An Argument for DA/SA Pistols

Beretta PX4 Storm

Modern pistol design has embraced the striker-fired action as the current paradigm. There are good reasons for this, greater mechanical simplicity and a moderate consistent trigger pull being two of the most common. Of course, the blockbuster success of a little pistol called the Glock (though not the first striker fired handgun by a long … Read more

How to Spot Thieves, Thugs and Terrorists

man in public place

Self-defense minded citizens and preppers both are regularly admonished to stay alert, to keep on watch, to be vigilant for the predatory humans that we know are always out there, somewhere, sniffing for their next easy mark. Situational awareness might as well be made the 8th Virtue. Just one problem though; we are rarely told … Read more

5 Secret Ways to Prep in Urban Environments

cars leaving city in a disaster

Prepping in an urban environment is in most ways much the same as it is in suburban and rural environments, as I and other authors on this site have written of in the past. But urban preppers face quite a few challenges that their brethren in less populated areas will not, at least not with … Read more

The Top 5 Multi-Caliber Guns and Who They Are For

Imagine a scenario where you are low on ammunition. You used the last of your supply some time ago and despite your searching high and low for more, you have come up with nada. A gun without ammo is little better than a clumsy club, or an intimidation tool at best. You know you won’t … Read more

5 Ways to Secure Your Preps From Intruders

old shed full of supplies

So your hard work and vigilance paid off; you sacrificed, scrimped, saved and religiously laid in supplies and stored provision ample enough to see you through a crisis that you hoped would never happen, but lo and behold it has. Mercifully you and your family survived. Your house is intact. You should be okay, after … Read more

The Best of the Best Self Defense Knives

knives

All kinds of preppers carry knives and a quite a few of them have probably given some thought to using it for self defense, if they had to. A smaller fraction of those preppers have given the topic much thought, and have sought out both a quality knife suitable for fighting and the skills to … Read more

The Right Way to Carry Concealed in a Purse

woman with a handgun

One of the most popular ways for ladies who carry purses to carry their gun is, duh, in their purse. While this approach is certainly convenient and offers an easy to way to conceal the gun completely, purse carry offers its fair share of trials and risks that any prospective lady shooters should be aware … Read more

Should You Modify Defensive Firearms?

disassembled glock

When discussing firearms for personal or home defense with other like-minded shooters, a common question that crops up, and often results in argument, is whether or not modifications are acceptable on defensive firearms, and if they are, what kind or to what extent? This is rooted in a desire to enhance (or avoid impairing) performance, … Read more

Are Subcompact Pistols Worth It?

glock 17

Concealed Carry of pistols is a subject of enormous breadth and depth, covering such intricacies as who you are and what you do for a living versus where you are carrying and under what conditions you will be carrying: is the environment, permissive, semi-permissive, or restrictive? What consequences are there for you legally and socially … Read more

Awesome Airweights: Overview of 3 Smith & Wesson Lightweight J-Frames

Smith & Wesson revolvers are iconic and nearly timeless firearms that remain the fabled manufacturer’s flagship product. Their excellence in manufacture and highly innovative designs has set and continue to set very high benchmarks for wheelgun performance. There is no doubting that S&W makes effective and reliable guns for self-defense. Without question some of the … Read more

10 Carbine Drills to Master

m1 carbines

Carbines, modern, vintage or somewhere in the middle are exceedingly popular guns for general purpose readiness in prepper’s armories for good reason. Their combination of range, power and ease of use make them excellent guns for protection and harvesting game at nearly any feasible range. In the close confines of a building or the wide … Read more

Practical Carbine Skills You Are Not Practicing

m4a1 carbine

The modern semi-auto carbine is a proper do-it-all gun, equally at home putting lead on target at two yards or 200, and its nimble handling, adaptability and modest weight both ammunition and gun itself make them one of the most efficient and attractive options for preppers in a defensive capacity. For simple home defense or … Read more

The Ultimate Pandemic Survival Guide

people wearing masks

As a prepper, you have plenty to prepare for. There are all kinds of threats to your safety, large and small, but small does not always mean less deadly. In fact, of all the threats that you could face one of the smallest just so happens to be the deadliest, and the hardest to defend … Read more

The Best of the Best Pump Action Shotguns

Mossberg 590A1

The shotgun has remained a popular weapon for personal preparedness since shortly after its inception and it is, aside from innovations in the action departments, virtually unchanged since. The adaptability and versatility of the shotgun makes it a solidly dependable choice for hunting and a deadly defensive weapon. If it is a humble wood and … Read more

The Best EDC Water Bottles

water bottles

Water is one of the most essential compounds for life. While water is very plentiful the world over a given water source often has some gotchas that prevent anyone from grabbing a gulp whenever they please. It might be frozen, too salty, too contaminated with germs, bugs and other biohazards or trapped way, way underground. … Read more

Easiest Ways to Die When SHTF

old woman

I am of the opinion, and I know it will be unpopular, borderline offensive to some, that most preppers really have no idea how dangerous disasters and other SHTF events can be. Unless they have had the misfortune to live through one, that is. Natural or man-made, accidental or divine wrath, it really does not … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Survival Rifles

ruger rifle

Weapons, particularly firearms, are an important part of most preppers’ survival plans. Considering the importance of other supplies and equipment compared to any firearm, you might even say it is overemphasized. Nonetheless, most folks preparing for really rough times will not feel comfortable, or happy, without a good rifle at the ready. A smartly chosen … Read more

Differences Between Rural and Urban EDC

edc items

EDC is shorthand for everyday carry, describing both the procedure and choice to carry useful tools and other gear on your person daily, but also describing the things that are carried, for instance your EDC knife, EDC gun, etc. EDC has also been picked up as a sort of “movement” where advocates and enthusiasts try … Read more

Can You Survive Without a Bug Out Bag?

man alone in the woods

BOBs, or bug-out bags, those big packs preppers keep loaded with all manner of vital survival equipment and provision, feature so centrally in prepper doctrine and planning that you’d understandably think them utterly vital to survival. BOBs are important, no doubt about it, but how important are we talking, here? If a bug out bag … Read more

A Guide for Success with Off-Body Carry

Discussing concealed carry of a firearm often devolves, given enough time and impassioned opinion, into a list of hard dos and don’ts. What kind of gun you should carry, and those you should not. Acceptable caliber. How much ammo is enough? Things like that. One of the most common, based on my anecdotal observations, eavesdropping … Read more

Ruger MK I Standard – An Overview

ruger mark I

Ruger is one of the most iconic and popular of American firearms manufacturers. While they may not have the cache and history of Remington, S&W or Colt, they have carved a place as one of the most innovative and market-disrupting of the “Made in the USA” gunmakers. Starting from literally nothing with an idea for … Read more

Should You Employ Multiple BugOut Bags

bug out bag

Bug-Out Bags form a sort of central hub of prepping. A bug-out bag, or BOB, is a self-contained survival stash containing tools, weapons, clothing, shelter material, medical supplies, calories, a way to get clean water, a way to start a fire and many other items essential to human survival when the niceties of civilization give … Read more