Survival Gear Purchases September 2013

Every month I try to take a look at my preps, take inventory, look at the hot politics at the time, and then make a couple of purchases.  Usually my purchases are #10 cans of freeze dried foods, maybe building a chicken house, building a chicken yard,,,, and so on.

Prepping should be a way of life.  The only way to keep your preps current is to do an inventory, test your plans, then make changes to your plans based on the results of the test.

Wildlife Feeder

My wife wants a wildlife feeder setup in the back of the field to attract wildlife.  While providing a relaxing scene of watching deer, hogs, squirrels and other wildlife, this also provides an excellent opportunity to harvest meat during a SHTF situation.

Rather than hunting after SHTF, why not have the wildlife coming into your back yard.  Well, it’s not really my backyard, its more like the back of a field that is connected to my backyard.

To get the wildlife feeder going I ordered the motor housing with timer, and leg brackets that mount to the feeder.

The leg brackets are designed for a 30 gallon drum, but I am sure I can get them to work on a 55 gallon drum.  If the bracket needs more weld I have a flux-core welding machine to take care of it.

My dad uses a 55 gallon drum on his deer feeder.  When full it will last around 3 months feeding twice a day.  I am hoping that feeding once a day will provide a nice 6 month buffer if a SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event happens.

The feeder motor is powered by a 6 volt battery, which I already have a solar charger for.

Besides deer I hope the wildlife feeder attracts some wild hogs.  Here in Texas we can hunt hogs 24/7/365 by any legal means.  It would be nice to have a steady supply of pork chops and ribs.

Rifle Magazines

The gun control bill introduced after Sandy Hook was shot down.  But that does not mean gun control is off the table.

With the Sandy Hook shooting, and then the Navy Yard Shooting, I am pretty sure gun control will be on everyones mind.  However, I do not expect any type of gun control bills to be introduced until after the 2014 midterm elections.  Democrats are in a state of denial after the Colorado recall.  Because of the recall Democrats are concerned as to how much time and effort they should put into gun control.

While Democrats are working on their plans behind the scenes, and out of public view, gun parts and accessories are getting back on the market.  Case in point pmags are readily available and prices are low.

Back in January and February 2013 pmags were impossible to come buy.  Various auction  sites had pmags for sale starting at the $50 range, sometimes in the $75.  A couple of times the price of a single 30 round pmag hit close to $100.

September 2013 the entire landscape has changed.  Pmags are all over the place and starting at $10 for a non-window 30 round black pmag.  D&H aluminum magazines have been as low as $8 each.

Prices are low, now is the time to stock up.

Over the pat 15+ years I have been picking up AR-15 magazines 2 or 3 at a time at the local gun shows.  I usually bought whatever was cheapest at the time.

Then the internet came along, and then I found out most of the magazines I had been buying for cheap are junk.  Shooting the magazines proved a point when some of them had bent feed lips, or otherwise failed to function.

When buying preps for a long term SHTF situation, do you “really” want to go with the lowest bidder?  And that is what I had been doing with magazines.

So while prices are low it is time to stockpile as many pmags as I can over the next few months.

My goal is to have 4 AR-15 rifles, with at least 10 pmags each, plus the other magazines I have been buying over the past 15 – 20 years.

In all honesty, I would like to retire all of those surplus magazines I bought during the 1990s.  Then replace them with either pmags, or D&H mags.

Ruger 10/22 Sight Upgrade

Lets just be honest, the factory Ruger 10/22 sights suck.  If you are shooting at small game at 30+ yards, the ball on the top of the front sight covers the target.  There is no fine windage or elevation adjustment.  The screws on the rear sight are so small, mine of the screws on my rifle broke shortly after I bought the 10/22 in 1986.

The replacement sights I ordered are the Tech Sight’s TSR200.

Awhile back I bought a rail system for my Ruger 10/22 so that I could mount a scope. The scope did not work out like I wanted, so the rifle is being moved back to iron sights.


So there we have it, this months items were about food and personal / property protection.

Between the upgraded sights for the Ruger 10/22 and the wildlife feeder, hopefully wildlife will be coming to my backdoor.

The Ar-15 magazines are to upgrade my current inventory.