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Meet the Preppers: My Pink Pistol

Update.  This is an old article –  there is a follow up article available with links to episodes click here to see it!

Phil Burns of the APN and his family star in the new series on Animal Planet tonight:

Phil contemplates whether it is safer to buy his daughter a cell phone or a .22 pistol. Phil and Adria disagree over whether he should teach their kids how to survive a kidnapping attempt by putting them through a live drill.



About the Author:

Phil is one of the co-owners of The APN. He was raised in a Preparedness Oriented family, living a self-sustaining lifestyle as a third generation, LDS, Prepper. He grew up farming, canning and learning to live off the land in the forests, mountains, rivers, oceans and cities of Missouri, Tennessee, Hawaii and Utah. In early 2008, he co-founded UtahPreppers.com as a blog to talk about and teach Prepping. Over the next couple years, they produced hundreds of articles about Preparedness. Prior to UtahPreppers, he had been actively blogging elsewhere about building his self-sustaining farm and raising his 8 children in a preparedness lifestyle.

15 Comments on "Meet the Preppers: My Pink Pistol"

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  2. JOE says:

    Ok you need to let your kids be kids. Did your mom and dad do this to you my guess is NO!. Yes there are dangers out there but you dont need to freak your kids out try talking to them and what ever you do in the perpping area disscuss it with your better half first not hey honey we gonna be butchering a hog in the back yard today as the hog is delivered the most importent part of prepping is information with your group. how about your friends do a kidnapping drill on you and your wife?. your giving the rest of us a bad reputation

  3. Chris says:

    This dad is an IDIOT! He failed at life/job, and now he thinks he’s an expert on survival! Thanks to him, the first thing a kidnapper is going to do is make sure the person they kidnapped is duct tapped or zip-tied! Who the hell uses handcuffs anymore? And what kidnapper is going to allow the person they snatched to scream? And if that wasn’t bad enough, what REAL prepper outlines their strategy on national TV, then shows everyone where they store their guns, ammo and food; let alone keep everything in one area? Lets not forget, the idiot POINTS OUT the houses of neighbors who they prep with. Real preppers don’t want to stand out; they don’t want to make themselves targets (the source for food/water/ammo) in the event something happens. They want to quietly be here one day, and gone the next!

  4. Tom says:

    If you think you can do better, then why not start your own reality show? I just love the criticism that comes from armchair survivalists. Phil is a Real Guy and has done far more to waking people up to preparedness than some Holier than thou keyboard Rambo. I’d like to see what some of these critics have done to wake others up. I wager its very little if anything.

  5. Tom says:

    I personally know Phil, and he’s certainly no failure. I’d say quite the opposite if he’s managed to maintain a successful marriage and raise 8 kids in a country where the divorce rate is 50% and it’s cool to be a deadbeat dad.

    As far as zip ties and duct tape goes, he trains his kids for that as well, but you can only demonstrate so much in a single TV episode. A kidnapper will use whatever they have available, but explain to me how you can demonstrate all the different techniques in one episode. Like I said, if you can do a better job then start your own reality show.

    The garage scene was partly staged for entertainment. I highly doubt Phil uses a pegboard and stores all his guns in his garage.

    A real prepper is going to teach their strategies to as many people as possible to prepare as many people as possible. Teaching others is your force multiplier.

    A REAL prepper teaches preparedness to as many people as possible. A REAL prepper understands the benefits of community preparedness and getting everyone on board. A REAL prepper does not suffer from OPSEC’r paranoia and will not allow fear to sway them from their mission of teaching others preparedness.

    Only Paranoid OPSEC’r survivalists hide in the shadows.

    A Patriot will shout from the rooftops. Imagine what this country would be like if Paul Revere never shouted “The British Are Coming”

    “Those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail” – Benjamin Franklin
    “When the government fears the people there is freedom, when the people fear the government there is tyranny” – Thomas Jefferson.

    Fear and paranoia is what gives our government their power, and armchair survivalists are certainly in no short supply of paranoia.

    By failing to teach others and spread the message of preparedness you are part of the problem, not the solution.

    Phil has managed to reach hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to the concept of preparedness. What have you done?

  6. Chris says:

    Lol…Tom, you clearly missed my point; I wouldn’t do a “Reality Show” and tell the entire world my strategy and supply situation! I’m career military (18B), currently stationed at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. If you’re ever in N.C. stop by the base and ask for SFC Mad-dog (Nickname), they will know who you’re talking about. I will show you my armchair, it will be the one with M249 leaning against it. I will say it again… “Real preppers/survivalists don’t want to stand out; they don’t want to make themselves targets (the source for food/water/ammo) in the event something happens. They want to quietly be here one day, and gone the next! NEVER TIP YOUR HAND TO THE ENEMY! In this case the “enemy” is everyone who ISN’T part of your circle when the shit hits the fan!

  7. Tom says:

    Well good for you, you are serving your country and have learned some skills to make yourself a true survivalist. But I think you seriously miss the point between the difference between a survivalist and a prepper.

    Pepper comes from the word prepare

    Prepare: def. Make (something) ready for use or consideration.

    In preparedness, (as opposed to survivalism) the goal is to prepare everything you possibly can, this includes your family, your church, your neighborhood, your community, and even your nation.

    It is great that you are serving your country, and shows that you are doing something. But I still wager that Phil has woken up far more people to preparedness than you have. Which means, those people that he’s woken up will be FEWER “enemies” that YOU will have to worry about when SHTF.

  8. Tom says:

    Besides, I think you are really wasting your time browsing Prepper websites. You seem to fit in more with Survivalists. Preppers are more about waking up the mainstream to preparedness so that when SHTF we will have fewer “enemies” to worry about. The APN’s stated motto is “Freedom Through Teaching Others Self-Reliance” It’s what we’ve been since our founding, and its what we will continue to be. Our mission is to teach as many people as possible and thats something that will never change.

    As far as the sensationalism that’s portrayed on networks such as NatGeo and Animal Planet, you’ll just have to ask the producers why they stage things the way they do rather than criticize the participants. You simply cannot compare real survivalism to hollywood. It’s like comparing taco bell to mexican food.

    I really don’t care who doesn’t like the shows, that is of no concern to me and has absolutely no effect on our primary goal. What matters to me is who “Does” like the show, and the mainstream really enjoys this stuff or else it would not be on TV in the first place. And the fact that the mainstream likes it, is what really matters, as those are the people who we want to get interested in preparedness. Survivalists are already prepared, so what do I care what they think?

    Why do I care what the choir thinks if they already know how to sing?

  9. Tom says:

    To put the vocalism of (preppers) and Preparedness into perspective as opposed to OPSECr’s and survivalists.

    *Phil lives in Utah.
    *Utah is 60% Mormon.
    *Mormons, as a part of their faith, are very prepared and they are THE MOST VOCAL about getting prepared.
    They do not subscribe to OPSEC’r paranoia. As a matter of being prepared, they are by definition “Preppers” .
    *There are 5.5 million Mormons in the country. This means just out of the Mormon population alone there are more preppers than there are survivalists. This does not account for preppers in other faiths. Their refusal to succumb to OPSEC’r paranoia has allowed them to spread both their faith as well as their message of preparedness. As a result they have transformed a state such as Utah into a state where at least 50% of the population has adequate food and water storage.

    Understanding that AT THE VERY LEAST 50% of the people in his state are prepared, do you really think there is much for him to fear about his neighbors stealing from him when SHTF? Why would they steal if they already have their own?

    The Mormon faith alone has done more to get more people prepared than the survivalist movement and even our own government and military combined.

    Now again, I ask you, what has the “survivalist” movement done in comparison to preppers in getting people prepared?

    By being VERY VOCAL about getting prepared. Mormons have transformed entire communities into getting prepared. I have never seen anything accomplished by keeping your mouth shut until you are actually in a time of war.

  10. Chris says:

    No offense, but Phil can never be prepared for a well trained, well armed Special Forces soldier. Honestly, it wouldn’t take much to breach what little defenses he has and commender his weapons, vehicle and supplies. You ask “do you really think there is much for him to fear about his neighbors stealing from him when SHTF? Why would they steal if they already have their own?” Most people will not change their eating habits when the SHTF. Supplies will not last as long as one may think, and neighbors, whether Mormon or not, do desperate things during desperate times. Calling him an idiot was wrong…I shouldn’t have judged his abilities and techniques based on my own. I salute him for at least taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and survivability of his family.

    • Phil Burns says:

      Chris, several problems with your claims bud. You should be careful spouting lies when you don’t know who you’re talking to. Here are just a FEW of the problems with your story:
      1) You didn’t recognize Kelly – the guy who trains the SOW group at Bragg in E&E and several other courses.
      2) You obviously haven’t been trained in our techniques when the group you claim to belong to has.
      3) I contacted one of my good buds – the Training Sergeant for the group you claim to belong to. He say’s you’re full of it and he’s never heard of you.
      4) The weapon you claim to have in your unit is wrong. Go check Call of Duty again, maybe you’ll figure it out this time.

      You’re welcome to go spread your lies on other sites. If you continue here, you will be strongly debunked by the real deal. If somehow you’ve just accidentally mis-represented some things here – just go introduce yourself as “Mad Dog” to your group’s Training Sergeant and he’ll let us know you’re legit and we’ll apologize. His initials are TL.

  11. Tom says:

    I don’t think Phil was prepping for an invasion of well armed Special Forces soldiers. But if your enemy is the unprepared masses and you are able to convert the masses to getting prepared, then aren’t they no longer your enemy but your ally? Isn’t converting your enemy more productive than trying to defend yourself from your enemy? Especially if they are willing to convert? I’m not suggesting that everyone join the LDS church, but they should model their preparedness plans in the same way..

    If I’m not mistaken the Mormon faith suggests at least 3 months to a year of food, water and supplies storage. Not only that, Mormons are very well known for their missions and building communities. Three months to a years worth of food storage is enough to regroup and rebuild your community after a disaster. If mainstream society changes to embrace the same concept of preparedness that the Mormons do, then I see little if no need to have a military come in, institute martial law, and then begin a cleanup effort after a major SHTF disaster. The military could then direct its efforts to what it’s good at, defending the nation from foreign invaders rather than instituting martial law in this country.

    • oldsalt61 says:

      Why the big fear about kidnapping? You can teach your kids about “stranger danger” without being nuts. Also you are probably better off teaching them to be suspicious of all these “uncles” that are around since most kidnappings and molestations happen at the hands of people already in the kids lives.

  12. Rebecca says:

    I watched ur show and i will say that at first i thought u were a little nuts lol..and then i really started to think about it. i am NOT at all prepared for anything. No food, No weapons, No safe place to go with my family No supplies what so ever for anything. what do i need to do to start to gain some of these supplies and to get ready to take care of myself and my 2 children if something happens??

    • oldsalt61 says:

      I would start with FEMA and Red Cross websites. Check with your local or state office of Emergency Management to see what types of events to prepare for in your area. The standard suggestion is a minimum of 72 hours of food/water, an evacuation plan (especially if you live in a hurricane prone area, a reasonable supply of cash in case power is out and banks, ATM’s can’t work. Now the folks on these shows will tell you that you require much more than that but I will leave it up to you as to what level of preparation is prudent. The good news is that the recommended supplies can be gathered and maintained without much expense.



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