TAPPAN ON SURVIVAL by Mel Tappan.
1. Why Prepare?
2. Survival Checklist
4. Food Storage
8. Survival Library
First he'd be SHOCKED we made it as a going concern of a country up til 2008. He was sure, like so many others, that the End Was Nigh in 1979. Set for bankruptcy and economic collapse. If you went back in time and told him gas would be less than $5 a gallon in June 2008 he'd say 2 things. "You STILL aren't on the metric system? I knew Carter was full of it!" and, "LESS than $5?!!!!"
And he was talking out his butt on other things, too.
He is worried about nuclear powerplants 'detonating'. He is worried about attacks from soldiers with flamethrowers, when, by the late 70s, there were no flamethrowers around outside of Hollywood.
But MBtGE has some advice:
Tappen was wrong on many fronts. He had good ideas on some other fronts.
Harvest the goodness...
Well his gun selection criteria is a summary from a previous book and it seems old hat. I knew all that. Right, I KNEW that because everyone since the 70's has cribbed from Tappan. Most articles cite him, and you absorb the 30 year old advice like osmosis. So that is good stuff, just not new. Even if it is the original wellspring. He like .308 military rifles and the .45 auto. He likes revolvers and lighter carbines for general light duty. I'm on that frequency.
He recommends only 10 acres for a survival property, and that that is enough to feed a family. Hmm. I didn't know it could be that small. Now I am interested in checking out Homestead properties, again... I'd love something in West Virginia in the Potomac valley, perhaps.
He recommends a small rural town for the support a community provides. Less than 5000 population as more is hard to manage order internally, and more than 2000 to have a proper density to have a wide variety of skills. I don't know how valid this is today, with the 'shrinking' of the planet, but I'm sure the same sort of place are out there, if fewer in number than 40 or 50 years ago.
He recommends a small working pistol or ranch rifle to carry around while you do daily chores on your property growing food and such, as that's when you animals pop up for the pot. And that "going hunting" when there are chores to do may be a waste of valuable time. I don't know about that. A few days in a blind that bags an elk can feed your family for half a year, perhaps. Still. He has a point. And if you are out hunting, who is driving off coyotes and crows, back home, and chopping wood for fuel?A library is important. For information and also for entertainment.