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Refocusing Preps

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Restless28, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. I'm in the process of selling off my AK to focus more on silver, food, water, and debt.

    It's tough to let it go, but I have a Mosin and a 10/22 for rifle work.

    I ordered a Big Berkey today and I'm contacting a man tomorrow to till me up a new garden spot. I'm also looking into canning.

    I'm also refinancing my home to free up cash each month to accelerate debt elimination and I'm buying silver coins weekly. I have stopped extra investing and supplemental insurance due to double coverage.

  2. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Good thinking. While we all like our guns they should actually play a small part in a person's life if SHTF. Being financially sound is every bit as important in the long run. You can't "shoot" your fresh water and you can't plant cartridges and grow an ammo tree.

    As long as you can "work to your gun's capabilities" you'll do fine.

  3. That sounds smart. I would also want a defensive handgun.

    But yes, there is much more than firearms to survival.

  4. Glock 19 and LCP.
  5. ancient_serpent


    Jun 6, 2008
    He that cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.
    Sounds like a good decision and I've no doubt you'll pick another one up when the time is right.
  6. actionshooter10

    actionshooter10 CLM

    Dec 29, 2006
    I guess I'll be the lone dissenter.

    I love what you're doing with your preps but know you'll regret selling the AK.

    It sounds like you could keep the AK and get all of the stuff done you're trying to do, albeit at a slower paste.

    JMO...and congratulations
  7. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    There's no hurry in prepping. Don't go overboard. Get several months of food and water. Make sure you have valuable barter and settle into the idea you've prepped for a reasonable duration. Don't let prepping control you. Oh, and keep the AK. You're gonna need it.
  8. Only you can decide what the need is for your family, situation, and worries..

    Let me say this: I understand the need for "extra cash" in the monthly budget.. BUT.. If doing a re-fi based on "financial freedom" and "debt reduction", if at all possible, stay with your current payment level, and have a shorter term. Pay the house off as soon as possible. Believe me, that is freedom.

    On a side note.. I considered selling her AK a while back.. glad I didn't but they were bringing crazy money.. (Pre ban Kassnar Hungarian AKM with everything as NIB as it gets, very low serial number) I did, when we first got married, sell a couple of colts to get a leg up on the extra gear and food needed when my family responsibilities doubled overnight.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  9. John Rambo

    John Rambo Raven

    Feb 15, 2010
    Tampa, Fl.
    "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."

    Any questions?
  10. FriarTuck


    Dec 3, 2012
    My grandparents who ran a family farm through the Depression said being out of debt is good.

    Food, water, a garden, and a gun or two are important (I don't have an AK either).

    Family and being right with the Lord are the priorities, IMHO. The bad guys may "win" on earth in the short run, but wind up in Hell for eternity: the Bible says those that are first will be last, and vice versa.

    Some silver coins might be icing on the cake (I don't have any of those).

    It sounds like you're on the right track. God bless.
  11. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA

    Not necessarily saying that I'd sell an AK right now, but if my choice was between three rifles, or two rifles and a Berkey, that'd be a no-brainer choice for me personally.
  12. Akita

    Akita gone

    Jul 22, 2002
    Its about Balanced Preps and each individual situation is different based on your personal life and what you anticipate facing in the future. Certainly listen to what others think, but then take that and apply those suggestions to your specific circumstances/beliefs and make the best decision for YOU.

    Sounds to me like you have a good handle on things fwiw. (whats the payback time on that lower rate refi?)
  13. I'm shooting for 15 years. I am also towards working on a promotion at work.
  14. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Don't worry about it. It's not like AKs are "rare" or hard to find. Right now if you feel you don't need it then you don't need it it's that simple. Only you know your circumstances. You sound like you have a good instinct a good priorities.
    The ability to make decisions at the appropriate time, for yourself and your situation, is an important survival skill.
  15. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    Of course.

    But from a defensive perspective, he is choosing between almost zero rifles and one rifle, IMO.

    A bolt gun or a .22lr isn't really what you want.

    Prices now suck so much for buying though. You can't just tell a person to buy a $150 SKS like you used to.

    But I don't know his full situation and, IMO, what really matters is a good, dependable, reliable handgun that you can carry all day every day. Defensive firearms are worthless unless you have them on you or within arms reach when you need them.

    As long as THAT is covered, selling other firearms isn't such a big deal.

    Counter point: 'Nobody ever secured their liberty with a handgun', as I have been told. But that's a different topic than S/P, really.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  16. Sounds good. Make sure you add some barter items, I see the dollar very weak moving forward and trades common. Maybe hold on some of the extra AK mags if you have them. Booze and cigarettes are always good.
  17. actionshooter10

    actionshooter10 CLM

    Dec 29, 2006

    I just think that there's a better chance of him needing the ak than the silver and that if he needs the silver, he'll probably need the ak...:supergrin:

    He could probably buy the Berkey with the money for the silver.
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