SHTF blog – Modern Survival

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…

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…

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 –…

Avoiding “The Purge” TEOTWAWKI

“Reminder: All emergency services will be suspended.” The red cross on the poster has a big black “/” through it. The promo says the support services of the nation, state, city, community, and neighborhood will be out of service for a 12-hour period during “The Purge.” The motto is: Survive the Night. by Dr. John J. Woods, contributing author That was the headline for the 2013 movie The Purge. I have read about the details of the movie plot and you can, too on Wikipedia. Of course, now you can get the…

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…

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…

You Have Your Bug-Out Bag – Now What Do You Do With It?

One thing I constantly try to keep in mind is that not everybody is familiar with the great outdoors. Recently I had a conversation with a friend at work who told me he had a bug-out bag full of good gear, but when we talked it became evident that he didn’t have a real solid plan of what to do with it in case he actually needed to bug-out. So I thought I’d write a short guide on what do do with your bug-out kit once you actually have to…

How to Pick the Best Personal Protection Firearm

Picking the best personal protection firearm is a huge question. Just for a little background, I am a firearms instructor and teach four to six classes a month on Basic and Concealed Carry/Defensive shooting.  I work at a reputable “big box” store in the firearms department, and I give lectures frequently on personal protection techniques and tools. That is just small snapshot of my background to give you some insight. By Dan C., a Contributing Author In each of those scenarios, I am frequently asked what is the best personal protection…