I am so excited, I made the last payment on my Russian SKS today and got to give a super close look and do a little research on her as well. I think I did good on the price and from what I can see she is is not a refurbished SKS. Looks like a 1954 Tula with the original stock. I got the box, sadly no paperwork but I do have an additional collapsible (Evil Black Rifle) stock and 20 round Magazine all for $300.00. I had someone offer to buy it while I was finishing up the paperwork.
I’ll be giving her some extra cleaning and learning everything about the SKS for the next few days as this is the first Russian made rifle I’ve ever used. I want to be thoroughly familiar with it before I ever load her up with ammo.
I did have a PC problem when I got up this AM but the Tower is working fine now. I have a Laptop that is my main backup and I could do most everything needed but I need to budget some money for building a new PC as this one is getting a little long in the tooth as far as technology goes and she has been upgraded about as far as her motherboard will allow. I need to grab the Backup drive out of my EMP Box and do another Update of the drive.
My neighbor’s are on my network and have agreed to barter some lawn work in return for internet access and using my Laser printer. They are great people very community oriented as well as looking to become self-reliant. They, like many young folks got snookered by the student loan fiasco to the point that putting a degree on a resume is actually a bad thing for getting a job as they are over-qualified. But, they are not waiting for help from the PTBs. They put in a garden, got chickens and are cooking , making real food and working hard to make this neighborhood a real community that works together.
So all in all not a bad week. We not at war and the economy has not blown up yet. Every month I get better prepared and with a little luck by October the wood stove, the water barrels and the Solar setup will be done. Of course money is tight but I’m still managing to stay under $125.00 per month for my food bills as well as dropping my electric usage. I set up my budget for inflation of up to 30% either the rising cost of living or a cut in SSD and VA benefits so while I’m not happy, I’m not hurting either.
The food dehydrating is coming along as a new way to store. The Beer making is going great and this year I hope to grow my own Hops and get some Malted grain stored for making my own Wort from scratch. I do have a bit of a challenge getting a 1000 rounds of ammo for the rifle. But, 7.62×39 ammo is darn cheap to buy compared to most rifle ammo. Heck if it was easy everyone would play!
Last FYI Mom came through the Knee replacement surgery great and they may even release her early from the hospital.