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Hello everyone. I am of course new to this.
I am 20, female, and completely alone in my prepping.
I have a bug out bag already, I've had it for over a year and just recently updated it. It's only stocked with enough stuff to last me a couple of days.
I live just on the outskirts of Atlanta and plan to head north into the Appalachian Mountains when things go down.
I do have rifle training but I feel firearms will just weigh me down, so I plan to keep fishing wire and hooks and use my dog who is a rat terrier in great shape to help catch small game. I've watched him take down quite a few squirrels and birds to know he is capable. :grin:
I know it will be dangerous for a girl such as myself to have nothing but a small dog at my side. I tried to bring up bug out plans with my friends and they all agreed they were staying with their family, I have no family so I guess I'm alone in this.
General advice and criticism to help me?
 

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firearms first they make light weight hand guns and rifles you need one choice is yours but you cant defeat a 230# man. now start on building up your stores first aid water, try freeze dried foods rice beans water purifaction,
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Hello everyone. I am of course new to this.
I am 20, female, and completely alone in my prepping.
I have a bug out bag already, I've had it for over a year and just recently updated it. It's only stocked with enough stuff to last me a couple of days.
I live just on the outskirts of Atlanta and plan to head north into the Appalachian Mountains when things go down.
I do have rifle training but I feel firearms will just weigh me down, so I plan to keep fishing wire and hooks and use my dog who is a rat terrier in great shape to help catch small game. I've watched him take down quite a few squirrels and birds to know he is capable. :grin:
I know it will be dangerous for a girl such as myself to have nothing but a small dog at my side. I tried to bring up bug out plans with my friends and they all agreed they were staying with their family, I have no family so I guess I'm alone in this.
General advice and criticism to help me?
Wow..Impressive...wanna meet my son?....I'll MAKE you family LOL! He needs someone like you ! He's a prepper! BTW He loves dogs too LOL!

I gotta agree with kyletx1911a1 though....A gun is a must for a 20 year old girl on her own...a revolver at least.....no mistakes...pull trigger...go boom! Easy to load / Reload! but go .38 or .357 magnum at least. If you were my daughter in law you'd have any and every gun you ever wanted.....Just sayin....I'd spoil the hell outta my only daughter! ROFL!
 

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Kim - You sound pretty capable and I give you a great deal of credit for your commitment, determination and courage.

As ktletx1911a1 pointed out, even if you have excellent wilderness skills you remain vulnerable to attack, either by a wild animal or a human. If firearms are truly not in your plan (not judging), I would strongly advise you to become proficient (damn good) at protecting yourself with some other type of weapon. It doesn't have to be a knife, a crossbow or some such. For instance, I studied Jo Staff for some time under a female instructor that trained riot police for a living. What appears to be a simple 4 - 5 foot hardwood walking stick can easily break ribs and crack skulls when managed by a skill practitioner. More than once I watched a 5' 2" barefoot lady bring 6' 3" troopers to their knees in seconds (and she was being gentle).


Even though that was more than a decade ago, when I walk in the woods, I often bring my Jo Staff along and I practice my kata's as I walk (great upper body toner). In a confrontation I'd still rather have a gun, but if all I have is my walking stick, I stand a far better chance of coming out alive than if all I have is a pocket knife and canine buddy... no disrespect to your dog.
 

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Check out the Georgia Preppers Network. I am sure you will find some like minded folks in your area. We are happy to have you here in the forum.
I also have to agree with kyletx1911a1. You don't have to buy a heavy weapon. Anything will be better than nothing.
 

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SORRY lady i didnt say welcome the purpose of prep is to survive ,food, water, weapons, a plan, im thinking at least bow. or mabye a.22 for distance.
and just me dont share your plans unless you are very sure
 

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I got into prepping after i bought my ruger 10/22! its lite weight and i put a slig on it. also picked up the ruger sr22. do not underestimate the value of having 17oz (sr22) on your person. 525rounds will cost you 30 bux and weigh about 2 lbs. you cant afford to not have one. if your state is no hang guns till yer 21 then a ruger 10/22 will be an excellent choice. i applaud you... and challenge you to kick it up a notch and consider a side arm.

i too have no where to go or people to go with but im pretty much ready with my bug out bag. i have two as i will enlist someone that want to live on my way out of town. as 1 is none and 2 is1 when it comes to emergencies. in my corner i am well trained and practiced with fire arms.
 

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Thanks for that link, PrepperRecon. I live close to Georgia, so I checked out that forum. Joined up, too.
 
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I am in South Ga myself. I would recommend you have at least one kind of firearm. Even if it was something as small as a a Ruger p22 pistol. But you could get a lightweight .22 rifle and not weigh you down too much.. If you are alone, you need to have some kind of protection. There are a LOT of bad people out there. Especially if something were to happen and everything went to crap!! Just my 2cc's worth.. I do give you props for wanting to be prepared. You are one of the smart younger people out there. Most of the 20 somethings nowadays are only interested in phones,IPODS and internet!
 

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Welcome Kim. Seems like ya got a head on your shoulders. If you truly do not want a firearm then i suggest you get into REALLY good shape. Get to the point where you can run 5 miles with your pack on you. If your not gonna carry a weapon then be prepared to haulass. A good knife and walking stick are somthing also. Both are tools and weapons. I know atlanta has some martial arts instructors, take advantage of this. Get yourself in better shape than you are already in, we all need to do this.....

As for weapons you can also find instruction in your part of the world also...lucky you. i have VERY little in the way of instruction whre i am. If your interested in a firearm use the resources around you to learn from. Even take yourself hunting some to get the feel of it and learn how to cook the game you take.. A .22 is a great choice in either pistol or rifle. My wife LOVES her Sig Sauer Mosquito .22 pistol and her ruger 10/22 rifle (also a .22). However i recommend a .357 revolver (which can also handle .38 and .38+p loads) and a .22 rifle as the minimum. Carry a couple hundred rounds for the rifle and maybe 50 for the pistol and the weight is not bad at all. You can get these 2 weapons used for maybe 600$.\ish total....not sure about your area.

You gotta think..whats your life worth? Is it worth some training, some gym time? Is it worth carrying a gun or 2 and some ammo.

Just some thoughts.
 

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Hello everyone. I am of course new to this.
I am 20, female, and completely alone in my prepping.
I have a bug out bag already, I've had it for over a year and just recently updated it. It's only stocked with enough stuff to last me a couple of days.
I live just on the outskirts of Atlanta and plan to head north into the Appalachian Mountains when things go down.
I do have rifle training but I feel firearms will just weigh me down, so I plan to keep fishing wire and hooks and use my dog who is a rat terrier in great shape to help catch small game. I've watched him take down quite a few squirrels and birds to know he is capable. :grin:
I know it will be dangerous for a girl such as myself to have nothing but a small dog at my side. I tried to bring up bug out plans with my friends and they all agreed they were staying with their family, I have no family so I guess I'm alone in this.
General advice and criticism to help me?
You are the second prepper here I have met from GA. I live just a little bit north of ATL, we should link up some time. I can get you a cheap but reliable gun if you need, I paid like 275 for an assault rifle. If you have no felonies on your record you are good to go. You don't need to register anything or sign any papers. In GA long guns (meaning shotguns, rifles, assault rifles,) are legal open carry anywhere you like, period. You cannot take them into a government building, a school or church. Anywhere else is legal no matter what anybody says. I could run out some time and see you, there's a preparedness store or two out that way and I can also give you some good leads on where to find cheap storable food and sundries. PM me if you need.
 

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Anviliron, a stout staff IS a formidable weapon. I have never been taught any martial art specifically with a staff, but the moves I learned from the Army in bayonet fighting back in the 1960's would surely apply. I don't know if they are still as thorough in todays Army, what with a short plastic/aluminum rifle and all.
Bayonet fighting is not just about sticking someone with the pointy end of the rifle. There are parrys, thrusts, slash-n-smash, butt strokes, a bunch of stuff.
 
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Survival is the number one priority. You dont get raped daily because there are laws against it and people like me to protect you. When there is no law you will need to defend yourself. A gun is your first prep, not food or a BOB. Get a mind set that I will live and do what I need to to survive. The weight of a gun is worth its weight in gold. Extra ammo is a great trade item. Sorry for the harsh assessment but I am a 30 year LEO and at there base people are evil.
 

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As far as preppers go, I am probably the least dependant on firearms, yet I have to admit that they are necessary. I think the pushing issue, however, is the lone wolf thing. It is important to have associates in your prepping. Someone has to be watching your back. You need people you can trust. Someone mentioned a network of preppers in Georgia. Perhaps they have people in your specific location that you may wish to work with. If your considering the SSGT's offer, hold out for a dowery.
 

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Kim - You sound pretty capable and I give you a great deal of credit for your commitment, determination and courage.

As ktletx1911a1 pointed out, even if you have excellent wilderness skills you remain vulnerable to attack, either by a wild animal or a human. If firearms are truly not in your plan (not judging), I would strongly advise you to become proficient (damn good) at protecting yourself with some other type of weapon. It doesn't have to be a knife, a crossbow or some such. For instance, I studied Jo Staff for some time under a female instructor that trained riot police for a living. What appears to be a simple 4 - 5 foot hardwood walking stick can easily break ribs and crack skulls when managed by a skill practitioner. More than once I watched a 5' 2" barefoot lady bring 6' 3" troopers to their knees in seconds (and she was being gentle).


Even though that was more than a decade ago, when I walk in the woods, I often bring my Jo Staff along and I practice my kata's as I walk (great upper body toner). In a confrontation I'd still rather have a gun, but if all I have is my walking stick, I stand a far better chance of coming out alive than if all I have is a pocket knife and canine buddy... no disrespect to your dog.
WOW!! This was so cool to watch!
 

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So your new here and say you have a bag and a plan

Where did you learn to look at prepping and/or make up a bug out bag?

And a damsel in distress?
Am I the only one that will say if it walks and quacks like a duck its probably a duck???
 

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Welcome to the forum from a North Texan. Great to have you here in no uncertian terms!

Hello everyone. I am of course new to this.
I am 20, female, and completely alone in my prepping.
I have a bug out bag already, I've had it for over a year and just recently updated it. It's only stocked with enough stuff to last me a couple of days.
Thats far better shape than most folks can say they are in much less someone your age! Ill give you mad props for being a leader instead of a follower and taking the initivive. It aint easy being the "lone stranger" but there are other out there in your position or in a very small group you might fit in with. With your mind set you sure to be an asset vs a liability.

I live just on the outskirts of Atlanta and plan to head north into the Appalachian Mountains when things go down.
Not a bad idea but given your location but your bound to have a lot of company out there cause a huge number of folks are thinking the same exact thing.

I do have rifle training but I feel firearms will just weigh me down, so I plan to keep fishing wire and hooks and use my dog who is a rat terrier in great shape to help catch small game. I've watched him take down quite a few squirrels and birds to know he is capable.
Thats great! But I will suggest that you at least consider a handgun and perhaps a 22 long gun at the very minimum. Lots of good light weight choices out there. God might have made Man (man/woman), but Sam Colt made them equal! Good to know you got "Killer" (Your puppy dawg) backing you up though. A small well trained dog can be a real asset. I have seen a few that can put dogs from the finest blood lines to shame when it comes to hunting in the field! The best squirrel dog I have ever owned wasnt a hunting breed at all and would have looked more at home in a show ring instead of the field from a looks stand point.

I know it will be dangerous for a girl such as myself to have nothing but a small dog at my side.
It might be but sometimes having a "familar friend" at your side can mean the difference in keeping your sanity and loosing it. Besides they make great early warning systems. All they cost is a few scoobie snacks and a lot of affection. Thats a pretty cheap investment! Sometimes its more about brains than it is brawn anyways.

I tried to bring up bug out plans with my friends and they all agreed they were staying with their family, I have no family so I guess I'm alone in this.
Lots of sheeple out there. Dont let them hold you back and dont let them discourage you. No one is going to take better care of Big #1 than you! Like I always say "You can be the hammer or you can be the nail". The choice is yours, dont be late!

Again great to have you here and I hope to see you around and see you often!
 

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Did we scare her off?

I hope not.
 

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Hello everyone. I am of course new to this.
I am 20, female, and completely alone in my prepping.
I have a bug out bag already, I've had it for over a year and just recently updated it. It's only stocked with enough stuff to last me a couple of days.
I live just on the outskirts of Atlanta and plan to head north into the Appalachian Mountains when things go down.
I do have rifle training but I feel firearms will just weigh me down, so I plan to keep fishing wire and hooks and use my dog who is a rat terrier in great shape to help catch small game. I've watched him take down quite a few squirrels and birds to know he is capable. :grin:
I know it will be dangerous for a girl such as myself to have nothing but a small dog at my side. I tried to bring up bug out plans with my friends and they all agreed they were staying with their family, I have no family so I guess I'm alone in this.
General advice and criticism to help me?
Firearms are going to be extremely important when shtf hard that people are forced to bugout. You will not be alone Kim, just unless you're with people you know and have grouped with, you'll be surrounded by strangers. I have heard many people in particular voice how their planning to hit the Appalachian Trail. A female alone is a huge target. Sad to say but our society is densely populated with guys who will take advantage of people by their own and women in the worst way. My siblings are all girls and I swear I wish they had more sense to get better armed than they are. If you can't find others to join with for security and survival, than even a pistol is better than nothing. A 9mm compact like a Compact PX4 will not be that heavy with a couple spare magazines when the time comes you need it. And you will need it. If not the 9mm, than a lighter caliber, even a .22lr is better than nothing. A 10/22 as mentioned is a very light rifle when it comes down to it at about 6 lbs loaded with a 10 round magazine. You can defend yourself with it though it's not an AR15 or more potent defensive caliber, it can still do more damage than a sharp stick, and from distance. A 10/22 is one of the best semi-automatic .22lr's there is and an excellent huntng rifle that can take lots of game. Far more than the dog would ever get. If he's even willing to share.

PX4 Compact

or the sub-compact which is a little smaller,

PX4 Sub-compact

or the 10/22 for more hunting besides,

Ruger® 10/22® Autoloading Rifles
 
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