What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

Finished two more rounds of praying for my 100 closest neighbors. Continued teaching Sunday School and attending church. Unfortunately, these are both still online, virtual versions. Fortunately, we have the technology to be able to continue to meet even in this time of quarantine. I am still slacking in my study of the book of Malachi. I should have finished it several times over by now. On the other hand I have started a video Bible study of Revelation, so…

Self Defense/Hunting

With some Amazon credits I purchased a target frame and a set of steel targets. The target stand collapses easily so I can take it with me on trips out to the country. This will help in practicing with both rifle and pistol and it didn’t cost me anything. Well, nothing out of pocket anyway.

I did spend some money though. On an air rifle.

Crosman Shockwave .22

Based on some of the posts on the PaulsPrepping blog I decided the ability to hunt small game with something a bit quieter than a firearm was a pretty good idea. I had also thought to use it within the backyard for varmint control, specifically certain racoon that has gotten a little too arrogant for his own good. After a quick trip to the range though I have decided that would not be such a good idea. Even after punching through a target, several layers of heavy cardboard and a fabric backstop a pellet from the air rifle was easily able to zip right through another 1×6 treated pine board backstop. Any misses would make Swiss cheese of the fence and potentially injure someone or damage property.

I reloaded fifty rounds of .32 Smith & Wesson Long for practice ammo. I also reloaded some 300 BLK. These are test rounds to check the performance of the loads. I was originally planning to load 150 grain projectiles to be consistent with the other .30 caliber rifle rounds I load (.308 and .30/30) but after reviewing the ballistic data for loads using bullets of this weight I was little unimpressed. I went ahead and loaded some up for testing but I am more interested in the 110 and 125 grain projectiles. The 125 bullet is a heavier construction and may be a very good choice for hog hunting while the 110 grain bullet packs the most energy of the three and could be a very good self-defense load.

Supplies/Gear

We have the newly expanded emergency pantry fully stocked at this point so I turned my attention to other items that we might need to stock up on in order to be better prepared. Since Hurricane Harvey I have been adding additional tools that might be needed in case of a disaster or that could help me reduce costs by doing more repairs and improvements myself and this was the focus for us this month. I made several purchases including a chain saw to replace one that disappeared, some small hand tools and a variety of ties and wraps to secure small items.

We bought some additional seeds. More bush beans for the garden!

I also added an inexpensive electronic brake controller to the new truck so I can tow larger trailers should the need arise. My son in law has just such a trailer should it be needed.

Security

I worked with Wonderful Wife to practice her role should we experience a home invasion or a break in. We also had discussions with our oldest daughter (who has been living with us since she lost her job) on sleeping arrangements and locations as well as what she and her two little ones should do in case of such an occurrence. She was letting her son sleep downstairs which would put him between me and any intruders. I explained that was a bad idea and why. He is now sleeping upstairs and they know which room should be considered a “safe room” should something like that happen.

Finances

We have continued to analyze our bills and debts looking for the best ways to prepare for the worsening economic situation. We worked out a budget and plan that should allow us to pay off the house in under two years with 18 months being the target. We started trying to execute on that plan but, to be honest, I am having some second thoughts. Maybe I should be dumping all that money into savings instead. If we have to abandon the house due to civil unrest or natural disaster te cash in the bank might be the better choice. I am praying (and asking you guys) for guidance on this. What do you think?

We also sat down and reviewed our current savings account balances and determined new goals for those balances.

Fitness/Health

Big goose egg on this one (as usual). This really, REALLY needs to be an area of focus but I have been too lazy to do anything about it.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this month. How about you? What did you Prep this month?

Take care and God Bless

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

I completed three more rounds of praying for my 100 closest neighbors. Continued teaching Sunday School and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

We purchased 40 rounds of 7.62×39, 100 rounds of .22 LR, 80 rounds of 5.56/.223, 1200 rounds of 9mm, 200 rounds of .327 Federal Magnum, 150 rounds of .32 Long and 250 rounds of .44 Magnum. Yes, I was on a bit of a buying spree taking advantage of some seasonal sales and savings.

I sighted in my AR pistol and rifle. Due to time constraints I was only able to get it out to 50 yards. I will go back and take it out to 100 yards when time and the weather permit.

I bought two more magazines for SIG P365.

Deprimed and tumbled over a thousand rounds of empty brass I have been collecting including .38 Special, .327 Magnum, 300 BLK and .44 Magnum, .44 Special, .32 H&R Magnum, 9mm, .30-30, .308, 5.56, .45 ACP, .357 Magnum, and .32 S&W Long. I bought a case gauge for reloading .327 Federal Magnum and did small test batch of .32 S&W Long, .32 H&R Magnum and .327 Federal Magnum. All performed just fine. Purchased some Alliant No. 9 powder for to be able to load some particularly hot .327 Magnum and some .357 Magnum.

Performed a full inventory on all my ammo. Both what is in long term storage and what is on hand for ready use. Some of my counts were way off and purchase plans have been updated accordingly.

Supplies/Gear

Picked up another Eaton radio. This model includes the ability to receive AM/FM and Weather Band channels. It runs off batteries or the hand crank and can also be used to recharge electronic devices via a USB port.

Security

Nothing new here. I still need to sign on with a new security company.

Finances

Continued adding money into my 401k and Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

We store most of our liquid assets (cash and precious metals) off site in a secure location away from the house. Before the flood we moved almost everything there. In all the confusion we didn’t have a good inventory of what was where or what we had spent on repairs/recovery. So, we did an inventory on this as well. We spent less than what I thought but next year rebuilding this reserve will be a major focus.

Fitness/Health

No activity here…but come next month…

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

The Best .38 Special Ammunition For Self Defense

Smith & Wesson Model 36

I don’t think I have shared this before but if I did I apologize but it is very good information to have on hand if you carry a .38 Special for self-defense either has a primary or a backup.

Greg Ellifritz posted this article on this topic in September (Link)and I think it is good enough and valuable enough that I wanted to make sure I had passed it on.

In summary, here are the top rounds recomended and a link to some test results:

Speer Gold Dot 135 grain Hollowpoint (13.1″ penetration and expansion to .56 in bare gelatin)
Winchester Ranger 130 grain Bonded Hollowpoint (12.75″ penetration and expansion to .56 in bare gelatin)
Corbon DPX 110 grain copper Hollowpoint (13″ penetration and expansion to .52 in bare gelatin)

He also suggested considering the old standby 148 grain full wadcutter. Personally, I am very tempted to go with this round. The recoil is extremely mild and follow up shots are very quick. The accuracy has been awesome as well, shooting to point of aim consistently which you don’t always get from the other rounds recommended.

For the moment, I keep a small supply of them on hand for practice rounds and as a backup to pure self-defense rounds when traveling to parts of the US more restrictive gun laws. This is one of my favorite bullets to reload as well.

Anyway, if you carry a .38 Special take a look at it and maybe (like I have) bookmark it for future reference.

Take care and God bless

What Did You Prep This Month?

It has been a busy month and somewhat productive…

Walk With God

Completed two more rounds of praying for our 100 closest neighbors. Church, Sunday School, and Bible Study all attended regularly.

Self Defense/Hunting

We bought 100 rounds of .308 hunting ammunition. I am now just above my minimum inventory levels on all the calibers I maintain. I also bought a box of 50 .357 Magnum soft points for woods carry during our hunting trip and a box of .44 Magnum hunting rounds.

I reloaded 100 rounds of .38 Special and purchased bullets to start reloading .327 Magnum and to load up some .45 ACP.

I traded a .308 hunting rifle I was not using for a Smith & Wesson Model 64 that will definitely be used (has already been to the range). I bought a second Ruger LCR in .38 Special. I always like to have a backup of my primary carry gun. It was on my list and I came across a really good deal on a pre-owned (but likely never shot or if so less than a few dozen rounds) model at a local gun shop.

Supplies/Gear

Still making progress on stocking up our primary pantry and our emergency pantry. The primary pantry is about where I want it to be:

Primary Pantry

I was able to get the emergency pantry just about finished up as well. I have an inventory of what we have and a list of the last few things we need to fill the gaps. I will buy a little at a time over the next few months or as I find things on sale until the emergency pantry is back to where it needs to be.

At some point we need to replace the freezer that was ruined in the flood. I would prefer a stand up freezer this time around. Chest freezers tend to become “shelf space” especially when they are in a utility room or laundry room. Things tend to get buried at the bottom not rotated properly. Chest freezers are more efficient and a good bit cheaper though.

Security

No changes or upgrades here.

Finances

Trying to get some debts paid down including the SBA loan to repair the house and I would really like to get the house paid off as quickly as I can. The mortgage is the only “secured” loan we have and costs the most in interest every month. This has been a long term goal and we are making progress. It just takes a while.

Fitness/Health

Really need to get focused on this…

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

More New Toys (Late Post)

I wrote this post back in July and when I was putting together another post a day or two ago I came across the draft and realized that I never posted it…


I have been a very, very bad boy again this month (note: keep in mind that this was written back in July). At a time when I should be saving money and buying stuff for the house I have been spending it like crazy on toys for myself.

M1 Carbine

I have wanted an M1 Carbine since I was a kid. At one time they were as cheap as dirt but in the last few years they have been getting pretty pricey. GI issue carbines seem to start around $800 and decent shooters go up from them. New manufacture carbines start around $1000. I found a non-GI issue made by Universal for less than half the price of a GI issue. Even though more modern designs are more reliable and harder hitting I dearly love this little rifle. It is a blast to shoot (until it suffers from a feed failure). If it fed more reliably it would make a heck of a self-defense carbine. It is light, has almost no recoil, plenty of capacity the .30 Carbine round is no slouch for civilian purposes.

Marlin 1894 (.357/.38 Special)

I have a mint, pre-Remington Marlin 1894C that I picked up a few years ago for a steal. It is in such mint condition that it has become somewhat of a safe queen. I wanted another to be able to take it out, run it and not worry about losing value should it get scratched or damaged. This is a new manufacture (post-Remington) manufacture and I can definitely tell the difference between it and my older 1894. It runs OK and shoots pretty well even if the action is kinda clunky compared to the pre-Remington version of the same gun.

Winchester 94 Trapper (.44 Special/.44 Magnum)

This was not a rifle that was on my radar in any way, shape or form…but it is great little rifle and so much fun to shoot. It is so short and light I could probably carry it all day without noticing but it still packs enough punch for any game in this part of the country. The sights are dead on and I can hit within a six inch circle at 100 yards which is amazing considering how bad my eyes are getting. I am sure the rifle is capable of far more with the operator being the limiting factor. A nice little red dot like the Vortex Viper would help a lot with that.

I purchased the rifle and then looked for ammo…

Wow! I was shocked at the price of .44 magnum. It’s more expensive than .30-30 at over a dollar per round. Finding .44 Special is just about impossible around here. Needless to say I will be reloading for this caliber.

In all actuality, this is a pretty handy and useful little rifle. With the right ammo and within the right range it could take down a deer or similarly sized hog. Switch ammo and it could be used for smaller down to rabbit without ruining too much meat.

Ruger LCR (.327 Federal Magnum)

What can I say?

It is a six shot LCR. The .327 Federal Magnum packs a pretty decent punch, much more so than a .38 Special (but less than a .357 Magnum). I can shoot .32 Smith & Wesson, .32 ACP, .32 Smith & Wesson Long, .32 H&R Magnum and .327 Federal Magnum from the same revolver making it easy to develop and test loads for these calibers.

Here is a video of the little LCR:

Various .32 Caliber Rounds One Revolver from Armed Christian on Vimeo.

In this video I start with a round of .32 Smith & Wesson, then a couple of .32 S&W Longs, a .32 H&R Magnum and finally a full bore .327 Magnum. With the extra capacity (six vs. five) this could become my primary carry revolver.

Take care and God bless.

My Reloading Setup

A reader recently posted a question about the gear I use for reloading:

What manufacturer are you using with your reloading. I really need to get involved in reloading.
Joe

I started a series of posts a couple of years back covering the whys and hows of reloading as I saw them. Unfortunately I got distracted (Look a squirrel!) and never finished. In order to answer Joe’s question and to finish what I started here is my setup:

Case Cleanup And Prep:

To clean up my brass before reloading it I use a Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ tumbler. Wet tumblers work more quickly and clean the brass to a perfect finish but dry tumbling in either corn cob or walnut cleans the brass up well enough to meet my needs. This unit was inexpensive and has lasted pretty well.

Quick Tip – to extend the life of the media and to cut down on dust (easier clean up), cut up a used dryer sheet into three pieces and add it to the media when tumbling brass. 

I have tested various additives including NuFinish and specialty chemicals and didn’t find that they made a noticeable differnece in how quickly the brass was cleaned or how clean it came out. Lots of people swear by such things though.

I also have a few hand tools for cleaning out the primer pockets (I end up with a lot of brass where the primers have been crimped into the pocket) and smoothing the edges of the brass after it has been expanded to accept the bullet.

Press:

I reload relatively small volumes of ammunition; 25 to 50 rounds at a time and only a few hundred rounds per month so a single stage press works just fine for me. I have the Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Ammo Reloading Press. It works just fine for me. I don’t have any personal experience with other presses but the equivalent RCBS press, the Rock Chucker should work equally well as I have friends that use them. I can’t speak to any other brands out there.

The Hornady uses a bushing system that allows you to quickly insert swap dies without having to readjust them each time. I do use that for some calibers that I reload often like .38 Special but to be honest it is more trouble and cost than it is worth (to me). For each die set you want to use the bushing on it will add another $10-15 dollars for the extra bushings. I have also had issues when trying to adjust the dies where the bushing comes loose and causes problems. Most dies have some sort of screw lock system built in all it really saves is the time it takes to screw in the die. If I were to buy another single stage press for whatever reason I would probably buy the RCBS.

If you will be reloading in volume a progressive press is what you will want to get from all that I have heard and read, a Dillon press is the way to go.

Warning – a lot of folks recommend starting on the single stage press like mine before going to a progressive press. Others would say to start with what you will end up with and learn it as you go. My personal experience is that reloading takes a lot of attention to detail and a fair amount of trial and error. I would prefer to make mistakes one round at a time than with a large batch run through a progressive press. Keep in mind that I am not particularly mechanically inclined. Also keep in mind that a mistake like a double charge or a mistake in bullet seating depth could cause a serious over-pressure situation that could cost you a gun or even a body part.

Dies:

I prefer RCBS dies.

Guess what?

I started with RCBS dies so I have more familiarity with them. That could have something, or everything, to do with my preference.

I just started working with a set of Lee and a set of Hornady dies. Based on that limited experience I don’t really like the Lee dies. They don’t seem as strong or as well machined. The expander die on the set I have is open at the top to allow the case to be charged while expanding it to accept the bullet. I guess this is a feature of the Lee press but it does me no good and seems like it would weaken the die. I also can’t seem to adjust it as precisely as a more standard expander die from RcBS or Hornady. I don’t have any issues with the one Hornady die set I have. They seem well made and for future die purchases it may just come down to a matter of cost.

Powder Weighing/Charging:

I have used a cheap electronic scale from Frankford Arsenal and a not so cheap one from Hornady. Neither inspired great confidence in the repeatability of their measurements. My friends who reload say a mechanical balance scale is the way to go. I also have one of mechanical powder measures from Hornady. I never could get it to work reliably. That could be my own shortcoming but a friend who has been reloading for a long time only just mastered his.

Charging the cartridges was the most tedious and least enjoyable part of the reloading process for me. I recently purchased the RCBS Chargemaster Lite and I love it. It is not super fast but it is pretty darn accurate and consistent. I reduces the tedium, stress and neck pain of manually measuring charges. It will almost always throw one lite charge per session, usually within the first ten charges dropped. I don’t know why and it is not a big deal as you can see the charge is lite and discard it or use the manual trickle feature to get it to the right weight.

Miscellaneous:

Bullet Puller – the cheap plastic ones that look like hammers are pretty much useless.

Cartridge checkers – get them for whatever caliber(s) you are reloading. Chamber checking live rounds in a real firearm makes me nervous. To much risk of an accident. I use the little blocks from Lyman that give me 6-8 calibers per block and save me a few bucks buy individual case checkers. For uncommon calibers or ammo that is being reloaded for precision rifle shooting would need dedicated checkers.

Books – Good reloading manuals are essential.

Overall:

Understand why you are getting into reloading. It will drive a lot of your gear selection.

You won’t (for the most part) save money on popular calibers like 9mm, 5.56/.223 or 7.62×39. You can do some interesting things that either are not available or are very expensive like make practice ammo with higher quality hollow points for about the same price as cheap FMJ but with current prices you won’t save money.

The rounds I shoot often, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Special/Magnum, or any .32 caliber revolver cartridge are all expensive and hard to find. Reloading means I can always have the ammunition I want and I do save money.

Reloading also means I can generally have ammunition regardless of the market conditions or the whims of those in power.

I hope this helps

Take care and God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

It has been a busy month and much more productive in many ways than the last several months. From a non-prepping perspective the repairs to the house reached a stage where we could actually move back into our bedroom downstairs and back into our own bed. It only took a year! We also went ahead and bought some living room furniture. A furnished house sure feels a lot more like a home than a scavenged bean bag chair and some patio furniture!

Walk With God

I was able to complete two rounds of praying for our closest 100 neighbors. Wonderful Wife attended a women’s retreat with our church. I started a new Bible study of (the Epistles of John) and Wonderful Wife started a study program as part of our church’s ministry for those experiences loss or difficult times.  I am still leading Sunday School class and attending church.

Self Defense/Hunting

I didn some stocking up on ammunition this month. I like to have a minimum supply of my primary hunting ammunition on hand so I purchased 80 rounds of .308 hunting ammunition to get me a little closer to my goal. I also picked up 100 rounds of .22 LR, 250 Rounds of .38 Special, 70 rounds of .44 Magnum and 40 rounds of .327 Magnum.

With Wonderful Wife working and taking a class on Tuesday nights I have had some spare time and invested some of it in reloading. I was able to reloaded 100 rounds of .38 Special, 25 rounds of .32 S&W Long and a test run of 15 .44 Magnum.

I also purchased some broad-heads for my crossbow. I should have a chance to bow hunt up in Oklahoma this year. Apparently a buddy of one of my sons in law has a lot of does that need to be culled this year. I hope to add something to the freezer within the next month or so.

Supplies/Gear

We are actively restocking our primary pantry and we have even found a few good sales that allowed us to put a few items into the emergency pantry as well. We won’t go out and make a huge purchase in canned goods. Instead we plan to restock a little at a time whenever we go grocery shopping or when we see a sale. With that said I did go ahead and do a full inventory of both pantries and  created my “shopping list” for restocking. Again, a little at a time.

Security

Moving back downstairs has allowed me to organize things a little more to my liking. I won’t go into too much detail but I feel a lot better about how our valuables are secured now than they have been since Harvey.

Finances

Saving money while repairing and restoring your home can be a bit of a challenge. However, the flip side of that is that by charging as much of the materials and even repairs as possible on credit cards we can rack up “cash back” rewards. We avoid interest charges by paying them in full every month but we still earn the rewards. This month we cashed out some of those rewards and used the money to invest in some precious metals.

Fitness/Health

Ok, here is where we have fallen down. We stopped going to the gym or exercising after our little vacation to Nashville. We need to get back on that. On the other hand we are cooking more of our own meals and eating a little better since the repairs downstairs repairs are, essentially, completed.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

What Did You Prep This Month?

Walk With God

Completed another round of prayers for my 100 closest neighbors. My daily Bible study and prayer time have not gone as well as I would hav eliked this month and I have skipped way too many days.

Self Defense/Hunting

Purchased 40 rounds of .308 hunting ammunition as well as several types and varieties of .32 caliber revolver rounds including .32 Smith & Wesson Long, .32 H&R Magnum, and .327 Federal Magnum. I also licked up another Ruger LCR. This one chambered in .327 Federal Magnum.

Purchased .44 Special/Magnum dies. Added components (bullet seating dies) to be able to reload .32 Smith & Wesson Long, .32 H&R Magnum and .327 Federal Magnum in addition to .32 Smith & Wesson. Also purchased bullets to reload .32 caliber revolver rounds (except .327 Federal Magnum) and .44 Special/Magnum

Supplies/Gear

Applied for and received a  passport. We are possibly going to do an international mission trip sometime soon and want to be ready. I also think it’s a good idea for any prepared individual to have one handy.

Security

No activity this month.

Finances

Still spending money like crazy…

Fitness/Health

Signed up for a gym membership with Wonderful Wife and started a workout program there. This is probably one of the biggest preparedness gaps we have; our physical fitness level. So, this is actually a huge step in the right direction for us.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless

A Productive Day At The Range

I have been working on several new loads for various calibers lately but I haven’t been able to make it out to the range to test them out. Well, I finally made the time and took care of that.

Packed up and ready to go to the range!

The two loads I most wanted to test out were:

  • .38 Special 148 Grain Hollow-based Wadcutters (HBWC) over Trail Boss powder
  • .32 Smith & Wesson 77 Grain Lead Round-nosed (LRN) also using Trail Boss

I was really excited about using this particular powder because it is especially bulky and fills the cases very nicely. Unfortunately, these loads didn’t perform as well as I would have hoped. Neither resulted in the velocity I was hoping for. The .38 Special rounds were not going fast enough to stabilize and were keyholing the target. I will say that a 5/8ths inch long bullet traveling sideways at around 500 fet per second (fps) makes a fairly impressive hole in a paper target.

I am going back to a more traditional powder (probably Hodgden 700X) for both of these loads. While the loads were not a success the testing proved exactly what I needed it to do so from that perspective it was a success. My chronograph worked and showed me right what I needed to know.

Until I shot it…

Chrono down! Medic!

I finished testing the two pistol loads I wanted to test so decided to get a little practice in while waiting to move over to the rifle range. Somehow one of my rounds hit the sunshade on the top of the unit and the whole thing took a nose dive into the dirt. That’s one of the problems and risks to this type of chrono and one I was willing to take as a trade off for the extra flexibility in the types of testing I could do (semi-auto handguns, bows and crossbows) and the price of the unit.

I will probably have to replace the sunshade but I will have to work with it a bit to see if there is any other damage.

I have always liked the idea of a small red dot sight on my hunting rifle. At closer ranges it is quick to being on target. It makes the rifle lighter and easier to carry in heavy brush. Plus, I can shoot with two eyes open and still see my target.

I was pretty sure it would work well enough at closer distances but I wanted to see if my marksmanship and experience had improved enough that I could use it at longer ranges as well; 100 to 150 yards (I know that’s not a long distance to many of you). I had a Primary Arms red dot laying around so I mounted it on my Ruger American Ranch rifle in 7.62×39 (7.62 commie) and loaded the rifle in the bag.

Red dot on 7.62×39 Ruger American Ranch

The little red dot sure changed the weight of the rifle and its balance point. I liked that just as much as I thought I would. I sighted the little optic in at 25 yards with just a few clicks and was shooting just fine at that distance. Fifty yards was the same. No problem with hits.

100 yards?

OK, so much for this idea.

At that distance I was still hitting the target reasonably well. In fact, back when I first started shooting center fire rifles I would have been pretty happy with those groups on a scoped rifle. Easy center mass hits on a man sized target at that distance but I like to be more accurate than that when hunting. My groups opened up a little too much for what I would be comfortable with for hunting.

Plus at that distance the target was visible but not nearly as much as it would be with even a 2x optic. The extra magnification will help ensure that I am hitting exactly where I want on the animal and hitting exactly what I think I am. Another test that successfully failed. I will be going back to the 2×7 scope.

The one test I really wanted to do but didn’t get a chance to was to test some .308 Winchester loads I put together some time ago. By that time the heat was really starting to get to me so I was about ready to go. Besides, I had already shot my chrono so…

…I’ll just have to head back out there again soon

Take care and God bless.

What Did You Prep This Month?

Not a whole heck of a lot…

This month has been tough in a lot of ways. I was sick for a while and that took a lot out of me. More than that though I think I have dealing with depression more than anything. I don’t mean down in the dumps because I don’t have a garden, more like clinical depression. Not severe depression but just enough that I have drawn within myself for the last month or so. Relationships have suffered including my relationship with God. I have had no real motivation to accomplish much of anything besides reading a few books and playing a few games.

Walk With God

My walk with God has really suffered this month. I found enough time to complete another round of praying for my closest neighbors but I should have been able to complete two rounds. My prayer life, in general, is about half what it normally is. I haven’t read my Bible much over the last weeks and have fallen further behind in my plan to read it through in a year.

Self Defense/Hunting

I did buy some ammo this month; 420 Rounds of 5.56 (in a ammo can on stripper clips) and 250 rounds of 300 Blackout mainly because my son needed some and wanted to split the cost. I also leaned several hundred rounds of .38 Special and .308 brass.

I bought a few guns over the last month but that was more a matter of collecting a few things I wanted than to fill any gaps in my self-defense needs.

Supplies/Gear

We purchased a new tent for an awesome camping trip over Mother’s Day weekend. It is a bit larger and taller than our previous tent but really doesn’t take up much more space when packed away. It is tall enough that we can stand upright inside. I think that was a good purchase and it wasn’t all that much money.

We purchased a butane burner a while back. The reason for butane is that it can be used more safely indoors than propane (lots of restaurants use them for omelet stations or pasta stations). We were able to test it out and use it to help prepare a meal on the trip.

Security

Nothing new here. I need to cancel my old alarm company and replace them but haven’t made the time to do that.

Finances

We were approved for close to $100,00 for home repairs through a FEMA/SBA loan. We took the initial $25K and between that and what we already have we should be able to complete the repairs without taking any more out so I cancelled the remainder. It is still a few months before I have to start making payments but this will certainly lower them significantly. We have another loan that will be paid off at about the same time so that can go right towards the FEMA/SBA loan. I would rather it go into my savings but…

Fitness/Health

As I said, I have been sick and dealing with a little bout of depression. Exercise would probably help that out a lot but it is a chicken and egg thing. Exercise would help but the depression saps my energy and drive to get started.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

Take care and God Bless