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Monday, December 26, 2011

Patriots: Just how self-sufficient are you...

Many in our community envision a Mad Max version of TEOTWAWKI in our future.

So, you prep.  You have taught yourself how to bust sod.  Some know how to raise animals for meat.  Many of us know how to hunt, skin and butcher game as a result of our younger years, if not our adult years.  Many have taken the time to become proficient with firearms, blades and archery gear.  Some have taken the time to learn a martial art.

One of the reasons I enjoy Silicon Graybeard's site so much is because the man is an engineer, and he knows how to make widgets from metal.  He brings a practical perspective to our discussions that is invaluable.  Here is his site.

How many of you have taken the time to learn to weld?  How many of you have taken the time to learn how to make a new mainspring for that 1911 if you don't have spares?  How many of you know how A/C & D/C electricity works?  Do you know what you may touch inside a hot circuit breaker box without curling your hair?  Do you know how to use electricity as a defensive weapon? 

Remember that fire and electricity are brilliant tools of defense.  How many ways can you make fire and direct it, and direct electricity to your enemies?

The picture above is a CNC made AR Lower.  Mrs. Kerodin has done extensive research on such matters, and one day we may have an announcement along those lines about returning a classic autoloader to production, one that changed the landscape of big, powerful autoloaders.  Such things are not beyond the average guy and a home workshop, if you simply take the time to learn the skills.

In your preps you may have a generator.  You may even have a backup.  But, do you know how to fix the alternator if it shorts?  Can you tear down the engine?  Do you know that diesel fuel will work in an oil burner to keep you warm?

Look at your skill set, Patriots.  All of your problems will not be answered by putting a double-tap in the X ring at 600 yards.  Most aspects of survival in a bad situation will rely on more mundane skills.

Here is the post from Shall not be questioned about the AR they built.



  1. Mundane indeed.

    Mundane by today's standard, essential 100 years ago.

    Good post.


  2. Thanks for the very kind words, Kerodin.

    I was thinking about doing a piece or three on how you'd take Aluminum plate stock and turn it into an AR lower using that set of plans someone posted a while back, but never got to it. It mostly takes time, which is always in short supply.

    I have some time in the next few days, but had forgotten about doing that until I saw this.


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