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Why Preppers Need Guns: 3 Reasons Firearms Play a Vital Role in Your Defensive Plan

by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

One of the many adages of the prepper world is, “If you can’t defend it, you don’t own it.”

If you’re new to the preparedness lifestyle, this saying basically means that all of your supplies, your stockpiles, your carefully selected buckets of food, and the time and money you spent on preparation will be for naught if you can’t protect it against those who may seek to take it from you.  This is generally accepted as a truth in the prepper community. Most of us believe that we must be prepared to defend ourselves and our property without relying on any type of “authorities” to protect us.

To me, preppers and guns go together like peas and carrots.I strongly believe that firearms are a necessary part of a home defesne plan. So imagine my surprise when I got a negative response to a meme I posted shortly after the massacre in Paris.

As it turns out, there are quite a few people in the lifestyle that actually do not believe in having firearms. Here are some of the comments that followed the meme, as well as comments from another discussion opened on the topic.

  • I respectfully disagree. That is what has fueled this situation already.
  • Only a coward thinks that everyone should be armed.
  • Oh. What a shame that you posted this – and I enjoyed your page. Bail!
  • I do not trust my fellow citizens to know how to safely take out a bomber without also potentially killing my loved ones! Do you want that bloodshed on your hands?

What?????????

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3 comments to Why Preppers Need Guns: 3 Reasons Firearms Play a Vital Role in Your Defensive Plan

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Get a “spare” barrel for your shotgun, use a torch to heat up the muzzle end, red hot, and pound it with a hammer to make the opening into a “oval”. Wider than taller. So that when you shoot a load of buckshot, the modified barrel acts like a SPREADER to spread your shot pattern out wider without wasting pellets over or beneath your target zone.

    You can get the “effect” of a 10 inch barrel, but without breaking any laws about “short barreled” guns…AND the VELOCITY will NOT be reduced. (short barrels waste too much “unburned” gunpowder.)

    Of course, if we turn into 100% Zimbabwe-Serbia-Syria…nobody will care about laws and we will be using every (illegal) trick to protect ourselves. In that situation, go ahead and cut off the barrel as short as you like so it will fit under your jacket.

    • Rdawg

      Eh, can’t shoot slugs without swapping barrels. Well, I suppose you could do it once.

      I know you like to do stuff on the cheap Craig, but for the cost of that spare barrel (depending on the shotgun), you could get this: http://www.paradigmsrp.com/gator-shotgun-spreader/

      • Craig Escaped Detroit

        @Rd
        I suppose it’s not too bad of a price ($200), considering it’s almost impossible it buy any new barrels for less than $200.

        I do see the Remington “slug” barrels for $150 right now.

        Slugs & buckshot are expensive in those little ‘5 round boxes’. There is a trick that can be used in desperate situations. A person could open up some “bird shot” rounds, 7’s or 8’s,, remove a couple grams of shot, and then drop in some liquid adhesive to make a bunch of the remaining shot to bond together, making a goopy-hard hillbilly slug. (the couple grams of shot you removed, makes up for the grams of glue you install.)

        I did some reading about WHY bird shot, even at some closer ranges, often is not, or cannot be lethal because each little pellet does not have enough penetrating foot pounds of power.

        A person who has a lot of time on their hands, could buy a shotgun slug bullet mold, and melt the small shot, casting it into the mold to make real slugs, and then insert it into the shot cup.
        But “in the field”, during emergencies, time and tools may not be handy.

        You can also buy liquid, fast cure epoxy in those syringes, with the spiral nozzle that mixes as you push it out. I’ve seen “90 second” epoxy. A person could open up a dozen shells, stand them up side by side, and “inoculate” them all very quickly and be ready to go.

        Of course, shooting these things COULD be dangerous and blow up your gun if you end up glueing everything into a single mass,…shot cup, shot, and casing. BOOM. Dead gun owner.

        But knowing how to “improvise”, may come in handy someday for somebody out there.

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