How to Survive Quarantine

If you’re anything like me, you get more done when you’ve got more to do.  I don’t know why, but when I’m not completely against the wall with responsibilities my mind decides that it can put everything off. 

Unfortunately, that also includes this blog (hence the later than normal publishing).  Not only does more to do get me to do more, but I get more done faster! I don’t understand why it works, I just know that it works.

With that in mind, here’s a list a of 4 things you can do to survive and thrive while quarantined. Let’s get into it.

1. Dry Fire Practice

Obviously the first entry on this list is gun-related.  If you expected anything else, you’re in the wrong place.  This strange time of social distancing/quarantine/shelter-in-place-ing. Dry practice doesn’t take a lot of time, it doesn’t take a lot of space, it doesn’t require anything you don’t already own, and it makes you a better shooter. If you own a gun (that’s not a .22lr) then you’ve already got everything you need. If you want to get fancy, you can spend $10 and get a set of small caps.

If you need some motivation, there are a ton of things online. My buddy Matt over at Everyday Marksman has a 30-day dry fire challenge you can take part in. The makers of the Mantis X trainer system are putting on a Quarantine Competition, as well.

Another fellow blogger Justin completed a year of daily dry fire, and is starting another year of daily dry fire. That dude’s gonna be a machine with a pistol by the time he’s done.

Dry fire (or practice, whatever you prefer) is cheap, easy, quick, and makes you a better shooter.  There’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be doing it every day already, during this time of self-isolation even more so.

2. Read A Book

You don’t read enough. Probably. I assume most people are a lot like me, and I definitely don’t read enough. This time of quarantine (quaran-time?) is the perfect time to burn through that reading list! Audiobooks, e-readers, or the old fashioned dead tree style, now is the time to get some books under your belt.

If you’re looking for a place to start, the Marksman’s Quarter has a monthly book club. You should join the ‘Quarter anyway, even you go rogue with your book choice. Email me and I’ll send an invite your way.

3. Exercise At Home

The gym’s closed. You’re losing your gains, and the dad gum gubermint won’t let you lift! What are you going to do, just sit there on the couch and let your dad bod creep in? Heck no! It’s time for a Booga- I, I mean, home gym! Yeah, a home gym!

[Edit: Read about my minimalist home gym here]

Seriously though, home gym is where it’s at. Buy a set of rings for $26, a duffel for $25, and something to fill it with for $10 or less. Going for a run is free. With this limited, yet very versatile set of equipment, and a little creativity, you can keep in shape. You might even be able to focus on areas you normally can’t or don’t. need a little more motivation, Everyday Marksman has a 30-day pushup challenge as well. I did it back in January, and it amazed me how many more pushups I could do at the end of the month.  We’ve got at least that many days left, so you should get on this or something like it.  Thank me later.

4. Cooking

You should know how to cook. Your favorite restaurants are closed. If not, ordering takeout means you might be exposing yourself and your family to exposure if someone working in that restaurant is infected. You’re also exposed to whatever your delivery driver has. And those risks are piped on top of the normal downsides of eating out, like the extra expense and unknown nutrition (or lack thereof).

If you’ve never experienced the feeling of having people you love enjoy something you prepared from scratch, you’re missing out. And its not hard either. Think of some things you like to eat, find a recipe that looks like you can do, and go for it. It probably won’t be perfect the first time, but tweaking the recipe and making it your own is the part that I enjoy the most. Not to mention that knowing how to cook normal stuff will make your prepper food far more appealing as well.  If you can make good food out of normal, shelf stable staples, you won’t have to buy as much expensive prepper-focused foods.

The above is not to say that you should not eat out anymore.  Local restaurants will be hit extremely hard by this event.  I like supporting local small businesses, restaurants included. If you can, ask about getting some gift cards. It will keep your favorite restaurants in business a little bit longer, and you will have a treat for yourself (and family) ready to go for when this has all blown over.

5. Catch Up On Your Favorite Blogs

Here’s some good ones I recommend (in no particular order):

If you have a good one I didn’t mention, put it in a comment below so that we can all see it as well.

In Conclusion

We’ll get through this.  We need to make choices with the most vulnerable of our population in mind, but with a little luck we’ll come out the other side with a minimum of casualties. Don’t be afraid, be aware and be smart.

If you want to interact with other like-minded individuals in the mean time, hit me up on my contact page and I’ll send you an invite to the Marksman’s Quarter. It’s full of good people who are driven to be the best versions of themselves, and want to help others reach their own potential as well.

Stay safe, and I’ll see you next week. -S_S

View from my bug out location

8 thoughts on “How to Survive Quarantine

    1. What kind of idea???

      The one thing I didn’t like about Coyote America is how much “white man bad!” was woven into the entire book. There were some objectively terrible things done to coyotes, and are still going on, but it still seemed like a lot of.guilt tripping. Are you catching that, or is it just me?


      1. Maybe? Honestly, not one person on the planet agrees 100% with me or my worldview, so I could find some disagreement with anything if I looked. There’s a lot to learn from this book, so I’m mainly focused on that.

        The idea might end up being THE core concept of SwiftSilentDeadly….

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      2. Just finished it. I’ll be honest – the thing that upset me most is that my tax dollars are paying for an entire government agency that essentially serves one industry. If only we could all be so lucky as to have the .gov spend millions to eliminate our competition…


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