Some 15-year-olds are thinking about the end of school, but Jason Beacham is thinking about the end of the world.
Beacham lives in a small town in Missouri and spends his days preparing for a pending economic collapse he is convinced is coming, as he explains on an episode of "Doomsday Preppers" airing Nov. 13 on the National Geographic Channel.
He first got the "prepping" bug when he saw a zombie movie at the age of 11 and has stockpiled a year’s worth of food as well as gas masks, camouflage gear, survival equipment and even a gun, which he got for his 15th birthday.
Beacham said he will do whatever it takes to protect himself against any opponent.
"I'm not afraid to have to kill," he said. "You have to do what you have to do to protect yourself, your group or your family."
Beacham is experienced with guns, including his grandfather's .22 Ruger and his own shotgun, but he also builds his own weapons, such as a baseball bat with nails, he calls his "maceball bat."
"It's a nailed baseball bat with the heads and the nose grinded down," he said. "When [the nails go in, they] slide in, but when it goes out, the hook-shaped design there can grab a hold of anything and rip and tear and do damage."
To prove his point, Beacham uses the maceball bat to thrash a watermelon into submission.
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