core, real locks, safe within. Make it general safe room hobby room, secure area.
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Well, it seems that between today and the last time I did organized PT ('97) I seem to have gained a couple pounds. So my main prep goal that is "new" is going to be to lose those pounds, and get back more of my aerobic capacity.. The work around the house and woods has kept me in better shape than many my age, but, 1-2 hours a day of pure workout will do much better. May even get back to Mt. Biking regular.. though I doubt I will be as aggressive as I used to be. Chicks dig scars and all.. but I got a keeper already..

(and yes, I checked with my DR. before starting a new exercise regimen at my "advanced age". he laughed and said no problem..)
Good post. Physical fitness should be a BIG part of anyone's 'prep plan'. All the preps in the world won't replace physical fitness. Lots of good ways to train out there; Strong lifts 5x5, P90X, Insanity etc. All it takes is commitment.
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get back more of my aerobic capacity.
This is my number one priority this year. I love to do strength training (lift 5-6 days a week) and HATE cardio. Last fall I started to do some road cycling and this year I plan on putting some miles on the bike hoping I find more enjoyment in cycling than treadmill.
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2013 Guide to Intrinsic Knowledge and Abundant Awesomeness

1. Secondary PTZ Video System that links to and is controlled solely in my 'Fun Room'
2. Double Solar Production/Capacity, install transfer switch for 3 rooms and 2 appliances
3. Install Modified/Anti-Pick pins in all my perimeter doors
4. Second deep-freezer, filled
5. Non-Digital Knowledge collection...Books. I have 1.5TB that is completely worthless if it breaks/no power/stolen.
6. Candles and making them, I have totally put this off but the better half has taken interest...WINNING!
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