SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Modern Airguns: Calibers, Power, and Types

I was wrapping up a morning of pigeon control and headed to the truck when a straggler swooped in and perched on a cow barn roof, 40 yards away. Snap… Whap! The .22-caliber pellet struck with a decisive blow. Amidst a shower of feathers, the pigeon slid down the corrugated-steel roof and plopped within inches of a disinterested cow. Others located mere feet from the gun continued to munch on hay. The farmer was happy, his milk supply was uninterrupted, and his dairy was a couple dozen pigeons lighter. Although…

Suppressor Alternatives – No Noise or $200 Stamp

Looking for an alternative to the suppressor? Trying to shoot quietly but don’t want to spend $200 and deal with the hassle of a federal stamp? This post is for you. by Steve Markwith, contributing writer and author of Survival Guns At the time of this writing, COVID-19 is running rampant. Beyond meager supplies of hand sanitizer and toilet paper, perhaps the cupboard is looking alarmingly bare. The neighbor’s cat could be safe for the time being, but those annoying backyard squirrels might have more appeal with each passing day.…

What is the Best SHTF Rifle?

I’ll cut right to the chase: What is the best SHTF rifle? There it is, the $64,000 dollar question. Well, if you’ve been a long-time reader of SHTFblog, you’ll remember my article on the SHTF Shotgun and how, in my opinion, it’s not so SHTF-ey. So, whether you agreed with that article or not, I’m going to give you my own personal spin on the best SHTF rifle – one gun to rule them all! by Drew Forge So, to get a handle on this entirely massive question, we need…

Four Inexpensive Guns Preppers Can Use

My recent Starting a Survival Gun Collection piece established some guidelines for the selection of emergency-based firearms. The subsequent practical long guns and practical handguns posts were biased heavily toward proven reliability and ready availability of parts. But what if money is very tight? What are inexpensive guns preppers can use? Often it’s something that might already be in the family, or that can be bought for cheap. by Steve Markwith, contributing writer and firearms instructor Given the present state of affairs (written during the coronavirus pandemic), the choices in…

Four Practical Handgun Choices

At the time of this writing, during the COVID-19 pandemic, gun shop traffic has evolved to stampede-level. Handguns are flying off the shelves whether practical choices or not. What are the practical handgun choices? Beyond that suitability concern, reliability should be a big priority. Simplified maintenance and availability of parts count heavily when normal supply channels turn to trickles. At that point, well-established designs become a blessing. They endure through proven track records (which also improve logistics). by Steve Markwith, author of Handguns: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide Right off…

Top Five Practical Long Guns for Preppers

COVID-19 2020: America is in a tailspin. Beyond demands for toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and masks, the pandemic is pushing gun sales. The latter is a whole new world for some. Others will be shopping for a practical firearm that fills a niche. Safe bet security will be a main drive for all. For some, interests could extend to subsistence capabilities. Suddenly, self-reliance matters in the world of practical long guns for preppers. by Steve Markwith If you haven’t already, see my Starting a Survival Gun Collection for information regarding…

Starting a Survival Gun Collection

Some time ago SHTFblog published interesting piece titled Top Ten BEST Guns For Survival. As evidenced by the numerous comments on the piece, it was a popular read! And, not surprisingly, some of the feedback offered differing opinions. But what does it take to start building a survival gun collection? by Steve Markwith Coronavirus Pandemic and New Gun Buyers The current Coronavirus scare has put everyone’s knickers in a bunch. Good indicators beyond a scarcity of hand sanitizer are shortages of toilet paper and ammo. It’s a safe bet that…

How to Choose the Best Firearms Instructor for Your Needs

Everyone should take a firearms class! Unless you have been in the military or law enforcement, there is an excellent chance you do not have good training in firearms management. Without a doubt, firearms management is the key to safety and contributes significantly to reducing injuries and deaths. What is “firearms” or “weapons” management? You have most likely heard of firearms handling, gun safety, or marksmanship; to me these are all parts of firearms/weapons management.  Management commences when you first touch the weapon and it ceases only when the firearm…