Firearms

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

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