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Jan 202015
 
More Thoughts on Retreat Vulnerability

We have written before about the problems we have protecting our retreats – see for example ‘How Many Acres Do You Need for Your Retreat – Defense Considerations‘ and our broader category of Retreat Defense in general. A new development, announced at the Consumer Electronic Show in January this year, adds a new factor and concern to the mix. Until now, it has been realistic to assume that in most cases, a ‘reasonable distance’ kept […]

Nov 282014
 
Are Fellow Preppers Your Friends?  Or Foes?

Conventional wisdom maintains that preppers need to group together so as to have better odds of surviving in a future challenging situation.  We don’t disagree, indeed, quite the opposite – we strongly urge you to do exactly that. At the same time, we also anticipate that should the rule of law and society in general, break down at a future time, then some of the quickly starving and deservedly panicked vast majority of the country […]

Aug 262014
 
How Many Acres Do You Need for Your Retreat - Defense Considerations

So you’re about to buy yourself a rural retreat?  Congratulations.  We hope you’ll never need it, but how wonderful it is to know it is there and available if things should go severely wrong. In among all the other things you need to consider when choosing a retreat is its lot size.  There are a number of different factors affecting how large a lot you need, including the soil type, what sorts of crops you […]

Aug 172014
 
Shotgun Effective Range Considerations

A key consideration when evaluating the suitability of a shotgun for any particular purpose is to understand its range. Unlike rifles and pistols, where range is a simple concept (closer is better, further away is worse), shotguns have three different ‘zones’ with three different sets of considerations applying.  Few people understand this.  Let’s explain these three zones and what they mean. First, it is important to understand that the length and distance of each zone […]

Aug 162014
 
More and Updated Lessons from the St Louis Rioting

We wrote an article, ‘Five Prepper Lessons from the St Louis Rioting and Looting‘ on Tuesday of this week, after the first two nights of unrest following the police killing of a youth in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis. The first night of looting was relatively uncontained, while the second night saw a massive police presence that largely kept order throughout the area. We thought/hoped that would be the end of the uncontrolled senseless […]

Aug 132014
 
The Eye in the Sky is Watching You, Ever More Closely

Today marked a watershed moment in our privacy.  A new commercial satellite was launched with four times better than before imaging capabilities, further reducing our privacy. There was a time when getting privacy in our retreat was an easy and simple concept.  Choose a location away from the main roads, and you knew that as long as the parts of your retreat that you wished to keep private were not visible from any other property […]

Aug 122014
 
Five Prepper Lessons from the St Louis Rioting and Looting

A white police officer in Ferguson, MO (a suburb of St Louis) shot a black youth on Saturday 9 August.  On Sunday, during the day, there were some protests by members of the local community and a vigil. What happened next was unfortunate, but also educational to us as preppers, and it behooves us to learn the lessons inherent in the events that followed. (Note :  The riots initially filled Sunday night, Monday night was […]

Aug 092014
 
Safe Room?  Or Trap?  Design Considerations for Retreats.

We sometimes amuse ourselves reading properties for sale advertisements that describe themselves as being prepper properties.  We particularly like looking at the dwelling structures – what they proudly term the prepper retreat – on such properties. Nine times out of ten (maybe even 99 times out of 100), the ‘retreat’ is nothing more than a generic house with nothing at all that would enhance its role as a sturdy building, reliably protecting the people inside […]

Aug 092014
 
An Escape Tunnel For Your Retreat

We’ve seen very little written about adding an escape tunnel to your retreat, and what has been written has not necessarily been practical or prudent. First, of course, do you need an escape tunnel for your retreat?  That’s something you have to decide for yourself, and probably also something you have to do a cost/benefit calculation on.  Most of us have our retreat designs limited first and foremost by our budget, and we have to […]

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