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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.…

Getting Started with Reloading for SHTF

If there is one thing that the past 25 years have shown us, the firearms and ammunition market can be unpredictable. From so called “Assault Weapons” bans, to ammunition import bans and sanctions. Market panics can cause a run on firearms and ammunition and leave store shelves and internet suppliers empty. Wars or an overseas crisis can drastically impact firearms owners of arm of foreign calibers. by Zach Dunn, contributing author Being prepared for the ups and downs of the firearms and ammunition market is vital for those who have…

Scope Mounting the Prepper Marlin 336Y

Believe it or not, not every prepper or survivalist is totally enamored with the quintessential semi-auto rifle platform.  Though the AR-15s and AK-47s among other similar rifle types are highly touted as the ideal prepper weapon, some folks just don’t like them.  Well, not like them or don’t trust them or the cartridges in their chambers. by Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author Many alternatives from these militaristic rifle forms exist and among the most popular is the classic Marlin 336 lever action rifle.  Mainly chambered for the also…

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 his shop is making an excellent rifle for prepping and survival work.  Quiet, mean, and effective. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFblog Among all the many machined parts for multiple industrial…

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 water, and sand.  Also, carbon and powder fouling (especially from suppressed guns), lead, copper, and brass debris from the cartridges will become denizens of the magazine just through normal use. By Drew, a contributing writer…

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 and chances of survival will depend on one of these some day.  However, they all have a common weakness, a vulnerability that can reduce these fine pieces of weaponry to single-shot, barely useful clubs: the…

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 imagine that more than a few muskets were raised in the presence of nothing more than candle or lamp light. By Doc Montana, a contributing author But gunfighting with a left hand full of lamp…

Shooting Cut Shotgun Shells

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 shotgun shells.” These are 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 (typically filled with birdshot) into a de facto “slug.” A neat idea, yes; but why would someone do this? by Drew, a contributing writer Why People Cut Shotgun Shells The concept of the…