Sunday, November 25, 2012

Oooh, new trends in Git Kits!

About 2 weeks ago I read someplace that your Git Kit (Bug Out Bag, Go Bag whatever the fuck you want to call it) shouldn't be completely full so that you won't have the appearance of being prepared in order to avoid attacks by those who really aren't prepared. Then I read it another place and then another and another.

That's the stupidest fucking thing I ever heard. Do without so you won't be attacked by those that are also without? Are you fucking dumb or what?

One of the things I take issue with about the Git Kit not being completely full is that the rule of thumb is that it should sustain you for 72 hours. Okay, I don't know where the 72 hour rule came from but my 72 hour Kit Git can keep me going for about a week if I live out of just that bag and don't do any laundering along the way.
I've got a medium sized civilian camo pack and I carry 10 dehydrated meals, a small stove, a canteen cup, half dozen or so pair of socks, a ground cloth and poncho liner, 1 change of pants, 1 long sleeve shirt, 2 Tshirts, a small block of commercial firestarter, first aid, hygiene items, small radio, a box of pistol and rifle ammo, area maps and a few other odds and ends. It doesn't sound like much, but that fucking pack is jam-packed. And really, if you stop and look at it, there's really only 3 days worth of gear in there, just the basics - food, shelter, hygiene and clothing - no frills. So what the fuck am I supposed to leave behind in order to not look prepared? If I don't look prepared, I ain't prepared.

Another thing is that a half full pack can't be properly balanced and just isn't tactically sound. My shit is packed so that when I strap it on and jump up and down the only thing you hear is me crashing into a table when I land. No fucking rattles or anything coming from the pack. All buckles and snaps are taped down on the exterior and inside I've got socks jammed in between things to keep them secure and quiet. If things have gone bad, you're going to want to be able to move quietly and quickly.

Look, if you're in a position to where you're going to be using your Git Kit, society will be at the point to where you're going to get attacked for your fucking skin color, for your shoes, for looking at somebody funny. I'm thinking you might as well get used to the idea that being totally safe is a thing of the past. You goddamned well better be ready, willing and able to kill for your pack because you may die without it. Your pack is all you have left at that moment.
Your pack is everything you're going to need in the immediate future and it damned sure better include a few weapons and ammo. Be prepared to use those weapons to protect the other things in there like food, shelter and porn. Then why did I only have one box of pistol and rifle ammo in my pack? Because I'm carrying the rest of my load in a separate bag around my shoulders. The shit in my pack is my last ditch ammo.

So pack your shit down and pack it tight. If you think you need to live for only 3 days max out of that pack and you've reached your weight limit but the pack ain't full, buy a smaller pack or throw in a couple of poncho liners.
And if you're walking down the street and somebody attacks you for your gear, blow his fucking head off.

12 comments:

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Damn straight. And welcome back.

da_truth36 said...

Could not agree with you more. If it gets to the point that you have to "git", you'd better have as much as you can carry in that kit. If you're afraid some unprepared asshole is going to take your kit from you, you were never really prepared in the first place.

General P. Malaise said...

AMEN !

crankyjohn said...

And make sure your in shape enough to carry it.

wirecutter said...

Absolutely right CJ. My pack weighs in at less than 25 pounds without a sleeping back strapped to the bottom in the winter.
My fucking ammo weighs more than that.

timbo said...

"If I don't look prepared, I ain't prepared."

Very Concise.

Travelin Light and Well Heeled said...

hell my ammo weighs a hell of a lot more than that
fill that mother up and leave the crappy ideas to the dumb asses
water fire and ammo the most needed essentials

good to see ya back

angrymike said...

Wire
My little lady makes the commercial fire starters, is it made in Eastlake Ohio? If it is my woman made it...........

crankyjohn said...

Thats one thing the Missus is good for. She is as strong as an ox. She could lump 100 pounds easy on her back. I always make her lump the bottled water from the truck to the storage room. I guess marriage aint all bad. For better or worse. Now lump that bag!

Living in Babylon said...

This whole "Grey Man" approach pisses me off.

Historically, refugees in a disaster are often targeted for theft, rape and mayhem, regardless of whether their pack is full or whether the pack is a civvie hiking pack or a military ruck. It doesn't fucking matter; by the time you are bugging out, you are going to have to deal with some opportunistic savages.

The best defense isn't packing light (WTF why not just use a smaller pack) or going "grey." The best defense is never being seen. If that fails, well, kill lots of godless cocksuckers as necessary.

Mark12A said...

Crankyjohn, didn't it occur to you that if she could hump 100 pounds she may be able to kick your ass? I'd say please...

crankyjohn said...

Mark, no doubt my friend, no doubt about it.