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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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Remington 870 Express Tactical

 

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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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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