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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Archery


The oldest signs of the bow & arrow are in Europe come from north of Hamburg Germany and dates from the late Paleolithic, about 10,000–9000 BC. The arrows were made of pine and consisted of a main shaft and a 6 –8 inch long fore shaft with a flint point.

The bow & arrow quickly became the leading weapon for warfare, shifting the balance of power to those who proficiently used them in numbers and remained effective until fire arms were invented.  While single shot muzzle loaded fire arms had advantages in accuracy and distance, they could only shoot about one or two rounds per minute (accurately), where as a bow could shoot 6-10 rounds per minute.  Once repeating fire arms was invented, guns became the best weapon for modern warfare, but were not something the average person could build for themselves like the bow had been.

Still today, shooting a Bow & Arrow, is a primitive too that has tremendous advantages.
  1. Silent making it ideal for stealth hunting or guerrilla warfare.   
  2. Can be built with simple tools by the average craftsman.
  3. Accurate out to 40 yards; effective out to 100 yards.
  4. Simple to aim by aligning the tip of the arrow with a spot on the string a few inches above the point where the arrow is notched to the string.
  5. Less expensive than most guns.

20 Yard Accuracy after a few hours of shooting a re-curve bow.

Re-curve and flat bows are inexpensive and easy to shoot.  Every survivalist and hunter should have one and learn how to shoot it.


 60 yard accuracy shooting compound bow

Compound bows are more expensive, but also more powerful, more accurate and easier to shoot.  After you become proficient with your re-curve or flat bow, then consider one of these if you want to move up to the next level. 

100 Yard Accuracy with a compound bow



Even children enjoy shooting a bow

A bow for kids are very affordable and a lot of fun.  Every serious survivalist should have one of these for training the children in the family.  

Build your own bow

Building your own bow and arrows is much easier if you use the right wood.  From top to bottom, we have Hickory, Osage Orange, also know as horse apple, and Pacific Yew as the top bow woods.

Hickory for bow & arrows

Osage Orange for bows & arrows

 Pacific Yew for bows & arrows


Wood for arrows is more diverse, with Ash, Birch, Black Locust, Cedar, Choke Cherry, Dog Wood, Douglas Fur, Hazel, Hickory, Maple, Oak, and Willow.  Maple is one of the more common trees through out the US.

Maple for arrows & bows

Flint napping is how you make your bow tips, which is basically chipping off small pieces from flint to make a point.  Building your own bow is a good skill to practice and enjoy.

Flint Arrow Tip

Your bow string will be the hardest part of making your own bow.  Bow strings most frequently were made of sinew (animal back or leg tendon), rawhide, or gut. The Dakota Indians also used cord made from the neck of snapping turtles. Occasionally, plant fibers, such as inner bark of basswood, slippery elm or cherry trees, and yucca were used. Nettles, milkweed, and dogbane are also suitable fibers. Well-made plant fiber string is superior to string made of animal fibers because it holds the most weight while resisting stretching and remaining strong in damp conditions. However, plant fiber strings are generally much more labor intensive to make than animal fiber strings, and the preference in the recent past was for sinew, gut, or rawhide. 

Making a bow & arrows can be challenge, but a lot of fun.  Even if you don't make one, get yourself a long bow or re-curve bow and practice shooting it. 



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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Knowledge is FREE

We can't afford to go out and buy everything we need at once, so we must develop a Step by Step Prepper Plan that can be used by anyone.  This requires saving and spending money.  Sure we start with the Beginners basic needs, but still spending money.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Ammo Inventory Target

With two major ammo shortages in 11 years (2009 - 2020), it raises the question of how much Ammo should I have?

The first shortage was in 2019 when the Obama Administration made a massive government purchase buying more ammo for a Social Security Investigator than a Soldier in the Army uses in a year.  Perhaps they were preparing to quell an uprising by the people. 


This second one was driven by massive consumer buying due to the violence in large cities, and the fear of a Civil War driven in part by the 2020 US Presidential Election with record numbers of mail in ballots being sent out and hundreds of voter fraud cases documented and no telling how many were not caught. 

During this second Ammo shortage, ammo prices doubled and in some cases tripled.  Think about how much more ammo you could have bought if you and spent the same dollars a year ago.  Think about how tight the ammo supply would be if the SHTF.

You can't have too much Ammo, but what are some good amounts to have? 

Here is how we answer this question.  

  1. First we consider how many guns do we need to provide ammo for? More guns = more ammo.
  2. How long do you want your ammo supply to last?  A few hours? A few days, weeks, months?

 

Consuming Ammo under the following scenarios, you can see that we can use a lot in an hour.  

 

Here is how long 1,000 rounds of Ammo will last you:

Think about this... the Light Combat firing rate is BANG....Thousand one, thousand two, thousand three, thousand four, thousand five, BANG!  This is 12 rounds / minute, so definitely not rapid fire or anything unreasonable.  A thousand rounds of ammo will last 1.4 hours at this rate.

 

So this raises the question, how long do you want your Ammo Supply to last?  Are you sitting down?

Yes, these numbers may seem large, and 8 hours per day is only an example and unlikely, but consider, this is what would be required for just one shooter.  Imagine the Ammo consumption if you had several shooters.

 

Here is an example for 8 hours of shooting per WEEK.

 

Here is an example for 8 hours of shooting per Month.


Still big numbers, so I go back to my earlier statement, that you can't have too much ammo.  In a severe economic melt down, 8 hours per day may be realistic early on, but over time dropping to 8 hours per month or even less in time.

One point I would add:  Well in to a SHTF Event, there will be plenty of guns available in the hands of the dead, who ran out of ammo.  So consider investing in more ammo as opposed to more guns, once you have a gun or two for each person in your family/group.  


 So here are some suggested ammo inventory numbers:

The number is higher on 22 caliber rifles, as that ammo is cheap, can be used to economically train new shooters and hunt small game, but also lay down heavy cover fire. 

The numbers are lower on Revolvers & Bolt Actions, which fire & reload slower than Semi-Autos.

Shotguns are higher due to the versatility of the different shot sizes ranging from Slugs, Buck Shot, #4, and #6 shot, all great for hunting different sizes of game animals.

Here is a reasonable price at which I would consider stocking up to have enough Ammo

 
 
 
At these prices above, and the quantities higher above, here is what you might expect to invest, considering 10% Premium Personal Protection ammo and 90% target rounds. 

 

 Even without a major SHTF event, ammo is often in short supply.  Imagine how bad it could be.  

 Plan ahead and stock up when the time is right.

 
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