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OK I'm bored and so I'm creating a scenario for anyone who is also bored

You are dressed only in a pair of gym shorts and have $540 to outfit yourself for a SHTF scenario. You don't need to worry about food or water. This $540 is for gear only. Its early spring in California so you don't need to worry about freezing, but it can get cold at night and rain is a possibility
We're on the honor system here so please use real world prices that you would pay in stores-- No internet deals. The extra $40 is for your sales tax so you have a real $500 to spend
Good luck
Here I go:
Spanish FR-8 rifle $150 plus $24 reg fee---$174
200 rds port battle pack----------------------$35
BDU set pants & shirt--------------------------$45
Wool socks -------------------------------------$8
Liner Socks-------------------------------------$4
Boots Altima jungle Boots---------------------$59
Large off-brand day-pack----------------------$25
Boonie hat --------------------------------------$9
Lightweight synthetic sleeping bag------------$35
Closed cell Foam pad--------------------------$8
KaBar knife--------------------------------------$40
Lightweight nylon ponchos---------------------$6
Ripstop/mylar survival tarps x2---------------$22
Wool/synthetic watch cap-----------------------$6
50ft nylon line------------------------------------$3
3LED flashlight with 2 AA batteries-------------$17
Chapstick and box strike-anywhere matches--$2
Dental Floss======================$1
tooth brush-----------------------------------------$1
$500

Whaddya think?
 

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The list looks reasonable to me. How about a used medium size ALICE pack to carry your gear in? Also, you could substitute khaki trousers and a olive green long sleeve shirt from a Wally World instead of the BDUs. The price should be $45.00 or less. If you are in an urban area the BDUs may attract unwanted attention.
 

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The only problem is reality intervention. Let's take a real life scenerio, say Hurricane Andrew at Homestead...
Gallon of water $20.00
Bag of ice $20.00
Sheet of sheathing grade plywood $200.00
Plastic tarpolians !00.00
portable electric generators 1-10 thousand
Ammunition? Priceless
 

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OK, fine
Its the day before it hits and prices haven't exploded yet,
Its just an exercise to kill time with
 

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Big miss on the tp and soap too
I chose the BDU's for durability over street clothes--same reason I went with the Jungle boots from a reliable maker
I originally wanted an ALICE pack, but needed the $20 difference from the daypack
 

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Russian M-44 Carbine $80.00
400 rds 7.62x54 ammo $140.00
BDU Pants and Jacket $30.00
Socks $6.00
Surplus field jacket w/ liner $45.00
TRU SPEC Jungle Boots $20.00
Large frame pack $30.00
Hat/cap $5.00
Quality sleeping bag w/ pad $60.00
Surplus rain gear $15.00
Gloves $3.00
Basic fishing gear $10.00
LED light w/ batts $15.00
BIC lighter $0.50
Quality heavy duty fix blade knife $50.00
50 yards of 550 cord $10.00
Several small "farm quality" tarps $10.00
 

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Food for 2 months: $1500

1000 rounds of ammo: $250

Seeing every other moron around you panic, starve, and belly up from his own stupidity: Priceless

cheers!

jolly
 

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CHEAP BACKPACK

I would recommend a cheap Swedish surplus backpack made out of Cordura. I bought mine brand new for $8.

It is the best backpack for the money I have ever seen. Buy ALICE shoulder straps for it for $9 and you have an indestructable pack for under $20.
 

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jollynator said:
Food for 2 months: $1500

1000 rounds of ammo: $250

Seeing every other moron around you panic, starve, and belly up from his own stupidity: Priceless

cheers!

jolly
+1. :D
 

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You are dressed only in a pair of gym shorts and have $540 to outfit yourself for a SHTF scenario. [...] Its early spring in California so you don't need to worry about freezing, but it can get cold at night and rain is a possibility
I'd take the $500, and flag down the first beater car I saw. Something that looked half-reliable, but the owner probably needed the dough.

"I'll give you $500 to get me to the other side of Nevada!"

The other $40 is to buy me a shirt and shoes, something to drink, and make some calls from a payphone to spool up contingency plans already in place.

Once I got back home though, I'd grab everything that wasn't nailed down, and offer it as a bounty on the delivered head of the &*#@%! that abducted me (I won't go willingly to the PRK) stripped me to my gym shorts and dumped me in the PRK!
 

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I assumed he had a smaller army to feed than I do, or got a better deal.

I put away food too, it was about $900 for myself and my son. That's for one months worth of MountainHouse.

I've got one each of the Richmoor and Richmoor Natural High menus incoming. We'll pick and choose what we like out of those, and stock up on those as well.

After that, depending on the total number of meals we like, possibly AlpineAire.

Two or three months worth of chow can hit thousands E-A-S-Y.
 

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Boots are too heavy. Get cheap Chinese made sneakers.
TP
Soap
Ability to carry water and purify.
Wasting money on a sleeping bag - get large leaf sacks.
wasting money on a rifle and ammo. get a better knife, less obtrusive.
triple antibiotic
too much money for flashlight. get keychain led with permanent off on switch.

28 ga. brass or copper wire to snare animals and mouse traps.

a handkerchief - doubles as a white flag
wash cloth

a book to dispell boordom
 
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