Archive for May 23, 2012

Zombie Survival Kit

So there you are, in your house, about to to make the decision to leave your home for better pastures and see what the world has in store for you. Oh, and did I mention …….. the dead have risen from their graves!!!

Thats right, it’s Z-Day and you’ve finally run out of supplies and can no longer defend your home from the hordes of the undead. You’ve got very little time and you need to gather the essential supplies to survive your trek across the zombie littered countryside in search of fellow survivors and a secure location to ride out the Zombie Apocalypse!!

So let’s take a look at some of the essential items you’ll need to grab to survive

1) Guns & Ammo – Yup thats right, the standard in defense for the zombie apocalypse. But choose wisely. Remember, the goal is to put a round in the brain pan, nothing more, nothing less. Also you want to be able to carry as many rounds of ammunition as possible because you don’t know how long you’ll be without support and the ability to re-supply. And last but certainly not least you’ll want to choose a firearm with a common caliber to make it easier to scavenge for more ammo. Some of the better choices are …..

.22lr rifle or pistol
Rifle in .223 (think AR15)
9mm handgun or carbine
Or any combination of the above

2) Flashlight – Pretty simple I know but this one could very well save your life more than the firearm. What would be worse than finding a quiet building to stay secure for the night, only to discover that the dark room you’ve just walked into holds a crawling, legless zombie who with little to no effort makes dinner of your leg. All of which could’ve been avoided if you’d had a flashlight to illuminate the situation.

3) Food & Water – This one is harder than you might think. You definitely want to grab as much as you can carry but you also want to grab what you’ll need to gather more when that runs out. Think items like a canteen, water purification tabs, small cooking pot & fire starting materials. Also knowing how to hunt or what plant life is edible might be a good thing to know.

4) Knife – Nothing can replace a good knife as one of the most valuable tools to keep on you at all times. Great for standard survival duties and also a good last resort defensive weapon.

5) Contamination kit – This is always an essential item for Z-Day because you don’t want to worry about infection. A standard kit should include rubber gloves some standard kitchen trash bags, a small tarp and some kind of cleaning agent (preferably bleach or alcohol)

6) Med-Kit – Certainly a must have because at the end of the day, you don’t want to get taken out by that small cut you got jumping over that fence, that got infected because you didn’t have a bandage and some antibiotic ointment.

7) Close Combat Weapon – This should be something easily wielded and simple. Think something along the lines of a Baseball bat, Machete, Sword, Hatchet, Axe or something similar. Just remember to keep it as light as possible without giving up power, a sledgehammer for instance sounds great because of the damage it can do but it’s weight makes it hard to carry on foot and makes it hard to swing more than once quickly.

Well thats it, those are the basics you’ll need to start making your way through the “Land of the Dead”. There will always be other items you might find useful on your journey but remember being able to move quickly is key to survival.

Ammo Prices – Why So High?

Well you’ve probably noticed that ammo prices seem to be creeping up lately. They’ve actually been slowly creeping up for about the last 6 months but it appears that only recently have people begun to notice.

So why do prices seem to be going up and what seem to be the most commonly affected calibers?

First we’ll answer the caliber question and that’ll help answer the why.

The calibers that seem to be affected the most by this price jump seem to be your most common calibers with 7.62×39 – 9mm – .40S&W – .223/5.56×45 being the most noticable calibers to creep up on price.

So on to the why. Now keep in mind that gun sales are at somewhere over three times what they were three years ago at the end of ’08 begining of ’09. This in itself will increase demand for ammo putting more pressure on manufacturers to do thing like purchase new equipment which can affect prices and availability.

Also if we take notice of the above mentioned calibers that seem to be affected most we can see that the semi-auto pistol and “Tactical” rifle market seems to be affected the most, which makes sense as many new gun owners are purchasing these exact types of firearms.

Another thing we have to take into consideration is, why are there so many new gun owners and why are they purchasing these most common calibers for these types of firearms in such quantities? The answer is simple …….. Politics.

Since the 2008 elections politics have driven gun and ammo sales for many obvious reasons and that in turn affects price …… simple theory of supply and demand.

So here we see it again, less than 6 months before the next election and it seem like along with gun and ammo sales steadily rising that the manufacturers are ahead of the game with supply and demand. They know their product is in high demand for the election and their going to enjoy it while they can.

My advice is as always, stock up on what you can when you can, because ammo is getting a little hard to find and just because we might be getting milked a bit by some manufacturers be assured that with a declining economy and a dollar loosing value that prices won’t be going down anytime soon.

Remember, a gun without ammo is just a funny looking paperweight.

AR15 vs AK47

The debate between AR and AK lovers has been going on for years and will likely go on for many more, after all these are the two most popular rifles on the planet. But lets compare a few key aspects of these two rifle platforms and see if we can come up with a clear winner in this decades long debate.

Before we start this comparison, I’d like to point out a couple of things. First off for the sake of comparison, we’ll be sticking to specific calibers, the 5.56×45 or .223 for the AR platform and the 7.62×39 caliber for the AK. We’ll stick to these calibers since they are the most popular and most common and they are the calibers the rifles were designed to fire. Also for the sake of comparison we’ll be assuming that the AR platform is a direct impingement system as it is again the most popular and most common and what the rifle was designed to operate with.

So let’s jump right in …….

Appearance – This is a draw as this is a personal preferance issue although in my opinion I believe the AR is a better looking rifle. DRAW

Accessories – The AR wins in this catagory. While the AK platform has many accessories on the market available for it, the AR has far more and its modular design lends itself to adding accessories much more than the AK design. EDGE AR15

Controls/Features – These two rifles are very different in this catagory and for many that makes it a clear choice for a winner but honestly to me this is a draw. The reason is that some will look at the AR platform and say that because it has more controls and features built into the design, thus creating more ways to manipulate the weapon, that this makes it the better rifle. However others will argue that the simplicity in design of the AK platform lends itself to being the easier rifle to operate and manipulate. In my opinion both points of view are correct and it really boils down to knowning your rifle and training with whatever rifle you choose. DRAW

Action – By action I mean comparing the AR’s Direct Impingement gas system to the AK’s Piston gas system. In this catagory I have to call it a draw. Even though some will say that the AK piston gas system has been around longer and the AR gas system got off to a rocky start, by modern standards both gas systems have a good reputation and function very well for their given platforms. DRAW

Accuracy – This one has to go to the AR15 as it has been consistantly more accurate through different types and rates of fire, than the AK47. Now part of this has to do with the overall design of the rifle and part of it is the caliber it shoots. EDGE AR15

Range – Again this one has to go to the AR15 platform. The reasons for this are simply that the 5.56×45 has and effective range of about 600 meters compared to the 7.62×39’s effective range of about 500 meters. Add to that the fact that the 5.56 round has far less bullet drop out past 300 yards than the 7.62 does and you understand why the AR wins in this catagory. EDGE AR15

Durability – This one should be a no brainer, even AR fans should know that the durability of the AK in any number of conditions and circumstances is better than that of the AR. Simplicity of design, fewer moving parts and tougher building materials all add up to the AK winning this one.

Reliability – This one may be a little harder for the AR folks to swallow but just like with durability, the AK wins this one. The reliability of the AK has been proven time and again for a couple of decades longer than the AR has been around. In addition to that, the simplistic design and piston system lends itself to less potential problems than the AR platforms due to issues like a gas system that without cleaning has the potential to foul up the action and cause failures. EDGE AK47

Supported vs Unsupported – This category is a litte more complicated and honestly something that alot of AR and AK lovers don’t always think about. The basics of it are that the AR15 platform has never served in an unsupported capacity, and by that I mean that the AR platform has always served with a standing military, repair technicians, spare parts and an armory standing behind it. The AK on the other hand has served for decades in an unsupported capacity in many conflicts from Asia to the Middle East and Africa to South America and has continued to prove itself even in the toughest conditions without support from any of the earlier mentioned support the AR has benefitted from. Now this doesn’t mean that the AR couldn’t hold its own in an unsupported capacity, simply that as of yet it hasn’t served successfully in one. EDGE AK47

So there you have it, nine categories. Three categories are a draw, three going to the AR platform and three going to the AK platform. So what does this prove, well it proves that there’s a reason why these two rifles are the most popular on the planet. You’d be well served with either of these rifles, in fact why not have one of each!

Why Glocks Suck!

So there is alot debate about Glocks. People either seem to love ’em or hate ’em. But today we’re going to be answering one very important question that both Glock haters and lovers should know the answer to ……… Why do Glocks suck?

So lets look at some of the things people complain about most when it comes to the Glock pistol.

First off, the sights. Everyone, even alot of Glock lovers seem to hate the sight, they’re cheap, plastic and just low grade compared to many sights on the market.

Next is the controls. How many Glock owners complain about the mag release and slide stop and eventually end up replacing them with extended controls.

Then we have the grip texture and grip angle. How many businesses are there making a living by stippling frames and shaving backstraps because Glock lovers have to modify their Glocks to work for them.

Then of course we have the looks. Lets face it, Glocks aren’t the prettiest girl at the ball. They’re more reminiscent of the less attractive girl you try to push off on your friend so you can have a chance at her cousin.

So those are the reasons why people tend to dislike Glock and those very same reasons are the thing Glock lovers modify or replace most often while proclaiming their love for Glocks.

So now back to the question ……… Why do Glocks Suck?

Glocks suck because with all the things that people complain about and modify on their Glock, and because it looks like something Gaston Glock originally intended to be a hammer …….. Glocks suck because despite those reasons, its so damn reliable and durable that u just can’t go wrong with one, because crappy controls, sights, grip angle and all ……… it just works!

Marlin 795 Rifle Review

There are many .22 lr rifles out there on the market. So many in fact that it can be quite a chore to decide which one might be right for you. Today we’ll look at one I picked up a few months ago, the Marlin 795.

At first glance it’s a rather standard looking semi auto 22 rifle by todays standards. It’s a blued steel barrel and action with a synthetic stock and comes with one 10 round stainless steel magazine.

It comes in at 37″ inches long, with an 18″ inch barrel and weighs in at just under 4.5 lbs (pretty light even for a 22 rifle). It comes with a crossblot safety right behind the trigger, which I personally prefer to some of the other tang style or flip style safeties on the market.

Now in addittion to the standard features that most .22’s offer this one also offers a couple features not commonly seen on less expensive .22’s.

First off it has a last round bolt hold open which is a great feature to have on a 22 because like most of us out there who don’t realize the mag is empty until we hear the click when we pull the trigger, this one lets you know your empty with you having to dryfire your rifle.

The next feature I particularly liked about this rifle was the bolt release lever in front of the trigger making it easy to get your rifle back on target after inserting a new mag, simply by using your trigger finger to flip the release down and let the bolt forward and chamber a new round.

Accuracy was what you’d expect for a .22 rifle with an 18″ barrel. I was shooting 2″ inch groups at 50 yards in an unsupported position. I’m sure the rifle is far more accurate than I am as I’m sure a better marksman than I could easily get smaller groups with this rifle at farther distances.

With its weight and overall length I think this rifle would shine as a camping or backpacking rifle for plinking or small game hunting because its easy to carry without worrying about adding too much weight and space to the rest of your gear. Also if your looking for a smaller lighter 22 rifle for your kids or wife this would fit the bill nicely.

Now I got this rifle on special at a local sporting goods store for $115 plus a $25 dollar rebate, so $90 bucks all said and done. Regular price on these run around the $120 to $140 range which puts it in line with other 22’s on the market like the Savage 64 or Remington 514 or the Mossberg 702.

All in all its reliable, fun, well built rifle with a couple extras over some other 22’s on the market and for the price its well worth picking one up ……. after all, who couldn’t use another .22.

AR15 Basics – D.I. vs Piston System

There seems to be quite a debate going on recently about what is a better gas system for the AR platform. So we’re going to take a look at a few of the basics concerning these two very different gas systems and compare the two and hopefully help you, the end user, decide what will work best in your rifle.

First off we have to acknowladge that the AR platform was designed to work with the Direct Impingement gas system and that for the most part Piston Systems are basically just add-ons or adaptations of the original DI designed rifle. It’s basically a modification to turn a rifle designed to work properly with DI into a piston rifle.

Some area where the DI system outshines a Piston system are as follows ……..

Free Float barrels – This is an obvious one, basically even though you can technically free float a piston rifle, it makes little sense as your negating the purpose of free floating a barrel by adding a moving piston that connects the barrel to the receiver.

Less Moving Parts – Again, pretty obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Less moving parts equals less parts to have issues with.

Lighter weight – Self explanitory, although a few ounces shouldn’t make or break your purchasing decision.

More Common – This equates to easier to find and cheaper to purchase parts, along with more compatability with other rifles that might be used for parts interchangability.

Accuracy – This is another area where it should be obvious that by having a moving piston adding recoil, right above your barrel, your going to loose accuracy, especially for follow up shots.

Cost – Obviously because of its commonality and because its usually the way a rifle is manufactured, the cost is significanty less than that of a piston system.

Industry Standard – This comes into play because at this time there really is no industry standard for piston systems like there are for DI system rifles. There are many good companies that manufacture high quality piston kits or rifles designed to function with a piston system, but those companies do not all manufacture their kits and parts to be interchangable as every other part on an AR platform rifle is.

Now lets look at a few areas where the Piston System does a particularily good job ……..

Cleaner running & Heat Resistance – This is the biggest and most obvious advantage over a DI system on an AR platform rifle. The biggest downside to the DI system is that it dumps hot gas and fouling into the action of the rifle and the piston system takes care of this problem by venting all the gas elsewhere making the rifle easier to clean and require less maintenance and cleaning.

Reliability – Because of the issues with the DI system fouling up the action a case can be made that a Piston system is inherently more reliable than a DI system because fouling and carbon build up do not enter the action and potentially cause reliability problems.

Suppressors – One reason suppresors tend to work better with Piston systems is because the nature of a suppressor restricts gas coming out of the muzzle and with a DI system all that restricted gas that would normally be blown out of the muzzle gets directed back into the action and not only causes even more fouling than normal but has also been known to cause excessive gas to come out to areas of the receiver like the charging handle area and blow gas into the face of the user. For this reason a Piston system, which drastically cuts down the amount of gas that is distributed into the chamber, is perfered for rifle fitted with suppressors.

SBR – Piston systems also tend to function very well on Short Barreled Rifles because of the higher port pressure, making Piston systems popular on barrel lengths shorter than 16″.

Running Dry – The piston system is much more capable of running on a dry chamber and action as opposed to a DI system that requires much more lubrication to continue to operate efficiently due to a high rate of carbon build up and fouling distributed into the action of the rifle.

So those are the pro’s and con’s of Direct Impingement vs Piston Systems on AR platform rifles.
In the end, for most civilian shooters, the differences are negligable and either system will work very well for just about anything you will ever use your rifle for. It really comes down to personal choice.