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    Sandbags

    It was suggested that I have a supply of sandbags on hand to build a bullet proof barrier if it comes down to defending the home against attackers. Makes sense. But how many sandbags does one store up? Do any of you keep a stockpile of sandbags? How will you utilize them in defense of your home? In our situation, we have an unending supply of sand from a couple of washes that run through the property, and also a tractor to bring up sand to a staging area where bags would be filled. Sure it takes some time, but say the grid goes down. If I can't get out of town due to traffic congestion, then we still will have a couple of days to build defenses until the hoards start moving out from town. So what is you sandbag strategy? Any of you got a good source or ordering sandbags?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RNprepper View Post
    It was suggested that I have a supply of sandbags on hand to build a bullet proof barrier if it comes down to defending the home against attackers. Makes sense. But how many sandbags does one store up? Do any of you keep a stockpile of sandbags? How will you utilize them in defense of your home? In our situation, we have an unending supply of sand from a couple of washes that run through the property, and also a tractor to bring up sand to a staging area where bags would be filled. Sure it takes some time, but say the grid goes down. If I can't get out of town due to traffic congestion, then we still will have a couple of days to build defenses until the hoards start moving out from town. So what is you sandbag strategy? Any of you got a good source or ordering sandbags?
    Our berms were four bags thick. I don't know if there were some science behind it or if it made the best walls.

    Do some shooting! Heck, you can tell us what is the best thickness.

    Remember, the magic behind the bags of sand is that the sand moves, and that makes it absorb the energy. Let the sand get hard and it becomes easier to punch through.
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    i am not short on sand bags, both filled and empty. i got mine at different surplus stores and gun shows. they aint cheap, last time i bought some' they were 15 cents each..think they up to a quarter now.

    the sand bags start off soft, but over the years they get hard as stone. i found if you keep the weather off them they last for years. for y2k, i has 2 - 14 yard trucks deliver me sand. yep, i filled bags for months 1 at a time..i had a system...lol

    most positions are still holding up
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    Would the bags that coffee beans come in work? I see those listed on Craigs List frequently. You could check with any places that roast coffee beans and see what they do with their bags.
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    the bad thing about them clothe bags are that that rot in hardly no time. we have a rice mill here were I got some plastic woven bags.. the only thing is that they were white.. used them for inside fortifying

    and just to let you know mam...its work filling and setting the sand bags

    I had got a crap load of concrete test cylinders I bet I have move locations 10 times with them over the years
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    Sandbags are also good for floods.
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    If you would prefer to build a more "permanent" barrier, or even a "safe room", concrete blocks filled with gravel (a little bigger than pea gravel) will stop just about any round the tries to penetrate it.

    The "physics" involved for this protective barrier are pretty simple:

    1. The projectile strikes and penetrates the outer layer of the concrete block, which slows the projectile down.

    2. The gravel then chews up the projectile into shrapnel

    3. If the shrapnel penetrates the gravel and strikes the inner layer of the concrete block, it no longer has the velocity or small surface area necessary to penetrate the inner layer.

    As Denton suggested, it is an excellent idea to set up various materials and thicknesses and blast away at them, to see what stops various calibers of ammo the best.

    Sandbags obviously have a lot going for them. They've been used through many wars and conflicts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trips-man View Post
    Sandbags are also good for floods.
    I filled many a bag during the floods on Lacque Sainte Claire in the 70,s and 80's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie View Post
    Would the bags that coffee beans come in work? I see those listed on Craigs List frequently. You could check with any places that roast coffee beans and see what they do with their bags.
    The coffee bean sacks I have seen on freight trailers are very large. Filled with sand even two people would struggle to pick one up.
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    Yes they are very large. You wouldn't have to fill them all the way, couldn't you fold 1/2 of it over?
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