Christ, you've had years in which to do so. I had my "battery" picked out nearly 20 years ago. Other than the .50 cal top for an AR, havent seen jack squat to change my mind. My choices are still top notch in versatility, performance.
How do you know what we have or don't have? List your kit and I'll list mine. We'll play your scenario, basic bugout by foot. List what you have ready at this very moment! You have squat, all you have is what your wife buys, you actually have nothing. It must be pathetic to have to be supported by a woman? I can see in your case it allows you no manhood.
Gear improves all the time. Optics get better each year. Survival gear improves each year.
Who says we don't have our battery already?
And if we already have it, anything we add is either more options or spares, or things that are fun. ONce the necessary items are taken care of, then it really doesn't matter if we get more gear or not.
How does having additional stuff take away from what we already have?
If I already have a well - stocked first aid kit, how does having a second or third (or fifth) make my first one any less effective? It doesn't, but now I have redundancy and options.
I'm now prepared for more scenarios and for the possibility that if one is inaccessable, the others aren't.
The same applies to firearms and other gear. If I have more than one rifle, but can only take one with me if SHTF, so what? hows does this make the one I take with me suddenly less effective?
But, by having more than one, I have options. What if one is dmaged, or stolen, or whatever. I'm not SOL like the guy who assumes that everything will only go the way they want and expect them to.
Or is this just thinly disguised jealousy because so many people can and do own what they want?
Being prepared for any eventuality is what is important. I'm shooting a 3 gun match in the morning, I like to be prepared. Right now stacked on the kitchen floor ready to load in the morning are 2 pistols, 2 rifles, 2 shotguns and about 2,000 rds of ammo. Probably won't need it all, I've had 4 primary firearm breakages in the last 10 years in matches so I carry a backup. As for the ammo, if I have to reshoot a stage or a friend needs a couple of extra rounds I'm ready.
I think most of us have our SHTF gear and plans squared away. After all, we DID something for those 13.5 years you were in the klink not preparing at all.
As I and others have said time and again, once you've got what you NEED, you can get what you WANT. Well, WE can anyway.
However, most of us also don't think that our plans/gear is foolproof, so we always look for something better. For one, I haven't seen much of anything I'd swap my gear out for. Sure, soem things do what I want better than what I have, but it usually means giving up something that mine does adequately, but the new gear won't do at all, so I don't change. Simple really.
See now, what's funny, is most of us have our "namad" bug out gear set up. In my case it's the first thing that goes in the truck. Then all the other gear. Bugging out on foot is always an option for us. It's your ONLY option, if you even have gear (which you won't ever talk about, so you probably don't).
I've even had a couple of SHTF scenarios happen here. First was the major fires in '98 and we had to evacuate. Made it to the closest shtf retreat no problems. Second was hurricane Floyd. Made it to the chosen retreat no problem, and that was with just about the entire east coast of Florida evacuating tying up the roads (ain't 4wd great?). Guess what? No one else EVER came to where we went. So much for the millions coming in droves theory.
My situation is somewhat different as you know. My Dad has been involved with survival since 1966 and has acquired all kinds of guns and gear since that date. I became involved in 1998 at 18 years old. Since then have been acquiring guns and gear that suit me on my own as well as using my Dad's surplus stuff. And I am constantly testing and upgrading our gear. We are quite prepared to survive and whats more important (something you would consider stupid) we are able to help some of our less fortunate friends survive.
GK, I think you would be very surprised to know what kinds of guns and gear the guys and I have that we don't make a big deal about.