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Military surplus store seeing rise in business as 12/21/12 draws near

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

Those who believe the Mayan calendar are ready for the world to come to an end, and businesses that cater to survival needs have been busy.

Black Ops, a military surplus store in Owensboro, says it's sold out of many survival items after these 'doomsday preppers' have stocked up. Local residents say the true 'preppers' are already hunkered down, waiting for the end, and waiting to put their unique plans into action.

Bulletproof vests, ammunition, and plenty of water are just some of the items preppers are stockpiling.

But those who believe the world ends Friday have been gearing up, some at Rick Cottrell's store in Owensboro for several months now.

"We're getting a lot of the people coming in for the backpacks to put up together bug out bags, they're getting gas masks, water purification tablets, magnesium fire starters, a lot of knives, machetes and warm weather gear," Cottrell said.

An important, but hard to find piece to any survival kit, a gas mask.

"Gas masks, I sell them just about as fast as I can get them. Right now, I'm really having trouble, and they actually went up quite a bit these past six months, it's getting harder to get them, and I sell them out just about the same week I get them in," said Cottrell.

Expect grumbling stomachs in a post-apocalyptic world. Meals ready to eat, or MRE's are also a commodity, hard to find.

"MRE's, I'm really having trouble getting them now, I've never got a lot at one time, they're hard to come by, but usually when I get them, I have people waiting on them,"

Some people aren't afraid of the world ending because they say the Bible tells them the end is unknown. Others say they've looked into a bit.

"I've done moderate research, but no fears," said David Clarks.

"I guess we don't really know what will happen, but its....it could be possible, but I don't think I'm going to hold my breath," said Mike Godeke.

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