Every time I read some prepper content, I’m shocked at how little is marketed to the backwoods prepper. If you’re a schmoe living in the burbs, there’s plenty of content out there for you. But if you live in the backwoods?
Nada. Zilcho. Nothing.
It’s almost offensive, really. Of course, us backwoods folks are used to this kind of treatment. Especially if we’re from My Beloved South. Hell, we’re almost second-class citizens.
If you’re simultaneously four or more of the following:
- Land and/or Business Owner…
…You’re basically the bad guy of American society right now. Don’t worry, though. You’re in good company. Today I’m going to give you the skinny on an alternative investment strategy for men like us.
First, credit where credit is due.
I’ve been reading Aaron Clarey’s work lately. Two books in particular jumped out at me, and they may be of good use to you. So good, in fact, I’m going to drop some of those evil affiliate links to them. You can simultaneously help out Business and Bullets AND Captain Capitalism if you buy them after clicking.
The second book featured a link to this post: A Survival Q & A: Living Through SHTF In the Middle of A War Zone
The poster answering questions survived hell on earth. A civilian survival situation in a war zone. There’s just one thing about it…it was urban survival. By his own account, the folks in the country didn’t have it anywhere near as bad.
That, friends, is why I’m planted firmly in the rolling hills and pine forests of Dixie. That, and the property taxes. And the hunting laws that actually appreciate hunters. Okay, it’s just plain sweet down here in the land of cotton.
No matter where you find yourself, though, if you’re a backwoods prepper I’ve got a few alternative investment ideas inspired by this Bosnian urban survivalist. Below are the items I suggest you include in your Prepper Portfolio.
#1 – Guns and Ammo
Everybody says guns and ammo are important, but what types specifically? That’s where Business and Bullets separates itself from the crowd. Imagine that…I’m actually going to give you straight answers.
Since this is a backwoods prepper portfolio, you’re paying attention to price. You’re looking to maximize your rate of return. Your purchases should fulfill all the following criteria:
1. Common calibers (read: popular calibers other backwoods prepper types are likely to need).
2. Inexpensive calibers you can afford to stock up on. Wildcat cartridges need not apply.
3. Reloadable calibers, so you can barter your skill in reloading ammunition.
You do know how to reload cartridges and shotshells, don’t you? If not, that’s a skill you should develop immediately. It pays dividends every time the media causes hyperinflation with “panic buy” situations.
I can hear you screaming, “What about .22 Long Rifle?!” It’s a non-reloadable ammunition. Am I suggesting you don’t stockpile it?
Quite the opposite. Hoard .22 Long Rifle, but keep it to yourself. The two guns you’ll get the most mileage out of in the backwoods are your .22 and your ugly shotgun.
Want it even simpler? Here’s your short list of guns and ammo to hoard. Focus on utility, don’t get one expensive gun when you could get five inexpensive guns.
- Handgun – Any 9mm Handgun. Glock 19 and Browning Hi Power clones are preferred.
- Rifle – Any SKS Rifle. They work better than AK rifles and use the same ammunition.
- Shotgun – Any pump shotgun. Here’s mine.
- Pest/Small Game Rifle – Get a used Ruger 10/22. Inexpensive, semi-auto, high capacity magazines available.
- 9x19mm – Both for your own guns and for barter. Buy factory reloaded, once-fired ammo online for best price.
- 7.62x39mm – Both for your own SKS and for barter. The AK crowd is going to waste much more ammo than you will with your SKS. Bulk buys are around if you keep your eyes peeled.
- 5.56x45mm – Buy this purely for barter. The AR guys are going to waste as much ammo as the AK guys.
- 7.62x51mm AKA .308 Win – Buy this purely for barter. You can hunt deer with your SKS. You won’t need the bigger .308 round, but a lot of other backwoods prepper types will.
- 12 Gauge – Both for your own guns and for barter. 12 Gauge is cheap enough you don’t have to sweat bulk buys. Nothing is as easy to reload as a 12 gauge shell, either.
- .22 Long Rifle – Buy this purely for your own use. You will use no other gun as much as you’ll use your .22, barring your 12 gauge if you know how to load it like a muzzleloader.
#2 – Toilet Paper
You never know how much you need it until you don’t have it.
Have you ever heard the expression, “does a bear shit in the woods?” I can’t speak for the bear, but I can tell you I sure have. It isn’t a fun operation to begin with, and a lack of plush toilet paper just makes it worse.
If you bought an extra pack of TP every week and tucked it away somewhere, you’d have a very valuable bartering chip. Whatever you’re lacking, be it food, ammo, or similar comfort items, people will be glad to shell out for fluffy old world comforts.
Do you even know the alternatives in the backwoods?
In autumn, you have many layers of fallen leaves on the forest floor. If you move aside the top layer of dry leaves, there are moist leaves underneath. Soft and wet like a baby wipe. That’s your next best thing to toilet paper.
Autumn is your season for TP barter. Keep that in mind while you barter your toilet paper reserves for shotgun shells with the neighboring tribe.
#3 – Lighters
You can buy a case of bic lighters for $50. These lighters will be worth their weight in gold when the grid goes down.
Your backwoods prepper portfolio isn’t complete without these lighters. Think about all the poor schmucks out there rubbing two sticks together with no clue what they’re doing…they’d kill for a nice and simple flick of a bic.
The difference between life and death could be a hoard of lighters you spread among your community. That’s no exaggeration. Without electricity, even many of your backwoods neighbors will be completely lost.
#4 – Booze
Booze? Yeah, booze. Go back and read the post about the man who survived Bosnian Hell and you’ll see how big his hooch helped his chances of survival.
In bad times, people drink more. Add in to that the disinfectant properties of alcohol, and just its general value. Booze is a full on currency, as anyone whose Daddy saw prohibition will attest.
You could just buy and hoard booze, sure. But that has two big problems: it’s heavy and you’ll probably drink on it instead of hoarding it. I have a better suggestion.
Some of you already have a still, or know someone who knows someone who does. That’s all well and good, but you’d best not get caught practicing this craft in the wrong place. The link above is for wine making equipment, which is a whole lot easier to practice using.
If nothing else, try making mead. Mead is honey wine, and it’s a smoother drink than any white lighting. Not as strong, but a whole lot easier for a backwoods prepper to make.
#5 – Trauma Kits
I don’t have to tell you that medical and first aid items command a premium when you can’t go buy more. You should already be maintaining a fully stocked first aid kit or four (home, car, shop, etc) for everyday injuries. What about serious injuries, though?
Go back to the post about the Bosnian Survivor. Read what he says about serious injuries, and what the majority of them are. Sure, you’ve got your guns. But what the hell are you going to do if you get shot?
Guess what? Just about everyone who has a gun is suffering from the same problem. If presented with something that needs shooting, they can solve that problem. But if they get shot back?
That’s where the Blow Out Kit and Individual Patrol Officer’s Kit come in. These are individual kits designed to be carried on a soldier’s person in the event said soldier suffers traumatic injury.
These are essentially hemorrhage kits. They’re designed to keep you from bleeding to death, if applied properly. You obviously can’t do that if you don’t know how to use them, so get to learning.
Alternative Investing for the Backwoods Prepper
These items are just a start. Use your knowledge of your area (and your neighbors) to tell what you should stockpile. Keep in mind that the point here is to stock up on only what is useful.
Notice what I didn’t mention?
No gold, no silver, no currency. Know why that is?
Because the average backwoods prepper has very little use for these things. There’s not going to be much demand for them in the hills. Down in the cities, maybe, but not in your backwoods environment.
The first thing I would add to this list, once you’ve covered these, are other vices. Tobacco being chief among them, both in smoking and smokeless form. You’re going to see a whole lot of pissed off Mountain Williams when the chew runs out.
You’ll be plenty set if you cover these five, though. You can barter for the rest. To recap:
1. Guns and Ammo
2. Toilet Paper
5. Trauma Kits