Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Firearms)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Photograph by
Staff Sgt. Russell Klika, U.S. Army

You and everyone in your family needs a defensive weapon, a handgun, such as a .357 magnum revolver.


More likely than not, you and your partner are going to need to go to work, grocery shopping, or complete some other critical task during an event.

An event that, "If" you're carrying a offensive weapon, like a rifle, will make you stand out, in a bad way.

So, ... Having a concealable firearm, whether it is a .22LR revolver, 9mm pistol (Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, Ruger, and etc.), 1911A1 .45 ACP pistol, or some other handgun, would allow you to blend in and still be armed.

You and your family need an offensives weapon, a semiautomatic rifle, such as a SKS Rifle, for everyone in the family.


A rifle allows you to defeat most concealable body armour, so villains attacking your home would have to be very organized and well equipped. Plus, the duty of all citizens is to protect the country from enemies.

Your family needs one .22 rifle or a pellet gun for every two people in your family. It doesn't matter if it's a semiautomatic rifle, like the Ruger 10/22, Marlin Model 60, or some other make and model, or if it is a bolt-action .22 rifle or a pellet rifle, such as Winchester, Mossberg, Marlin, CZ-USA, or other .22 bolt-action rifle.

This rifle is used to hunt small game, squirrels, pigeons, and other such animals. It can also be used by very young children as a defensive rifle "If" your family is ever attacked.

Trust me, getting shoot with a .22LR five or six times is unpleasant. Just think what it would feel like getting shot in the balls or the face. Ouch. 

You and your family need a hunting rifle (preferably two) something in .223, .308, .30-06, or 8mm Mauser. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive.

Next, this rifle will serve double-duty. It's a hunting rifle, for hunting animals, and a sniper rifle, for hunting humans.

Needless to say, don't tell your spouse that you're buying the rifle to 'hunt' people. This is a 'Just in Case' situation. Plus, most police 'sniper' shooting are around 50 yards (46 meters) or 150 feet. Something most people can easily do with a little training.

You need magazines and spare parts. Let me explain.

Many years ago, the great Mel Tappen, an early survival writer, suggested to purchase two rifles. The first rifle was to shoot. The second was for spare parts. Dumb idea.

Think about it.

Someone in your family loses their firing pin retaining pin, a $1.99 part, after they disassemble their Bushmaster M4A3 Patrolman's Carbine. Do you reach for the $700 rifle, or do you reach for the spare parts box?

Yeah, the spare parts box ; - )

Next are those pesty magazines.

You need 10 to 20 of them for your defensive rifle, like the M4A3/AR-15, AK-47/AK-74, HK-91/PTR-91, or other military-style rifle.

Not the SKS though. It uses a fixed magazine. You will need stripper clips, though.

Now, about that "It can also be used by very young children as a defensive rifle ..." from a previous paragraph.

Ruger's 10/22 rifle has a detachable 10 round magazine. It sits flush with the bottom of the rifle.

Well, ... Several companies have 25 round magazines. Doubling the amount of ammunition in one single magazine changes. Buy a few of them "If" you're thinking of this whole having young children be responsible for helping to defend the family.

Magpul Gen 2 AR-15 Magazines

Bushmaster Aluminum Phosphate Magazines

Ruger 10/22 BX-25 Magazine

All the while, you and your family are building up your ammunition supplies.


'Cause the first thing that always happens, during an event, everybody runs to the grocery store and the gun stores, buying food and ammo.

For the SKS rifle, I like Silver Bear Ammo. It's coated with zinc instead of the laquer or polymer (plastic) found on Tula, Brown Bear, and Wolf ammunition.

Silver Bear, 500 Rounds

Needless to say, you're on a budget, so any of the 7.62X39 will work in the SKS rifle or AK-47 style rifles.

For you folks carrying an AR-15 style rifle, any of these would be fine. Just make sure you test the rifle/ammunition combination.

PMC XM-193 Ammunition

Federal XM-193 Ammuniton

Winchester M-193 Ammunition

How much ammunition do you need?

At first, 100 rounds per handgun and 500 rounds per rifle with about 100 rounds of .22LR.

Of course, .22LR ammunition is still crazy expensive that's what makes the pellet rifle so attractive. For the same amount of money, you can purchase 500 or 1000 pellets for the same price or less.

Your family needs supplies.

You need a cleaning kit, a sling (trust me, carrying a rifle all day long, with no sling is physically taxing unless you have practiced, lots of practice), and ...

5W-30 engine oil, non-chlorinated brake cleaner, and white lithium grease

And, ...


Got to Go
Sorry folks, it's 9:37 in the PM, time for me to go to bed.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday: 16 August 2017, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

The National Library of Wales

I love it when one blurb leads to another ; - )

The New Jovian Thunderbolt - That would make a good commuter vehicle

Wednesday: 16 August 2017, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

illustration by
The Ridiculous Propoganda League

Five Gallon Bucket
It work, we horde five-gallon buckets because we use them for everything, carry tools, slop muck, scrap dirt, and ... Of course, these buckets can be used for other stuff. like ...

YouTube: Prepared Mind 101 - 5 Gallon Bucket Survival Kit

The local Lowe's has both 5-gallon plastic buckets and Gama Seal Lids

Speaking of Lowe's
I bet you didn't know this store was a preppers dream ; - )

Not really, but they have some items that you and your family might be interested in, such as ...

YouTube: - Lowe's Survival Kit: For Real? YES INDEED! | Bug Out Bucket?

As you watch these videos, I want you to think ...

* Shelter

* Water

* Food

* Medical

* Protection

* Communications, and etc.

Yes, in that order.

YouTube: Prepper Potpourri - Bucket Survival Kit Challenge

YouTube: Great Lakes Prepper - 5 Gal bucket Survival Kit Challange

YouTube: Robert Martin - 5 gallon survival bucket contents, by category