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I never hear anything about the Ruger Mini-14 anymore…..

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I had an original Mini-14 back in the 90’s and thought it was great. The only magazine I used that worked well was the Ramline polymer magazine designed to function in the Mini-14, AR-15, and AR-180. Wish I had never sold that gun. The Mini-14 has since been redesigned and has been improved but yet still rarely do I see it referenced when defensive or SHTF-guns are discussed.

I would suppose changing marketing conditions are

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Video of the Week: SURVIVING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER

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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.

Overall I think this video is pretty good. Sent in by The Panhandle Rancher he made a few points I agree with. Here are a few

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Video of the Week: Incredible Slow Motion Camera Work

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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 Coach sent this in……awesome slow motion camera work.

 

From the Supply House: Here are a few popular survival & preparedness items available at deep

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Part 1: AR Budget Build – Complete and functional for under $500

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My first of several AR build articles focuses building a complete, functioning AR-15 for less than $500. Yes, it is possible and I am going to show you how.

Let me start off by saying this is not difficult. It’s not rocket science and you do not need an engineering degree or have to have worked at NASA for a couple decades. In fact, no tools are necessary for this project. You will also NOT

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HIPERFIRE releases new AR trigger – the EDT

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Looking for a great trigger for your AR that won’t break the bank? The new HIPERFIRE EDT trigger just might be the answer.

Designed for LE department approval, low cost high performance OEM trigger upgrades, NRA sponsored long range marksmanship shooters, home defense, etc. The single stage trigger is unique, sporting user-adjustable trigger weights of 4½+ and 5½+ lbs without compromising MIL-spec hammer fall energy. And, it locks up faster than stock triggers.

It’s still

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….On testing yourself

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I just came in from playing with the skull gun. On my last string of 5 only 3 rounds got on the`6″X6″ cardboard. It was a good session. How can that be GOOD? When I test out equipment or ideas, failure is the biggest part of the learning and improvement cycle. If something doesn’t work right, or fails altogether, I now know that I need to re-evaluate my ideas, the way I use certain

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….On AR platform builds

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I have not been all that active here in the past few months or so. I had three auto racing series that I was heavily involved in trying to win, and I started building custom AR rifles in between races, and got carried away. This past season has been strictly for me. My first rifle build was a .300 BLK. 16″ barrel, Magpul OD furniture and the receivers skinned with tiger stripe wrap.

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REVIEW: Hiperfire HIPERTOUCH 24 Drop-In AR-15 Trigger

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This post was originally published HERE on MSO last April. This HIPERTOUCH 24 continues to work beautifully.

 

I have owned my Stag Model 2L for several years now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Modification have consisted of some furniture upgrades, optics – and that is about it. I recently came across a review on the Hiperfire line of AR aftermarket triggers and became very intrigued. I contacted the company and they agreed to

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FIREARMS VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Servin’ Up the Second Amendment

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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 is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. A restaurant whose wait staff works their job armed. That’s right – they carry a

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FIREARMS WEEK: Tips for a budget AR build

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By J Dobson

 

I doubt there is a more popular weapon system available today than the modern sporting rifle, or AR. They can be had in many different calibers and configurations, more accessories than you can imagine and they are genuinely fun to shoot. On top of all that, in the 5.56 caliber they are inexpensive to shoot compared to many other calibers.

Another great thing about the AR rifle is that, at

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FIREARMS WEEK: How many magazines?

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This question is pondered just about as much as “How much ammunition should I store?“. Over the past several years I have changed my mind on this and much of that changing I directly attribute to readers who have disagreed with me. I listened to other peoples opinions and came to the conclusion that the number I had determined was a good one wasn’t.

We are talking about survival and preparedness guns. Guns that are

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FIREARMS WEEK: Shot Patterns of Different 12 Gauge Loads

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REPOST: One of the big advantages to the shotgun is the ability to use different ammunition depending upon the application. Slugs can reach out and bird shot can cover a wide area at closer ranges. In an effort to gain a bit more knowledge over a few different 12 gauge shells – I decided to do a small test.

Up front – let me go

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FIREARMS WEEK: Budget Home Defense and Survival Firearm

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So many of us are on a tight budget. Every week visits to the grocery store bring back memories of when food costs so much less. Now I can feel the strain on my wallet to get the food my family needs as well as extra to put back. Although gas prices are way down costs on most everything continues to inch up while wages remain stagnant. The point is there are many people out

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

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REPOST: 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

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FIREARMS WEEK: 22LR as a Defensive Round?

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This post was previously published HERE. It has now been updated to this new version. – – – Rourke

In today’s tight economic conditions – there are many preparedness-minded folks out there looking to their Defense Budget and trying to get money to stretch as far as possible. One must consider what type of scenario the Defensive Budget is being prepared for and considered. Even with that some folks just do not have the money

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FIREARMS WEEK: How much ammunition should be stored?

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As much as you can afford.

Period.

- – – Rourke

 

The above is really how I’d like to end this post. I guess that wouldn’t be very entertaining and for those that seriously want an answer it would be a disservice. Come to think of it my answer would be the same regardless – as much as you can afford.

Over the years my idea of an “ideal” ammo stockpile has changed. The

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FIREARMS WEEK: Ammunition availability and prices

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Ammunition availability and prices are as close to “back to normal” as I have seen in a long while – at least here in South Carolina. Local gun shop up the road from me this past weekend had ton’s of inventory of .22LR and no limit. Academy Sports also had quite a bit of off brand 22’s but still on the expensive side(10 cents a round). Even online ammunition retailer Luckygunner.com has a substantial selection

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FIREARMS WEEK: Full Auto Glock – “BAD TO THE BONE!!”

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Full Auto Glock…..simply awesome.

 

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Special Deals on Firearm Magazines, Ammunition, and Accessories

 

 

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Every Day Carry…..

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by Benjamin Thomas

 

For anyone new to everyday carry the biggest hurdle to overcome is not so much gun selection as holster selection. Admittedly it all comes down to a very personal choice – but for someone just deciding to add a carry gun to their every day routine – help to narrow down the choice might save some money!

 

I have tried over a dozen different styles of holsters and I

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Firearm Review: Henry Arms US Survival Rifle……..

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This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

 

Introduction:

The Henry US Survival AR-7 Rifle is the latest rendition of the USAF AR-7 that many Air Force pilots carried “just in case” for the last 40+ years. Even today it can be found stored away by many backpackers, bush pilots, and ATV riders. The AR-7 is known for its unique ability to disassemble in several components and

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Review: Aegis Hybrid Holster

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Rourke: The following was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. UPDATE: The Aegis Hybrid Holster continues to perform very well.

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As someone that carries concealed on a regular basis this past summer was challenging. Currently my carry sidearm is a Smith & Wesson M&P9

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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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