When building a prepper ammunition stockpile, you are always going to be pressed for room and money. In this case, there are ammo types that can be used in different kinds of guns.
There are many reasons to be armed when a disaster strikes. Hunting food could be the difference between survival and starvation. A defensive weapon could prevent death by predators, both four-legged and two-legged. On the other hand, not all guns are created equal. Each caliber has its own advantages and drawbacks, and you need to […]
Every prepper knows that disaster could strike at any time – be it nuclear war, asteroids striking the Earth, or simply Mother Nature going haywire. Regardless of the method, we are definitely on a path towards fundamental destruction, and if we want the human race to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, we need to be […]
Owning a gun is one thing, but knowing how to wield it is something else entirely. If you don’t know how to properly use your firearm in a self-defensive situation, not only do your chances of survival go down, but your chances of accidentally harming yourself or somebody else go up. Fortunately, this can all […]
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In the Chinese culture, there are four great inventions that are celebrated. You may have recognized them at the Beijing Olympics as they made an appearance at the games. They are: papermaking, printing, the compass, and gunpowder. Although there is a widespread belief that the Chinese only used gunpowder for fireworks, they also used it […]
Purchasing your first firearm is a very big decision. Not just the type of gun to get, but the very decision to purchase one in the first place. Owning a gun, regardless of your reasons for owning it, is a major responsibility. It’s not a decision that you can make lightly or on a whim. […]
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As the post-civil war slogan famously said, “Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal”. Firearms themselves, however, are not all created equal. This is especially true when you put them under the pressures and strains that a post-disaster weapon would have to live up to. When the SHTF, you […]
Guns are an issue. They have always been an issue and they will always be an issue. There is always someone out there with the great utopian idea that if we simply take away all the guns we will eliminate all the crime. This idea has been proven to fail for many reasons. And yet […]
The only weapons that most preppers own are a gun and/or a knife. But in a long-term survival scenario, you’ll need a wider variety of weapons. For example, bows are quiet but can hit targets from a long distance. Sling shots don’t reach as far, but there’s an unlimited supply of ammo on the ground. […]
If you’re like most preppers, you’re already a stockpiling pro. You’ve got food, supplies, a bugout bag, the perfect weapons, and a great plan. Chances are high that you’ve also begun stockpiling ammunition like a reality TV hoarder. Having a million rounds of ammo is great, but without proper storage those potential projectiles will be […]
When people hear the term “survival weapon,” usually the only weapons that come to mind are guns and knives. But for Jeff from Modern Combat And Survival, the weapon that comes to his mind is: a big ass machete. In this article, he makes a good case that a machete is a great thing to […]
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Many people would love to own an AR style rifle, but most of them simply can’t afford it. Sound like you? Well, James from Plan And Prepared has the solution: build your own! He put together a detailed guide that covers all the basics of building your own AR. I haven’t tried this myself, but […]
Over the weekend, thousands of lucky people got a firearm for Christmas. For many of them, it’s the first firearm they’ve ever owned. If you or someone you know is a brand new gun owner, then check out these gun safety tips. They should be practiced over and over until they become second nature. Preppers […]
Today I want to share what has become my favorite article on rifles. When it comes to rifles–and all firearms, for that matter–there isn’t a perfect choice that would be ideal in every situation. Rather, it depends on what your goal is. As the author says, “In the right application, a dump truck is extremely […]
After the basic survival necessities of shelter, water, fire, and food have been satisfied, acquiring a firearm should be one of your highest priorities after the SHTF. In the event of a post-apocalyptic scenario, however, you may not be able to find one. For this reason, a good firearm is one of the most important […]
There are many people out there who would love to purchase a gun for concealed carry or home defense, but they just don’t have any extra money. Ever since the Great Recession began, more and more people have been living paycheck to paycheck with barely any spending money to speak of. If that sounds like […]
People don’t normally think of non-food items as having expiration dates. As long as it’s not something you consume or some kind of liquid, it should last forever, right? Wrong. There are plenty of solid, non-food items that go bad, and many people are surprised to learn that ammo is one of them. As long […]
With home invasions becoming more common in urban neighborhoods, having a way to defend your home from violent criminals is crucial. After all, the police can’t be everywhere at once. So despite the exorbitant prices charged by some gun manufacturers these days, gun sales are on the rise. In fact, the AR-15 may be the […]
Okay, so this is a little different from the kind of videos I normally share, but I just couldn’t resist. Grant Thompson came up with an idea for exploding targets that are cheap, easy, and safe to make. Shooting these is a lot more fun than shooting tin cans because they make a really loud […]
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: disasters are when you need your firearms the most! During major disasters, police are stretched to the limit while desperate people loot their neighbors’ homes and criminals take advantage of the lack of law enforcement. Robberies, assaults, and murders skyrocket during such times, which is why […]
If you’re a gun owner with young children, then at some point you’ve faced a dilemma: You want easy access to your gun in case of a home invasion, but you don’t want to just leave it lying out where your kids can find it. Even if you’ve taught them gun safety, there’s still the […]
For many people, self-defense after a disaster is a frightening topic. It’s much more fun to think about food, water, survival gadgets, and so forth. But the reality is that your chance of being attacked, robbed, or worse after the SHTF will be significantly higher than it was before. People will be desperate, so you […]
Dealing With A Gun Misfire By Richard Bogath I cannot adequately explain the looks of puzzlement and confusion when one of my students pulls the trigger and nothing but a resounding “click” issues forth from the handgun. What’s interesting is that not five minutes before they pulled said trigger, they received one of their first […]
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Are Guns and Ammo the New Gold and Silver?
As the economic crisis has worsened over the last several years we have made it a point to inform our readers about the possibility of a system collapse so severe that the regular flow of commerce comes to a screeching halt. Planning for such a far-from-equilibrium scenario, which may very well involve the collapse of a nation’s currency, requires that we consider alternative monetary vehicles to help us get through tough times. In What is Money When The System Collapses? we outlined several supplies that would become essential in a post-collapse world. Thing like food, water, gas, and clothing would become necessities not just for your personal use, but as barterable assets.
We’ve always advocated investment into precious metals like gold, and especially silver in “junk” form, as these will likely be some of the few recognizable emerging currencies if the worst were to happen. Another asset class that will likely experience a boom in a post-collapse world is guns and ammunition.
If there’s one thing you may have noticed about guns and ammunition over the last ten years, and especially since the economic and financial collapse of 2008, it’s that prices for these assets have steadily risen. Some may suggest this is a side effect of inflation, and while we won’t disagree that inflation has played a part, it is only a symptom of a deeper, more fundamental issue that is driving the value of these assets to historical highs.
The people have lost confidence in the government’s ability to mitigate this crisis and they have no trust that government officials have their best interests at heart. Recent developments on financial, economic, and political fronts have left aware and responsibility-minded Americans with no choice but to take their financial and physical security into their own hands. As a result we’ve seen sustained multi-year growth growth in the value of traditional wealth preservation assets of last resort like gold and silver. Moreover, and quite telling of the lack of trust the American people have in their government, there has been an unprecedented growth in the number of Americans investing in non-traditional stores of wealth that include assets like guns and ammunition.
For many, guns and ammo are the new gold and silver. Historically these assets have retained or increased their value, while also serving a practical purpose for post-collapse emergency preparedness planning.
Some of the fear-based psychological reasons for gold’s popularity in times of economic crisis appear to be similar to the reasons cited for purchasing guns and ammunition. Michael Thompson, a small business owner from Virginia, had this to say about why he recently purchased 2,000 rounds of 223 ammunition to go with his growing collection of AR-15 assault rifles: “Since ARs are so well-known & widespread, quality ones don’t really go down in value. I don’t trust what’s going on in Washington and a reliable firearm that’ll hold it’s value plus ammo that I can always re-sell later if I don’t use it up seems like as safe a place as any to put my money in these uncertain times.”
Dustin Ramsey, a 28 year old self-proclaimed “realist” from Tennessee who says hunting and fishing are two of his favorite outdoor activities, counts the 5,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition he keeps on-hand as one of his investments along with gold coins: “I’m a hunter so I know I can use my guns & ammo to feed my family if something happens to our usual food supply and there’s a run at our grocery store. Plus, it seems like somebody on Wall Street is always getting bailed out nowadays and my faith in the stock market has been gone for a long time. Look, I’ve seen what happens when times get tough and I figure I can always barter a popular caliber like 9mm for other supplies like I would with gold if push comes to shove. And if a crisis never materializes where I need my stash of ammo, I still love to shoot so those bullets won’t go to waste. Given the uncertainty in our world, ammunition seems more practical to me than gold, whether there’s an economic crisis or not.”
The following fact sheet (via Ammo.net) offers some compelling statistics for the viability of guns and ammunition as investment and/or wealth protections vehicles:
Firearms and ammunition may not be a typical investment asset for most, but considering the growth we have seen in the last decade, many more Americans are turning to them in times of uncertainty, crisis and distrust. We have yet to see our government make any significant changes to our economic policies, regulators continue to ignore the fraudulent activities and outright scams in financial circles, our currency is under threat of losing its world reserve status, more Americans than ever require government assistance just to put food on the table, and our liberties are being progressively restricted on an almost daily basis.
Given the reaction to these circumstances thus far, it should be apparent that for those looking to protect their wealth, as well as their lives as crime and violence rise, guns and ammunition may be an excellent egg to add to the diversification basket.
Hattip Gunsmith, Red Leader
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So you have a concealed carry permit and your gun is on your hip while belted into your seat but the question I have is: how fast can you access it? No really, if your gun is IWB on your hip and you have a seat belt on give it a try sometime, see if you can have your gun out in seconds…I doubt you can. Maybe you are at the ATM pulling out cash and someone pops out behind the bushes and sticks a gun in your face or maybe you are sitting at an intersection and two guys run up on either side of your vehicle with guns drawn, car jacking attempt in progress. At that point you don’t have 5 to 10 seconds, you have 1 to 2 and you’d better make a move or become a victim.
Recently I was texting back and forth with our resident expert, The Maj, and going through the pro’s and con’s of a vehicle gun holster. Obviously something quickly accessible vs what is on your hip but where should it be? What about caliber, should it be the same as what you carry? Is this a get out and fight gun or simply a quick deterrent which would allow someone to step on the gas and make a quick exit off the X. What about getting pulled over, a gun in plain sight might make a cop a little nervous even if you are legally allowed to have it there right?
Here’s what I finally was able to come up with. There are more pro’s to having a gun which is exposed in a good holster versus having something in a center console or on one’s hip which could take a few more seconds to access. That said I set out to mount a holster inside my truck and found that it was easier than I ever thought it would be.
I regularly carry a Glock 19 with at least one spare mag and sometimes two. It would be stupid of anyone to assume there are no threats out there especially with the ISIS A holes and wannabes (read: lone wolf) lurking about, so the Glock it is. I do have several Glocks but wanted something with some more punch for my truck gun, something I could grab quickly and do serious damage with (even through a window) so naturally my choice was a 5 inch 1911 which happens to be a Springfield TRP Operator.
If I encountered any of the situations that I listed originally in this article (car jack, ATM jack) I would be able to quickly grab the gun and put down the perp before taking next steps. This is not a “get out of the truck and fight” type scenario but rather a “ward off the threat, make my escape” type thing. The Maj really helped clarify this and I appreciated that. If you think you are going to dismount and shoot it out with the bad guys chances are you are probably going to die. Remember a pistol is a defensive weapon, better to sling some lead and then stomp on the gas.
The Truck Holster
All of the above in mind I decided to make my own truck holster. The parts are as follows:
- Blade Tech 1911 holster, procured from Cabela’s for around $60. I chose this because I like the material and that it is black, it is also ambidextrous so I can mount it next to my right leg with no worries.
- Rubber grommets from Lowes.
- Self tapping screws from Lowes.
I simply removed the belt loops from the Blade Tech holster, took the alternate set which came in the pack and drilled them (so you have holes on both sides).
I ran the screw through the holster, through the plastic loops and the rubber grommets. Here is a pic of the test fit.
On the Vehicle
Originally I wanted this down low to keep it out of sight but the problem I ran into was that in order for my hand to get in there and get a strong grip, the gun and holster would need to be away from the console at least 3 to 4 inches. Not good. So I decided to mount it higher so that the grip was exposed, this meant that I could just snatch it quickly and bring it up with nothing impeding my right hand. I can’t emphasize enough how well the rubber grommets worked as they really helped keep things in place and since the surface was not totally vertical (a slight cant) it made things much easier. Yes it meant making 4 holes in my console but if I ever have to remove the holster I can simply put 4 black screws in there, or some plastic automotive tabs and it truly won’t look that bad.
So here you have it, sorry about the dark pictures but it was late in the evening when I decided to start this project. The gun is held in there very sturdily and the holster does not move. Quick draw easily and while driving the barrel does not point at my leg. All in all….a great project!
Sometimes it’s fun to get out to the range and shoot up multiple targets with different weapons, various distances, all sorts of drills. After all if you are spending the time and your own money to get out and train some element of it should be entertaining. Yet there are points in time when it’s all about the fundamentals and repetitive drilling, continuing to build that foundation on which all shooting skills are based upon. I remember someone once saying that there was no such things as advanced shooting, but rather doing the fundamentals faster.
In any event I don’t consider myself a great shooter but I do try to train when I can and (in addition to cool guy drills) focus on the fundamentals. Before the first round goes down range I spend time dry firing and working my presentation, target acquisition and all the other important tidbits (stance / grip / sight alignment / trigger squeeze), I’ll then work in 4-5 mags of ball and dummy drills where I load the mags with live and dummy ammo (randomly), hoping not to flinch when I pull the trigger and no live round is fired. Once all that is over with I’ll move on to my one drill, which requires one target stand and a 3×5 card.
– A place to shoot where you can draw and fire (most stupid indoor ranges won’t allow this, btw I hate indoor ranges and shooting around people I don’t know).
– Target stand
– 3×5 Card
– Shot Timer
– Ammunition of preference
– Start at 5 yards, draw and fire 1 round into the 3×5 card which is placed between chest and eye level on the target.
– Start very slowly at first, checking the time of each shot.
– Gradually ramp up the speed until the rounds start to impact outside of the 3×5 card, and then back it down until you are within the comfort zone.
– Once in the zone I’ll work through 4 or 5 mags, 1 round at a time. Timer goes off, draw and squeeze off a round while working the fundamentals. Reholster and do it again.
– Back up to 7 yards, repeat process, times will be greater.
– Back up to 10 yards, repeat process, times will be even greater still.
– Replace 3×5 card as necessary.
The Bottom Line:
This is a great drill that works the fundamentals and although it can be somewhat repetitive and “boring” as compared to other stuff seen on YouTube, I guarantee you it’s worth the time and effort. I have to give credit where it’s due, frequent contributor The Maj turned me on to this and it’s really increased my proficiency and especially my first shot hit percentage. If you can draw and put 1 round into a 3×5 card at 10 yards in a decent amount of time on a flat range consistently, out on the street if the real deal goes down your chances of success are greatly improved. Give it a shot sometime, pun intended.
I’ve been sans pistola for the last week, much to my own chagrin but hey I only have myself to blame. For some reason I thought that my CCW license renewal coincided with my birthday this year but then last week I happened to pull it out: it expired in the last week of July! Simply outstanding, good thing I thought to check (read: I’m an idiot). This will be the second renewal of my CCW and I believe they are good for 5 years, you would have thought I had this process down by now.
I am a huge advocate of carrying a gun whenever possible so you’d better believe that NOT carrying a gun has bothered me. Murphy’s Law would probably dictate that in all the years I’ve been (thankfully) free from having to use a weapon something would happen in the 2 week span when I wasn’t able to carry a gun. Fortunately nothing has happened, my appointment is tomorrow for my renewal and in many instances my wife has had her gun (and current CCW license) on her person when we are together.
This brings me to the point of the article. I’m not a huge fan of the way our current government (read: self serving politicians) operates, I believe that “maximum freedom / minimum gov’t” is consistently being tested and I do foresee a tipping point in the near future. However all that said, the current state of affairs demand that I abide by the law and that’s what I’ll do. My license expired and it was my own fault, I’ll have to carry my Benchmade knife and no gun. To use the popular phrase: it is what it is. There are many other instances where I have to travel for work and go into environments which do not allow firearms, I suppose this is just an extended version of that.
Final thoughts: Don’t be me, check the expiration date on your CCW license so you can avoid the inconvenience of going sans gun in public.
Probably the highest density of e-mails I receive are questions regarding survival guns. Readers ask me what weapons or arsenal of weapons I would consider suitable to survive a total collapse. The bottom line is: Have a gun, in fact have several; have sufficient ammunition for each gun; be competent with each gun you own and train your family members to use them as well.
Having said that there are some guns that are more suitable than others for particular or general situations. Here are some instances or things to consider:
If you have a bug out location,such as a house of cabin with hundreds of yards of cleared fields of fire or observation, why would someone limit their survival firearms to handguns, pistol caliber carbines and Shotguns? You would run the risk of being out ranged.
If you are an urban dweller and plan to bug in the urban environment or to transit large urban areas during your bug out, why would you limit yourself to long barreled shotguns or rifles?
Consider your environment. Consider your ranges. Consider your potential threats and density of threats.
While the M1911 .45 caliber semi -automatic is a great gun, with a single stack magazine, it may not be the best choice of a high density threat environment. I, for one, would prefer a large capacity 9mm for a handgun. Same as for a rifle. A .308 caliber M1A1 rifle is a great weapon, but perhaps an M-4 carbine could be better suited for the urban environment.
So that bring me to the latest question I received, and that was what do I think about the latest pistol caliber carbine to hit the market, the MasterPiece Arms MPA30DMG 9mm. The question was if I thought a decent survival arsenal would be the MasterPiece Arms MPA30DMG 9mm carbine to go with a Glock 17 handgun.
Here is the data on the MasterPiece Arms MPA30DMG 9mm:
Price: MSRP – $966.00
Company Narrative: The grip is our most ergonomically designed grip system incorporating a “Solidworks” designed profile allowing the use of standard Glock style magazines, with a low profile magazine release and “Decal Grip” grip panels. The lower is machined from aircraft grade aluminum, provides cleaner lines and lighter weight than our standard steel receivers. The Hand guard is produced from an Aluminum Extrusion, has no fasteners, and is free floating.
Barrel Length: 16.2
Side Folder Stock
Adjustable Front and Rear Sights
Accepts Standard Glock Style High Capacity Magazines (1 Mag Included)
Coating: Cerakote (Burnt Bronze is standard color – other colors available including Black, Tungsten, Sniper Green, Gunmetal and FDE.
Decal Grip Grip Panels
Hammer with Disconnect plus original Hammer
MPA Polymer Case
While I have carbines – M4 and M1’s, I do not own a pistol caliber carbine. My reasoning is why have a large platform that only shoots pistol calibers? Although it may be useful for some of your survival teams members, e.g.. ladies, old people and children. But if you have to own one, then own one that has magazines that are inter-changeable with your handguns.