Saturday, February 28, 2009

Survival supplies on the cheap

When looking for survival items other than firearms and ammo try looking at thrift stores, junk shops, flea markets and garage sales / yard sales. Remember I am in a cold weather climate so your availability will differ from mine. I find many useful items at these places. All of my extreme cold weather mummy bags (4) have come from these sources. Along with several intermediate weather bags. I have purchased propane stoves, canteens, lanterns, compound bows, Chemical suits new in the bag (5), gortex camo jackets (3)and pants (2), Camo uniforms of all types are plentiful, Night desert camo sets(3), Parkas (many), extreme cold weather pants (many), Snowmobile suits are plentiful, The gauntlet type military issue gloves Many pair, Mukluks, bunny boots, combat boots, flak vests, even a threat level 2 vest. You can get tents, backpacks, cots, coolers, gas cans, pots, pans, almost anything you would need for survival at these places.

I must admit that I go to these types of stores everyday and the chances of my finding some of these items is greater the more I shop at them. Just because when you shop at these places you do not find the same amounts as I do, do not give up. It is worth your time to continue to think of these places as a source for cheap survival gear. Of course if you are not near a military installation you will not have the same types of items I have listed but you will still have generic camping gear available to you no matter where you live.

Now I have purchased firearms at yard sales before but seldom do they sell them at these sales. Most of the time when they do sell firearms they want too much $ or the weapons are not what I would want for my inventory. Shotgun ammo is easy to find in most places and the chances of a sale having your type of shot shells is better than you finding some .44 mag or .500 S&W.

I have even had luck at the local antique stores. I picked up a kevlar helmet and several pairs of gauntlet winter gloves at a favorite store of mine.

So the best advice I can give is to shop often and early at the stores and the yard sales. You never know what you will find and how much you might save in the long run.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Why I started a blog

My reason for starting this blog is so I can say the things I wish I could say everyday. When I hear or see something that makes me want to scream I get a big knot in my gut. This blog gives me a vent for that knot in my gut. I have chosen the name of this blog to bring a little hope to those who are like minded. "Do not let the bastards grind you down". I hope I can live up to that phrase myself. It will be hard at best for me to follow my own advice.

I am survival minded with realistic boundries. I think that I have some useful info with respect to survival so this is my forum to share this info and my opinions too.

Now for those who wonder yes I have a family but for the purpose of this blog this is the only time I will mention them since they are my private side and not for your consumption. I will be laying bare most of my thoughts and feelings and that will be enough without you becoming familiar with my family too.

I believe in ALL of the Constitution, not just parts and AS IT WAS WRITTEN (I do think that some of it should be changed but by amendment only). Any law made by any government be it local, state or federal that takes away from or adds to any part without a constitutional amendment is unconstitutional, PERIOD. This means any law, PERIOD. I see the Declaration Of Independence (DOI) as the founding document for the Constitution. Without the DOI there would be no Constitution. Thus in the DOI it states that LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ARE UNALIENABLE RIGHTS. If you need a dictionary find one and see what these words mean.

As for my political beliefs, any political party that does not respect the aforementioned documents are enemies of this country, Period. I vote for the party that least offends me and has a chance of getting in office, I do this while holding my nose. While I am on the enemy thing , the enemy of my enemy is My enemy.

Well here I go.
Mark Kent