For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
We have heard versions of this proverb over the years. Have we taken it to heart? I have been tying up loose ends in the recent months by inventorying my gear, food storage and other supplies instead of purchasing new gear and preps. I have also looked into having completed sets of gear to accomplish the mission such as my needed medical supplies, communications gear, perimeter security, and home defense weapons. This includes gun cleaning supplies, extra parts, and other low cost items.
I took advantage of the ammunition sales and topped off my supply. I filled up my fuel cans and added stabilization to it. I have needed for some time a box to securely place my HF radio and accessories into one location. Now, I only need to grab the handle of the box to carry away a complete radio to make radio contact with another person outside of my region. I repacked my rucksack, looked at expiration dates, readjusted my load carrying harness and confirmed what I had loaded in it.
In the past, I have always relied on a gun or outdoor store to top off my supplies for whatever activity I was planning. I will admit that I have been guilty of having almost all I need but not completed much of my gear or supplies. Times like these does not require panic but a methodical inventory of your gear and supplies to decide what you are lacking. We all need to get out in the field, get out on the range, and get off our butts.
“Amateurs practice until they get it right; Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong”.