Real castles didn't have windows on ground floor, exterior rooms, other than weapons slits. This "doomsday" modern monstrosity is completely insecure, and the man who thinks it's a good idea is a farking idiot.A better idea would be a two- or three-story concrete block house surrounding a huge courtyard, no windows (except for the aforementioned weapons slits--and none on the ground floor) looking out, and a solid core door without windows, and with a drop-bar across it. I would also dig an escape tunnel disguised as an old mine shaft, but then again, I'm paranoid.
I vaguely remember seeing these people on one of the Doomsday Prepper shows. I don't remember much about the castle except it looked like it was in pretty bad shape. I agree that if I were building a retreat from scratch I might go to a reinforced concrete structure. When I came up on this mountain, I used log. It was only after some years that it occurred to me it might not be impregnable to bullets. I don't think even a .308 would go through my thick cedar logs if it hit at the fattest part, but where two logs come together I expect it would just cut right through the join.I did replace my doors and reinforced them to boot. I wouldn't mind having a tunnel off the mountain top into the woods, but I know I could never dig one myself and if I hired someone to do it with machinery, it would be the next tourist attraction up here. It would be good to have though.The head of household on this show is said to be a former infantry officer, who surely must understand the difference between cover and concealment. If he's designed his castle with shoot through walls it's an amazing mistake.
The guy is just some crazy real estate agent from Florida making a quick buck while the real estate market recovers. That explains the McMansion style house. He is not the "career" infantryman as the show implies. Google Brent Bruns Real Estate inf Florida or look on Linkin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brent-bruns/61/216/b44
I'm not surprised. Much of the Doomsday Preppers show was totally contrived and this one is being produced by the same people.
I tried to watch that Preppers show a couple of times and threw in the towel. Specialization doesn't cut it with me.
And a few of those folks were outright dangerous.... and stupid.
Going on the show at all was flat stupid.
HH, you've hit the nail on the head.
Well its no crime to be stupid in and of itself, although I have to also agree with you both.What really gets me is how a few of these folks ended up hurting each other or themselves and of course it ends up on TV.Just off the top of my head, I recall a fellow blowing his thumb off with his AR 15. And this other idiot all but deafened his partner with his poor judgement and lack of planning just to please the camera.
I nearly quit when the guy took his kids out to train them with handguns, shot himself in the hand, then curled up and fainted while the cameras gleefully rolled. There were other episodes as ghastly, but I stuck it out.