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Winterpocalypse 2017 rolled through Raleigh, NC this weekend and we got a ridiculous .5″ of snow that brought the city to it’s knees once again. Once again, I’m just shocked at how folks knew the storm was coming, and were just completely unprepared.

After the snow and ice came, most of the roads were slippery and folks down here aren’t skilled in driving with anything more than a little water on the roads, so for the most part people were staying put at home, which was probably a good decision. However, Friday night I decided to go find some steaks and the grocery store was PACKED. Shelves were literally empty, people were in lines as long as the store was, and they had carts filled to the max. Thankfully, I got some steaks, and was able to slip out through the self-checkout without waiting in line.

So, here’s my challenge to you: whether you live in a place like I do, where we lose power if someone sneezes too hard, or if you’re in a place that’s pretty stable, have enough food and water on hand to last you a few days or more. It’s cheap and easy. Whenever you go to the grocery store, just get a can of soup or something and add it to your preps, and before long, you’ll be pretty well stocked. Every month or so, grab a case of bottled water too. We’re talking like $10/month, so you can definitely afford it. It’s not hard to be prepared, it just takes a little forethought.

Gear that Doesn’t Suck

Folks ask about what gloves to wear when shooting winter matches, and I’ve never found any that are thin enough to allow me to shoot normally, while also being warm enough to keep my hands warm. What I do is put some handwarmers in my pockets, which keep my hands and pockets warm, but then not wearing gloves gives me the dexterity to shoot and paste targets easily. Yes, you’re hands will get chilly, but the hand warmers will warm them right back up.

Anyways, multi-packs of handwarmers are stupid inexpensive, so grab a pack of them, and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the season.


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About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.


  1. Strange that folks around here aren’t ‘good’ at driving in winter conditions, because like 70% of the people in the Triangle are from the northeast, north, or midwest! Lol

  2. I use Mechanix Vent gloves all the time. I wear my ski gloves over them between stages to stay warm when it is cold.

  3. > Once again, I’m just shocked at how folks knew the storm was coming, and were just completely unprepared.

    Obviously, those were the folks that had moved in to town after the last hurricane, um, I mean big windy rainstorm came through.

    Or maybe, there are folks that just LIKE to be panicked or uncomfortable in uncertain times.

    ‘Cuz after I move to a new place, I start to gather the survive-three-days-with-no-power-(in-the-storm) collection. It starts from the stranded-for-12-hours-on-side-of-a-rural-road stash in the trunk. Then slowly increases from there, as you’ve described.

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