When the Shit Hits The Fan.

To survialists and preparedness people, this is the big disaster. Normally connotates the total break down of civilization and social order.
In a SHTF situation you will need reliable transportation to get to your retreat.
by Ron D July 10, 2005
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"Shit hits the fan"

"SHTF" or "When shit hits the fan" is a popular phrase referring to the ultimate situation in which a man would need to try and survive off the land. The collapse of civilization.

The phrase is commonly used among survivalists and generally most firearm collectors or outdoors man.

See: apocalypse, end of the world, FUBAR, Survive
Guy 1: "Hey, that's a nice machete.

Guy 2: "Thanks. I'll probably use this in a SHTF situation.
by BiGoDeViN October 7, 2012
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Shit hit the fan

It's what happens when you disobey the SWMBO
" I stayed out too late drinking with the boys, and boy did the SHTF when I got home."
by DuckNKover October 13, 2009
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"Shit hits the fan"

Complete civil unrest, the end of the world as we know it. An event that the beaten, republican losers are praying for now that their party has has been marginalized.
There will never be another republican president, so I hope the SHTF soon because it's already over for my party.
by lol@survivalists April 11, 2009
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The one gun that is planned on being relied on if the 'SHTF'. Although the choice of weapon for this purpose is highly personal, most will select a robust rifle (or shotgun, especially in an urban environment) of proven ability under adverse conditions. Most importantly, it will be a weapon with which the owner is very familiar. Virtually all gun owners will, if pressed, admit that they have designated one of their arms as the 'shtf'gun.
In spite of its WW II vintage the M-1 Garand is still a favorite SHTF gun; its offers .30-06 punch and rarely malfunctions under even the most trying conditions.
by Mike Bishop September 23, 2006
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A duffel bag, tactical vest, backpack, rucksack, or other similar luggage item containing items typically used for survival in the event of a disaster, natural or otherwise. Commonly found in the possession of survivalists, conspiracy theorists, and citizens who live in disaster-prone areas. Typically contains a map & compass, one or more firearms, firearm cleaning gear, ammo, food, weather radio, flashlights, spare batteries, signal mirror, hatchet/field axe, tent, space blanket, chemlights, paracord, water or water treatment chemicals, flares, combat/survival/utility knife, first aid kit, sunscreen and bug spray. Acronym for the term "Shit Hits The Fan."
I got my M4, a stash of .223 NATO, a knife and a coupla MREs in my SHTF bag, who knows when we'll need em?
by JunkyardECM July 17, 2009
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