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One of the most ridiculous things about prepper fiction is the inevitable scene where the protagonist pulls out a roll of silver quarters to impress his new lady friend. The prepper/protagonist is, of course, too gentlemanly/bashful to describe the next scene, but the heavy implication is always that the ladyfriend immediately drops to her knees to start blowing him.
How about Plumpy’Nut ?
The recipe looks simple enough to reproduce and fairly nutritious although I wouldn’t want to live of these for an extended amount of time.
Its failry similar to Nutela.
While I agree that Glocks are reliable, modular, and cheap. Saying that the HK .45CT is prone to breakage, or not durable, is silly. I’ve owned multiple Glocks and multiple HKs. HKs are notoriously more durable than any pistol I’m aware of. Reliability-wise, for the short haul, the two are fairly even; though I’d still give the nod to HK. The HK .45 mags are expensive. But why not compare the 9mm to 9mm? For a few dollars more,you get steel mags. I would put the HK USP or the new models against any handgun out there. There is a reason they’re more expensive.
The USP series is one of the most durable handguns out there.
The modern versions even more so.
The USP was designed as a .40 to begin with unlike the Glocks, then converted to 9mm and .45, its built to handle pressures and abuse that few other pistols can tolerate. At least one .40 USP was converted to 10mm, something that no Glock can handle.
That being said, H&K doesn’t have the same support as Glock, spare parts are few and far between, hopefully that will change with the VP9 pistols. Not that they are needed often, but when its a matter of getting your primary defensive gun back online that is a consideration.
One has to consider the totality of the circumstances, and while the P30 and HK45 have blown the Glocks away in some of the independent testing, they stil cost twice as much and have less aftermarket gear available.
As much as I like the USP compacts, the 9mm is about as friendly a gun as one can want, the G19 does tuck away just a little easier and has unparalleled support.
The H&Ks are an excellent choice, just like the Steyr M9A1 and Glocks.
I’ve got a Gen 1 17 and a Gen 4 19. Except for the two mags that came with the 19, all my mags are the 17 shell that will fit both Glocks. The 19 has a little less recoil and is easier to conceal, but otherwise the main difference is where my trigger finger rests on the take-down lugs. The 19 has a slightly softer trigger, but the two feel enough the same that it really doesn’t matter which one I grab.
Ferfal, I listened carefully to your video on charlie hebdo. Actually charlie is not the name of a guy but that of the magazine in which several cartoonists worked. There is a tradition in France actually that goes back to the french revolution of hating religion and clergy. It is called “bouffer du curé” litterally “to eat priests” The people who indulge in that think of themselves as rational, undeluded and smarter-in a way superior to those they insult. It is also widely tolerated and quite common among the average guy. In the same way they will insult the military because they are considered conservative and authoritarian.
Actually, during the french revolution they would tie up a priest and a nun together with ropes so they could not swim and throw them into the see or a river.
I live in France and I am a spiritual person but it is very hard here to talk about God or beliefs. Did you know the french also forbid the wearing of the scarf for mulsim women. Anyway, that might explain charlie hebdo’s drawings because in the eyes of the french society, these people are fighting against religious bigotry and narrow mindedness of the clergy and the army and they (the cartoonists) probably did it because it made them feel good about themselves. But their newspaper didn’t sell very well and they were always on the verge of bankruptcy. Also they were fighting among themselves and several of them split away to go to other media
Thanks, that was interesting. Yes, I knew they didnt sell well, maybe that’s the reason why they always went with insults so as to make the headlines.
These goggles are cool. I loved its style and design. Beside its stylish look it is also providing great protection for eyes.
Nice article on the drought FerFAL. Might I recommend the Simple Shower for bathing? One can get a complete shower with just 4 liters (two 2-liter bottles with the Simple Shower attached).
Thanks James, yes its a good idea. Someone suggested a black plastic garden sprayer, that would probably work nice as well.
In America, the Blackberry’s also have FM radio, at least my Passport does and I assume most all the other models, too
Thanks good to know, folks, we have to demand FM in our phones. Its important to have it.
[b]Tuesday, July the 7th[/b]
– All quiet in the politics front. People are composed waiting for the next move of the goverment. the world did not end with thw NO vote…
– People are resorting more and more to cash and wire transfer. Thoough troublesome it will be good in the long run. Bad credit is gone. If you can pay for it now you are royal. Else,…
– I am trying to move money between bank accounts and withdraw more cash, but it seems all methods have been blocked now.
Be flexible, have many choices and act FAST.
shtf has not occured until the $100 bill is toilet tissue. until then you can just buy your way out of a given bad area. Anyone with gold coins could have bought their way out of Argentina.
yes, but you ahve to have them….Ask me,if i can manage around 40 days of work each year
Hi! Can anyone tell me what is the true average price for a modest house in Uruguay? The realestate web sites in Uruguay seem to be puming up the prices. The prices that I have seen are as high or higher then in Flordia.
I wouold appreciate any comments.
Hello Warren. That is in fact correct. A similar house will be cheaper (even much cheaper!) in Florida, so will cost of living. The average person in Uruguay may get by with 1.000 USD a month, but then again their standards or living are probably not what the average American will be ok with (no car, no restaurants, on fast food,just paying the bills). In Uruguay you have homes anywhere from 50.000 USD to 12.000.000 USD for a house in Las Garzas depending on how much you want to spend. Uruguay is not cheap, but if you are poor its not the worst place to be in in South America. For an American? I’d say stay home.
thanks for your reply,
I still have a question, When the average income in uruguay is low I can understand how people can cut back on expenses like food etc. But you still have to have a house to live in. A $50,000 house for a low income person seems not possible. It would take a generation to pay for it. Not to mention banks would not give loans
to such low income people.
If this is the case, there most be a growing population of very poor street people. This is not a good future for uruguay.
Is this correct?
That’s very much correct. It takes a lot more work to buy a home and get loans. Its more common for the average Uruguayan to live in the same house he grew up, several generations. they also buy cheaper homes, the kind most Americans wouldnt consider living in.
FerFal: I found your site linked via http://www.usawatchdog.com and the comments section.
I listen to a radio show called Ground Zero out of Portland, Oregon on KXL (you can listen via app on any phone). The host is Clyde Lewis and he says he spent time in Argentina during the early collapse. Anyhow his point of view is interesting but I wish he was more specific.
You mentioned food. What kind of food is best after a financial collapse? I don’t understand when you say to buy food.
You mentioned driving to work. I live on the west coast. I have noticed that there is less traffic. There are fewer people driving and during the middle of the day or late at night the roads are empty.
People in the US have gone to being independent contractors where you have to create your own job.
I agree that health matters are key. The kind of food you buy is critical. As well as supplements versus medicine. I noticed you sell fish antiobiotics.
As a veteran my healthcare in the US is substandard. There is limited emergency medical treatment for veterans. The only people getting great medical care at the US Veterans Administration are the federal employees that get Blue Cross / Blue Shield and that are protected from being fired by federal employees unions.
I agree the middle class is being killed in the US.
I just saw on FOX news that Hilliary Clinton had her e-mail server running in a bathroom closet and minimized the claims about her posting classified e-mails as internecine fights between government agencies.
I disagree the problem with the US now and the US from the 1950s is the amount of welfare and the amount of taxation. People in the US are being taxed to death. The taxes the fines the fees for everyting from cable service to a cell phone to the local water and sewer fees. I pay more for my water and sewer fees than for my electric and gas in the off-months! That is insane! I pay fees on my garbage, on my city water, on my cell phone, on my internet to give free cable and cell phones to other people. I agree I am being robbed, daily, nickle and dimed to death! I am sick of it!
Bienvenido a Espana Fernando,
Te leo desde hace anos, y es una de mis visitas diarias
Espero que aqui seais felices y encontreis lo que buscais.
En que parte os habeis instalado???
Si estais por Granada, me encantaria quedar algun dia y conocernos.
Cuando te mudaste a Irlanda, hablabas bastante mal de Espana y su situacion, es cierto que las condiciones eran duras en aquel momento, y que todo esta cambiando, pero aun asi me sorprende vuestro movimiento.
De nuevo, mucha suerte en esta nueva aventura. Espana es acojedora, disfritareis.
Un cordial saludo,
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Yeah I have mine on my keychain to relcape the bottle opener I carried for years. Now I have an opener when I have a beer in my hand but no opener, but also a screwdriver, a light pry bar, and a decent little blade.I generally have a pocket knife so the bade only gets used when I forget my knife. But I use the driver and opener all the damn time.
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Boots: I read your post on boots with great interest as I’ve searched for the ideal boot for 50 years (yes, I’m that old). After using everything from Walmart boots to top-of-the-line boots I’ve settled on Red Wings, specifically the 931 model. Red Wings are horrible to break in, but reward you with a boot that wears like iron. Unlike the trendy GoreTex Merrill’s and other hyped products Red Wings will last literally for decades. Buy them slightly large, wear heavy socks, use Dr. Scholl’s insoles and lace them very loosely when they are new until broken in and they will serve you very, very well.
I don’t recommend the slip-on styles of Red Wings as they tend to slip on the heel and are hard to put on/remove. The lace-up boots take longer to put on but wear securely and won’t let you down in an emergency situation.
If I have to go out under bad circumstances, I want my Red Wing 931’s on my feet. They’re a civilian boot that’s actually superior to military spec boots.
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when will shtf hit?
When the USA defaults…that is, when it cannot pay back its billions and billions in loans to the IMF and the rest of the world.
GO to this website to see the US debt.
When you get to the site look at the upper left hand corner and you will the ever climbing debt. Now look at the upper right hand corner and you will see the debt clock time machine (which is an accurate estimate of the debt only in 1, 2 ,3 , years from now, and so on.) Click on 2020 debt showdown and look at the bottom of the page regarding percentage of debt from the 4 main agencies and you will see between 100- 105% of debt and that means a default on or about that time in 2020)
When the US debt reaches somewhere in between 20-21 Trillion dollar economists say, the USA will default. This means the US will have borrowed 100-105% of the value of every us dollar ever printed, this will be the case in early February to early March 2020. So the estimate, according to the timeline on the website. Is around Feb-March 2020.. before the USD must be devalued and we have to cut social programs…..That means the value of the dollars goes down. How much? Could be as much as 1/3 to 1/2 its original value. This all adds up to about 28 months to go before we see radical changes start to take place. Like social programs such as Food stamps, welfare, medical care start getting reduced or cut off completely. Government Pensions cut, and Government workers working shorter weeks or being laid off indefinitely. Expect hyperinflation (the cost of things we buy to go up 100-300% or more) and poverty to rise, and crime rates among other things. This is going to happen. No one can stop it. These are facts. Be prepared.
I just read your book “The modern survival manual”, and I have to say I am enlightened. Your book was insightful and compelling as it pertains to the aftermath of a true collapse. You really did a great job in detailing experiences and situations you and others went through. What is so impressive is the wealth of knowledge in every aspect of life during a collapse. I like the honesty, the jokes intertwined with the stories and the candor of how you don’t take any sides,(I like the fact that you don’t care whose feelings get hurt, you just tell it like it really is because this works and that don’t and so on, and so on… I can tell this book wasn’t about money, it was actually about saving lives and helping others, but I do hope you make lots of money for the knowledge you put in the books you write, because you and your family deserve it. I appreciate how you methodically “kill” the romantic idea of an apocalyptic wasteland in the wake of an economic collapse and that “life” albeit severely altered, will go on.
My wife and I even appreciated the part that your wife added at the end, (she should have added more though), I think we need to explore the needs of our families more, how our kids and wives will adjust and what can make it a little easier for them. About me, I was a United States Marine and served almost 15 years (got injured though, but don’t worry they’re paying me..lol) of both the Iraq war (two tours of duty there) and the Afghanistan War, and have been to many other countries as well, in some of the worst areas in the world…and I have spent many years of my life “surviving” in war zones, so I have a particular expertise in this realm. Much of what you wrote in your book, I have actually experienced in other countries. The lack of food, the shantytowns, the fact that kids will rob you…and man they are, fast! and what are you gonna do? shoot them? No. You can’t just shoot them because they stole a 5 gallon water can off your gun truck. LOL…so now what do you do? The events that you describe are absolutely true, regarding crime, the breakdown of the infrastructure, the black/gray market, home invasions and corruption of officials (saw it all over Iraq and Afghanistan and in Russia as well). Thanks for the knowledge, expertise and honesty. I am taking your knowledge and “adjusting” accordingly. Want to really know how to use night vision and other optics to your advantage? email me. Keep writing and Thank you!
Joseph, than you so much for your kind words. You just made my day. I’m glad to have helped you and your family prepare.
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Intolerance happens when people are forced to live together.
Actually no. Intolerance happens when people dont recognize the right to exist in peace of those that are different. And no one forces you to live anywhere in the EU, thats kind of the point of free movement.
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I am bit surprised that you are able to relocate in different countries, and moving all your guns with you.
It wasnt a problem to bring your glock and shotgun from Argentina to North Ireland, and then to Spain??? Too much papers??? No need need of new permits??
I followed your advice, and I bought a shotgun few years back, and now, I got my permit for pistol. Just waiting the last ok from police to get a nice glock 19.
As you know, here in Spain you must compite to keep your licence, so hope to see you around.
The best for 2017.
Hello Tomas, no OI dont move around my guns. I keep them in their country. Its too complicated and I like having guns in different places too 😉
Yes, I do compete. IPSC with my Glock and that cursed 9mm at 25meters which is just insane. I’m trying to get to category #2, so practice, practice, practice. Where are you in Spain?
Nice to read to answer.
I am living in Granada.
I still having a month to get my license (as you know, 3 months period of investigations). I am in touch with local IPSC team, so hope to join and start practice and fun.
I noticed you start recommending good Spanish knives like CUDEMAN or MUELA. Good choices.
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