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building off of toolsmell's thread ( http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=103960 )...

let's say you have a BOL or are bugging in and you want to erect a gate. my thoughts thus far for once SHTF in my development, is to fell some trees and create barricades that will discourage straight driving. I've thought on constructing some sort of movable gate made of trees but nothing feasible. The idea of using an old vehicle also comes to mind. this could be moved via man-power in the event of an EMP scenario. since there's one way in / out, it would greatly limit the chance of being easily accessed / looted / etc.

what are some other ideas or gates in use?

what steps would you take to ensure that someone trying to get through (discussed in toolsmell's thread) can't get through?

getting out is just as important as getting in, what are your thoughts on this?
 

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Were we are there are some trails that go through the woods that are not known or used(old logging trail from when we timbered) so that would be our alternet rout if the shtf we would go about a mile out and take a backhoe to the bridge at the big creek and then at the other end of the road and put 3ft wide trenches across every road junction.
There is 3 places after the bridge to discourage any car or truck from crossing without ripping out an axle and then closer to my several hundred feet out I will fell large trees across the road.
Thugs generaly go for easy targets if there are blocked off roads they will prol just keep hitting the other houses near by because people tend to follow natural lines of drift ie roads and trails they hopefully will just keep on going alont the unblocked part of the road away from me. If they decide they really really want to cross those obstacles then there going to have to deal with my neighbors before they get to me. There are about 9 houses all together in the mile strech most at the far end in a little cultasac and also they will most likely be on foot thus putting them in the open and at a disadvantage with what they can make off with and there ability of a quick strike.
 

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I like to keep things simple although someday soon I might make a fancier gate. I just put a pole or two across the driveway of my mtn retreat when I park at the top of the driveway. Then easily move the poles when leaving. These poles show any trespassers that this is the entrance & they should not go any further. I also have some No trespassing signs.
Deer, bear etc. easily pass under or around this "gate" but people would have to have a Lot of nerve to go past my pole - gate. A pic of some of my driveway after I shoveled snow for 4 hours >>




In the above pic there is a reddish dead tree leaning over the driveway. Nuff said.... :D:


This defensive technique can be used for vehicular traffic which the link has 4 drawings also >

http://www.answers.com/topic/abatis


 

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another thing I didnt think about was how the swiss have there defences if you drive on there roads at almost every choke point bridges tunnels ect you will see littl mettle things on the road like mini man hole covers and what they are is holes were if the enemy is advancing they drop railroad track into them to impede viechals so that they can be engaged from emplacements on the hill
 

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Trenches large enough to swallow 44" tires should discourage most 4-wheelers. But, the determined ones will erect make shift ramps.

So, to test the determination of the "bad guy" 4-wheeler, you should dig 3 trenches 10 yards apart. If the sight of that doesn't make him turn around, it's time to fire off 1 warning shot. :cool:
 

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It's a battle between making your gate blockage look impenetrable naturally vs. manmade... make it too good looking, and a curious raider might just wonder what's so valuable up that there road to make it worth so much trouble to close. Versus a natural deadfall here and there, complete scrubbing of any sign of traffic, some natural boulders felled in the road, or some dead logs.

Nice, chainsawed trees crisscrossing the road screams out "Stay Away from my Stuff".

My plan is to dig out some culverts, and feather them down... after the next rain, hopefully it'll look like they washed away. I'm pulling my aluminum gate, and restringing barbed wire across the faint road. Plow up the road as much as possible, making it look like there's not any reason to go down it... just another pasture, without a hint of anyone living down here.

If I had the means and ways, I'd take out larger bridges leading into the area... however, the materials that'd accomplish those deeds, in any semblance of assembly, will land you in State Hands... not where I want to be if TEOTWAWKI occurs... a guard just might want to save humanity from a lot of suffering, by walking down the line, tapping the inmates. If you can block all traffic at chokepoints (leading into your area) you'll eliminate a lot of traffic... of course it cuts off good as well as bad. If I could eliminate the bad, the good can wait till things are more peacefullsome.
 
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