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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…

Gear Review: Craft Leather Pancake Holster and Magazine Carrier

As a man who grew up among outdoorsmen and gun snobs, I have long held that there are few finer pleasures in the gun world than a truly well made leather holster encapsulating my sidearm du jour. Many have been the days that I have wandered through the New England outdoors with a Smith & Wesson revolver or SIG Sauer automatic riding in an enclosure made of a material that previously held residence somewhere on a bovine’s posterior anatomical location. Growing up, using a leather holster was a given by…

Handling an Active Shooter Situation

I have spent considerable time studying this issue and even more time thinking about what one should do in the event of an armed robbery or an “active shooter”. Although I have been blessed to never have been in either, I routinely think about what I would do should that unfortunate event occur. The more I think about what I would do, the more I think about how my response differs significantly from what you are told to do by government, educational, and business loss-prevention programs. By Dan C., a…

The Katrina Pistol: Part I

Ever since I created the Katrina Rifle, I’ve considered adding a Katrina Pistol to my loadout. So when Glock read my mind and released their Modular Optics System (MOS) pistols, I knew the time was right to build a Katrina Pistol.  Based on the same survival philosophy as my Katrina Rifle, the Katrina Pistol needs to be good enough to sit at the top of my short list of things to grab when running out the door for possibly the last time. by Doc Montana, a contributing writer Symptoms and Solutions The…

Get Her a Gun for Valentine's Day!

Alright Gentlemen, consider this your friendly SHTF warning.  Valentines Day is only 3 weeks away. If I may offer my humble advice, Get her a Gun for Valentines Day! Get her something sized for her hand. Yes, size does matter, but like most things, bigger isn’t always better. Perhaps a nice handgun nestled in a box of chocolates? If you’d rather go with a long gun in a bed of roses, think about completing the package and getting her a nice padded Women’sshooting shirt. Try Classic Upland Supply. Most women like gifts of…

Top Ten BEST Guns for Survival

Note – this post on the best survival guns is part serious, part fun. They’re also a reflection of my general preferences, which may or may not be logical in nature. You may find the comments section of particular interest. Further, if you are looking for an exceptionally informative, no-nonsense source of information on selecting the best survival guns and building a collection of practical firearms, I highly recommend Steve Markwith’s book Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide. Bonus – being the first book in his series, it’s reasonably priced. Now,…