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Seems like there are more and more terrible events happening where some mentally-unstable person takes the lives of innocent citizens via a mass shooting. When it happens it makes national news and the anti-gun movement gets a huge boost of both money, and public support. I do see gun control measures increasing substantially within the next several years. A few more headlines of people getting killed by “evil guns” and gun control measures will be all the talk in Congress. Even those in support of the 2nd Amendment may make concessions in an effort to stay in office when the next round of elections come around.
Why own firearms? Pretty simple- protection. Take a look at the evidence: In New Orleans and surrounding areas after Hurricane Katrina massive looting and crime spread like wildfire as low-life’s took advantage of the lack of law enforcement and prayed on innocent victims. In a disaster – whether it be an economic collapse or wide spread power outage – you must be able to defend yourself, your family, and your property.
The point of this post is not to provide instruction and ideas on what guns to have but rather to serve as a reminder that guns are an integral part of anyone’s survival and preparedness system. Everyone has unique situations which may dictate one firearm selection over another. Regardless – find what works for you, buy it, get training, and stock up.
If you never need it……great! You have it.
If you end up needing it and don’t have it……well……..
The Ammo Shortage
By John From Iowa, Editor-At-Large
Everyone that’s a shooting enthusiast, and otherwise interested in firearms for whatever reason, knows there’s currently an ammo shortage going on. I’ve wondered about it and done some research and looking. And yes, there’s lots of conspiracy theories for that too!
No, I don’t believe the government is responsible. They would not have a need or use for millions of rounds of .22 LR ammo. They have put a request to buy a large quantity of other ammunition, but it’s only a request, and not an actual buy. So kick out the conspiracy rants and let’s look at what’s really going on.
Beginning in 2008, when Obama got elected, things started getting tight on ammo. This was due to fears of what his anti-gun agenda might be. We all know that nothing materialized the first four years, and ammo could be purchased but supplies were spotty at best. Then the anti-gun rhetoric started after the mass shootings (no I don’t believe any conspiracy BS here either), this is where everything went crazy in the gun world. Panic buying ensued and more guns have been sold in the last few months than anytime prior. We’re talking millions! With any new or used gun purchase, there’s a desire to buy ammo for it. I mean what good is a gun without ammo to shoot in it? So everyone wants to buy a quantity of ammo to go along with that new gun purchase. This was compounded with what was already a spotty supply, prior to the shootings.
Now comes the key to what has everything dried up. The NRA spelled it out real good in their latest magazine article on the subject. People are just plain buying more than they really need or would normally use! The author of the article quotes an instance that rings true with what I’ve seen personally. A friend called him to say he’d just made a super score on 22 ammo! The local gun shop got in 5,000 rounds and he bought it all! The author asked him how many he would normally buy or need if there wasn’t a shortage going on, and the friend replied “probably about 500”. This is classic panic buying at its best/worst! At our local Wal-Mart, before they put limits on, a guy that had just opened a shooting range came in and bought all the ammo they had because he couldn’t get any for people to use on his range from anywhere else. He is now charging about double from what it originally sold for! This brings us to the next point.
There are those that are buying everything they can get, so they can sell it for outrageous prices! Even components to reload ammo are getting scalped! It doesn’t take long to see this happening at unscrupulous gun shops and on the net. There has been no substantial price hikes from the manufacturers, only the dishonest sellers. I’ve seen bricks (500 rounds) of 22 ammo sell for $100 at times lately! I just bought some primers for reloading from a local honest dealer for $28.95 a carton. I’m seeing scalpers wanting $100 a carton currently!
I for one, am making a mental note to never deal with the scalpers when things die down. The ammo shortage is real, but perpetuated by the predictable panic buying mode and unscrupulous sellers. No, it’s not the law of supply and demand! It is artificial just like the supposed gas shortages. Folks have found out that they can get away with it, and make money. So they capitalize on it and go stronger with it.
The solution? Buy only what you need, and don’t pay those ridiculous prices to the bandits. Sure you might have to wait awhile before things calm back down to normal, but it’s the only way to fight back on this current BS!
Since writing this article, I’ve heard that more and more the Department of Homeland Security is coming under scrutiny for their excessive ammo purchases, and future intended purchases. This is rightfully so, as they are wanting to buy more than the military actually uses per person!
Is this a conspiracy? No, I think it’s a classic case of the ‘Good Ole Boy’ attitude by the DHS. They want to buy enough ammo that their agents can go out any time they choose and shoot all they want, as much as they want. Then, if they are shooting with a local LE or civil unit, they can give them some too as a kind of gratuity.
Boy, wouldn’t it be nice if we could have all the free ammo we wanted! Government waste at it’s best!
SHTF ONE GUN DEFENSE
BY GREG RENTCHLER, Editor at Large
I’ve been spending a lot of time at my BOL thinking about a one-gun solution for defending the family in time of SHTF. After much discussion with my survival family and colleagues, we collectively concluded that there is no such thing as a one-gun solution to address the plethora of variations of circumstances involved in a SHTF scenario.
Because times are tough and getting tougher, I decided that I would attempt to create a simple, cheap, and versatile weapon system, consisting of just one gun. The accompanying photos should give you an idea of what I have put together in hopes that many will see the attributes and limitations to this problem.
Let’s be clear. I don’t have all the answers. But I do have a background that that should legitimize my conclusions. So, just consider these words from a guy that wants to share an idea, based on a lifetime of firearms use, study and instructing.
You’ll immediately see that I have chosen a shotgun for my “one-gun option” or (OGO). The gun is a 12 gauge Mossberg/Maverick HS-12 , over/under, 18.5 inch improved cylinder barrel chokes(size of opening at end of barrel or “muzzle”). The gun is equipped with two picatinny rails, one fixed under the bottom barrel and the other on the top rear of the receiver. This is a clever rail on the receiver. The rail is cut thru with a “V”, allowing a sighted picture thru the rail to the front sight, which is fiber optic, thereby creating a very bright, clear, accurate sight picture!
My general premise here is that a shotgun is the most versatile type of firearm produced. Let me tell you why-
* a wide range and type of ammo available to shotguns make it capable of taking game from birds/rabbits/squirrels(with birdshot), to coyotes/2-4 legged(buckshot), to larger mammals as elk/ moose/bear (slugs, either solid or hollow point).
Author’s note- I once killed a Corvette with a shotgun using a slug. What a surprise to the driver dirtbag and unfortunate for the owner.
* ease of use- simple design, break open action, slide safety, manually activated triggers
* shotguns can be used as less than lethal devices (bean bag or rubber rounds)
* less expensive than assault rifles and many handguns.
* ammo available in every store and every farmhouse
* accuracy is very good to excellent with sabot slugs
* extreme foot pounds of energy at close distance and with slugs at distance
* most terminal firearm made- some restrictions( I know, how terminal does a firearm need to be)
* can launch line, signal device, fire starter, club, water portage!
Now for building this gun, I enhanced it considering my thoughts for its use as a SHTF weapon:
I immediately test fired the gun for reliability, accuracy(where it printed with shot and slugs). Then, I applied camo colors using wide shoelaces to break up the paint and outline. A 200 lumen tac light was attached to the forward rail. I felt this gun should remain simple and effective. The light gives the operator surprise to the target and a very quick sight picture for same. A side saddle type of ammo carrier was affixed the the stock(L or R side) for backup reloading and as important, the ammo is a mix of #4 buck, 00 buck and slugs. The gun is rugged and reliable. A sling could be attached easily but is not necessary on this 6.5 pound weapon. The butt stock is hollow reducing weight and allowing for emergency storage .
You could even put a bayonet on the muzzle using the fixed bottom rail! You might note from the photo that I keep two rounds secured by rubber band at the muzzle end of the barrels. Those two rounds are bird shot that I keep for quail egg eating crows in the area. The gun is fast to action, easy to lash down, safe, simple and powerful.
If you look very closely on the butt stock, you will see a distinctive “Z” painted in bright green.
I hope you have enjoyed this offering as much as I do reading and discussing yours!! Be safe and Train!
” be the victor not the victim”
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Going Home – survival fiction /awesome book!
Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises – survival fiction
Lights Out – EMP survival fiction – great book
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Clarified Butter – special sale
How to Choose the Best Body Armor for Personal Protection?
When you are looking for body armor that would protect you from either ballistic or stab/spike attacks, there are a few things you should consider, before finally making your mind.
Overt or Covert Armor?
You have to decide whether you want your body armor to go over your clothes (overt body armor) or to be worn under them (covert body armor), both styles can be seen at www.safeguardarmor.com and are purchased based on requirement. Do you have any special demands for your armor? For example, do you want to use SAPI plate or maybe you want your vest to have a front zipper? These are the questions you must answer before choosing a type of body armor you need.
Consider the Threats
Make sure you appraise your situation. Are the threats you will be facing going to be just ballistic or are they going to involve edged weapons too? Do you know the maximum caliber you are going to encounter? After considering this, make sure to refer to the NIJ ballistic protection ratings or the HOSDB stab/spike protection ratings.
As significant as it is to have proper protection, it’s also essential to not overestimate the protection levels you require, specifically if you must wear the armor for prolonged time frames. Body armor with higher protection levels will be a bit heavier, than armors of lower levels, and will frequently stiffen your mobility. Whatever it is, most contemporary body armor gear is flexible and lightweight.
Make Certain about the Size
There are 3 (4 for women) essential measurements that a consumer should refer to in order to increase the chances of body armor fitting them well.
First of all, it’s the overall standing height. This will help you make certain that the armor is not too long, but is long just enough.
Secondly, estimate your chest size. You must as well match this to a reliable chest size chart and guide.
Thirdly, measure the length of your breastbone – the distance between the belly button and the top of your chest bone. This particular measure is the most significant in ensuring the length of the vest is appropriate.
Fourthly, and lastly, female wearers should measure their cup size.
Make sure that you collect all this data before you choose body armor for personal protection.
Factual Fitting of Body Armor
A lot of people think that a body armor vest has to reach all the way down to the waist. But, this is not how it is in reality. The vest has to extend just to the navel area – the belly button. If a vest passes the navel, it becomes too heavy, while protecting non-vital inner organs. A too long vest will as well impede with the mobility of the wearer. It will also not feel comfortable and won’t even allow the person to bend down, if needed.
Even though taking care of all these things may take some time in the beginning, it is still better to do it before buying body armor. These factors and measurements will help you make certain that you buy the perfect body armor for you and your particular needs.
Gun Magazines from Harold’s Perspective
By Harold, Editor-At-Large
When I was a youth and enlisted in the Army, my usual firearms were single shot, double barrel, revolver or pump action and not a box magazine fed unit. My first experience was during training when I first fired the little M1 carbine. Lovely little weapon and I still love it today but, here is where it had gotten intense.
We were issued according to what we were carrying and if you had the M1 carbine you got 15 round magazines and if you had the M2 fully automatic version you got 30 round magazines. Being an old snap shooting country woods boy, two things immediately became clear. Unless I was in one hell of a firefight backed up by persons on both sides of me, I would never use the automatic enabled version because common sense told me that would be where the opponents fire would be concentrated immediately. Desiring to preserve my hide, I objected to the tactics being taught and was hauled off to the rifle range where I was provided with the opportunity to fire for record every shoulder arm and pistol in the Army’s inventory.
I fired Expert with everything they threw at me that day and when the results were compared to my structured range and tactics records there seemed to be a great difference in results. I confided in the drill sergeant that I did not understand the windage adjustment on the rifles and when I applied what is known as Kentucky windage, unless they checked and saw that indeed my windage adjustment had not been made, I was not counted as making the shot.
They quickly told me that I was just fine the way I was and they would be happy to share a foxhole with me and that use of the windage adjustment was optional and for people who really were not shooters. This stuck in my memory and when discussing the M2 carbine and my reluctance to use it in that manner, they wanted to know if I saw anything else objectionable about it.
I said I had observed that the magazine protruded so low from the weapon that special care had to be taken in assuming a prone position to prevent damage to the magazine and this require extra time in assuming a prone position and increased the possibility of getting hit. After a short demonstration in which two magazines were damaged and would not feed the entire thirty rounds and also were difficult to remove from the weapon because of the damage, my thoughts on the subject were recorded and passed around.
Various shooters of the carbine had proven that the fifteen round magazine could be changed much more quickly and could be done in a full prone position without exposing yourself and you could not do this with the thirty round magazine. From then on until the retirement of that fine little weapon, anywhere I went while in the Army and was assigned a carbine, the option of six thirty round magazines or twelve fifteen round magazines were offered. I invariably chose the fifteen round magazines and left half of them still in their protective packaging in my pack as long as I was so armed.
After leaving the service I had given to me a fine looking lever action Winchester that had only one thing wrong with it–It would only accept three rounds in the magazine. The outer tube appeared free of damage and I acquired through a gun shop in Terra Haute, a completed magazine tube, spring and follower which, when installed, showed a bad kink in the follower spring which prevented loading more than the three rounds.
Second incident was a Remington Nylon 66 that had gotten damaged when a truck door was shut on it and crushed the magazine tube. Then this happened with a Marlin 60 which had been dropped. All of these things were repairable, except not at the moment when I needed it the most, but were rendered useless until parts arrived.
This colored my judgment since then and I have settled on ten round magazines for my Marlin 995 carbine which feed flawlessly, held enough ammunition for that follow up four rounds to the same vulnerable place theory which has stood me in good stead for years. It is easy to assume a prone position with this magazine inserted, it does not protrude lower than the heel of the stock and keeping extra loaded magazines on hand ensures that I have a recharge readily available if needed.
The fifteen round magazine sold by various people was junk to start with and was quickly damaged by a grandson on our first test. Added to the fact that since the 22 rim fire is a rimmed round the magazines can not be offset like a rimless round and therefore are not loadable from a stripper clip if any existed since it has to be loaded from front to back and depressing the spring when the last few are loaded is a real bear. Unless you have a slotted magazine with the stripper tool that depresses the magazine spring and follower for you along during the loading.
After trying all of the tests I have mentioned here, the ex-friend said that indeed all of this was so and a person just was well have an AR15 with which I agreed, except if you really needed a 22. He said if you really needed a .22, one with a smaller magazine would work just fine, to which I agreed. He was so mad when he realized he had outpointed himself he stormed off stating that he would never talk to me again. I should have just stayed sick.
From Rourke – This post was originally published way back on May 23rd, 2011 on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. It can be seen in its original form here - http://modernsurvivalonline.com/review-smith-wesson-mp15-22-22lr-semi-auto/. By the way – it is still shooting great!
I love the .22LR .
Over the years I have had a variety of .22LR pistols and rifles. From the Ruger Mk II pistol to a Squire Bingham M16R – I have shot thousands of rounds of .22LR and had a ball doing it. Ever since seeing pictures of the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 – I have wanted one.
Well – I finally broke down and bought one. Although I know that the $469 price tag could have bought me larger caliber – more serious defensive-minded firearm – the M&P .22LR was a “want” buy – not a “need”.
I picked up my M&P new from Palmetto State Armory. Bringing it home I was excited to open the box and check it out. My initial impression was one of quality. This gun feels solid and well built. In comparison – it is certainly lighter than my Stag AR. One of the main reasons for this is its polymer construction. The vast majority of the M&P is polymer – including most of the lower as well as the quad rail.
I wanted to check out the internals – which was easy. Breaking down very similar to a regular AR-variant – access to the bolt assembly is super easy. In other words - field striping for cleaning is simple and requires no special tools. The barrel can be cleaned easily when broken down as both ends are accessible.
Many accessories that can fit on a typical AR can often be fitted for the M&P. I plan to leave mine pretty much stock other than adding a red dot sight. The buffer tube cannot be removed – although other stocks can be fitted onto the non-removable buffer tube (so I am told). Even after market triggers can be dropped into the M&P15-22.
The barrel is fitted with a standard looking “flash hider/muzzle break”. I like it. Even though it is just a .22LR – it adds to the AR-look and profile.
Sights consist of a fully adjustable rear and a A2-style front post. When I first checked out mine the rear sight was adjusted for windage way to one side. I thought that this could not be right – so I set it centered in the mount. I soon found out at the range that it came from the factory correct after I was shooting WAY to the left. Anyways – I had no issues with the sights and have no desire to change them – other than trying out a red dot sight or two. I like the looks of the Vortex Strikefire red dot. More on my testing in a bit.
Here are some specs from the Smith & Wesson website:
- Capacity:25 Round Detachable Magazine
- Action:Blow Back Semi-Auto
- Barrel Length:16″
- Barrel Twist:1 in 15″
- Front Sight:Adjustable A2 Post
- Rear Sight:Adjustable Dual Aperture
- Overall Length:33.75″ Extended/30.5″ Collapsed
- Stock:6-Position CAR Stock
- Weight:5.5 lbs.
- Barrel Material:Carbon Steel
- Finish:Matte Black
I took the M&P to Georgia to my brothers land to test out. I had purchased a few extra magazines as well as an ample supply of .22LR ammunition. I decided to test the M&P15-22 with CCI Blazer, CCI Mini-Mag HP’s, and CCI Tactical ammo. I planned to test fire by firing 200 rounds of the CCI Blazers – clean the weapon, fire 200 rounds of the Mini-Mags – clean, then finish with 200 rounds of the CCI Tactical.
Here were the results:
- CCI Blazer ammo – 1 fail to eject out of 200 rounds. This was around round 160 during the initial break-in period.
- CCI Mini-Mag’s – 0 failures of any kinds – perfect.
- CCI Tactical – 0 failures of any kind – perfect
I consider this reliability test fantastic. 600 shots and only 1 failure – and that one failure within the first 200 rounds using cheap ammo - excellent!
Accuracy was just fine and what was to be expected. I did not do a bunch of group tests to show you per ammo type – I just wanted to see if I could hit what I was aiming at. To provide one example – my nephew was shooting an old 12 gauge and I hung up 2 empty shells from a distance of about 30 yards. I was using the M&P and he was using an old target .22 that belongs to his dad. I hit my shell the very first shot. He was impressed – especially after missing his over and over again and then I hit his within a few additional shots.
I had no problems with the magazines or function of the gun whatsoever. Magazines were easy to load, easy to remove and easy to insert. No issues. The controls of the M&P15-22 are….well……just like an AR-15. Magazine release……same. Safety……same. Cocking……same.
One of the advantages of the M&P15-22 over other .22′s is the ability to get used to an AR-type system for a lower cost. Practicing at the range – engaging and disengaging the safety many times over while shooting inexpensive .22LR has its benefits.
The quad rails provide plenty of area to mount lasers, grips, flashlights…..whatever. I like it – but they are not the most comfortable thing to hold while shooting.
My 12-year old son enjoyed shooting the M&P and did really well after a few rounds getting used to it.
Oh – for all you lefties out there (like me) – I had no issues shooting the right-hand ejecting M&P15-22.
My overall impression of the firearm has been very positive. I am really looking forward to my next trip to Georgia to shoot it again.
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Gun storage and a review of the
Sentinel Heavy Gauge Steel Security Cabinet
Quote of the Day
“A free people ought…to be armed”
Gun Storage Cabinet
By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor
I personally like to see my guns. On my old homestead I had built a custom gun storage cabinet with glass doors into the wall of the living room. I backed it with a tanned, hair-on deer hide and stacked the rifles, shotguns, and pistols against the hide in a beautiful display. Below it, with knotty pine doors, was my storage of extra ammo, gun cleaning kit and supplies. It kept the dust off my guns and was a beautiful display.
But my home burned, so…
This home just doesn’t lend itself to my favorite Lodge decorating style. And there is just no room for anything, it is so small. In fact, where I have the gun cabinet in the closet tucked under the stairs was the master closet when I moved in!
Life is all about change, so I made the master bedroom (Which would only hold a full sized bed pushed up against one wall.) into a combination bathroom and closet. It wasn’t even big enough to do a separate bathroom and closet! And since I needed storage for my guns, I started looking for something that would work.
As you can see from the picture, I needed something short and small, that would fit under a closet rod. I don’t have an arsenal. I own guns for hunting and homestead use. All I needed was storage for a couple of shotguns, a .22, and a couple of handguns. I found this Sentinel for under $70 on sale that stands 52” tall and holds 10 or 12 guns. And it locks!
It was lightweight enough for me to haul into the house myself. The only assembly was the inside shelf and sticky thingy’s for gun rests. It has predrilled holes for attaching it with screws to the floor and walls, but it recommended drilling holes to hit studs. I was sorely disappointed with my walls and floor in that closet. NO studs found! And when I drilled into the floor which I assumed was ¾ inch flooring—practically nothing! But what is there keeps it from tipping over. The fault is the house, not the cabinet!
Securely attached, it would keep 300 lb. Bubba at bay for 5 to 10 minutes. The door is tight enough to make it difficult to get a pry bar into it and the lock is surprisingly sturdy! For $70, I’m impressed! And it looks nice, always important to a woman!
Here it is opened and loaded. Note the foam rests for the guns to keep them upright and the foam on the bottom. Very nice for the money. Then there is the top shelf where I will put the handguns. It is big enough where I can stack my ammo cans in it too!
There is enough room left on top where I can hang my safety glasses and ear plugs for the gun range above it and store pistol cases and on it. This is all I need. It is someplace to store my guns, with a lock to keep the grandkids out, and adequate storage where I can keep everything together in one place for grab and go convenience. And it is in our main level “safe room” the master bath.
This is not a gun safe! It did not take two men to haul it into the house and set it up. It is not fireproof. And it didn’t cost an entire month’s social security check! But it is perfect for homestead storage of essential firearms.
A smile for you…
1. Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.
3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.
4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.
5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him ‘Why do you carry a 45?’ The Ranger responded, ‘Because they don’t make a 46.’
6. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm.
‘Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?’
‘No Ma’am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle or a shotgun.’
7. Beware the man who only has one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!
But wait, there’s more!
I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house. I said I did.
She said ‘Well I certainly hope it isn’t loaded!’
To which I said, of course it is loaded, can’t work without bullets!’
She then asked, ‘Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?’
My reply was, ‘No not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too.’
To which I’ll add, having a gun in the house that isn’t loaded is like having a car in the garage without gas in the tank.
In GOD We Trust
I have just found out that ReadyReserveAmmo.com is expecting a shipment of 5.56mm NATO 62 Grain XM855 Penetrator rounds this week. They are currently taking pre-orders.
I know many of you are looking for ammunition including 5.56mm. At the price that 5.56 ammunition is selling for – around $1.00 per round – take advantage of his deal. Currently they are selling 30 rounds in a long-term storage can or $16.95. This works out to be a bit above .50 cents a round.
Also – last I looked they still have .22LR in stock and are taking pre-orders for 9mm.
For more information – visit ReadyReserveAmmo.com. I believe pre-orders must be called in.
Keep your powder dry!
This post was originally published over at ModernSurvivalOnline quite a while ago. I believe its contents are still viable and really needs to be updated. Let me emphasize something here – I am not endorsing the 22LR as a defensive round. What I am saying is that if it is what you have, and what you can afford – it is better than a mean stare.
22LR as a Defensive Round?
Via my previous blog before it was moved here – slightly updated: In today’s tight economic conditions – there are many preparedness-minded folks out there looking to their Defense Budget and trying to get money to stretch as far as possible. One must consider what type of scenario the Defensive Budget is being prepared for and considered. Obviously – a collapse of society and having to defend yourself and family against motorcycle-riding roving gangs of marauders is quite different than localized power outages from severe thunderstorms. With that said – I believe in preparing for the worst. With THAT said – decisions have to sometimes be made when funds are limited.
The question as to what firearms can be purchased for the least amount of money and used effectively to defend yourself has been discussed more times than can be counted. I am also not going to argue with anyone that says that the .22LR is by far not the best round to have in a defensive weapon. It is not. With that in mind – I believe a .22LR can fill a spot as a defensive firearm if your budget is limiting.
There have been thousands of deer taken by the lowly .22LR. Numerous people have been fatally shot by the .22LR. Shot placement is of paramount importance – more so with the .22LR than probably with any other round. Beyond injuring – follow up shots may be required to end a skirmish permanently. This must be remembered when considering arming yourself with a .22LR and potentially entering a firefight.
We all know that the .22LR has limited range, limited ability to penetrate, limited stopping power, as well as limited potential firearms to choose from. What positives does the .22LR bring to the table? Let’s take a look:
- Expense – The most obvious positive factor – there are many .22LR firearms that can be purchased for just a couple of hundred dollars. The cost of .22LR ammunition, although higher recently, is still much cheaper than it’s centerfire siblings.
- Recoil – The lack of recoil assist the shooter in two ways. First – quick follow up shots can be performed as the sights generally stay on target through the shot – even multiple shots. Second – those shooters that generally may be fearful of a full-sized rifle can become comfortable shooting the .22LR quickly.
- Noise – The .22LR is not nearly as loud as a typical centerfire rifle. This helps conceal the shooters position as well as protect the shooters hearing so it can be used later. The “hearing” factor is often discounted and discussed little – however the ability to hear for days after the use of a firearm would be pretty important – don’t you think? Of course hearing protection can and should be used – however you never know when something might happen. Hearing protection might not be an option.
To consider the .22LR – you must first look at what firearms are available. To consider any .22LR as a defensive weapon – it has to possess a few qualities. First, it must be reliable. Second, it must be accurate out to 50-75 yards – if not more. Third – I believe it must be semi-automatic so as to provide effective and quick follow up shots. This narrows down the field quite a bit:
- Ruger 10/22 – The Ruger 10/22 is probably the most popular .22LR ever made. It takes a factory 10-rd magazine, accuracy is decent, and is extremely reliable with the factory magazine. There are lots of accessories to outfit the 10/22 with different stocks, sights, and more. Be careful with the high capacity magazines – none work nearly as well as the factory 10 shot. Price is around $200.
- Marlin Semi-Auto .22′s – Marlin has been making .22LR semi-auto rifles for a very long time. They possess many of the same qualities as the 10/22 – except the ability to customize with lots of options. Price again is similar to the 10/22 depending upon exact model chosen – generally cheaper.
- Smith and Wesson just introduced a .22LR version of the AR-15. An absolute beautiful firearm – it is pictured here in the blog and accepts 25-rd magazines. This firearm also accepts most all accessories that would adapt to the standard AR-15 – such as scopes, lasers, lights, grips, etc. Priced at a retail price of $499 – I am looking forward to getting one soon.
- Remington makes a nice synthetic .22LR called the Model 597. Very handy – the gun takes a 10-rd magazine and easily mounts a scope. High capacity magazines are available – however reliability is questionable.
- American Tactical Imports GSG-5 Semi-Auto .22 LR Carbine – a very interesting weapon in that it is a very close replica of a HK MP5 9mm sub-machine gun. Never handling one – I have heard that reliability is good with high quality ammunition. Magazine capacity is 22 rounds. Typical price range is between $500-550 – not cheap.
There are lots of other semi-auto .22LR carbines and rifles from other manufacturers. In my mind the ones listed above are the leaders of the pack.
Once choosing a firearm – next you need to look at stockpiling ammunition. I am a firm believer in stockpiling quality .22LR ammunition. Obviously you should stock that ammunition which performs well in your particular firearm. For me – that means CCI. CCI makes a very high quality bullet. Clean shooting, copper clad – this is truly beautiful ammo. From standard velocity to super fast CCI Stingers – it is not the cheapest – but well worth the price.
Accessories to personalize your new .22LR firearm: Typically most people can get by with a stock firearm. Accessorizing your .22LR defensive firearm with optics to your liking is often beneficial – especially when shooting at farther distances. Red dot sights can get you on target very quickly. Extra magazines are an absolute must as reloading during a tense situation will not be very easy. Slings can be wonderful when trekking through the woods on recon. Those accessories that enhance the usability and performance for your firearm should be emphasized.
The reality is that I would rather have a semi-auto .22LR that I am comfortable shooting in case of trouble – than have nothing at all. But it would never replace my Stag AR.
The choice is yours………..
Good luck all -
Editor-at-Large, John from Iowa provided this fantastic link to a website where you can easily contact your local Congressman and voice your opinion on NO MORE GUN CONTROL!!
Here is the site: http://www.ruger.com/micros/
Both Bev and John have used the site and received responses.
If you care about the future of our gun freedoms and our ability to defend ourselves and our families – please contact your Congressman and tell them NOT to support ANY gun control measures that cross their desk.
When the “little lady” Says “No Guns!”
By Greg Rentchler
Editor at large, NV
Now that I have gotten your attention………………………….
For the past twelve years, I have been living and providing firearms training to civilians in the Las Vegas, NV area. Las Vegas reins unique in so many areas. One of those areas is the abundance of jobs for women. The only “war on women” in Las Vegas is from the criminal element! Unfortunately, some jobs that are offered to women in LV many times leave them exposed to unwelcomed behavior. And because sex sells in Las Vegas, working, striving women are unduly targeted by creeps intent on aggressive advances. So, Las Vegas is a leader in sexual assaults, stalking, Temporary Protective Order (TPO), divorce, child stealing, and vice related (drugs, prostitution) crimes. And because all of Nevada took an exceptional hit from the housing collapse, the building trades and associated businesses have been decimated. That meant more unemployment and more property crimes. Because of this city’s vast female entertainment job core, many of my clients are single women or women singled out.
Now ladies, here are some of my personal observations. In almost every concealed weapons class I’ve conducted in the past 25 years, women have been the better shooters! I have coined a prophecy for men. “Men, you can’t successfully teach your girlfriend, fiancée or spouse to shoot, drive or play golf!” You know it’s true. They feel that they must be given direction by an instructor who is recognized as someone who has knowledge beyond yours. I find these results to be grounded in a true interest to learn to protect themselves and their children. Some of these female clients have gone on to become serious shooting competitors, police officers, armed guards, executive protection agents (body guards) and bad*** Moms! I’m so proud of my female clients. They are truly motivated and serious when it comes to firearms.
Some female spouses, however, are hard over about NO guns in the house. This reaction often times seems to come from having young children present. Other ladies just don’t like guns. No explanation. They just don’t like guns. So, one of my techniques that I have developed over the years is to give a homework assignment to the husband that consists of making a survival plan for the home in case of home invasion, burglary(while someone is in the home), or come home to open doors. The key to the assignment is to have all members of the family, sans small children, involved in creating the survival plan. This task enlists the input of the wife or girlfriend, who first acknowledges a potential threat, then helps to come up with a good viable safety plan. This method of “buy in” is effective and again lends itself to my favorite subject of all times, FIREARMS TRAINING!
Because I am an old firearms trainer, a student of police involved shootings, an expert witness in the use of firearms and the father of three wonderful women, I believe that training with whatever tool you decide to use to protect yourself and those around you will have a direct correlation with your ultimate survival.
Just a few pointers for your consideration:
- Never carry a weapon (gun) that you have not personally shot and checked out.
- Never carry a new magazine w/o shooting through your gun first. This goes for all lifesaving equipment.
- Don’t search your own house during an invasion. If you can see to get around, the bad guy can also see you. Set an ambush and stay put!
- Give more attention to training with the gear you now have. Find its attributes.
- Develop your “warrior spirit”. More to come on this one.
- Clean weapons for two distinct reasons; clean it- so no misfires due to residue. Inspect it- it may have broken w/o failing while you were shooting.
I sincerely hope this information adds to your endeavor to keep you and yours safer.
“Be the victor, not the victim”
We continue the multi-part series of Questions and Answers involving several websites who each take one simple question…..and answer it. This Q&A will continue through Friday.
Seasoned Citizen Prepper Executive Editor Bev will be answering questions this week. The other participating sites are as follows:
Although some may argue from my point-of-view firearms and preparedness absolutely go together.
From talking to many readers of this site and others there are people out there getting involved in prepping and have NEVER shot a firearm. They are uncomfortable with firearms and often do not know where to start. Every person and situation is different but here are a few thoughts:
Rules to handling guns -
When I work with people new to firearms – I emphasize the following safety rules over, and over, and over again:
- Finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- There is no such thing as an unloaded gun.
- Know your target and what is behind it.
Take a course -
An excellent method to becoming familiar with shooting is to take a course. Most any decent gun shop can point you in the direction of a local trainer. The course should be hands on with YOUR gun.
Watch a video -
Video training can be an excellent method to learn most anything – including a variety of firearm tactics.
Start small -
Starting off with a small caliber or even a an air rifle is a great way to get used to shooting. Remember that even smaller caliber firearms can kill – so they must be treated with respect.
The Ruger 10/22 is an excellent long gun to start with.
Practice, practice, practice -
Once a firearm is acquired – practice with it. Practice is the only way you will become proficient. What is proficient? Being able to safely engage a target with confidence and hit it.
Firearms and preparedness go together. The need for firearms is real and in my opinion indisputable.
Take care all -
Another great video. I love the lowly .22LR for many, many reasons.
- – - Rourke
Just saw this video from SouthernPrepper1 on YouTube. Thought it was great and wanted to pass it on. Firearms on a budget – great survival & preparedness budget.
Take care all – Rourke
In a crisis situation it may become necessary to defend your home and proprieties from marauders who do not have good intentions. For many older folks, especially women, firearms are often strange objects that are feared and looked down upon. For others, especially those with military experience or grew up hunting, firearms are not an item to get stressed about.
The subject of the best firearm to have in defense of your home is a tremendously controversial one with so many strong opinions it can lead to a lot of confusion. Here are a few thoughts:
- Any firearm is better than no firearm.
- The best firearm to have is the one you are comfortable with, can operate efficiently and safely, and can fire accurately.
- A firearm does not have to be expensive or “evil” looking to work.
- Many calibers of bullets can easily pass through a wall or walls within a house.
- Safety, safety, safety.
Here is my Top 5 list of firearms to look at to purchase, train with, practice some more – and then have at the ready stored safely in your home:
1. .357/.38 Revolver with exposed hammer – simple to operate and when loaded with .38 Special ammunition the recoil is very low. Trigger pull can be on the heavy when pulling double action. With exposed hammer the hammer can be pulled back and cocked and then shot by pulling the trigger which will be MUCH lighter.
2. Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic pistol – 17 shots of 9mm in the magazine and simple operations similar to a revolver. Basically this pistol has to have the slide moved back to cock the action and after that each trigger pull results in a shot until the magazine is empty. Those with weaker hands and/or wrists will experience difficulty activating the slide. Weaker grips on the pistol can cause the firing mechanism to malfunction. If these are not problems for yourself, the Glock 17 can be an excellent choice.
3. Ruger 10/22 .22LR carbine – For many this may seem like a strange choice. “A .22LR?”, you may ask. Absolutely I will tell you. One .22 in me is one too many. There are more people killed every year in the United States by the .22LR rimfire than all other calibers put together. It is not an ideal defensive caliber however it provides some benefits such as little too no recoil, low noise, limited penetration capability, and inexpensive. The Ruger 10/22 is cheaper and super reliable. 100 rounds of quality .22LR can be purchased for under $7.00.
4. Ruger SR22 .22LR pistol – As far as the .22LR – see description above. The Ruger SR22 is a new semi-automatic 10-shot .22 pistol that is inexpensive and from all reports I have read very reliable. Again – I must emphasize the .22 is not by far the best defensive round however for those on a budget and/or limited by health issues is a decent choice. A tactical light can be mounted on the front of the SR22 to illuminate things in the dark.
5. 12 gauge pump shotgun – The 12 gauge shotgun is often looked at as the king of home defense due to its incredible power. The 12 gauge is very versatile in that there are many different loads that can be loaded into the shotgun depending upon the intended purpose. Why not at #1? It can be depending upon your firearm experience and health. The 12 gauge can have violent recoil and the pump action required will use a decent level of strength. So – depending on overall health and abilities is can be a great choice or not so much.
If you are not experienced with firearms do your best to try out a few guns at a shooting range. Often ranges will have rental guns available. The added expense to actually be able to fire your choice prior to purchasing is well worth it.
Once a purchase is made I advice you to sign up for a training session at the range. Having someone walk you through all the safety aspects of using the firearm as well as how to shoot it is critical. It is also good to have the range officer take you through the cleaning and lubrication process as well.
Hope this helps. Feel free to leave comments and ask questions.
Take care all – Rourke