Big Gulp wrote:
Just for the record, they are MAGAZINES not CLIPS
Sorry I had to get that off of my chest. The Drill Sergeant in me can't let that go
It is great to be as prepared as possible with what you can afford and have access to. I am armed to the teeth with some of the finest weapons that modern technology has to offer.(that were within my credit limit)
The Navy SEALS have a great a great attitude that is reflected in the way they train and fight. "One mind, any weapon"
Be prepared to not only scavenge for the ammo you need but for weapons that are not needed by their previous owners. Usually the guys with the high dollar weapons are not the best fighters.
I personally own very popular weapons that use equally popular ammo. ie... AR 15- 5.56, Remington 870 - 12 gauge, Remington 700 - .308win, Sig 220 - .45 acp, Sig 229 - 9mm, Ruger 10/22 - .22 lr and a Browning Buck Mark - .22 lr. The more popular the type of weapon and ammo the more readily available the parts and ammo. Theoretically, if you have survived the initial outbreak/disaster because of your mad skills than there should be a smorgasbord of weapons and ammo out there to acquire from the schmoes that were not prepared. Maybe the Zombies themselves are armed. Find cops, soldiers and mall ninjas that have been turned and there is a walking resupply.
Well, you are right about one thing--they *are* magazines, not "clips." But the rest of your post is a "soup sandwich."
Since you're new here, I'm just going to give you this warning here, unofficially, but as a reminder to others, as well.
First, before you post again on the ZS forums, I have to insist that you read The Rules
, located here:http://www.zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=19895
From now on, being new will not be a reason to break the rules.
Here's part of the problem: "Be prepared to not only scavenge for the ammo you need but for weapons. . ." First of all, as you hopefully know, this is a site about emergency and disaster preparedness. (And we like talking about zombies). Posts in this part of the forum sometimes get a pass, because we're starting with a fun, but fictional, premise. This crosses the line though. Saying "Be prepared...to scavenge" is inherently contradictory. If you are sufficiently prepared, you won't feel compelled to "scavenge." "Scavenging" is what immoral and/or unethical people do because they didn't bother to prepare. More problematic for ZS and our rules is that taking things that don't belong to you is not "scavenging," it is stealing
. (I'm a lawyer, I know these things). Please see Rule #1. That's numero uno. "No discussion of illegal activities as a viable option
." So, the problem is that your post violates rule #1, but it also goes against the spirit of what we're about--we prepare. We prepare so we can help ourselves, our families, maybe even our friends and neighbors to the extent we can. We certainly don't "plan" on stealing from other people--living, dead or undead.
Second, it is great that you have some nice weapons in "common" calibers--that means that it should be (somewhat) less expensive to buy your ammo now--*before* you need it--rather than having to become a dirty looter and steal it from others. If you're saying it is a good idea so you can loot the ammo you want from other people or corpses, see Rule #1. More importantly, while it is great that you have these cool guns, ask yourself, "How much food do I have put away? How much water? How many diapers & wipes (if you have a baby)? How squared away is my first aid kit? Do my flashlights have fresh batteries? Do I have a well thought-out Bug-out bag if the unthinkable should happen and I have to leave my home. Are my official documents in order? Do I know where a copy of my insurance policy is and my agent's number if I have to file a claim? Do I have enough hygiene gear on hand to stay comfortable and healthy for an extended period of time? Can I keep my family fed and hydrated for a week (or more, hopefully) if we can't leave the house or if the grocery stores are closed?"
For most disasters, these questions are going to be much, *much* more important than having the latest military hardware on hand. Think about the most likely disasters for your area and plan for them accordingly.
Here's another problem: "Theoretically, if you have survived the initial outbreak/disaster because of your mad skills than there should be a smorgasbord of weapons and ammo out there to acquire from the schmoes that were not prepared."
This sentence is a trainwreck. Where to begin? Let's see, number one, maybe there's a chance you survived simply due to dumb luck, rather than "mad skills." Also, what are the odds of there really being a "smorgasbord" of other people's weapon and ammo? Again, taking such things is a crime, but how do you know some other looters won't beat you to it? If you were a Drill Sergeant, I'm sure you know that Honor and Integrity are vital parts of the Army Values. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LDRSHIP
Also, given that our purpose at ZS is to spread knowledge about the importance of preparedness and to (hopefully) intoduce more and more unprepared people to the notion that they, too, should be prepared, we don't refer to the unprepared with name-calling. Educate, don't denigrate, hooah? So we don't call them "schmoes" or "sheep" or anything like that. Call them "the unprepared" if you must, or, hopefully, "future
Also, using the word "acquire" doesn't change the fact that it is really stealing
Anyway, this is meant as much for you as for everyone. Remember the rules, folks--they *do* still apply, even in ZCT.
For the record, I like firearms as much as anyone, and I have some pretty nice ones, too, but there's a lot more involved in being prepared, as you probably know.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me or any other moderator to discuss.
P.S. The Army rocks.
P.P.S. Happy Decemberween!