Bison Prepper


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S.A.M.
Survivalist Advertiser Monthly
( sample-the regular size is four times larger )
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Ammunition
www.sgammo.com
This entry is pretty much obsolete the moment I post it, if I were to specify a caliber and size and list the price. Just be aware that you donít find prices as good anywhere else, consistently. Everyone loves this company and its customer service. And you have to admire a company that makes such a capital intense endeavor both affordable and mom & pop business friendly. Not to say other ammunition companies arenít comparable. You would do worse than stick with Sportsmanís Guide. But at SGAmmo you get better bulk pricing, long term.
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I donít like bulk buying because I have an assault rifle and I believe it is prudent to whip a hundred rounds downrange as a matter of course. I donít do semi-auto. That might be great for you, but it isnít for me. Nor do I advocate it unless you can handle the logistics. I donít even necessarily like bulk buying for the price savings. They are there, but they are also not THAT substantial. I can buy 500 rimfires at a nickel each. I need to buy 5,000 to get that down to four cents each. Saving $45 is no laughing matter, but I also must come up with the extra money I might not have.
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The cost of buying in lower quantities isnít financial however. It is logistical. Because you canít time the collapse. If the crap hits the fan, it doesnít matter how much extra you paid or how much you saved, it becomes ONLY about how much is on hand. A lot of Yuppie Scum Douchebags point a quivering finger in my direction and screech like an old hag that ďmy life is worth extraĒ and that ďhe who dies with the most money saved doesnít winĒ and other such similar emotional ejaculations about how frugal prepping is oh so wrong. Never mind how much EXTRA you got by being frugal.
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One case of MREís feeds you for less than two weeks. Spend the same amount on wheat and it is nearly a yearís worth of calories. But the important part isnít the cost. It is how much you then have on hand, ready to eat. A piece of crap desert land, bought and paid for, is far superior to twenty acres of farmland you are still saving up for a down payment on. The money savings is secondary. Primarily, it is valuable because it is A Bird In Hand. You know the old saying-a bird in hand is better than two in the bush. Something acquired is superior to something coveted.
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In surviving the end of the world, one in hand is better than a hundred in the store. Buying in bulk isnít about saving money. That is just a bonus. It is about HAVING what you need, already. Prepping yesterday, in case the end is tomorrow. If it doesnít end tomorrow, the day after tomorrow you can buy better quality. Or more items similar. So, while it is easy to buy a box of ammo every payday, and that eventually adds up, you do that AFTER you buy the bulk cases. Donít buy a gun unless you can buy the majority of the ammunition you need for it immediately. If you canít, donít buy the gun. Or sell another one to buy the ammo.
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Antibiotics
https://www.campingsurvival.com/fish-and-bird-antibiotics.html
Iím not a huge fan of antibiotics. The best defense is to NOT get sick or ill. That means diet and sanitation are far more important than medicine. Iíd rather take the money spent on antibiotics and use it on the dry ingredients for homemade liquid soap. Iíd achieve far greater piece of mind with eighty gallons of soap verses one bottle of antibiotics. I also mega-dose on Vitamin C, but I understand that one is a Mileage May Vary. That said, there is a place for antibiotics.
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When you DONíT take them regularly, a life and death dose is far more efficient and effective. IF your body is healthy up to that point. First, you focus on health. Which is mostly prevention. Then you can play combat medic. Just keep in mind that there are no guarantees. Antibiotics can be dangerous if they are used as a crutch. As in, you ignore prevention because there is a cure. Look at all the butt pirates running around despite AIDS. Or the promiscuous heterosexual practices of some. In the back of their minds they think modern medicine can save them if the worse case happens.
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And stocking fish meds can give you the same false sense of security. By all means, stock it. Because once you are at the point without it you are dead, it canít hurt. Just beware taking the wrong kind can do more harm than good, and that even taking the right kind isnít always going to work. It isnít a magical cure. It is mostly treated as such, because in the past it could be. But the operative word is COULD. The simple fact of the matter is that there is, like with a LOT of modern medicine, STILL a bit of witchcraft involved. Let me elaborate so you donít misunderstand.
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Iím not some crank who advocates colloidal silver as a cure all. Iíve tried my fair share of miracle natural alternatives and in the main they are pure crap. And Iíll point out that this was while healthy, being preventive in nature. So on its best day, alternatives blow. But Iíve also experienced enough and heard enough to understand modern medicine is far from being as good as advertised. Because of the vast experience living in a combat zone, most trauma doctors are superior in emergency medicine. It is everything else where they are quacks and charlatans. Preventive medicine? Non-emergency treatment?
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They are High School illiterates trying to fix your car after one semester of auto shop. Some of them are very good. But the problem is they are very good at what they are taught. And what they are taught is hocus-pocus wishful thinking half-baked theory and Wild Ass Guessing. They still are riding the coattails of a couple of greats from over a century ago ( germ theory and public sanitation works ), but since then it has been a money making monopoly that substitutes knowledge with power. Any independent thinking will get you kicked out of the field. So no one is allowed to question the high gods of modern medicine. Does ANY industry do well when a dictator surrounded by yes men rule with an iron fist?
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Rely on modern medicine when you must, but do not attribute to it the Au-Thor-eye-ti it demands for actual competence. Antibiotics are no more a Get Out Of Jail Card than bullet resistant vests are. Act accordingly.
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Portable Solar Cooker
https://amzn.to/2LBBgvo
Anyone reading me for any length of time knows how fanatical I am over passive and photovoltaic solar power. FRUGAL solar power. Duh. Only books are worthy of full price and most of you heathen barbarians donít read. My solar hot water heater was a foil lined Styrofoam cooler trash picked, with Mason jars inside ( in front of a flat black piece of galvanized sheet metal ) and a scrap piece of glass covering it. Crazy lazy bitches want hot water on tap. I was just happy to get hot water. So what if I had to walk out to the heater and remove and transport the glass jars?
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Passive solar has the only way we could live in an RV in the high desert, on a $12 a month propane bill ( NOT recommended. But it did teach me extreme frugality ). At the time I was trying to survive a budget beat down of child support to an ex-wife and buying the current ( now ex ) one enough alcohol to shut up her frowning bitter face. Breakfast and lunch were whole wheat, and the cooking gas budget was $6 a month. Passive solar saved our asses and is near and dear to me. I spent about $200 on interior insulation and that trailer gained a minimum twenty degrees a day in the winter off solar.
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So, you might imagine I have more grand plans for solar power for the apocalypse. Anyone who bases his plans on carbon fuels for the collapse is deluded and a lunatic ( I give a generous and benevolent pass to those using a chainsaw, IF the use thereof is strictly short term ). In my area of operations, trees are a luxury few and far between, and that is only if you count the giant sage brush as tree-like. Cooking and heating by regular wood is NOT a viable option. Iíve made plans to be free from wood heat, or carbon fuel heat. All sage brush is reserved for cooking, and is to be lightly consumed.
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One very good way to stretch out this slow regenerating supply is to cook with a rocket stove, but whenever possible to NOT use wood at all. You know, like when ammo is going to be sparse you do NOT blast away of semi-auto. Same with wood. Try not to use it. Most of the year I donít need it for hot water. A bit over half the year I can solar cook food. The rest of the year, I liked the idea of the commercial solar cooker that is the tube placed over a reflective cylinder. But they wanted a LOT of money for that small ass flimsy cooker.
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A water solar heater is easy. So is house passive solar. Just let the sun into an insulated box. To double the performance you place reflectors around the glass on the box. This makes a really decent solar cooker. But to get even MORE heat out of that you use a more focused sun ray. Those ďpots suspended on the end of an arm in the center of the satellite dish covered in foilĒ ( parabolic cookers ). You can make your own out of an old Dish Network unit covered in Mylar or foil ( or ďsolar reflective filmĒ https://amzn.to/2BLxjj4 ) and a pot. And in fact you should.
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One Is None. Plus, it is a fun family project. And that was my plan. I have the old dish, just waiting. I would have preferred to have a commercial unit, because of increased performance. But $250??? Who has that kind of dope to smoke, and may I have some please? Despite the great performance, that is a lot of dollars to bet on a small fragile piece of equipment. Well, FINALLY, thank you China for working with me instead of against me. Now there is a generic version for just $80. While still a lot to gamble on fragility, it is nowhere near as painful of a hit.
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Just a short time ago, in the bad old days of antiquity, pre-Sawyer water filter, you would spend almost $80 on a ceramic water filter element ( granted, quality Swiss, but still a fragile unit ). So this new and improved price on a concentrated energy solar stove which is just as important as a water filter ( even if you have plenty of wood, think stealth cooking ) is not unthinkable.
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Spice & Flavoring
https://amzn.to/2BHcPrX
https://amzn.to/2VaW0ys
The first link is Flavor-Aid and the second link is Kool-Aid unsweetened drink mix. Please, hold your jokes about Jim Jones until the end . I think Kool-Aid and combat zones are made for each other. No, not Guyana! In Vietnam the troops would use Kool-Aid flavoring in their canteens because they were trying to disguise the chemical taste of the purification tablet. And while you should have Kool-Aid for such purposes ( after using the Pool Shock powder bleach which Iíll cover another time ), I see other more important uses.
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First, one does NOT want to go cold turkey on Twinkies and Doritos ( I would argue the products vastly inferior today, the Twinkies frozen rather than fresh and the chips tasteless and far too chemical laden compared to what they used to be, but you could still be addicted ). You need a good stash of junk food to transition from processed to natural ( for those on freeze dried, no withdrawal for you ). And while you can store soda in two liter bottles for a very long time ( with the bottle itself soon just as valuable as the compact calories ), a good way to wean off soft drinks is to have Kool-Aid makings.
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I do NOT advocate sugar as a long term solution for calories. But during the transition from industrial food to local, they can play an important part. Sweetened water on a patrol for extra calories. Sweetened coffee if breakfast is to be delayed. Extra sugar in bread goods to learn how to eat all your whole wheat kernels. And etcetera. So you have a transition comfort food and a source of extra calories ( obviously, buy sugar and the drink packs separately. Let the grocery store absorb the shipping cost-they are far more efficient ). I like to pre-mix my powder, as I drink it equally as a coffee substitute ( Iím still cold but had enough caffeine ) or as a single bottle of water enticement to hydrate ( such as in the winter when I donít drink enough unless I force myself ).
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Which you should. I drink 80 ounces of water a day, year round. I stay hydrated except in the very dead of summer and only occasionally do I need extra. That is in addition to cooking and coffee water. I donít buy into the ďjust drink what you feel likeĒ argument. I thought I was on my way to prostrate problems, at age 49 getting up four times a night to painfully dribble. As soon as I forced myself to drink all this water Iíve yet to have another issue. Some say 60 ounces, others say one half ounce per pound of body weight. I found my personal sweet spot at 80. Experiment.
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And if you must, occasionally treat yourself to sugar water to drink easier. Just minimize it. I take a package and place the contents on the bottom of a small Tupperware/Rubbermaid jug, just big enough to hold a cup and a half of sugar. Shake to mix. The flavoring is much finer than the sugar granules and evenly coats all of them. Any less sugar seems to be too strong, any more and you canít discern any flavor ( but again, experiment ). I try to make mine last a long time. Because, you know, sugar. But it sure is nice to have the option.
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Books & Periodicals
https://amzn.to/2SvFk3b
Here is a DVD with the first eight years of American Survival Magazine. 1984 to 1992. 65 issues ( the lone review states some issues were missing from that time period, which explains the math. Since the magazine went out of print Iíd wager some were lost and unavailable used ). To include all the ads because let us be frank, the articles alone sucked. The ads were no great shakes themselves but the only reason I EVER paid for the thing back in the day.
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I remember buying my first issue around 1985. I wasnít as totally focused on survivalism at the time as I would later be, and this was just many of the subjects I read on. I donít think I picked up another issue for another decade. I did start writing on the subject in 1992 but I donít recall using this magazine for any reference. The Baby Momma was pretty strict with my paycheck and I could barely scrap up enough coins for a few Xerox copies and stamps for my newsletter ( I think I was far exceeding income on sales anyway, as I exchanged free copies with other Ďzines ).
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So I only read ASG for a few years prior to Y2K, and then it of course went to crap trying to compete with the Internet and nobody cared when it died ( I care even less it has resurrected. Iím going to pay around ten bucks for decades old Fear Porn articles stuffed with ads from companies I shop at online anyway? You bitches need to get real. Go to newsprint, subscription only to halve the price of the distributors, and cheaply sell ads so every little Podunk jerk wad company Iíve never heard of can introduce themselves to me, and youíve got yourself a customer. If this is too confusing, look at Backwoodsman Magazine ).
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Fairly recently I had a loyal minion send me a care package full of leather tools, books, doo-dads and magazines ( in short, all that makes life grand ) which included a couple of issues of ASG from the mid Nineties. It was kind of a trip. All the articles were the exact same crap still covered twenty years later. Our gun rights assaulted. Beware of forest fires and ickies in the water. And while prices in all the ads were cheaper ( this was the mid-90ís, of COURSE everything was cheaper ), it was remarkable how they were not as low as you would expect.
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In other words, even though China was already making our crap, it was just starting back then. We bitch and moan about quality decline and package shrink, but when a case of MREís only went up 50%, most items were up only 25%, and some actually went DOWN, that is an achievement we tend not to appreciate. Twenty years ago, you werenít even charged for the medical insurance your cheap ass minimum wage paying company offered. Twenty years ago cars started at $10k rather than $30k. You could buy a brand new mobile home starting at $12k.
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And I made MORE back then. Considering the inflation hit most of us took, survival gear is surprisingly affordable and barely budged. But that was just my main observation when reading the back issue. It is like reading a hundred year old Sears catalog. It is purely nostalgic, I grant you. It serves no other function. But it is a snapshot into the past and it does hint at trends and processes. It is interesting onto itself. And hell, for all I know the article were better back then.
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