Prepper Gear – Gearing For A TEOTWAWKI Gun Fight

Firearms Training, Survival Gear, prepper gear, teotwawki gearThe right prepper gear will quite literally mean the difference between saving your life, or imminent death.  We’ve stressed the importance of a good bug out bag in the past, but today we’ll take a look at the specific items needed for you to fight with your weapon during TEOTWAWKI.  From flashlights to medic kits, to flame retardant gear and strategic clothing choices.  This is surely a post you’ll want to save, and share.

Although most of our readers are great and come here to learn an additional perspective, there’s always someone who wants to say why they think they know more than our experts… so with that in mind, please note that this particular setup has been battle tested on the streets of Iraq and is responsible for saving this man’s ass multiple times, while blasting the remains of his attackers into multiple pieces across the desert to rott in the Jihad’s battle field.  This has worked for him, and was designed to be highspeed, low drag.  You’ll have to consider the input, and decide how to modify it for your needs.

Even if you’re prepping on a budget, this list will maximize your effectiveness as a private soldier for freedom, and serve as a combat multiplier for you and your retreat.

Guest Post By: 1LT Harry T Golden

Firearms Training, Survival Gear, prepper gear, teotwawki gear

What’s important to note is that my kit is TOP of the LINE gear, the latest and greatest available for 2004. That was nine years ago. There have been many improvements and the price has dropped considerably since then. A few items are now obsolete, like my gigantic weapons mounted flashlight. However, I saw no point in spending over $100.00 on a light that is a little brighter, much smaller and may never be used. There were simply other places to best spend the money.

I carry four flashlights. One on the AR, one on my head and a tactical light (CA123 batteries) and a Mini Maglight (AA batteries) for a reason. The weapons light is obvious. If you plan to go out after dark or have to defend the homestead after dark a weapon mounted light is the only way to go. I use a UTG 200lm light that holds 3 CA123 batteries. It’s heavy, it’s big and it’s $45.00. Back in the day this was a nearly $200 light. Before those rail mounted lights were available, we would duct tape a D cell Maglight to the fore stock of our M16A2s to clear buildings after dark. Adapt and overcome. If it looks stupid, but it works, it isn’t stupid.

The head mounted light is your primary light that you use for everything. I like the Petzl Tactikka. It’s stupid expensive for what it is, usually around $60.00, but worth it in that it is so efficient the AAA batteries last forever. I don’t think anyone really knows how long they last. After doing 6hr night missions for two weeks, everyone just changed the batteries even though they were still going.

Firearms Training, Survival Gear, prepper gear, teotwawki gearThe handheld tac light in my rig is for clearing rooms with the handgun, which as my skill and my boys skill improved we found ourselves using more than the M4. The Mini Maglight is the work horse, as the run time on all the high speed CA123 tac lights is 60 minutes or less. This is the light you use when you need a long illumination burn, such as searching a house. The CA123 batteris have a specific purpose. They are expensive and don’t last long. Once they are gone, well they are gone. I don’t know anyone stockpiling these. Use sparingly and keep a regular common battery light in your kit.

Many items I wouldn’t upgrade even if I had to replace them. One such item is the Garmin Rhino 120 GPS/GMRS. The controls are not intuitive and the device is slow to operate even with practice and having all the functions memorized. If the current one that I bought in 2004 ever breaks I will be replacing it with another Rhino 120. As far as electronic devices go, this thing is indestructible. Having a GPS and a radio in one package that lasted through two deployments and I still used to this day makes up for the short comings.

Prepper Communication Radios, Firearms Training, Survival Gear, prepper gear, teotwawki gearI carry another radio, a hand-held Midland 75-785 CB. Why? Consider this, under most SHTF Scenarios there will be no cell phones. Communications is the first thing destroyed by an attacking enemy or shut off by a Tyrannical government. Commo will be taking a step back a few generations without the assistance of satellites. CBs are cheap, are everywhere, can be powered by a car battery, are portable and in my estimation, will be the long distance  phones of the future, whereas, the FRS and GMRS radios will be for local calling.

I carry just enough food and medical to keep me going for 24 hours. Remember the bulk of my gear is in the Go Bag. I have a 5 Hour Energy, 2 Clif Bars, and some Jolly Ranchers. Plus items for health maintenance like tweezers, small 1st aid kit, stuff for heartburn and Vitamin C booster and a tourniquet on me at all times.

Regarding the rig and pouches, mine are either Blackhawk, Spec-Ops Brand or issued. There are no cutting corners here. This is where you spend the money on the good stuff. The reason is simple, you will not survive if you buy cheap pouches that loose gear. You will not survive if your rig doesn’t hold up. Think of it as the frame of a car. In my experience, only the American made gear is up to par. I have seen some really nice affordable stuff from china, the problem being fit and thread used. The thread and stitching for the most part will be where the gear fails first. Next is the fit. The molle strap stitching is rarely correct and difficult to fit the straps through. It seems to me that they make a guess as to the sizes of our mags and other pieces of gear as the pouches fit poorly and do not close securely.

The following picture is a numerical breakdown of my set up.  Check it out closely by clicking to enlarge.  I suggest you print it out and keep it as a reference to how your gear should be set.  This has become an SOP (Standard Operational Procedure) for many Prepper Groups.

Itemized list of gear for the active prepper, Firearms Training, Survival Gear, prepper gear, teotwawki gear

Itemized List Of Gear For The Active Prepper

  1. UTG 200lm 3-cell tac light… (it’s bright, runs a long time and is cheap… they get broken and they all break)
  2. DBAL
  3. CCO on quick release mount
  4. Handle with tac light & DBAL switches taped on
  5. DPMS AR with front sight cut off… (got in the way of the scope and the replacement gas blocks didn’t have a bayonet mount)
  6. Pop up steel battle sights
  7. 9, Issue Magazines loaded with Green Tips
  8. Wiley X Ballistic Glasses
  9. Petzl Tactikka XP Head lamp
  10. 21” ASP Airweight
  11. Beretta M9
  12. 5, 18rd 9mm Mec-Gar Magazines loaded with Federal +P+ 115gr SJHP
  13. Leaper 4x compact scope on a quick release riser
  14. Green Laser
  15. Medic sears
  16. Stripper clip loaders
  17. Blackhawk nomex hood
  18. Helmet, issue
  19. Blackhawk plate carrier
  20. Ranger Beads
  21. Whistle
  22. Spec-Ops Brand pouches
  23. Issued Pistol Belt
  24. Blackhawk drop leg holster
  25. S&W Model 100 handcuffs
  26. Blackhawk hand cuff case
  27. Ontario M9 Bayonet
  28. Hatch nomex gloves
  29. Yukon NVG
  30. Garmin 120 GPS/GMRS radio
  31. Motorola head set
  32. Midland 75-785 CB with a Blackhawk radio pouch
  33. Fleece hat
  34. Exam gloves
  35. Snake bite kit
  36. Israeli bandage
  37. Burn cream
  38. Alcohol pads
  39. Iodine Pads
  40. Gauze
  41. Motrin
  42. Emergen-C
  43. Alka Seltzer Cold
  44. Bismuth tablets
  45. Tourniquet
  46. 1st aid instructions
  47. Carmex
  48. Lighter
  49. Jolly Ranchers
  50. 5 Hour Energy
  51. Handkerchief
  52. Triox Fuel
  53. Hemostats
  54. Hand warmers
  55. AR lower receiver pins and springs
  56. Rite-in-the-Rain notebook
  57. 550 cord
  58. Large and small tweezers
  59. Zantac pills
  60. Batteries and case
  61. Exam gloves
  62. Vis-à-vis marker
  63. Pens
  64. Mag Light AA flash light
  65. Aimshot water-proof Tactical light
  66. Can opener
  67. Handcuff key
  68. Gerber tool
  69. Clif Bars







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13 Responses to “Prepper Gear – Gearing For A TEOTWAWKI Gun Fight”

  1. Johnboy Says:

    Great kit Harry, Thanx for your hard earned lessons.


  2. peter Says:

    Too much focus on tactical gear, teotwawki will be a gradual slide into anarchy as the markets crash, transportation grids to a halt, stores being emptied and looted. Going in guns blazing is the best way to have the actual army come down hard on you.

    Your 24/hr kit with tons of guns isn’t going to get your anywhere, except dead or incarcerated. You need to be mobile with a plan to survive for months or perhaps even years before returning to the cities, which by then will be deserted of course. 10% survival rate estimated when the supply chain grinds to an halt.


    • Chet Says:

      I’d agree going in guns blazing is a bad idea.

      But if we truly get to a situation (and I’ve seen the 10% numbers you’re talking about) at some point you’re going to need to do some heavy security, to keep those 90% from coming for things.

      That’s the perspective of this gearing up post.

      For example, if you live near a dairy farm with neighbors who are self sufficient the whole neighborhood is going to be interested in keeping that dairy farm from being looted. It is at that point that this gear becomes important in my view.

      Another scenario would be once gangs start to take over.

      In those scenarios this gear is very helpful.

      As for the 24 hour kit… that is just in case while out on a mission or security patrol you get stuck out that night.

      The main food stores are back at the retreat.

      We are definitely not advocating just having 24 hours of food and go in guns blazing.

      Hope this helps frame the perspective better.


      • Harr y Says:

        Absolutely correct Chet. If you are going to be of use to anyone you have to be a self-contained unit. Any issue you may have from blisters to cuts to sunburn to something in the eye or splinters you have to be able to treat yourself. The body gets run down and gets sick after a short period of round the clock high tempo operations. You are responsible for keeping yourself in the game. No group needs another trigger puller showing up that is there to help, but dependent on them for even the most basic needs. Those people wear thin real quick. That is why I carry the Emergen-C, Carmex, the Alka Seltzer Cold Tablets, the heartburn meds. Eating MREs for more than a few days will give you gastrointestinal issues. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT GEAR IN THE KIT. That, and the fleece beanie. If you can regulate your body temperature you can stay in the fight. If you can stay healthy you have a shot at staying ahead of whatever trouble is coming and being able to protect yourself when it gets to you.


    • Adam F Says:

      This is a very interesting article and I would say the guy has a firm grip on what he would need to surmount a gunfight and not only survive, but dominate that gun fight. The gear list is pretty durn comprehensive. I actually found few thins on that list I need to get for my list. I do not like the head lamp ideal for a combat set up, but I do see the value of it for in a kit. The writer has his proverbial stuff together and anyone in a fighting hole with him will be just fine. I also would like to stress that this gear will only do you any good if you train to use it and on do so on a regular basis. The value of that gear will be zilch with out training and I mean serious hard core training that is always continued and ongoing.

      In our core group we have specified members (almost always with military experience, but not always)that their job is nothing but security. I happen to be the one charged with the training and supplying of these teams. We on a regular basis train at least once a month and each member is required to put at least 100 rounds through their pistol and 200 round through their rifle each month. We also train in situation were a full on tactical response would only get us all locked up, but where security still must provided. We also always stress to stay under the radar as long as possible: It provides an element of surprise and keeps unwanted attention diverted else where.

      Peter in response to you I must say that in way a you are right. If you use these types of tools in the wrong situation it will end badly. The caviat to this however is that if you do not have these tools in your tool box you will also be woefully under prepared. It is a balancing act and you must determine with extremely caution the judicious use of such force.

      Great read and look forward to seeing more post from this author.

      On a side note FLIR and Gen 3 ATN 7B or PVS14’s are a great addition to this kit. Also learning to train and move at night really give you the edge. Of course not everyone can afford such toys, but if you can even only get a set of gen2 or even gen1 NVGs you would be doing better than most. Just ensure they run off of AA or AAA batteries.



      • Chet Says:

        Good point on the head lamp. Bad idea to accidentally set one of those off and reveal your position. But man oh man does it make nigh time work easier when there isn’t a fight going on.

        If you’ve got to lug gear or position things, like we did right before we shot our night time tactics DVD with Harry, the author of this post, we had to move all sorts of gear in pitch darkness, and headlamps were critical.


  3. Jim Hall Says:

    Great list!! I will use this to supplement my list. I like to travel light so I would remove or exchange some items for lighter more compact items. I would get rid of
    hand cuffs and replace them with the Zip Strip type that we used in Iraq. I would also add two solar blankets, a magnesium fire starter, zip lock bags, a P38 can opener, Ranger bands, (these are always useful), water purification straws, a combat life saver kit, and a
    dog whistle. This will distract the dog from the enemy without alerting him. I rely on medicinal
    plants for all my meds. Good thing I have a vast knowledge on this subject. The green tips was
    also a good idea. Thanks Again

    SFC, US Army
    Retired Iraq Vet


    • Harry Says:

      if you have to handle a prisoner for several days… you’re going to run out of your finite stock or 1-time use zip cuffs… you can’t keep them restrained for hours at a time… we went to hand cuffs in iraq for this very reason…


  4. Rambuff Says:

    Nicely done list.
    Comments have been great too – especially those concerning nite vision, and sleeping togs. Obviously in the sand box you didn’t have to worry too much about rain… a greater concern here in CONUS. I know the military issue arms are what you are used to using…but using .223 against US or Russian size black-clad moose is much less than efficient when compared to .308. Also, 9mm cannot compare to comparable bullets from a .45 – you use one shot there as opposed to 2-3. The down side is that the higher calibers create a bit more weight; if one is expecting a firefight, however, the greater knock-down makes a dramatic difference.

    Again, nicely done.


  5. Rambuff Says:

    BTW – I musta missed the hydration kit….no water?
    And I’m afraid I missed the “Ranger Beads” reference…and cannot tell what they are from the photo


  6. Reginald Says:

    Nice kit. I don’t have all those items, but my kit is comparable. One thing I can say for sure, it’s heavy. 72lbs including water. For those who have these or something like it, you better throw a treadmill in as well. It’s better to walk in the comfort of your home than try to find a spot out in public where people will look at you pretty crazy.

    I would suggest an IOTV. They are fairly cheap these days. Lots of coverage. You can get a complete set with plates for under $500.

    I would love to be a part of a group. Going it a lone at the moment. Not good.

    Nice site but no new post for some time now. Any more advice?


  7. Ale Says:

    No…. are you a prepper or a kid playing pretending to be a devgru?


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