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Rourke’s AR Pistol Build – “Venom”



AR pistols are all the rage today and for good reason. They offer much of the size and maneuverability of an SBR(short barrel rifle) without the cost and time involved in a NFA tax stamp. “NFA tax stamp?” You see the government in all its infinite wisdom decided long ago that owning a rifle with a barrel length less than 16″ is just not something the American people should be allowed to do. If

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Review: Canik TP9SA 9mm Semi-Auto Pistol


Colt. Springfield. Glock. Smith & Wesson. H&K. Ruger. All these brands are well respected and have been putting out high quality firearms for years. For most the mention of any of those brands and it is easy to think of at least a half dozen quality models offered.

Canik? Not so much.

Canik is relatively new to the pistol market and word of its incredible performance and low price

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

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Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on

I missed the punch and reach of my 7.62 M-14 from the very first day that I had to trade it in for an M-16. I received an early M-16 in Vietnam and it was plagued with all of the horror stories you have heard. My main complaint was after running about 100 rounds through it; carbon blew back, fell into the lower

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What Makes Stab and Spike Vests Resistant?



By Chris Taylor

Stab proof vests provide the wearer some protection that bullet proof vests don’t– protection from knife attacks. Knives and needles have sharper points than bullets and require a different kind of material construction. Stab proof vests protect from slashes and jabs, preventing sharp-edged weapons from penetrating more than a few millimeters.

Most stab proof vests are made from a material called Kevlar. Kevlar is very resistant

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ENTRY #8, #9 and #10: SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest

Dirty and needs some sharpening.

Here are a few entries in the MSO SHTF “Go To” Knife contest. The best one selected will win a Gerber Machete Pro.

I am not looking for a picture of a knife laying on the kitchen counter – somehow make it unique and interesting. Set your entry apart from the rest. This could be something unique with the picture or maybe the description – or both.

Send your contest entries to emergencycd(at) Make sure

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


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


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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FIREARMS WEEK: 22LR as a Defensive Round?


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 to go buy an AR-15, an AK-47, or some other battle rifle. Obviously – a collapse of society and

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“Firearms Week” coming to



Stay tuned!! Coming soon is a full week of rifles, pistols, carbines – everything and anything related to firearms for 7 days straight right here on ModernSurvivalOnline.

If you are a gun nut like me or have a passing interest in firearms I am sure there will be something for you. Firearm reviews, commentaries, philosophy, accessories, shooting, defensive training – a variety of topics will be covered(maybe some just for fun).

Hey – if

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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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Gault on……bob’s Fallback



In a recent post about stockpiling food preps a reader calling himself bob left the following comment;


“I’m good. I have an acre of land that I use for gardening that I tend daily, plus I can fish, I can hunt and I’m surrounded by freshwater. If that fails, I’ll take what I need. With force if necessary. I’ll spend this $260/yr on ammo. =)”


The 1st part of his comment about

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


– 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 to spend money on tangibles – something they can pick up, feel, and hold on to.

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


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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Personal Security for your Home when SHTF


A home is not simply a place to sleep and watch mindless television episodes hour after hour. A home is a personal shelter for your home and family. Protecting those that you love and care about is something we can’t just play around with. We need to have systems in place that can withstand the best of times as well as the worst. I’ve been around the world and have

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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

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Guest Post: Something completely different

…Something completely different

by D.


Weapons gadgets, mods, add-ons, whatever you call them, they all have a weight that also adds to your weapon.

I am not against add-ons, they definitely have their place, and over my life time I had been sucked into trying many of them. Almost all of them are useful, just not all at once. They should be tailored to the mission. When your weapon starts to look like a

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Guest Post: THE UN-THOUGHT OF Part 4


by D.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3



Plan your defenses in depth. Layer them. Your first defense is patrolling, get some manuals and learn. Patrol one to two clicks out. Vary your routes, exit/entrance and times. Go slow. Be quiet. Stop frequently and listen. Your reason for patrolling is to gather intel to alert your perimeter not make contact. Set up a reliable

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Body Armor for Dummies……….

Body Armor for Dummies

by Jesse James, Editor-at-Large


No doubt, the vast majority of you are aware of the fact that our federal government seems intent on violating our inalienable right to self-defense, among others. It is entirely possible that we will cross the line where “from my cold, dead hands” ceases to be a metaphor. Body armor is a necessity for those who wish to initiate or survive being a

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Combat in the dark……


Recently I have been playing a lot of paintball and airsoft. Fun and great exercise. I participated in my first night airsoft game and it was an eye opening experience. I have no military training which I consider a major drawback in the skills department. I have no expertise in night combat either – kinda the point of this post. Anyways, this night game was played in absolute darkness outside with only a bit of

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