AR-15

External Belt Gear Rigs

When the soldiers left the ships to fight in that big war to end all wars, the troops were all carrying a webbed belt around the outside of their coats or jackets. This webbed belt carried a wide variety of accessory pouches for ammo, weapons magazines, medical supplies, a canteen, maybe a holster for a… Read More

Suppressed Prepper Rifles

Ricky Bryant has not used a regular hunting rifle for years.  By regular he means a standard hunting rifle with a factory barrel.  Why?  Because Bryant of Clinton, Mississippi is owner and operator of BMS Machine short for Bryant’s Machine Shop on Highway 80 East in Clinton.  What Ricky probably does not realize is that… Read More

Burying Guns & Ammo with MonoVault Burial Tubes

Whenever the headlines carry news of a new law that limits our 2nd Amendment rights, conversations will often come around to the subject of burying guns or creating a survival cache of some sorts.  If not firearms, people talk about burying silver and gold, ammunition, cash, important documents, even caching food storage or fuel on… Read More

SHTF Armorer: Magazine Maintenance – Part 2

So we know to try to keep any severe damage from happening to our precious magazines - that one’s a no-brainer.  But we also need to be aware that during normal use and training, magazines get dropped onto the ground, which is the natural habitat of mud, dirt, dust, snow, small bugs, standing and/or running… Read More

SHTF Armorer: Magazine Maintenance – Part 1

The AR-15.  AK-47.  M1A.  Glock 17.  SIG Sauer P226.  Colt 1911.  S&W M&P.  CZ-75.  Beretta 92.  Ruger 10/22.  H&K MP5.  Walther P22.  All of these firearms each have an army of diehard pundits in the firearms world.  You probably have at least one of them incorporated in your SHTF plans.  It's possible your very life… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

Do You Really Need An AR-15 When the SHTF?

There are two groups of people reading this:  those that think you'll need an AR-15 or two and those that think one is totally unnecessary. Let's explore some scenarios. Maybe some thinking along different lines will help you to make your own decision.   Scenario One Let's first operate under the idea that things have… Read More

SHTF Armorer: The AR-15 Bolt Carrier Group

Whether you like it or not, you have to admit that the AR-15 is the rifle of choice for the majority of preppers nationwide. It's adaptable, it's easy to handle, easy to shoot well, and the sheer numbers of them out there mean that any prepper undermost circumstances should probably have one in his arsenal… Read More