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#6875205 - 08/31/17 07:55 PM Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review
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Registered: 08/06/14
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Loc: Galveston Bay
Well I never thought it would happen to me but it did.
When I purchased that bag and supplied it with necessities I never thought the day would come that I had just enough time to grab a bag and go because I had no time to get anything else.

That day came!

Last weekend I get someone pounding on my door at 1:30AM while I am cold out. It takes me a few minutes to get to the door and when I answer it I see my neighbor in panic mode telling me my truck is going underwater and get it now or lose it. So yes I wade in 2 ft of water to my truck and luckily having a 4wd truck I just drove right out. Not so for many of my neighbors with cars. SO now I go throw my truck a few hundred yards away to dry land but who knows what is going to be dry soon. So I run back upstairs and Im in panic mode. My thoughts are I have to get out now or be trapped in here and this water is rising fast. SO I go upstairs and grab my bug out bag and open it to put some more useful and fittable clothing in it. I already have 5 days of dried foods in the bag but I also stick in 6 cans of tuna some peanut butter and a few cans of beans. I also grab my boots and throw some extra socks and undies in them and I head back out to my truck loaded with my B O B and my boots and a jacket in hand. The water has come up even more now and it is up to my knees for the wade to my truck. Now I am really panicing. I decide I need more stuff and wade back in again. I hit a pile of ants on the way back and they tore my legs up in that nasty nasty water. While all of this is going on it is pouring down in buckets. Just heavy torrential rain. Very unnerving. SO I go back up and all of this has taken at least 45 minutes. Now I just grab my backpack load it with as much fruit and food as I can and set it by the door. Why I didnt leave I dont know but I decided that I was going to wait until it was chest high to leave. About 4 am I waded back out to the truck loaded up my backpack and whatever else I had in my hands at at that point it was up to my juevos.

Again I go back to my place and wait and watch the water. Thankfully it stopped rising about there and I just sat there and watched it rain all night and day and night and day etc etc

SO I am grading my BOB

What I took out. MY Takedown 22 and ammo where out. The clothing I had in there was old non fitting stuff and it came out. But that was it everything else was good to go. But I probably will keep it in there in case the next situation is far worse. And yes it can get far worse.

What I put in was a few rounds of 45 w mags and better clothing and whatever appropriate food I had available at the time

SO my bug out bag did well just need better clothing just in case I have to get out faster next time.

This is why a BOB is a good thing and you should have one


Pic is view from my balcony at 7AM that morning.

My trusty and beloved HK was not leaving my side. I think a pistol is all I need for a bug out situation of this magnitude. A much worse catastrophe like a nuclear strike, major tsunami, grid blackout or supervolcanic eruption I would definitely have kept my TD22 with the 300 rounds I had in there.

What a night it was a nightmare and I am glad its over. Sorry to spill the beans like this but it is therapeutic to be able to talk about it.

I hope everyone is safe and sound and dry again. The misery out there is something you just cant fathom. It is bad for a lot of people.



Edited by Bigfoot (08/31/17 07:58 PM)
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#6875218 - 08/31/17 08:14 PM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
blackcoal Online   content
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Registered: 01/19/12
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Loc: 60 Mi North of DFW
Good description of how quickly this happened and being in a deep sleep going into cold water. Many people think this will happen while they are wide awake watching TV or at the office and have time to think their plan out. Also couple of thoughts, how much gas did you have and how much water?
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#6875235 - 08/31/17 08:27 PM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
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glad you are safe, its a night mare.
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#6875412 - 09/01/17 12:38 AM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
Toxarch Offline
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Registered: 03/09/11
Posts: 1806
Loc: Parker County
Thanks for sharing your experience. Glad you are safe.
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#6875447 - 09/01/17 02:51 AM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 3906
Loc: DFW
Glad u are ok. Interestingly enough I was re-doing my BOB to accommodate an infant. We are so dependant on ability to run across the street for necessities.

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#6875465 - 09/01/17 06:01 AM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
Bigfoot Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 891
Loc: Galveston Bay
My truck was full to the brim and since I am a fishing guide and supply water for my clients I had 4 cases of 16 oz bottles in my truck. That goes fast in the summer so in the summer I am always loaded with water. I bought these a week before Harvey was even a thought so I didnt have to stock up on water. I always keep a few 2.5 gallon bottles for drinking at the house also.

Fast Fast Fast!!!!!! Thankfully it stopped where it did or I would be out of my place now. I am lucky. I just took my first hot shower this morning since they turned the heater back on last night.That was nice. Looks like food and gas are coming back in slowly but surely.

Everybody good luck
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#6875496 - 09/01/17 07:16 AM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 11/06/11
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Loc: Royse City, TX
Crazy deal. I have a bug out bag, but I don't even keep it packed. With a family of 4, I don't think you can pack it in advance for 4 people and feel prepared for any situation that might come up. But I do have a truck that can go 700 miles on a tank, so I should be able to get further without fuel than just about anyone else.

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#6875530 - 09/01/17 08:12 AM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
janie Online   content
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Registered: 08/30/05
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Loc: Collin County TX
Thank you for sharing and really glad your safe.
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#6876511 - 09/02/17 03:06 PM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
ralph Offline
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Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 2345
Glad you are O.K. Thanks for sharing your story.

When you read a first hand experience with a BOB, all those "what if" preparation threads seem a little less unimaginable.

Probably a lot of people thinking less about "zombie apocalypse" prep and more about "natural disaster" prep. Drinking water, food and hygiene products may be taking the place of those 7 inch blade combat knives (x 3) and AR-15s with 10 loaded mags, 2 handguns with 300 rounds of hollow point etc. etc....Just sayin'

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#6876588 - 09/02/17 04:28 PM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
Marc in Bastrop Offline
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Registered: 11/02/10
Posts: 855
Loc: Bastrop County
Zombie Apocalypse is a joking way of describing preparedness for any potentially life altering event. Whether it's a natural disaster or man made, the preps are the same.

I am a prepper in the sense that I maintain some spare food, water and other important supplies for emergencies. My truck and my wife's SUV both have packs with emergency supplies in them, including water. We always fill our cars at 1/2 tank instead of waiting until empty. When Harvey came blowing in, I didn't worry about running out to buy gas or supplies. Might seem strange to some people, but it is basic common sense to me.

Whether it be a tornado, earthquake, blizzards or flood - it is just simple common sense to be ready to be reasonably self sufficient for as long possible. I have seen things happen too many times to be oblivious to the obvious pitfalls.

My list of supplies stored and packed into truck bins isn't fancy. It is simply what I need for camping or boating in remote areas. In my case, yes it includes self defense weapons - just like a camping trip.

If I have to leave on foot, my backpack is just basic stuff to make to a shelter - I'm not Johnny Rambo and I know it!
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#6876590 - 09/02/17 04:32 PM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
Marc in Bastrop Offline
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Registered: 11/02/10
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Loc: Bastrop County
Bigfoot, good write up! We all need to have a dose of reality now and then.

Marc
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#6876630 - 09/02/17 05:41 PM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Good job being prepared, hope you get back settled soon
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#6876762 - 09/02/17 08:10 PM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
Bigfoot Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 891
Loc: Galveston Bay
Power never turned off and Im in and back to normal as nothing happened. Except not much guiding for a few months. So I basically lost my job. There will be some fishing going on but it wont be enough to keep things rolling. Im already on day 4 of the new job so I am at least back to work. The problem is I took a job repairing this damage so I dont see a vacation or a day off to go hunt for another 2 years at least.
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#6878583 - 09/04/17 09:42 PM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
EM48 Offline
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Registered: 10/24/15
Posts: 3
I was in the same situation. Woke up at 3am Sunday, went downstairs to check water level and stepped into 3 inches of water in my living room. Ran around grabbing mres, canned goods and water from the pantry to take upstairs. On Monday Dickinson went to mandentory evacuation and friends encouraged me to evacuate. Put together 2 duffle bags of clothes and tied them to kayak then grabbed my GHB and considered the contents. Tossed out the spare box of aammo due to weight and added some food and meds in case I needed to bug out overnight. Water never came back into house but it was a great lesson in deciding what was really important in an emergency. Still had my P229 and a few extra mags just in case but was more worried about medical, food and water in case I needed to paddle to high ground. Ended up stripping Sheetrock instead of bugging out lol.

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#6878681 - 09/05/17 06:03 AM Re: Bugout Bag w/ gun Self review [Re: Bigfoot]
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So in hindsight, what should the bag contain?

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