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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 factory open sights have been used exclusively. I cannot tell you my 100 yard group size, or 50 – or any other distance. I have shot

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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 thousands of rounds of .22LR and had a ball doing it. Ever since seeing pictures of the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 – I have wanted

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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 ones you care about the most? Most preppers will not last very long without an effective way to protect their lives.

As you probably know, you

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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……

 

 

 

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 1911 compacts, and upper end models.

As I have gone through several offerings including those mentioned my biggest complaint has been around

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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 prohibitive (at least for me). Today is a different sorry. People can purchase and build an AR one piece at a time, or there are

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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 worked on to completion. 

 

 

Video of the Week: Milling 80% Polymer Lower

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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. 

 

Building AR’s  from the ground up using non-registered  80% lowers is becoming more and more popular. Due to the ability to build a non-traceable firearm using this method – I would not be surprised if 80% lowers become a thing of the past.

Polymer lowers offer some intriguing possibilities as they are

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Washington Times reports soldiers have to modify M4 to make it reliable

The M4 is a fantastic weapon and many thousands of soldiers and contractors use and love it. Regardless – there is evidence that many soldiers are modifying their weapons to make them more reliable and accurate depending upon the conditions of use. I have heard of military policies disallowing the use of high quality accessories such as Magpul PMAG magazines – and NOT allowing our servicemen the best equipment to do their jobs.

The Washington Times article is reporting that there is evidence that M4 carbines manufactured by Colt  provided sub-par performance. Even with this knowledge –

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

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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 to spend money on tangibles – something they can pick up, feel, and hold on to. Training can be shown – but not set up on a shelf to be looked at and admired.

Since September I have attended two training courses with a local firearms

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Need some PMAG’s?

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I just found that Brownell’s is having a special sale on Gen 2 Magpul PMAG’s for $10.79 each. Excellent price on a fantastic magazine.

Just wanted to pass it on.

Keep your powder dry!

Rourke

Do I need a dump pouch?

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I recently completed my second tactical response class in the past 3 months or so and came away with a revelation: magazine dump pouches can get people killed.

If you are not familiar the idea of their use it is to have a place to stash empty(or partially empty) magazines rather than dropping them on the ground. I understand the premise. The thought is you only have so many magazines and cannot just chuck ‘em on the ground to be lost. Here is my deal: If there is a combat situation which I am expending rounds and changing magazines

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Looking for 5.56mm or Magpul PMAG’s?

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Although ammunition is certainly in better supply now than just a couple months ago – prices are still not the best. I came a decent deal on 5.56 American Eagle 55 gr. FMJ rounds from  Brownells – $8.99/box – Click HERE for more information. Just search for American Eagle.

Suggestions would be to get a group to order a bunch then split the shipping to keep costs down.

Looking around I noticed Brownell’s had Gen 2 PMAG’s on sale for $10.49 each – GREAT PRICE!! Not sure how long that sale will last. Click HERE for more info.

Keep your powder dry!

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UPDATE: Guns & Ammo – cost and availability

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Here in the Southeast the availability of ammunition – and firearms – is about back to normal. With the exception of .22LR most ammunition can be bought pretty much whenever needed. After .22LR, 9mm is the most difficult to get. Wal-Mart is generally sold out of .223/5.56 as well as 7.62x39mm. I have heard from friends that they are finding ALL calibers at Wal-Mart more often – but I have not had the same luck.

Gun shops in my area have everything – at a price. While availability is ABOUT back to normal – price is not. Federal XM— 5.56

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

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 store it all in its buttstock. Worth mentioning is the entire gun will float when stored away – especially meaningful to boaters.

 

For the survivalist, the Henry US Survival

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Trying a new holster….

I recently received a new holster to try out carrying my Smith & Wesson M&P9. The holster is made by Aegis Armory and the model I selected is the “Shield” hybrid. I am just now trying it out and so far I am loving it. The M&P9 is held securely in place via the Kydex molded sheath. The backing for the holster is genuine leather.

I choose black Kydex with dark brown leather  - but they have tons of options available. It seems to be pretty versatile as it can be carried inside the waistband or outside – your choice.

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Recent firearms training…..

This past weekend I attended a pistol and carbine training course. It was fantastic and I learned much more than I expected. Between different stances and tweaks to my grip holding my M&P9 – I saw a dramatic improvement in recoil control and accuracy. 

A more thorough, full review will be coming. My instructor is just now opening a new firearms training service in the Charlotte, NC area and looks to offer  great combination of training AND customer service – at great prices. I want to tell more – but will wait for the review.

Recent firearms training…..

Top 3 firearms when on a budget…..

In today’s volatile economy there are many out there preparing for bad times ahead and are frustrated due to tight budgets. Firearms are expensive but a very necessary part of any preparedness system.

My opinion on this subject changes from time to time. New firearms are brought to market, political “storms” can influence selections, and, well….personal preferences just change sometimes.

 

For those looking to build a budget battery of firearms –  I am going to propose the following:

#1. Shotgun – There are numerous shotguns in the market ranging in price from $150 and up. There is

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…On Re-loading

The following is another entry into the ModernSurvivalOnline Preparedness Guest Post Contest running through the end of July. Prizes include:

First Place winner will receive - The Power Pot V Thermoelecric Generator from Directive21.com, a Deadwood Cook Stove from Deadwood Stove Company, a Paladin Go Bag provided by SurvivalGearBags.com, CampingSurvival.com is providing the following: eGear Ready Kit 300 Survival Kit  , one eGear Jolt USB Mini-Light , and an eGear 10 Day Lantern. Total value over $400.

Second Place will receive - EndlessSunSolar.com is providing a NOMAD 5 Thin Film Solar Charger, Prepper Press - 5 preparedness books of your choice, Old West Lawman’s Forgotten Memoir courtesy of http://www.oldwestlawmansforgottenmemoir.com/, and one American Firearm Gun Oil Lubricant Boxed Set from American Gun Oil Company. Over $225 in prizes!!

Third Place will receive - Two Grow Buckets Kits from Choate Machine and Tool. Each kit

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How much ammo is enough?

Checking out one of my favorite preparedness sites – Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest  - Ryan over there just wrote about ammunition levels to have.

I had written about this before back in December of last year and my opinion have changed substantially. I think the recent ammunition and magazine shortages woke me up to the realization that someday you may be faced with the situation that what you have – is all you have – forever. Consider that for a moment. If, for whatever reason, your current supply becomes all you will ever have – no ability to resupply. Do

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On the .300 BLACKOUT……perhaps the perfect battle rifle…..

The following is another entry into the ModernSurvivalOnline Preparedness Guest Post Contest running through the end of July. Prizes include:

First Place winner will receive - The Power Pot V Thermoelecric Generator from Directive21.com, a Deadwood Cook Stove from Deadwood Stove Company, a Paladin Go Bag provided by SurvivalGearBags.com, CampingSurvival.com is providing the following: eGear Ready Kit 300 Survival Kit  , one eGear Jolt USB Mini-Light , and an eGear 10 Day Lantern. Total value over $400.

Second Place will receive - EndlessSunSolar.com is providing a NOMAD 5 Thin Film Solar Charger, Prepper Press - 5 preparedness books of your choice, Old West Lawman’s Forgotten Memoir courtesy of http://www.oldwestlawmansforgottenmemoir.com/, and one American Firearm Gun Oil Lubricant Boxed Set from American Gun Oil Company. Over $225 in prizes!!

Third Place will receive - Two Grow Buckets Kits from Choate Machine and Tool. Each kit

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Thoughts on ammo availability…….

I received the following note from frequent contributor D. - 

 

Various calibers of ammunition are now starting to make an appearance on the marketplace. (Natchez Shooters Supply, Midway USA, etc)    Most are still selling for 3 to 4 times the pre-panic pricing.   Unless you would like to forever pay an extortionate price for ammo, I strongly suggest, WAITING!    If you can hold off on your purchases until prices fall to below $.50 a round (in 20 round quantities) you will send a message to the manufacturers and retailers that you will not abide by such pricing.(This

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Guest Post: …On Force Multipliers (Night Vision)

 

…On Force Multipliers (Night Vision)

            Night vision, Passive, Infra-red, and thermal may well be the best investment that you can make to protect your stores and loved ones. I suspect when the seams of society unravel that the night will truly be the stuff of nightmares.

            If you have made good inroads into your stores, you may want to take a look into the market of night vision devices. Think about NVDs as you would your weapons battery it is just as important. They are tools that will allow you to do more with less.

ATN

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Irish-7 on Arsenal and Gear…….

What follows is an edited and updated version of an article that Irish-7 wrote and had published over at SurvivalBlog.com. The original version can be seen here - http://www.survivalblog.com/2011/09/a_survival_battery_and_gear_fo.html.

 

 Arsenal and Gear

by Irish-7, Editor-at-Large

   First, a little background and base information. I am a retired US Army First Sergeant with over 30 years of military service. I have performed multiple jobs of my lengthy career, mainly in the Combat Arms. I was a Mortarman and Automatic Rifleman in the Airborne Infantry. I was a Unit Armorer, Supply Sergeant and Rifle Platoon

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