A Smart Preppers Guide to Firearms

A Smart Preppers Guide to Firearms

A Smart Preppers Guide to FirearmsAside from the crisis itself, the biggest threat to you and your family during any disaster is other humans. Friends, neighbors and strangers may be displaced from their homes and desperate for supplies to feed their own families. You simply cannot predict how people will react to a catastrophe because stress affects everyone differently. Some may turn to violence in the name of providing for their families.

The Basics

Virtually anything can be called a weapon and you can in turn use anything to defend yourself. However, when it comes to home defense you also need a deterrent. Intruders will not be impressed by you holding a lamp, but will hesitate and possibly flee if they realize you have a firearm. Just the fact that you have one can deter crime just like video surveillance cameras and even beware of dog signs can.  Read more

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Best Thoughts on Recent Gun Control/Violence Debate

I am a father, a son and a husband… I am terrified of violence for my family if I am not there to protect them.  There are people (monsters) who have guns and should not have them.   But we are where we are and disarming the law abiding populace won’t fix the problem.  This is stolen from a yahoo comments section by a poster named “Four Points Shy of Genius”

“I sympathize with people who want to ban guns, but I can’t agree with them. We have to be careful in our zeal to abolish guns that we don’t wind up with counter-productive legislation that will leave armed only the people most likely to do harm with them.” Read more

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Should You be Prepping Guns or Glass?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOk dude, what?  I know, the title is deceptive - but here is my question… should I be investing in more guns or the accessories that make them better, like optics otherwise known as “glass”?  Glass is a term for optics, likely because most optics, particularly hunting scopes, are made with glass.

Most shooters will tell you that your budget for a firearm should be as follows: if you pay X for your firearm, the optics should cost 2-3X.  In other words, if you buy a $700 rifle, the optic on top should cost between $1,400 and $2,100.  That seems like a lot but it brings me to my current conundrum.  I have some money that I want to invest in defense, typically that means firearms.  BUT – should I be buying more guns or optics for the guns I already have? Read more

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Food and Water – Prep the Basics

saiga 308It is quite easy to get caught up in the ‘mall ninja’ mentality of prepping… I KNOW – I’VE BEEN THERE.  What I mean by that is – It is easy to buy gadgets, gizmos, doo-dads and the like based on the notion that you MIGHT one day need them.  Well, although fun to buy and play with, doo-dads and gizmos are not essential.

Focus on food and water.  As I have stated in previous posts – you may need guns, you may need medicine (probably), you may need all sorts of things; BUT what is for certain? — YOU WILL NEED FOOD AND WATER, NO MATTER WHAT!  So, my advice for today is remember the basics and your next prep dollars should go towards food and/or water. Read more

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Comments on Buying Guns for Prepping Purposes

glockMany preppers own guns and many do not.  This post is not meant to reopen any gun vs. no-gun debate.  This is a post on my thoughts/recommendations for a survival battery (aka bunch of guns)

There are many types of gun enthusiasts.  Those who like to hunt, those who like to shoot competitively, those who do it for recreation and those who do it to prepare for WWIII.  I do HIGHLY recommend training on basic gun use.  If nothing else, you should know about loading/unloading, malfunction clearing, shooting positions/stances and target acquisitions.  Obviously there is much much (nay I say MUCH a third time) more to learn, but those are the minimum basic areas to know so you may safely operate your firearm to defend yourself and your family.

For those that are assembling a firearm battery for self defense in the event of an emergency they are specific considerations.  Here are some issues that make assembling a survival battery different than hunting or competitive shooters: Read more

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