SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Operation Peak AR: Building an Inexpensive and (Probably) Effective AR-15

Bing! A text message came through on my phone. “Dude, is this a good deal?” I looked at the incoming photo – it was a screenshot from the Palmetto State Armory daily sale mailing list. I knew it well. The mailer also shows up in my inbox on a frequent basis. This particular photo showed a bargain that would have been inconceivable even a year and a half ago: PSA’s “Freedom Rifle Kit” – a complete flat top M4-pattern AR-15, sans lower receiver, rear sight, and magazine(s) for $299.99 –…

The New “Golden Age” of Rifles

I grew up in the 1980s and early 90s. It is not hard to remember a time when you could buy surplus rifles for a song. SKS rifles and Chinese AKs poured into the US, and one could buy a Norinco Type 56S AK for $229. Ammunition was cheap as well, a case of surplus 8mm or 7.62x39mm cost pennies per round. In fact, the good times continued after the assault weapons ban lifted in 2004. Cheap AKs, surplus rifles and ammunition flowed until the election of Obama. In 2008, panic began to take hold in…

How To Build A Dirty AR-15 Rifle

Preppers and survivalists alike need one go-to rifle they can trust through thick and thin.  This would be a rifle for everyday use and/or carry either hidden as an EDC gun in the back of a vehicle, in the rack of an ATV/UTV at the Bug Out hide away, and one that will be reliable though not always treated kindly or cleaned regularly.  We all need a dirty rifle. A “dirty rifle” then defined here for rather universal service would be (could be) an AR-15 in a very base model.  This…

Why Shooting Practice is Essential

As the old adage goes, there really is no substitute for experience.  This counts double time for shooting experience only gained by “popping lots of caps” as the Mil-Gens like to say.  Of course, they borrowed that ole saying from us baby boomer boomers.  The point is though that to gain valuable shooting experience, competency, and confidence, you have to shoot.  That translates into shooting a lot, shooting correctly, and becoming skillful at it.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & SurvivalCache I fear and…

How Much Ammo is Enough For SHTF?

If you have ever spent any time at all on a survival or firearm forum, you are bound to come across the phrase “Buy it cheap, and stack it deep”.  This phrase is, of course, referring to the amount of ammunition one should have if disaster strikes. After years in the shooting community, I have heard many reasons people stockpile ammunition for emergencies.  There are really only a few loons out there who prepare for impossible and downright foolish reasons.  One guy, I met really believed in an alien invasion…

The Age of the AR-15

When Eugene Stoner invented the AR-15 in the 1950s, I doubt he ever imagined the rifle’s success of today. In the age where hardwood stocks and full power cartridges reigned supreme, the little “Mattel toy” rifle with plastic stock and aluminum parts looked like something from a science fiction film. First adopted by the Air Force, and then by the Military as the M-16, the rifle went on to widespread use in Vietnam. Teething problems and improvements quickly followed for the M-16 and found their way into civilian model AR-15s.…

The Theory and Practical Application of the “Walking Around Rifle”

I’ll admit it readily; I’m a gun snob of the highest accord. I like my guns classy, old, and made of walnut and blued steel, forged and carved by craftsmen from a different era. I’m not saying that I don’t have and use ARs and polymer-framed pistols – I do; they are my “oh shit” guns, and I use and abuse them properly. What I am saying is that if I don’t need to be using that high-capacity new-age gun at a given time, I’m not gonna. Though the AR…

Converting .223 Rifle to .300 Blackout in a Few Steps

The .300 Blackout is an effective round that bridges some of the wide gap between a .223 and a .308 as well as allowing an AR15 platform rifle to encroach on the ballistics territory of the venerable AK 47. Plus the 300 BLK has the benefit of easily going subsonic making it about as quiet as possible given the mechanical noise of operating a rifle’s action. Adding to the quiet excitement is that the difference between a traditional AR15 in .223/5.56 and one in 300 BLK is little more than a…