Took my son to a gun show Saturday. While I was keeping my eye out in case I found a skeet gun I wanted that was within my budget (I did not, unfortunately), even more, I wanted to explore the vast array of survivalist gear usually found at these shows.

I was not disappointed.

I’m working on two different post-apocalyptic series. One (The Great Turning) takes place one hundred years after a comet has hit the earth. So some technology is still available, but many people have been forced to resort to a homesteading way of life for survival.

In the world of The Great Turning, people are now used to their way of life. It’s a mix of good old survivalism and some technology. Firearms exist, but bullets can be pricey and in short supply. Many people would rather use other (and sometimes more silent) means to hunt…and protect themselves.

And you won’t be able to saunter into your local convenience store for a lighter, either. Fire starters (like the FireKnife) will be essential to survival.

The Eat’n Tool was just really cool. LOL I now wish I’d gotten the blue one, but wondered if it’d chip, so opted for that one.

Obviously, for a sling shot, people would likely use rocks or homemade ammo and not necessarily have access to metal ball bearings. But I wanted to get a feel for one. (No, I won’t be hunting anything but tin cans and paper targets, don’t worry. LOL)

And yes, I realize I can put these items into my Zombie Apocalypse bug-out bag. LOL

I need to add a bow to my “arsenal” as well. It’s been a few years since I’ve shot one, but I want to refresh my skills.

Research, research, research.
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2 thoughts on “Research, research, research.

  • July 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I love the sling shot! My boys love shooting theirs. They even use the Walnuts that fall from our tree. Everything becomes a weapon πŸ™‚


  • July 23, 2013 at 1:15 am

    @Mel – LOL Yikes! πŸ™‚ I know in my books my characters can use rocks and other things. (Lug nuts come to mind, too. LOL) I just went for easy buying the ready-made ammo. LOL

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