1. The Topic of the Month for October is "Make this the Perfect Bugout Location". Please join the discussion in the TOTM forum.

Attended the usaprepares.com prepper expo today

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Beano, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. Beano

    Beano Monkey

    usaprepares.com had what was billed as the largest prepper expo in the country this weekend in my little town in central Missouri this weekend. I got the missus to go along with me today, which was really cool. It was mostly a lot of exhibitors with all their stuff laid out, a lot of demos, and a lot of ways to spend money (which I brought none of). Some cool things I saw which I will probably look into:

    1) The Aqua Pail; a small bucket with a lid with holes in it, filtration media inside, and a hole in the bottom. The idea is you place the Aqua Pail over a water container, pour dirty water in the top, and it comes out the bottom filtered. Looked legit. Didn't catch the details, but at $75, I would expect that it would hook you up with a lot of clean water.

    2) FreezeDryGuy....a dealer in freeze-dried foods, mostly Mountain House, but was surprised (pleasantly) to find that he sold the old LRRP meals that used to be in the old MCI rations. They are still being manufactured, and although the price was a little steep ($132 for 20 meals), it was some nostalgia, and for that, I may buy a case or two in the near future (although I will shop that around). Anyway, I tried the Mountain House freeze-dried cooked chicken and was thouroughly impressed, and WILL be buying a couple cases of that for the pantry.

    3) Kodiak has a magnesium/flint firestarter that my wife was very impressed with after finding out that she too can use one lol.....lasts for 20,000 strikes, and when it wears out, either mail it in or find them at a local gun show and they replace it.

    4) Of course, there were some "out there" people with all kinds of different healing solutions and whatnot, but one thing that caught my attention was someone selling these gel-filled vinyl packs with a small metal disc in them. You bend the disc once, and an exothermic reaction heats the pad and you can use it to soothe aches and pains. When it cools, it solidifies and you restore it back to liquid form by boiling it for a few minutes. Doubles as a cold pack simply by freezing it.

    Missed many of the seminars, as I was out hiking yesterday and drinking with friends lastnight, but there was one where an ER doc taught everyone how to suture a pig's foot (hands on for $65), and another on how to effectively vacuum seal all kinds of gear.

    Saw a wood gasifier in operation on an old Ford F-250.

    The Emberlit stove.....expensive, but wow. Look it up.

    A guy tried to convince me that the only silver it is sensible to buy is bullion.....I guess it will just be an endless debate. No one will know the answer until....well, you know.

    The expo was also part gun show, as well. I didn't talk to anyone about the ongoing ammo shortage, but someone was selling 20-rd boxes of Wolf .223 for $30. Also saw a box (not a brick, but a BOX of 50 rds) of .22LR for $25.....nothing special, either, just plain-jane 40gr. PMC 115gr 9mm FMJ.....$30 per box. This, perhaps more than anything, makes my stomach lurch some, because more than anything right now, I really want to know a straight answer on WTF is going on. I know there is hoarding going on, but is that all there is to it, or is the theory of government drying up the supply something that holds water in light of the fact that national-level anti-gun legislation can't be passed through? And if the government WERE placing huge orders, wouldn't some of the manufacturers be leaking that (unless they are under a gag order)?

    Anyways, stayed for a couple of hours, had fun. Wished I had more money---could have spent quite a bit and come out a lot closer to my prep goals. One thing I did find out is that I have a long way to go. It was pretty humbling. It's coming through again in July.
  2. Beano

    Beano Monkey

    Oh, one more thing....a booth in which someone was selling a slew of great med kit supplies had an Israeli bandage out for demo. I've used them in real life a few times, but the missus, who works in healthcare, had never seen one and she was all kinds of stoked when I showed her all the great things it can do.....it was cool to see her so excited!
    KAS likes this.
  3. Harbin

    Harbin Monkey+

    Sounds like it was a good time! Maybe my tin foil is a little tight tonight, but going to something like that would make me a little nervous about who is watching who. You happen to notice any undercover LEOs or anyone looking at people more than the booths?
  4. Beano

    Beano Monkey

    Dang I knew I forgot to mention something! Good call Harbin.....okay, so NatGeo had the casting director for Doomsday Preppers there, and she was a nice looking young lady handing out questionnaires, looking for the show's next cast. I took one but declined after reading it.... it was an OPSEC nightmare! One of the questions was (seriously) "What kinds/how many guns and ammunition do you have stored?" My jaw dropped when I read that. Apart from that, it was stuff like, "what kinds of skillsets do you have?", "how much and what kind of food do you have stored?", "do you have a bug out location or would you stay where you are?".....so, yeah, that actually set off alarms.
  5. Beano

    Beano Monkey

  6. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    Ok if you must know here is y they ask all the questions :

    do u think people want to watch some ham and egger with 2 guns a station wagon and 3 cases of MRE's
    Or some schmedlap with 50 guns rasing gotes 9000 acres with some tank and 100k$ bunker ...

    i know who i want to see ... i wanna se guns and people having the scope come back and blacken their eyes ...

    Its TV 90% of all of it is made up ...
    Trust me i know from 1st hand experience!!!!
  7. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    I'da filled it out and listed like fifty pistols, a few dozen Bushmasters, a matched set of custom .50 cal Barretts, plus 45,000 rounds of ammo for each.

    Then I'd have put down our mayor's name and address, turned it in, and giggled all the way home.
    oldawg, Sapper John, Harbin and 4 others like this.
  8. Beano

    Beano Monkey

    *taking my tinfoil hat and balling it up* biglaff ....true story!
    KAS likes this.
  9. DMGoddess

    DMGoddess Monkey+

    [raspberry] and double [raspberry] Nothing cool EVER happens in So Cal!
  10. Beano

    Beano Monkey

    Nothing but great waves and great concerts lol.....when I was a hooligan surfer punk, OC was the only place I wanted to be! Here I am, twice as old, and I can barely remember those days.
    DMGoddess likes this.
  11. DMGoddess

    DMGoddess Monkey+

    Those days? I can barely remember last weekend! :D
    Beano likes this.
  1. Motomom34
  2. Motomom34
  3. Motomom34
  4. Yard Dart
  5. Trial and Error
  6. thegoldlock.com
  7. winston
  8. Motomom34
  9. DarkLight
  10. -06
  11. Motomom34
  12. SlowBro
  13. CATO
  14. chelloveck
  15. Readytogo
  16. ylisa7
  17. Pax Mentis
  18. Plainswalker
survivalmonkey SSL seal        survivalmonkey.com warrant canary