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Alot of people think that to adequately defend yourself either in a home defense, self defense or even a SHTF situation that you must have the latest and greatest, high tech, more than likely expensive firearm. That however, this is just not true.
There are many firearm options out there that won’t break the bank and will serve you well. Remember that the most important part of having a firearm is being able to efficiently use that firearm.
Lets go over a few of the options available that while not top of the line or name brand, are good quality and affordable.
1) Hi-Point – Now I personally think these things look like a brick strapped to the top of a watergun but the fact is that they work, I’ve put many rounds down the barrel of a Hi-Point and never had any issues, and with an average price of under $150 you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
2) Phoenix Arms HP-22 – Now alot of people will cry foul because of the .22 caliber, but I dare someone to want to take 10 shots center mass of .22lr or even one shot for that matter. The HP-22 is a great little firearm, I’ve put well over 2500 rounds through mine with no issues. Add to that its small and concealable size, the lifetime warranty that comes with it and a price of around $120 and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal for a new gun.
3) Mosin Nagant rifle or carbine – Now many people are aware of these rifles and chances are you may have one already or know someone who does. The short and sweet of it is that for around $100 or so you can own a 30 caliber rifle with great accuracy out to about 300 yards that’ll be a man stopper if you ever needed to use it, nevermind the hunting applications. Sure its a little big for a typical home defense situation but it sure beats a baseball bat because you didn’t have the money for a Glock.
4) Single Shot Shotgun – There are many models and makes of single shot shotguns and they come in many calibers, but these things are great. They usually run well under $150 even for new ones and I’ve seen used ones go for as little as $50. Sure they’re only a single shot action but with a little practice and a buttstock shell holder you can get pretty quick at reloading. Not to mention if you buy something in a 12 gauge you hopefully won’t need more than one shot anyway, and when everything is said and done you’ve got a great hunting tool.
So those are just a few ideas on budget firearm options. Sure there are many other affordable firearms out there and we could spend all day talking about them but just use this as a guideline and figure out what works best for you. Remember that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get the job done.
Ultimately when it comes to determining what should be in your Bug Out Bag, or BOB, will depend on you personally and your situation and needs, but if your just begining to look into putting together a BOB here are some items you might take into consideration.
Fixed Blade Knife – This should be of good quality with at least a 4 1/2″ blade
Flashlight – Good quality with extra batteries
Fire starting materials – This could be matches, lighter, fire steel, lighter fluid, cotton or other starter material, or any combination thereof
Chopping tool – This could be a thick durable machete or hachet or some other qualified tool
Duct tape – At least 20ft
550 Para-cord – At least 100ft
Water purification – This could be a small filtration system, purification tablets, strei-pen or any good purification system
3 Days of food – This should be something like freeze dried packets, jerky, MRE’s or any stable food that requires little to no preperation
Compass – Good quality
One set of Two-Way Radios
Extra Clothing and Footwear
Small tool kit – Keep it simple, a couple of small screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench and a pair of plyers
Emergency Radio – Small pocket emergency radio with headphones
Med-Kit – This should cover the basics of first-aid and trauma care, gauze, tape, blood-clotter (QuickClo or Hem-Con), tylenol, ibuprophen, asprin, antibiotic ointment, alcohol swabs, rubber gloves, tourniquet and suture kit
Now of course this list doesn’t cover everything and depending on your needs your kit may be much more involved than this, but these are the basics and a good place to start when putting together a BOB.
Just the term “Doomsday Preppers” elicits all kinds of horrible images to the imagination, and rightfully so. This was after all I believe the intent of the producers and creators of the new National Geographic Channel’s show on the prepping phenomenon that is sweeping the nation.
The show itself, from the opening voiceover and imagery to the dramatic music, is intended to show preppers in a shocking light. Now to try and figure out wether this is done to draw criticism or admiration of the preppers on the show is missing the point. The point is to gain viewership through “shock and awe” by highlighting the seemably extreme nature of the prepping lifestyle.
In the two premier episodes that aired Tuesday night there were a large variety of different prepping lifestyles, points of view, theories about what to prep for and personalities. This made for a very entertaining show and one that I see gaining popularity at least for the first season. But the question is, what light does this put preppers in?
I ask this question as a prepper myself and I think the answer is a little more complicated than a simple good or bad. The preppers taking part in the first two episodes varried greatly when it comes to personality and motivation for prepping. Some seemed very normal and down to earth with good reasons for deciding to prepare for possible bad times and others seemed just a little too far out there for me.
I think this combination will ultimately serve to bring a balance to the show (if done right) that will give an overall unbiased look into the prepping lifestyle. I even walked away seeing several things that these preppers were doing that are things I plan to try out myself.
All in all if you walk into this thinking that being a prepper is a good thing then you’ll probably have a positive attitude about what you see, and if you go in thinking that preppers are crazy then your attitude probably won’t change any. If however your undecided, well you might just be suprised and if nothing else, at least be entertained.
No doubt many of you out there are very familiar with the Mosin Nagant rifle, but for those of you out there who are thinking about purchasing your first Mosin Nagant or maybe have never given it a thought at all and simply just ignored the old milsurp rifle, this review may help you to make a decision.
First off this is a .30 caliber bolt action rifle with a straight bolt action and a 5 round box magazine. It has crude but usable sights similar to the AK47. It comes in at about 48.5″ inches with a 28.75″ inch barrel and weighs in at about 8.5 lbs.
Needless to say it’s a fairly long and heavy weapon by today’s standards although there are some variants like the M44 that come in a carbine length.
So while at first glace it may seem like just a big heavy rifle that can’t possibly compare to anything currently on the market there are a couple of things to take into consideration.
First off is the price, at somewhere around $100 bucks this is by far the best deal on a full caliber rifle your going to run across.
Second is the ammo, while not always widely available at your local dealers or sporting goods stores it is widely available online in bulk for extremely affordable prices, somewhere around $75 to $85 for a 440 round “spam can”.
Also as far as the ammo goes, this is a full .30 caliber round with more than enough stopping power for just about anything you might need to put down. Ballistically speaking the 7.62x54r round is almost identical to the .308 cartridge.
The rifle and cartridge together give you a package that offers good accuracy out to about 300 yards.
The Mosin also has quite a number of aftermarket accessories with everything from bent bolt kits and synthetic stocks to scout scope mounts.
Now one downside to the Mosin is that because its a milsurp rifle you’ll need to be prepared to spend a good amount of time cleaning off the cosmoline that was used to protect these rifles while in storage.
So bottom line we’re talking about being able to get a .30 caliber rifle with a 300 yard range and in a caliber thats extremely affordable for somewhere around $100 bucks ……. and at that price its a no brainer, get one and then wonder why you didn’t buy one years ago.
The reasons for wanting to choose a Primary Weapon can be anything from a home defense situation to a full blown SHTF situation like riots or extreme natural disasters where rule of law may not have a strong hold. In these situations having a “Primary Weapon” or “Go To” weapon is a good idea.
Now although in some places owning a firearm may be hard or even impossible, for the purposes of this article we’ll assume your primary weapon will be a firearm.
Now lets take a look at some things to keep in mind when choosing a primary weapon system.
1) Personal Preference – This refers to being comfortable with whatever your chosen firearm is, don’t go out and buy the latest and greatest tactical firearm if your not comfortable with it. Whatever you choose it should be something you can operate efficiently by instinct.
2) Caliber – This is a very important part of choosing a primary firearm, or any firearm because in essence it is the heart of your weapon system. There are a few guidelines I like to go by to help choose a firearm caliber.
A) Commonality – How common is the ammo in case you need to get ahold of some quickly.
B) Availability – How available is it now to make stocking up something that is easy to do.
C) Personal Preference – If you don’t like a certain caliber, then stay away from it.
D) Price – The less expensive the caliber, the easier it is to find and stock up on.
Calibers that fit nicely into these catagories are – .223 – .22lr – 12 gauge – 9mm – .40 – .45 – .308 – 7.62×39
3) Capacity – This is important because a Primary Weapon should primarily be used as a defensive tool and in a defensive situation you want as much capacity as possible because you can’t predict the situation. This would put things like the AR & AK platforms over bolt action rifles or shotguns. While both bolt action rifles and shotguns are incredible tools they do not have the defensive capabilities that a 30 round capacity modern battle rifle has.
4) Reload Speed – This is something to keep in mind because in the event that a defensive situation requires you to reload your weapon you want something that requires as little effort as possible to reload so as to not take too much of your time or attention away from your primary goal of defending yourself or others. Again this consideration would leave out firearms like the pump action shotgun or bolt action rifle in favor of something with a detachable box magazine because even a novice could more than likely reload an AK faster than a well trained operator can reload 6 rounds in a shotgun.
5) Multi-Purpose – This is by far the least important guideline but still one you might want to take into consideration. Do you want a primary that can serve purposes other than just as a defensive tool, things like hunting or breaching. If so then choose your weapon accordingly. But keep in mind that a Primary Weapon should be primarily a defensive tool.
6) Long Gun or Pistol – Last but certainly not least is wether or not your primary should be a pistol or long gun. At first this may seem like a stupid question because long guns are far superior when it comes to stopping power but keep in mind that pistols are an ideal defensive tool because they are easy to conceal, easy to manuver, can be had with good capacity and are magazine fed, all great things to have in a defensive situation.
So there you go, just a few things to keep in mind when choosing a Primary Weapon. Remember whatever you choose you should take the time and effort to train on your weapon and become as efficient as possible.
This is a question that I think alot of people either wrongfully think they know the answer to or just have never thought about it unless they consider themselves a prepper.
One of the most accurate explainations of what a prepper is comes in the form of a story that many of us have heard or read, in fact I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t familiar with this story. Below is the story, or should I say fable, and after reading it we’ll discuss what a prepper is a little further.
The Ant and the Grasshopper
In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.
“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”
“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:
It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.
So thats it, we’ve all heard the story, but how many of us have taken its message to heart? Its really a simple message, prepare for what tomorrow might bring. Its a truely great example of what a prepper is not just because the mentality to prepare is showcased as a recommended and common sense action, but because the mere fact that this story exsists shows that prepping is not some new phenomenon but something that has been around for thousands of years since this story was written around 500 BCE.
Remember its not prepping that is new, its the laziness and convenience that we have fallen victim to that is the new and damaging phenomenon. We as a species have survived on the earth for as long as we have by being prepared for the worst and surviving. The laziness we have fallen into goes against everything that our ancestors tried to pass on to us.
Isn’t it smart to keep a generator if u live in an area that experiences power outages because of weather? Isn’t it smart to keep a spare tire in your car? These are all ways that we prep and evidence that we haven’t just yet lost our instinct to be prepared, but everyday we get farther and farther away from what has kept us alive for so long.
Prepping isn’t the sign of a mentally unstable person, its not just for the “Survivalist” or “Militiaman” living in the woods. Its also for everyone out there just trying to make it to the next day. Imagine how useful prepping could be to someone who lost their job and could no longer afford to go to the store to feed their family. How useful would an extra month or two of food and water be to that person.
So again lets ask ……. What is prepping?
Prepping is just a part of being human and showing a little common sense to be ready for the things that can happen in this world.
First off, what is a Go Bag? The basic concept of a Go Bag is simply a bag or pack of some sort loaded with the necessary gear to get you out of a bad situation quickly.
Most of us would probably use this tool in a home defense situation where we would want to be able to grab something quickly to have all the needed gear to defend our home and our family, wether by defending an area of our home or by fleeing the situation as safely as possible.
Now lets talk about what a Go Bag isn’t. It isn’t a Bug Out Bag. This isn’t something you’ll want to load with a bunch of useless equipment geared at helping you bug out. You simply want the essentials needed to get you out of a bad situation quickly.
Sounds pretty simple, but there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration when choosing a bag or pack to fill this roll and what gear to put in it.
First off is the bag itself. There are several options that we’ll go over that will give u an idea of what will work best for you. The most common option are …….
At first glance this seems to be a great choice for a go bag as it can be easily carried on the move and usually has plenty of room for gear, but it is not in fact a good choice. The key reason is because it is a BACKpack and therefore can not be easily accessed with out removing it from your body.
Tactical Vest (LBV or MOLLE)
A great option as it can carry everything you need and nothing you don’t and can be customized to suit your specific needs as far as gear placement. The only down side is getting it on in a bad situation, it could be a bit cumbersome to get on and keep a hand free for a weapon or other defensive tool, but overall still a great option.
This is perhaps one of the best options as it is just big enough to carry whatever you might need and small enough to stay out of your way. The only downside is having to wear what is basically a Fanny Pack even if it does say Maxpedition.
This is what I personally use. It works well because its easy to get off and on with one hand while keeping the other free for whatever you might need and its more than big enough to carry whatever gear you need. The only downside is that most satchels are usually fairly big in that most are designed to handle paperwork and things like laptops, so you will have excess space.
Now lets get on to what gear you should think about putting in your Go Bag.
The basics should be ……
Holster for your pistol
Extra magazines or ammo
Small First Aid kit
Spare keys to all vehicles and locations
So thats it, not really too much need for anything else, although everyone will have their own opinions on what may work best for them.
Just remember to keep it simple to avoid confusion in a bad situation.
That seems to be a question that I hear more and more lately, one that suprisingly seems to be growing in popularity. Now as many may know, I am of course what you would call a prepper. I stock extra food, water and other supplies for those “Just In Case” situations that happen from time to time.
But what about you, are you a prepper? Well lets take a look at a few things and maybe ask a few questions that will tell you if you are a prepper, or if maybe you should be.
First off, do you live in an area where natural disasters happen if not frequently then steadily? You know, places like the south and southeast coasts with hurricanes, the Pacific rim with earthquakes, the north with snow storms or even good old “Tornado Alley”?
What about other bad situations, do you worry about things like a bad economy, loosing your job or seeing the country fall into a depression over bad economic policies?
If you answered yes to one or any of those questions then ask yourself this, have you made any preparations to be able to take care of yourself and your family if any of those situations happened?
If you have then you are a prepper, it may not be to the degree that some people prepare and are what you would consider a prepper, but you are a prepper.
You see thats all a prepper is, just someone who takes the time and consideration to show a little common sense and prepare for those things which may be likely to happen.
Now if you haven’t prepared for any of those possible events that could happen, then ask yourself another question. What would it hurt to be a little prepared for those situations?
Another way to look at it is this, do you have car insurance, home insurance, a spare tire, an emergency car kit, do you have an AAA membership, do you keep an umbrella in your car, or a flashlight in your house? These are all ways that your already preparing for things that haven’t happened yet and in many cases, hopefully won’t.
What we need to understand is that prepping is really just going back to doing things the way humans did them for thousands of years, we as a species used to prepare for the bad times, we stocked up on food for the winter, we prepared for the things that we hoped wouldn’t happen but knew might. We lived this way for a very long time and it kept us alive and well and somehow in the very recent past we’ve managed to loose that need and desire to prepare for those things, we’ve become lazy and spoiled by our Tv’s, Mcdonalds, Wal-marts & shopping malls. We’ve forgotten what it was like to be self sufficent and prepared for whatever situations might arise.
Prepping for bad times is just common sense and just a natual way of life that ensures we have the best chance to make through all that life has in store for us, nothing more, nothing less.
So ask yourself again ……… Am I a prepper?
If the answer is no, then ask yourself ……. Should I be?