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Old 12-06-2007, 04:26 AM
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When I first started living on my own. We had a bad snowstorm and the whole town of 250k+ was without power for the most part (some still had it). That's when I got prepared. Then, I was encouraged, for lack of a better word, after all this terrorist stuff started getting worse.
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I don't remember not being interested in this kind of stuff it always seemed to be something I was interested or fixated on. I think actually thinking of my self as a "survivalist" was maybe being 13 or 14 reading Mel Tappan's articles in Guns and Ammo and then his book Survival Guns and reading things like Alas, Babylon. At the time the info seemed to be mostly about Guns but I started finding other info and reading things that just seemed connected to the subject even if it wasn't actually a "survivalist book". I always liked stories and plans to deal with shortages and barter and what not thats probably what really got me into it.
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I've been one long before the term "survivalist" was ever coined.
When I was a kid I was always looking for ways to live out in the wilds.
I've always kept food in stock and know how to cook. It gives me a great feeling of satifaction knowing that I can take care of things without relying on others.
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I'll try to keep it short.
I've had an intrest in survival as far back as I can rember, I probably don't store provisions as much as I should though.
When we started living together my wife and I decided that, the money we were paying as rent would be better spent building a new house. That way we would have something to show for our investment. Since then things have changed a little.
We sort of jumped right into it. It was early summer. Our first few months living together were in the tent we set up on the floor of the house we started building. We have done without many modern conviences for so long now that we simply don't need them. Don't get me wrong. It has been very hard for us at times, and we still have a long way to go, but it all makes for good memories. I owe alot to my wife, who always stands by me 100%. We feel that we are more content and just as comfortable as when we were renting. We are always learning new (or old) ways of doing things, and even have solved some problems using our imaginations and a little ingenuity. The house is almost finished and we grow most of our own food too now.
Anyway, I don't know if that makes me a survivalist, but I think we are all sitting at the same campfire here.
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i would say rambo did it for me. i didnt idolize ball players or people like that when i was a kid, i wanted to be rambo.
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I knew if i wanted to survive in this world i would have to improve myself, pay attention in school, act mature a year ago i went on a camping trip with some friends all in this kinda stuff and after that i was hooked...
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I always enjoyed running and playing in the woods. My Grandfather taught me a whole heap of good stuff too. When I grew older, I noticed a lot of people suffered for no reason other than lack of preparation. And the funny thing is that this is really all about un-common sense. I teach my kids to be self-sufficient and think thru any problems before acting. They come up w/ some amazing solutions some time.
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Just always was taught to never expect the government to be the solution. It's 99.9% of the time the real problem or contributing to making the problem worse.
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For me it was when I was 5, We moved to a place where there was only about 3 homes in the wilderness. Dad came to me and gave me a pocket knife and told me that if I used my head with my knife I could get anything I wanted.
Now dad was always out working, mum was busy doing the whole housewife thing. At night I used to watch shows like bushtuckerman and world safari etc. Left to my own devices and inspired by my surroundings I learnt to survive, I built cubby houses, hunted and got freshwater crawfish, made archery equipment etc.

It was the most awesome way to grow up.

Progress meant that more houses were being built and we watched our playground slowly be turned into suburbia.

It was funny at school when on camp I'd always get picked on by the rich kids for having army surplus bags, tent, sleeping bag etc that was until a group of us got lost on a hike (Dumb teachers) and I set up camp, convinced the teacher to sit tight while I lit a fire and got dinner ready, 5 of us spent the night "Survivng" on my silly army surplus gear and rations.

When I was in my teens dad bought me my first gun and we started hunting trips annually, I was hooked and had guns right up till the government took them off us a few years ago.

I've since rearmed myself with a fred Bear compound bow and I'm a dead on shot. I've adapted to my surroundings and set my home up in a state of readyness for a SHTF situation. Hopefully I'll never need to use the skills I've learnt.

Now I have a family and my daughter who is 12 is a greeny but has her own bug out bag prepped. I'm so proud.lol

To me being a "Survivalist" was and is as natural as breathing.

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As a child, I spent a lot of time at my grandparents' farms. Even though I lived in the city, I learned about food production and preservation from helping them around the farms. I especially remember their stories about how hard it was during the 1930's and what they did to make it through. You know, for "dumb ol' dirt farmers" they were really quite wise! Later on, the Boy Scouts was the natural place for me and I did very well at it; after all, their motto is "Be Prepared". Loved every minute of it! So I guess I've been at it all my life, just at different levels. Always looking to learn more whenever possible. Never know when you might need to use it.
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Grew up hunting and scouting the great dismal swamp with my Father, he always taught me that preparedness was next to godliness, excited about sharing thoughts and info with you guys Great Board!!
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When I realised that no matter how many Beans, Bibles, Bandages, or Bullets I stocked up that it could all be taken away from me. And that if it wasn't in my head but in my hands that it wouldn't matter what I had, I wouldn't make it a week. So I sold all my guns and learned how to make Black powder from scratch. I sold my food supplies and learned how to forage and trap. I sold my tents and sleeping bags and learned how to build a shelter. The Boss says my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge not lack of goods or gear. That's when I started on the true path and gave up being paranoid. P.S. I still have my K98K
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Since I saw red dawn (8 years old), watched some youtube videos including kev's, and realized how unstable and or screwed up a lot of things are.
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grew up huntin and playin in the woods. found a writer , bradford aniginer ,got hooked there. carried knife and matches already added his 6x10 piece of plastic and made my first survival kit.allways did like bieng out there.
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History repeats itself. Empires falls, governments go bad, and disasters happen. I just want to be somewhat ready so that I can protect myself and my family.

I never considered any of this till a few distinct articles on the internet made me realize we are always teetering on the the brink of pure chaos, where good people do bad things, and law and order goes out the window.
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...oh and zombie attacks.:D
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I was raised by my grandparents. They had the "fine opportunity" to grown up through the depression. It was from their wisdom that I was taught to be a survivalist. It was their experience that taught me to walk in the light, to always watch the Govt and not to rely on them, not be wasteful, help your "Brother/Sister" and to fend for yourself.

My grandfather had me spend hours straightening nails for reuse as he told me stories. I don't know how many times someone came over to his garage and asked him for some "obscure" item, "Wait one minute, I think I have one of them over here some place" A minute later he would hand the item over with a hand shake and a toothless smile.

As he put it, bartering services and goods is the most important thing that people can do. He stated that it was hard to help those who didn't have anything to barter with. Money/jewelery/even gold coins really were not very useful. He still had a gold coin that someone gave him. He kept it to remember how even "treasures were just about useless". Where were you going to sell it. Like he said "What use was a coin when you need a jacket?"
It isn't like you could just walk down to the store an buy something....they were mostly closed or the item that you "needed" was hard to to find.

Since most of my friends were/are "old timers", I have learned to tap into the "worlds greatest resource"...................Wisdom of the elders. If they made it...they must have been doing something right.
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HI Y'all;
I was born this way. I have been interested in primitive living skills/survival skills since I was a child.
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Since I started hiking I have carried a survival kit in my pack, always looking for new things to put in it.Since then I suppose its not always what is in the survival tin but rather what you pack in your bag as a whole. My reasoning now is make your whole pack your survival kit.
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My old Scout master got me hooked.
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