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Ammo prices….

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The ammunition market continues to get better since the days following the Sandy Hook shooting. At one point you couldn’t buy a box of 9mm – regardless of the price. Then a few boxes would start to show up at ridiculous prices. I continue to say it – stock up now because you never know when the market will change and the ammo market gets tight again.

Availability on most everything except .22LR seems just

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Why I like the 9mm…..

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A couple things I want to state right off the bat.

I am NOT saying that the 45ACP, 40S&W, .357 Sig, 45GAP, or any other pistol caliber is inferior to the 9mm. Shoot what you can shoot accurately with the ability to get back on target for follow up shots regardless of caliber. Period. A pistol is NOT the ideal defensive or offensive weapon. It is vastly under-powered compared to a rifle. ALL common pistol

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Magazine ID paintjob

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

 

The following video from MainePrepper demonstrate a simple and inexpensive method for not only camouflaging magazines but marking them for identification purposes.

 

 

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Remembering the S&W 686 Classic Hunter

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Years ago when guns were a lot cheaper and I had a lot less gray I bought a Smith & Wesson 686 Classic Hunter. I was living in the small town of Franklin, New Hampshire at the time and purchased it from a tiny gun shop in town. I believe I paid $280 for it. Man, those were the days.

If unfamiliar the 686 Classic Hunter is a .357 Magnum revolver with a 6″ barrel.

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Review: Magpul MOE Grip for AR Platform

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To be honest I often scoffed at the idea of spending my hard earned money on an aftermarket grip for my AR. I mean – it’s a just a grip, right? The standard AR grip has been around for decades and should be just fine. Well – several months ago I happen to have a few extra bills padding my wallet(rare occurrence) and was down in Columbia, SC at Palmetto State Armory. They had an

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I was just thinking….

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Not really sure why I started thinking about this tonight. When I was 14 years old I was an avid reader of SURVIVE Magazine and American Survival Guide. Yeah – maybe being 14 and worried about a nuclear war between the Soviets and the United States was a bit unusual but I was not the usual teenager. Anyways I really looked forward to a new issue coming out every month,

I can still remember many

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Truth About Wolf Ammo

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

 

 

 

From the Supply House: Here are a few popular survival & preparedness items available at deep discounts on Amazon. Many items are available with Free

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SHTF ONE GUN DEFENSE

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****This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen in its original form HERE.

 

BY GREG RENTCHLER, Editor at Large

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I’ve been spending a lot of time at my BOL thinking about a one-gun solution for defending the family in time of SHTF. After much discussion with my survival family and colleagues, we collectively concluded that there is no such thing as

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Are you prepared for the things that go Bump in the night?

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This post was originally published December 3rd, 2013. In case you missed it….. here it is again.

– Rourke

Firearms training is likely one of the most ignored aspects of preparation for most preppers. They spend tons of money of guns and ammo – and consider punching holes in paper sufficient training to ward off the hordes of zombies waiting for them. It is an easy situation to fall into as people want

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Video of the Week: Art of the Mag Flip – Hilarious!!!

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

This video is hilarious and spoofs some popular firearm experts and their training. Just flat out funny.

 

 

 

 

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Looking for .223 ammo?

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The Sportsman’s Guide offers quite a variety of ammunition at some excellent prices. One of the .223 Remington options that often sells out at several of my areas local stores is the American Eagle AR .223 Remington 55 grain round. Currently in stock at only $8.99 ($8.54 for Members) for a 20 round box – this is one of the less expensive brass case choices.

As an official Sportsman’s Guide affiliate – any purchases made

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Review: Lee Hand Loader

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I have used all types of reloading equipment on up to the Dillon progressives with all of the bells and whistles. I have a Dillon 550 with a dozen drop in heads, a couple Lyman presses, a Lee Load All and MEC for 12 gauge, brass tumbler, dozens of dies and bullet casting factory at the retreat. The fact remains, as wonderful and efficient as they are, they are not very practical,

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…..On learning new tricks

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I have been to many many schools, training seminars, and hands on courses during my lifetime. I believe all of this and my endless self study and reading has made me more than a modern Renaissance man. I usually have the answer when no one else does or at least the skill in critical thinking to work it out if for some reason I don’t know it.

This doesn’t mean

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COOL VIDEO!!! Burris Eliminator on a .22 LR

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The Burris Eliminator is one of the highest tech optics available – not cheap either. This video shows one mounted on a tricked out Ruger 10/22. Cool stuff!

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Initial Evaluation: New Frontier LW-15 Polymer AR Lower

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Several weeks ago I received a New Frontier LW-15 polymer lower for testing – and to build another AR. I know many may scoff at the use of polymer in an AR lower – much the same way traditionalists rolled their eyes at this new plastic gun that came out years ago – called a “Glock”. That plastic gun turned out to be OK. I was originally attracted to the New Frontier due to their

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Review: Armasight SPARK (CORE) night vision monocular

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Right up front let me say that night vision, since its inception, has probably been the greatest force multiplier ever developed for the common fighting man. It is almost cheating, it gives such and advantage to those so equipped, either in defense on a perimeter or out actively patrolling.

Any level of night vision capability is going to give you a great advantage at night over those who do not

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VIDEO: Watch This Incredible Long-Range Rifle Shot From Nearly 1.5 Miles Away

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Three years, thousands of rounds, and lots of fun – the S&W M&P15-22 Carbine

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Three years ago I bought my Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 and have enjoyed it ever since. In fact -I am planning to buy another. This semi-automatic, magazine fed, AR-clone has served me well. I have found it to be accurate and extremely reliable.

When thinking back to the many times I have shot the M&P15-22 the first thing that comes to mind is accuracy. I have never mounted an optic so the original

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Review: Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 .22LR Semi-Auto

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This post originally appeared back in May of 2011. I will be posting an UPDATE tomorrow on how my M&P15-22 has performed over the past three years. The original review can be seen HERE. – Rourke

I love the .22LR .

Over the years I have had a variety of .22LR pistols and rifles. From the Ruger Mk II pistol to a Squire Bingham M16R – I have shot

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Building your own gun for SHTF

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In prepping there are few things more important than protecting the lives of yourself and your loved ones. It’s your duty to ensure their safety by any means necessary even in the toughest of times. As a prepper you probably own a firearm (or several) as a means of defense for you and your family.

What happens however, when the government comes to take away your guns? How will you protect the

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Hostage Rescue by SUREFIRE

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

The following video – sent in by Panhandle Rancher – shows some good tactics using flashlights (both handheld and weapons mounted). Interesting……

 

 

 

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S&W Shield 9mm……on the way

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I have been looking for a new pistol to allow for better concealed carry than my full size Smith & Wesson M&P9. I have really struggled making a choice. I tend to be too analytical making decisions. Possible candidates have included a Kel-Tec PF9, Ruger LCP in 9mm, and an assortment of Taurus models. Price range is in the $400 region which rules out most revolvers (which I am not really interested in), any

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Want an AR-15 and on a budget?

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The AR-15 is an extremely desirable and frequent choice of survivalists and preppers. It has very low recoil, easy to operate with minimal training, excellent accuracy, and very reliable. The AR is typically light and maneuverable – compared to many hunting type rifles. Ammunition and magazines are widely available as well as numerous accessories to allow personal customization.

Years ago when looking to purchase an AR there were only a few manufacturers and costs were

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Video of the Week: The 80% AR-15 Lower Do it Yourself Instructions

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

Recently a video was published here showcasing one method to complete an 80% polymer AR lower. Here in this video an aluminum 80% lower is

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