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…

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…

Are Shotguns the Ultimate SHTF Firearm?

Are Shotguns the ultimate SHTF firearm? I’m gonna save you some time in case you don’t feel like reading the rest of this article: NO! by Drew, contributing writer I’m fully aware I may have just opened up a Pandora’s Box of Drew-hate, but I’m going to stand behind my statement. Are shotguns versatile? Yes. Are shotguns brutally effective within their envelope? Absolutely. Will I be heading out the door with a shotgun in hand as a primary firearm in a SHTF event? Nope. I’m not just postulating out of…

“Assembled in USA” The New AK-47 Trend

For years there were three roads to go about procuring an AKM, AK-47, or AK-74 in the US.  The first being that you could buy an import.  For years that meant a Chinese Norinco or Polytech imported by a half dozen different firms.  Hungarian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Romanian, and Russian rifles started to pour in after these Chinese guns were banned.  Today this is limited to Romanian, Bulgarian and Serbian AK rifles.  Generally, with some exception, all these imports have proven to be reliable, long lasting, and overall well-built rifles. By…