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    Exclamation Personal Readiness

    Personal Readiness

    By: Festus

    Personal readiness is a personal responsibility.

    I order to be "READY", We must ask ourselves first and foremost...WHAT IS READY?
    You can take your average Bubba off the street and plop his fat squishy rear in the most prepared place on Earth. Bubba will have plenty of resources but without some degree of readiness, Bubba is a liability to himself and a danger to others.

    Buying/owning a firearm without a good working knowledge of it is a classic example of preparedness without readiness. Strangely enough I have met some retired and ex-military types that when they were done with the service, THEY WERE DONE WITH ALL ASPECTS OF THE SERVICE! They retained the knowledge but none of the necessary equipment (civilian or otherwise). That being said they are no longer prepared or ready. They have given up by their own choice.

    Remember the old saying that there are 3 kinds of people in the world...
    PEOPLE THAT MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
    PEOPLE THAT WATCH THINGS HAPPEN
    and finally...
    PEOPLE THAT SAY "WHAT HAPPENED"

    1. PEOPLE THAT MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
    Many people who have started preparing have collected a firearm, ammo, food and medical supplies...
    Some of these folk know full well how to use them, and are well trained, hence "PREPARED AND READY".

    2. PEOPLE THAT WATCH THINGS HAPPEN
    Others who have collected the stuff they think they need, but have no training or experience whatsoever, hence "PREPARED BUT NOT READY". These are the ones who will slow a group to a crawl. They are not fit, have no skills, and contribute next to nothing to a working team. Those that bought equipment but do not know how to use it, were at least smart enough to look ahead. THEY HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF LEARNING and thus becoming "PREPARED"

    3. PEOPLE THAT SAY "WHAT HAPPENED"
    The last group is the one I fear most. UNPREPARED, UNTRAINED and UNAWARE. These are the ones that simply do not "Get It"! They are in my opinion best left to Govt' social programs because THEY DO NOT THINK ON THEIR OWN!

    Personal preparedness should include the following skills
    The ability to make or find shelter
    Water acquisition and purification
    Making Fire without matches
    Orienteering (land navigation using a map and compass)
    Basic Medical (first aid for most common situations and ailments)(advanced first aid for all non-life threatening trauma)
    Personal Hygiene
    Food gathering and preparation (Hunting, Fishing, Foraging, and Gardening)
    Camouflage
    Staying cool and dry in Summer (remembering to take care of your feet)
    Staying Warm and Dry in Fall, Winter, and Spring (remembering to take care of your feet)
    Taking good care of your feet

    And finally last but not least
    Firearm Proficiency (it is last because you do less shooting than anything else in a survival situation)

    ARE YOU PREPARED? (do you have the tools you need)
    ARE YOU READY? (do you have the training and the willpower)
    FESTUS
    IN OMNIA PARATUS

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    Good points festus. I am afraid that the majority fall into category number 3. I hope I am wrong but I doubt that I am. So many go through life thinking that if anything happens big brother will be there to take care of them. Big brother will take care of them alright but not in the way they hope.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    I like this post.

    Thank you
    -Austin

  5. Good Stuff... i like it.


    In time of peace... prepare for WAR.

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    Very nice...I think I am going to copy and paste this one on my word processor so I can have a nice checklist...be prepared. Thanks.
    "Don't let the door hit ya where the dawg shudda bit ya!"
    G'day and Glock
    GATEWAY SWIFT WING ST. LOUIS

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    this good...

    also why i started threads on physical fitness and it's importance. my fitness has taken about 2 steps backward due my bilateral pneumonia. i still have a touch of it. ad i have had to change my workout plan since the gym has become unavailable.. i encourage everyone strongly to get in the best physical condition you can. get on the web and search for military/ police fitness routines. football routines....SOMETHING!! then put down the pizza and extra beer, ice cream and the crap you usually eat, start eating good food, get up off your fat butt and move it!!! there military manuals you can download, police academy programs, old school stuff..... i can help you find them, but YOU ARE THE ONE THAT HAS TO GET UP AND EXECUTE THE PROGRAM....
    SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE IS TRAINING TO KILL YOU. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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    Who told you about my fat, squishy rear ????

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    Frankly, one of my pet peeves about CCW permit holders (and I was guilty of this for a time) is that people jump thru the minimal hoops necessary to get the permit, strap on a firearm and THINK they're prepared & ready. Actually, I'm starting to think that if the SHTF, these people will be a LIABILITY because they will probably shoot themselves or others on the team.

    And that's just weapon preparedness. Fitness? Survivial? Empty-hand fighting? Forgetaboutit.

    As alway, Festus, spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2beararms View Post
    Who told you about my fat, squishy rear ????
    That is what happens when wives talk...about husbands' rear...
    "Don't let the door hit ya where the dawg shudda bit ya!"
    G'day and Glock
    GATEWAY SWIFT WING ST. LOUIS

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJFlash View Post
    Actually, I'm starting to think that if the SHTF, these people will be a LIABILITY because they will probably shoot themselves or others on the team.

    And that's just weapon preparedness. Fitness? Survivial? Empty-hand fighting? Forgetaboutit.

    As alway, Festus, spot on.
    This worries me too.
    Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress;
    but I repeat myself.
    Mark Twain

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