Collapsitarian Gear Geek Part I

Every discussion I have about prepping invariably results in lengthy monologues (by me) about one of two things: books and gear. If you want some reading recommendations, here’s the list

If you want to talk gear, you’ve come to the right place!

The first thing all prep-minded people need is a quality water filtration system. I don’t care how many closets of canned food you’ve got or how many rounds of ammo you’ve cached, without a reliable supply of clean water, you’re a goner within a week. I dropped about $200 on a Big Berkey a few years ago and never looked back. I’m sure you could spend less and maybe even rig up something for free using everyday components you found lying around the house. But it wouldn’t give you the peace of mind that this mother-of-all-water filters gives you. Want reliability? How about this: it’s made of stainless steel and the filters will last just about forever. Get one already and stop fooling around.

And what about those stacks of canned food? How do you plan to open them, one at a time, without ripping your fingers off? I know you’ve probably got a P-38 on your key chain and you’re thinking you’re good-to-go for the apocalypse. But have you ever opened, say, a dozen #2 cans at once (or about enough to feed a family) with that little gadget? I didn’t think so. Just get an Amco Swing-A-Way and be done with it.*

Bet you thought I was going to talk about guns or some sort of “tactical” equipment in this post, huh? Sorry, but that stuff’s already been covered. Let’s think sustainable now for a second. What is a great weapon to kill/injure at distance which fires reusable ammo and makes virtually no noise? The Saunders “wrist rocket” folding slingshot. Another great thing about a “wrist rocket” type slingshot is that you can “fire” just about any small, hard, semi-circular object with it. Practicing until you’re good enough to take down birds and other small prey is free and tons of fun. So get started!

Almost as quiet, fun, and sustainable is an inexpensive air rifle from Crosman or Daisy. No, it won’t take down a 6′ 200lb intruder with a single shot but it will let you practice basic marksmanship in your own back yard without pissing off the neighbors. Do yourself a favor and skip the air pistols. Only with an air rifle can you achieve the higher velocities necessary to make the .177cal lead pellet a deadly projectile. Oh, and you can skip the CO2 cartridge-based air guns too. Sooner or later, you’re going to run out of cartridges and I’ll still be shooting with my lever-pump air rifle. Any grown man who doesn’t have a few BB guns in the house is missing out on hours of quality “play”.

All the above stuff is cool, neat, and could possibly save your life. At the very least, it will make things a little less painful for you after the collapse. So how about something that is absolutely essential? Footwear is nearly as personal a topic among preppers as firearms or knives, but one thing’s sure: you can never have “too much boot.” In a grid-down, SHTF scenario, we will all be spending much, much more time on our feet and our conventional every day shoes will quickly disintegrate leaving us shoeless – a really crappy place to be. So think carefully and find some quality boots. You may already have a pair. If so, break them in. Waterproof them. And keep them handy. You will need them, and very soon too. Here’s my choice. They are light, durable, breathe well and didn’t cost me a small fortune. May you have as much luck finding your “Doomsday Boots”!

*full disclosure: I haven’t owned or used an electric can opener in almost a decade (which, I think, makes me somewhat of a subject-matter expert on the manual kind).


6 responses to “Collapsitarian Gear Geek Part I

  • Cephus

    All good info !!!
    But ya can make a water system with a couple 5 gal. buckets and filter from Cheaper than dirt for around $30.
    I am enjoying your work !!!

  • krispykirk76

    Thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog Cephus!

    Here are two things I think a Berkey has over a homemade filtration system: 1) The ceramic/diatomaceous earth filters only need to be “scraped off” when they begin to accumulate contaminants on their outer surfaces. I wasn’t joking when I said they are meant to last forever! 2) My Berkey is 100% BPA-free. Unless you drink your clean water immediately, the bottom half of your system will double as storage. And if you store drinking water in anything other than glass/porcelain/ceramic or steel, you WILL get contamination. Now us old folks probably don’t need to worry about a little extra dose of BPA (or any other weird chemical that might still be clinging to the walls of those Home Depot buckets you found in the shed out back) but our children and women of childbirth age will be much happier without it.

    Besides, what’s the point of filtering your water if you’re just going to let it get dirty again? Does anybody NEED to spend $200-$300 on a water filtration system? Of course not! But some folks just have to have the best that money can buy. As you can see (and will see) from this blog, I’m a cheapskate at heart. I just didn’t feel like cheaping out on what could be the most important appliance in my house after the collapse.

    • Cephus
      I get my buckets from restaurants that usually just throw them away they are food grade and can cleaned easily to store your water .
      I like the ones from the Chinese places that had the soy sauce in them because it doesn’t take much to clean them for use. A gamma lid will fit and seal it ,so it may also be used to keep dry goods in such as beans,rice, sugar ,flour or corn meal . Of coarse I would use my well as long as possible but if I had to purify water boiling would be what most would up doing !! Keep up the good work and stay safe !!

  • MJ

    I love the wrist=rocket and pellet gun references. Realistically you’re not gonna want to waste ammo on food and I know I can eat with either one of those tools. I’m not gonna take down a buck with one (or a doe)… but I could certainly feed myself for awhile on squirrel (or mongoose, if you live in Hawaii).

    So that brings up the next logical progression for food collection, bow/crossbow. I would recommend the bow (55 ish lbs pull) because it will take down larger game (with skill). I guess I just don’t know enough about crossbows to comment on them, their construct, repair and bolt manufacture.

    Good stuff, keep it coming!

  • krispykirk76

    I agree about a bow/crossbow being the next stop on the weapons continuum from rock/stick to .50cal sniper rifle. Alas, I am a near-ignoramus on the subject. I guess I’ll just skip that choice and go straight to the .22LR after I put the air rifle down when I need something slightly “heavier”.

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