Firearms

Build a Grab ‘N’ Go Pistol Bag for less than $500

A long while ago (almost two years now!) I wrote an article on SHTFblog.com asking people for advice and thoughts on keeping weapons in your Bug Out Bag (BOB). At the time, I had kind of an entry-level setup, with a Home Depot Husky tool bag loaded up with ammo, pistol, magazines, and redundant gear… Read More

Put a BUG in your Bug Out

A BUG or Back Up Gun is a secondary (or tertiary) weapon included in your plan for when things go sideways big time. The BUG is more than a sidearm to a primary rifle. A true BUG in your plan is a 100% functional replacement of your preferred carry weapon. A BUG is not an… Read More

SHTF Armorer: 10 Basic Items For Your Armorer’s Kit

You can’t swing a dead cat around the survivalist internet sites without running into thousands, no, hundreds of thousands of gun-related articles.  Most deal with variations on a theme: 9mm vs. 45 ACP or AR-15 vs. AK-47.  Not quite so common but still prevalent are articles that focus on training skills to acquire.  However, I… Read More

Project Squirrel Gun

If you step outside right now and go for a short walk, the most likely wildlife (aka: prey) you are likely to see will be small and furry, or small and feathery.  While big game may satisfy our survival dreams, the reality is that the billions of squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, prairie dogs, and even rats… Read More

Build Your Own Rifle

What is the big deal about an 80% lower receiver?  Why would I want to build one when I can just go out and buy one that is already machined and ready to go?  There are a number of reasons why someone might want to build their own firearm from an unserialized receiver.  Probably one… Read More

8 Tips For Flying With A Firearm

There is a misconception out there that traveling with a firearm is difficult or a pain in the ass.  In my opinion this could not be further from the truth.  Recent changes by the TSA have made it even easier then it was before.  With just a little bit of pre-trip planning, you can provide… Read More

SHTF Armorer: Back to Basics – Rifle Accuracy

I got a text from a co-worker this past weekend. Deer season is nigh here in Maine, and he was out doing the pre-season rifle check-up. “My 7 Mag is all over the place. I can’t shoot.” is what he sent to me.  I found this hard to believe; the man is a very experienced… Read More

SHTF Service Arms Training

If firearms use figures into your prepping plan, then you need to learn how to use these tools effectively.  The secret to this is proper training and lots of practice.  There are no short cuts when it comes to learning how to shoot well, get on the target fast, shoot/no shoot decisions, change out magazines… Read More

AR-15 Magazine Management Strategies

If you own and use an AR rifle platform as a primary SHTF weapon, then you need an AR magazine strategy.   Have you ever seen so many options for ways to feed a rifle than with the vast varieties of AR magazine configurations?  You might think you were being made even more confused than just… Read More

The Katrina Rifle

Almost overnight Katrina turned from a woman’s elegant name, to a tragic hurricane, to an adjective for a tangible survival situation.  So when the word Katrina is used to qualify a rifle, it should be clear that the intended use of the rifle will not be for anything fun.  This particular Katrina Rifle (KR) project… Read More

Gear Review: Henry AR7 Survival Rifle

It's important not to overlook the .22 rifle's importance in a survival situation.   You can take lots of small game with a .22 and if you're really desperate and a good shot you can take down bigger game as well.  I wouldn't try it on a bear, but I did read that Chris McCandless… Read More

Bugout Bullet Bottles

Having a stockpile of ammo might provide comfort when bugging in, but what about when you have to bugout?  As you plan your survival options, make sure to include portable but long-term ammo storage solutions. There are about as many ways to store and carry ammo as there are survival calibers, but in the end… Read More

SHTF Armorer: DIY Cold Bluing

Like anything else in this world that gets used, guns wear over time. Stick a gun with even the toughest coating on it in a holster and drawing it back out will slowly erode coatings and finishes.  Salt in sweat, salt and humidity in the air, repeated use, metal dragging/bearing against metal as it moves… Read More