I”ve made many prepping mistakes over the years, and hopefully I have learned from at least most of them There’s one that I have made over and over, and yet I have to struggle every day not to make it yet again.
That mistake? Over Focusing on one aspect of prepping, to the detriment of all others.
For me? I overfocus on guns & ammunition. Do you over-focus on some part of your prepping? Are you concentrating too much on guns? Long term storage food? Bug out bags? Bug out vehicles? WIlderness survival skills? Turning your home into a medieval fortress?
As I’m sure it’s obvious by browsing here at 3BY that guns & firearms are well represented in my world. My answer to stress, if I don’t watch myself like a hawk, is to buy another gun or more ammunition. The truth? I don’t NEED more guns, I don’t NEED more ammunition.
I DO need to work on my other preps though,
Here’s a podcast Spice & I made on the subject:
I love guns. I love buying them and shooting new/different guns…
This has, regrettably, caused me time-and-again to spend far too much of our resources on guns, and some times far too little on everything else. Face it, if you could buy a new S&W wheel gun, or use that same money to buy a Country Living Grain Mill, which would you do?
Obviously, the wise choice between those two options (if one already owns plenty of hand guns) would be to buy the grain mill. Me? Well… I might have to hang my head in shame if I told you what I originally did. To be fair, we do have 3 grain mills, just not one as nice as the Country Living one… yet, it’s on the list.
Spice is the most supportive spouse in the world (and, frankly, a lot of our guns are HER guns), but we had a family conference about this last year and “cut a deal”. New gun comes in, old gun gets sold. The limit on gun safes is firmly set at 10. Ammunition is the same, we have enough. Replace what we shoot, and that’s it.
On the bright side, I see these guns as transitional, tangible property of value. A S&W wheel gun, if bought right (used, mint condition) has tangible value and no matter what the money system is, it will remain a valuable item to own. In a sense, it’s like a savings plan.
Or so I delude myself.
That’s fine, that’s good, but when that S&W is purchased instead of an actual prepping need? That’s bad. It’s a mistake.
Don’t make my mistake.
Pro Tip: Make a physical inventory of your preps, and compare across categories. That will help it become obvious if you are over concentrating in one area.
Spice’s Pro Tip: On a related note, don’t avoid your weaknesses just because you don’t like thinking about them. Salty helped me out on this one and bought the ‘Where There Is No Dentist book, so we at least have a resource. Although I’m the natural choice for all things medical in this household, I dread the thought of having to do anything dental and had been avoiding the topic.