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I guess I got started with Prepping around 2012 to 2013. North Korea was threatening to Nuke America on a daily basis as they were trying to develop long range Nuclear capabilities.

So I started by stockpiling food and learning about water purification and as I worked I bought various items that I thought I might need. Such as NBC suits and Protective masks. Medical supplies, and KI pills. An old Victoreen 715 Geiger Counter and different Military gear I have not used since my days in the Army.

I started prepping for my then wife and myself originally but then I started getting grandchildren and decided to prep for them as well. Luckily in my fears of a nuclear war breaking out, my preps carried over to the Pandemic that would hit us in 2020. I had plenty of food and water, Way more medical supplies than I used and had enough toilet paper stored to last me through the shortages.

Since I started participating in the discussions at Survivalist Boards, I have learned much more than I originally thought I might need. And my time there has taught me that no matter what gear you own, no tool is as valuable as Knowledge and experience. I still fear a Nuclear exchange between our country and another but now I am more rounded in my approach and place my skill set (Which is still developing) as the most valuable asset I own in my endeavor. I believe that I can survive almost any catastrophe that I could possibly face. I also take great pleasure in teaching my Girlfriend's son about survival techniques. He turned 16 this past August and never knew how to cast an open face real for fishing. I taught him how to do that and since then he has wanted to learn everything I can possibly teach him. I am going to start teaching him how to start and build a fire for cooking and warmth next week and I have shown him how to handle various wildlife that we have in our area. He loves it when I catch things like snakes and Opossums and then take them out to the woods and let them go. I let him take photos of the animals while I am still holding them, and when he feels brave enough, I let him touch each animal. I also teach him about the dangers that each animal has with it.

So now I prep for myself, My girlfriend, her son and my grandchildren. I look forward to learning new things from the fine folks at Survivalist Boards and also teach My future step son the things I learn while there.
 

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I have been notified that I won the Labor Day giveaway and asked to choose which Knife I wanted. I am choosing the Ka-Bar in honor of the 13 service members that lost their lives When Biden Botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The list of their names and Ranks are as follows:

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinosa from Rio Bravo, Texas....Age 20
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee from Sacramento, California....Age 23
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover from Salt Lake City, Utah....Age 31
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss from Corryton, Tennessee....Age 23
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez from Indio, California....Age 22
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum from Jackson, Wyoming....Age 20
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola from Rancho Cucamonga, California....Age 20
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui from Norco, California....Age 20
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo from Lawrence, Massachusetts....Age 25
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez from Logansport, Indiana....Age 22
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz from St. Charles, Missouri....Age 20
Navy Hospital Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak from Berlin Heights, Ohio....Age 22
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page from Omaha, Nebraska....Age 23

As you can see, the majority were in the Marine Corps and the Ka-Bar is the knife Issued to our Marines, So I thought it would be an honor to accept this and have everyone remember these 13 Brave Men and Women who lost their lives senselessly. And a very special thank you to the Judges of the contest, As @cannonfoddertfc Will tell you, it probably was not an easy job.

When the knife arrives, I will take a photo or two of it and post it in this thread. And thanks to all who participated in the contest and to the donor, Thank you very much for your generous gift. It really means more to me than you will ever know.
 

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Little does he know, it is coming C.O.D.
Hey Cannon, can you spot me some cash? I have this really great knife coming and these D..... Bag Mods are trying to get party money from me...... Oh wait, your one of them, nevermind 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣
 

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Hey Cannon, can you spot me some cash? I have this really great knife coming and these D..... Bag Mods are trying to get party money from me...... Oh wait, your one of them, nevermind 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣
Btw, just kidding about the D bag mods. You guys do a really great job here and I for one appreciate all you do and for not dinging me a few times when I deserved it. Thanks for the great job guys.
 

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being new to prepping, I am trying to give my stepson quality tools and gear. I presented him with the Knife last night when he arrived home from his father's house. I asked him what he thought about it and he is absolutely in love with it. He says it feels great and the overall quality of it is impressive. He is very pleased with it and I am going to teach him how to care for it after this hurricane passes. I told him the reason I chose this knife and he said that makes it even more special to him because we have taught him to be patriotic and he cares for our country and our military. So I think I made a good decision about giving him the knife. I will make sure that he learns how to use it in different scenarios and I also have some hand to hand practice knives that I am going to start to teach him how to fight with a knife. Once more, A very sincere Thank You to the donor and to the judges, I haven't been this excited about something in a long time. Winning this made my year.
 
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