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Kolydascope

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Yes, I am a teenage prepper. The only problem is my family is not on board. They believe in leaving things up to God and the government. While I agree with the God part, the government, not so much. When SHTF what good will the government be?

So basically I'm in this on my own. I want my family to be safe during SHTF but I don't know how to begin or continue on from there. Advice? Tips? I don't have a job yet but will begin applying next month on my birthday. (21st).
 

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Also, they do not allow guns in the house and refuse to purchase any because they don't want my younger brothers (6 and 9) to be around them.
 

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what about bb guns? start off small. if possible, find a way to store a canned good once every week, or buy a few bucks worth of cannned food every week. dont rush into trying to buy everything all at once. you can buy a gallon of water for a buck in dollar stores.
 

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I am going slow myself, I buy a litle bit every payday, slow and steady wins this one, if the SHTF next week your hosed anyway so just do a little at a time. The frequency of emergency events are such that if you do this you should be well prepared when it happens and you wont have broke the bank doing it.
 

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what about bb guns? start off small. if possible, find a way to store a canned good once every week, or buy a few bucks worth of cannned food every week. dont rush into trying to buy everything all at once. you can buy a gallon of water for a buck in dollar stores.
I do have a BB gun but that's not gonna do much damage lol. I have a good shot with it though but I don't know how well I would do with other guns because I've never shot one.
 

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the bb guns are good for hunting small game. shtf, a squirrel or dove can be a good meal.
 

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Its okay not to have a gun, when the SHTF you just take it off a dead guy, kidding. Learning self defense is good though, because then you'll never be disarmed. Just make sure it is a practical one. Or make a sling, and have fun with your two little brothers throwing rocks around. It can be made for pennies, two pieces of rope and a pouch.
 

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Its okay not to have a gun, when the SHTF you just take it off a dead guy, kidding. Learning self defense is good though, because then you'll never be disarmed. Just make sure it is a practical one. Or make a sling, and have fun with your two little brothers throwing rocks around. It can be made for pennies, two pieces of rope and a pouch.
Kenny Lee that was a good idea about the sling shot. I haven't played with one of those since I was a kid and I remember you could put a hurtin on someone if you really wanted to.
 

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Kolydascope if it really comes to it you could always bug out where I live. I'd take you in and I know how to use a gun so I could also teach you. Just a thought my friend.
That really means a lot to me but I couldn't do that. I've seen posts and I have the same mindset as everyone on here when it comes to taking in people. I'm well enough to hold my own and guns aren't the only weapon out there. But if it does come down to it I will keep that in mind. I won't come empty handed though. And whats mine will also be yours because I will realize the sacrifice you are making for me. Thank you. :)
 

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While guns are pretty powerful, a mini crossbow can do some damage too. I just picked up another mini crossbow and extra bolts. You don't have to leave it lying around the house loaded so you shouldn't have to worry about your siblings hurting something they shouldn't. I've used it to take out squirrels around the yard and could EASILY see it taking out bigger targets. You don't have to worry so much about the expense of ammo since hopefully you'll be able to retrieve your bolts from whatever you just shot!
 

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That really means a lot to me but I couldn't do that. I've seen posts and I have the same mindset as everyone on here when it comes to taking in people. I'm well enough to hold my own and guns aren't the only weapon out there. But if it does come down to it I will keep that in mind. I won't come empty handed though. And whats mine will also be yours because I will realize the sacrifice you are making for me. Thank you. :)
Just so you know the offer is always open. I have no problem sharing with you. The hardest thing for me is to turn others away. If someone does ask to join me I'd probably say yes providing they can contribute to our survival. Who knows maybe your parents will come around as things continue to unfold in this world of ours. God helps those whom help there self. He also says that we need to be prepared and I do believe that. If it's my time to go then so be it I'm ready but if not then I have to do what He tells me and be prepared til He is ready for me.
 

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Start by prepping water. Take empty 2 liter pop bottles, wash them out with soapy hot water and fill them with water. When you do get a part time job, you can get purification tablets. Create a bug out bag with what you already have on hand. (check out suggestions on this forum for what you can put in it). Google the Red Cross website. they have great ideas in disaster preparedness. You can take some classes through them like First Aid/CPR or better yet, volunteer there. You will get a TON of disaster preparedness classes under your belt for free while helping others. Welcome!
 

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You are getting a lot of good advice here. One thing about moving up to a rifle from a bb gun. A .22 really isn't much different, a little heavier, but it's not going to kick like a Missouri mule and it looks a little scarier than a Daisy air pump. However, respect your parents' wishes on that as long as you're under their roof.
 

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im a teenager to. glad theres someone i can relate to. im working on my bugout bag and then im gonna work on the bugging in plan, ill let you know how they come as they progress. the only person in my family that will cooperate is my 15 year old brother.
 

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im a teenager to. glad theres someone i can relate to. im working on my bugout bag and then im gonna work on the bugging in plan, ill let you know how they come as they progress. the only person in my family that will cooperate is my 15 year old brother.
I feel like I could get my nine year old brother on board, but if my parents find out I'm screwed, and he has a pretty big mouth lol. So I'm doing it slowly like by shooting the BB with him and helping him aim, teaching him how to build fires, etc.
 

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All of the teens have come out of the wood works lol. I was a teenager when I realized what was happening and the strategic games that were being played...it's been quite some time since those days but it's hard when others think your nuts...it doesn't get any easier as you get older. You talked about God and maybe you should ask for a window to open or their hearts to be opened. I know that if you present things in a scary way they will definitely run from you. Have you thought about taking archery lessons or even a bow you can make? Sometimes I think about all of the things we have accumulated and to be quite honest the only thing that will save me in the end is my mental strength and faith. Maybe get them interested in gardening, canning..try to think of things that aren't deadly! and when they ask why..just say, " I don't know, I just think it's cool!"
 
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