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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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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****This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen in its original form HERE.
SHTF ONE GUN DEFENSE
BY GREG RENTCHLER, Editor at Large
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 a one-gun solution to address the plethora of variations of circumstances involved in a SHTF scenario.
Because times are tough
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You’re doing it wrong. Another article on gear…gun gear.
By Solomon Shorter
I know what you’re thinking right after you read the title. Another guy that thinks he’s going to tell me what gun I need or the type of training I need to defend my family in a SHTF situation.
Nope. Not me. That’s a personal decision and all I can do is wish you well.
What I do want to touch on is gear. In particular the stuff that you’ll be wearing when you’re trying to take care of business in those
Continue reading Guest Post: You’re doing it wrong. Another article on gear…gun gear
A common thread with lots of comments at forums all over the net is “If you could only have one gun….what would it be?” I try to stay away from discussions like that because they tend to end up with bickering and displays of juvenile antics.
The truth is most of us do not have to have only one gun – so the discussions are somewhat fruitless. However – for those on a budget, reality sets in and a “one gun arsenal” may be all that can be afforded. So – for them – the discussion of a one gun arsenal is very important.
Continue reading Commentary – Thoughts on the shotgun as a “one gun” arsenal
Certainly a viable topic – ammunition availability seems to be getting better. Well – I haven’t seen any .22LR in couple months. Regardless – I saw one online supplier that is supposed to sell ammo “cheaper than dirt” had basic PMC 9mm 50-round boxes for over $60 a box. Ridiculous.
Anyways – here’s the video:
A SERIES OF ARTICLES ON SMART SURVIVAL
Dealing With and Overcoming “tachypsychia”
This is a must talk about subject when one discusses survival events, or personal involvement in a survival/combative situation. Let’s start with the technical definition: Tachypsychia is a neurological condition that alters the perception of time, usually introduced by physical exertion, drug use, or traumatic event. For someone affected by tachypsychia, time perceived by the individual either lengthens, making actions appear to slow down, or contract, objects appearing as moving in a speeding blur. It is believed that tachypsychia is induced
Continue reading SURVIVAL PRIORITIES: A Series of Articles on Smart Survival
I live in South Carolina and have visited several gun shops as well as stores that carry firearms and ammunition. All are pretty much the same – no semi-automatic firearms (centerfire or rimfire), no magazines, and several calibers of ammunition virtually absent.
Don’t see this anymore.
With the threat of a new Assault Weapons Ban just over the horizon, there has been a massive rush on guns, magazines and ammunition – specifically AK’s, AR’s and the like. 7.62 x 39mm, .223/5.56mm, and 9mm ammunition have disappeared off the shelves along with .22LR. Any and all magazines holding over 10 rounds are gone or selling online for big bucks.
Continue reading Been to a gun shop lately?
I grew up watching Chuck Woolery on TV – love the fact that he is one of the rare pro-2nd Amendment celebrities out there.
So many guns, not enough money. Well – this is true unless you know someone and can borrow theirs. A couple weeks ago I had the chance to borrow a friends Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm Carbine. I have been interested in owning one of these for the past coupe years but it just never happened.
Over a weekend I was able to take a look at the Kel-Tec, handle it, shoot it, and get an overall impression. I was not able to do a full-bore review but certainly got a feel for it.
Continue reading Shooting the Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm carbine
The Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 is one of my favorite guns to shoot. I have a few thousand rounds through mine and it continues to perform extremely well. Is it 100% reliable? No – but I know of no rimfire that is. I’ll tell you what – it is extremely close – maybe 99.8%. The factory capacity magazine hold 25 .22LR rounds and much like the rifle has an appearance that lends itself much to the AR/M4 appearance.
Like any other red-blooded American male (and quite a few females out there) – higher capacity is welcomed when it
Continue reading Equipment Review: ProMag M&P15-22 32-round magazine
Question for everyone…..
Do you have an AK-47 and if so what is the brand/model and do you recommend it?
Thanks – Rourke
Building a Survival Battery
By John Rourke
Firearms must be an integral part of any survival and preparedness system.
Why? The reason is simple.
Consider a solar flare or EMP attack which causes most all electronics to fail-
The power grid is down. Communication methods do not work. All businesses are closed. No method for pumping gas. Groceries cannot be purchased. Medical prescriptions will not be filled. Most automobiles won’t start. No TV. No drive thru’s. No calling your loved ones on your cell phone. No going to work. No
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This past weekend I spent some time playing Airsoft. If you are not familiar with airsoft it is similar to paintball except the guns used are very realistic and fire small bb’s at varying velocities (200 – 500 fps). Yup, people take these airsoft guns out in fields and buildings and shoot each other.
I had a ball.
I have seen that police departments, SWAT units and other tactical units train with airsoft. Why? There are aspects of airsoft that as a hobby and fun activity makes it a positive training tool for preparedness. Many of the available airsoft guns are very close replica’s
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When we go to the range the topics of conversation we have are predictable – Weapons – Ammo – Targets – Range Fees (always a winner) – Women – Harleys – And last but not least – Gun Safes.
Most of us have our own. A few use the extra space in a friends to store their weapons (never really understood that thinking myself but it is better then trying to explain to the police and your insurance company why your weapons weren’t secured in the first place). Then there are the guy’s who won’t store their weapons
Continue reading Guest Post: I REALLY NEED A GUN SAFE BUT THEY ARE WAY TO EXPENSIVE….
[This is a response to recent post Guns, guns, and more guns.... - Rourke]
Both the US Rifle, Caliber .30 M1 (Garand) in .30-’06 and M14 (M1A) have killed a lot of people. Their lethality is proven. However, my one firearm choice would be the Ruger Gunsite in .308WIN. I would top it with a Leupold MK4 LR/T on a modified mount over the bolt but would retain the iron sights. I chose Leupold because of their good optics with second focal plane reticule, innovative aluminum flip up lens covers and reticular objective lens obscurator and this telescopic sight
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If you read any gun magazines or visit gun shops you may have noticed just an unprecedented number of new firearms coming out. Pistol’s… rifles….shotguns……”oh my!” .
Over the past couple of years I dream with every issue of Guns & Ammo or Handguns Magazine. So many new models that I would love to have…if I only would win the lottery.
Regardless of all the new eye candy coming out there is one gun that if I could snap my fingers I would have sitting in my gun safe.
That gun is the Springfield M1A……
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