Firearms

Low Profile Survival Weaponry

Yet another mass shooting has turned an unwelcome light upon civilian ownership of semi-automatic rifles derived from military weaponry.  These are usually erroneously called assault rifles, by the press, a misnomer that there seems little point in continuing to correct.  The public has been made to see these as assault rifles, and has been convinced… Read More

Bug Out Gun Lights: Part 2

As noted in part one of Bug Out Gun Lights, mounting a light on a weapon, whether long gun or handgun, is a necessary option for every bug in and bug out scenario.  The light is not just for discriminating among potential targets, but also to light the escape route, to light the impromptu medical… Read More

Bug Out Long Term (B.O.L.T) Pistol: Part 2

Continuing this story… The innards of the Ruger 22/45 are not the only pieces of metal in need of modernization.  There are plenty of upgrades necessary on the outside of the pistol to make this a B.O.L.T.-worthy tool.  For instance, the magazine baseplates, the grip, the threaded barrel protector, carry options, and of course the… Read More

Trick Out A Cheap AR15

The rash of inexpensive ARs clogging gun store shelves right now might not be the greatest battle rifles since the M1903 Springfield, but they can advance well beyond their pay grade with a few mild upgrades that basically undo the cost saving measures installed at the factory.  In addition to cost-saving measures, many entry level… Read More

6 Calibers That Fly Under The Prepper Radar

If you've been a gun-owning prepper or survivalist for any amount of time, you've probably noticed a pattern.  After every large-scale shooting where a politician opens his mouth and breathes the words “gun control”, whenever a large-scale firearms regulatory law goes into effect (remember the 1994 “Assault Weapons Ban”?), or whenever there is a general… Read More

Bug Out Long Term (B.O.L.T) Pistol: Part 1

To B.O.L.T. is to Bug Out Long Term.  As a complement to the Katrina Rifle, I decided to assemble a B.O.L.T. Pistol.  The requirements, as they say, are similar but different from the Katrina Rifle in that the B.O.L.T. Pistol must be a reliable lightweight small-caliber semiautomatic with optic and suppressor.  B.O.L.T. is my nickname… Read More

Bug Out Gun Lights: Part 1

Mounting a light on a weapon, whether long gun or handgun, is a necessary option for every bug in and bug out scenario.  The light is not just for discriminating among potential targets, but also to light the escape route, to light the impromptu medical theater, and to signal others as needed.  I can easily… Read More

Buying SHTF Ammo

All of a sudden it seems everyone wants to be in the ammo making business.  This has served in great measure to confuse many in the prepper consumer movement as to what constitutes good quality, reliability, value, or junk in terms of purchasing ammunition for survival prepping use and SHTF endurance.  There are many characteristics… Read More

Taurus’ New ‘First 24′ Kit

Sometimes preppers simply have to accept a product for what it is, and get past what it is not!  I know of very few items out there in the marketplace today that are truly “end all” items.  If I bought a cast iron skillet for Bug Out campfire cooking, somebody would criticize it for being… Read More

Cut Shotgun Shells For Survival

Bull Busters, Buck Busters, Poor Man’s Slug, Ringers.  No matter the nomenclature utilized, all these colloquialisms refer to a method of shotgun shell transformation we're going to call "cut shells", shotgun shells which have been cut around the circumference of the outer hull.  When these sliced shells are fired, they turn the shotgun shell itself… Read More

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