New Preppers With “2020” Vision

New Preppers With “2020” Vision

Me in August ’86, as a young Survivalist. I’d been preparing for about 5 years at this point.

As many who know me understand, I have been a Survivalist since I was a kid. I received a lot of flack about that while I was growing up, and even more as an adult, but I never let it deter my focus on what was important. So now Survivalists and Preppers aren’t all that foolish, huh? Apparently those of us who have prepare for hard times are not the “Doomers” and “Nuts” that we’ve been made out to be.

To make matters worse, the “Anti Gun” and “No need for a gun” crowds are apparently is getting upset that they can’t buy a pistol or other type of “registerable” firearm, and walk out the door with it (who knew?), in States that require a waiting period for purchase. The same people who are upset about a waiting period now, were either indifferent at best, or vehemently opposed to immediate purchase and carry firearms when the “Waiting Period” regulations were being enacted.

Many of us who have prepared for a long time, understand that we all had that epiphany, concerning preparedness, at one or more points in our lives. Some realized it earlier, some later and some had to re-realize it. As much as you’d like to rub it in to those who gave you a hard time in the past, this is not a moment for that. This is a time that should be used to educate those new to the “game”.

I’ve prepared for myself, my family and select friends. My supplies are for that group only. Except for advice on the “what”, “where” and “how” of preparedness, I am not a charity organization. With that being said, I have had no problem giving advice to friends and acquaintances who made fun of my preparedness in the past, but are now asking for advice because they’ve “seen the light”. Be the bigger person and help them out.

On another note, I’ve heard from a number of people, that all the preparedness supplies have been cleaned out. Well, that’s simply not true, especially if you are going cheap. Canned goods are still available. Bulk items like rice and beans are still available. Fuel items, whether gasoline for your vehicle or generator and propane for stoves or heaters are out there if you look. Supplies of ammo or firearms are definitely in shorter supply, but still available.

Get out and practice some scenarios with your preps.

Granted, in some cases, those who need them will have to do some serious searching to find those supplies. I told a guy the other day, the supplies are out there, but to use an analogy, they are pretty spartan and somewhat like the chances for getting a nice, whitetail deer, buck in my area back in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s.

Considering that this situation is about as light as a SHTF situation can be (and still be SHTF), at least for now, this is definitely a good time to learn, without the steep drop at the end of that “bell curve”. You still have things like electricity, water, sewer and working vehicles. For most, we are getting some form of income, whether you are still working or getting an unemployment check. Compared to many of the scenarios that have been envisioned by Survivalists and Preppers over the years, this one is a “lightweight”.

Let’s review what your needs are for a serious scenario? First, supplies for the environmental conditions. This includes your overhead shelter from weather. Heat makers like gas or wood fired stoves if the conditions warrant it. Also, appropriate clothing for the conditions are a necessity.

Clean filtered and purified water is next on the list. Water is followed by food to sustain yourself each day, and the calories needed depend on your own physiology and amount of calories you’re burning daily. Next up would depend on the threat situation. If violence is not typical in your situation, First Aid items are next. If the environment is “Non permissive”, firearms and other defensive items would be number four.

Some basic supplies for a short term SHTF event.

Many things are needed to make you a sustainable lifestyle. There are many resources out there to find out what you need, and for many, all you have is time for the research, right? If you are a Prepper or Survivalist, pat yourself on the back for sticking to your “guns”, staying prepared and practicing with your preps, when it is so much easier to “Eat, Drink and Be Merry”.

If you are new to preparedness, find one of the people you know (almost everyone has that one friend) to ask advice on “The steps” and “The Preps” required to give you some piece of mind in a “less than peaceful environment. I believe this is a lead in for something more severe, whether a “Round 2” of the pandemic, or “Gov overreach” from their “Plandemic”. We shall see, but being truly prepared is a lifestyle, not a hobby.

Keep prepping, but try to relax and enjoy the little things at the same time.


"Parata Vivere"-Live Prepared.






“Adapting To Survive”: Firearms-Part 3, Advantage Arms-Glock .22LR Conversion Kits

“Adapting To Survive”: Firearms-Part 3, Advantage Arms-Glock .22LR Conversion Kits


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I put both of my adapters in the same box with the extra mags and cleaning kit.

The ability to use another cartridge in a firearms is a huge advantage. For that second cartridge to be cheaper for training and better suited for things like hunting small game, well, that makes it a practical necessity. For the Survivalist, acquiring tools that performs multiple functions well (Not just “making do”) is not only efficient in terms of space savings and costs, but also practical for field use.

Well over a decade ago, I bought Advantage Arms .22LR kits for my Glock 21 and Glock 30, .45 Automatics. After using them for years and putting well over a thousand rounds through each of them, I can tell you they are one of the best investments I’ve made.


Having used a number of brands and types of ammo through my kits, the only ones that will not reliably cycle are the CB Long type. These are not designed to cycle the action and are used for quiet small game hunting. I don’t use the hyper velocity ammo like “Stingers” due to Advantage Arms warning.

I have used, not only the CCI Mini-Mags that they recommend, but the bulk pack solids and hollow points that they say might not perform well (they don’t recommend them, so make your own decision to use or not use that type of ammo). After about 200 rounds of break-in with the CCI Mini-Mags, the bulk pack ammo functions fine.


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Gen 3 Glock 21 with Advantage Arms adapter kit. 10 shots at 25 yards.

On both the Glock 21 and the Glock 30, the average group sizes at 25 yards are approximately 2.5-3″ with Federal bulk pack ammo. both kits/pistols definitely shoot “Minute of Squirrel” and have actually taken small game in the past. Another thing these kits will do is point out issues you might have with things like your trigger pull and sight alignment. You are using the same grip, trigger and sights (they come with factory Glock sights and can be replaced with other Glock aftermarket sights) as you normally would with your regular slide and ammo.

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Gen 2 Glock 30 with Advantage Arms adapter kit. Average group of 10 rounds at 25 yards.


These slides weigh about half of what the normal slide weighs. The slides are compact enough to fit in an M16 mag pouch with a mag when the kit is not in use. The slides are identical in size to the original pistol’s slide, so they fit in the holsters you already have and use for your pistol.

If you are looking for the most compact and accurate small game-getter you can keep in your bug out or get home bag, and your carry gun is a Glock, XD, or 1911 full size or compact pistol, you should look into Advantage Arms .22LR pistol adapters. If you are looking for a good training tool to practice with your carry gun, you should look into Advantage Arms .22LR pistol adapters.

They are reliable, accurate and versatile and could be a huge help for your practical Survivalist needs. Give ’em a call, you’ll be glad you did.


"Parata Vivere"-Live Prepared.


“Adapting To Survive”: Firearms-Part 2, The AR-15 to .22LR Conversion Kit

“Adapting To Survive”: Firearms-Part 2, The AR-15 to .22LR Conversion Kit

One of two primary reasons for having an adapter for a cartridge firearm to fire another cartridge is economy of funds. The second, as I see it, is economy of meat. Anyone who has hunted for a while knows that if you shoot small game (squirrel, grouse, rabbit, etc.) with something like a .308 Winchester or a .223 Remington cartridge, the resulting stew meat will give you a “Hair, teeth and eyeball soup”, with “paw nuggets” as a side dish.

In a previous article, we discussed the merits of the .32ACP adapter for a .308 Winchester chambered long gun. In that article, the firearm in the example was an 11″ barreled DSA FAL OSW. This article will review two different .22 Long Rifle adapter kits for the AR-15 type rifle chambered for 5.56Nato/.223 Remington. We will also test two different loads used in two different barrel length versions of the AR-15.

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On left is an “RGuns” AR with a 16″, 1-9 twist, free floated M-4 profile barrel. It sports an IOR M2 4X optic. On the right is a SIG M400 with an 11.5″ 1-7 twist barrel. It’s topped with a Millet DMS 1-4X optic.

The first time I ever handled an AR .22 adapter kit was while I was in the military. I was an Armorer ( among other things) and I had five .22 Kits in a locker, of which I had to account for. There was a local indoor range that guys on the shooting team would practice in, and it was a rimfire only facility. The guys that used them told me their reliability was “Iffy” at best.

Fast forward about eight years later and I found a Ciener AR .22 adapter kit at a gun show. They had started selling the neutered 10 round mags (after the 1994 Fed Ban had started), but I wanted to shoot .22’s out of my AR so I snatched it up. I’ve used the Hell out of that kit over the years, and one of the things I can say is that it is similar to using blanks in your AR. You have to lube the Hell out of it to get it to be reliable.

Accuracy out of the Ciener kit with my CAR-15 back then was “Minute of Squirrel” (1-1.5″ groups) at 25 meters, but no further. For what I paid, I saved a ton of money by using .22LR instead of 5.56/.223 ammo. I still have the kit today, and still use it occasionally, but not like I used to. Last year I bought my Son a CMMG AR .22 Adapter kit from Primary Arms. Since I’m doing a series on different cartridge adapters, I borrowed his kit for this review.

In the header picture at the beginning of the post, both kits are pictured. On the left is the Ciener AR .22 Adapter with the ten round mag and the aftermarket “Black Dog Machine” 25 rounder I bought later.  On the right is the CMMG AR .22 Adapter Kit which comes with three 25 round mags. Bottom left inset of the pic shows the 36gr. Federal .22LR hollowpoint bulk pack used along with the 60gr. Aguila SSS (Super Sniper Subsonic) load designed for barrels with at least a 1-9 twist barrel.

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11.5″ SIG M400 with CMMG bolt and mag inserted.

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RGuns AR with the Ciener bolt and BDM mag inserted.

I’ve already told you about the performance of my old Ciener kit, so here’s the low down on the CMMG Kit. The accuracy of the CMMG kit was slightly more accurate than the Ciener kit. The pics below show that the average accuracy of both loads were acceptable out of the 11.5″ AR and pretty good out of the 16″ AR. The Aguila SSS loads shot exceptionally well in the 16″ AR, and pulled of a few 1/2 -3/4″ groups at 25 meters. 

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Left is a group of the Federal 36gr. ammo. I obviously pulled two shots in that group, but on average it shot 1 1/4″ groups with that round. The SSS 60 gr. rounds (on right) averaged 1″ groups.

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The RGuns AR shooting the 36gr. ammo averaged approximately 1-1 1/4″ groups at 25 meters. The SSS ammo really did well with 1/2- 3/4″ groups on average.  

For the most part, the CMMG kit was reliable in both AR’s and with both loads. The only time I had any failures to cycle (two) was in the 16″ AR with the SSS ammo. Both kits shoot reliably and are great training aids for indoor and/or cheap practice. The Ciener kit has killed plenty of squirrel, a number of rabbits, and a few grouse some years back, and both kits would make good backs up for your regular .22LR small game getter.

In the end, the CMMG kit is the best value for the money out of both kits. It comes with three “M16 profile” mags, has a very high reliability record, and is probably as accurate as you can expect for a kit which fires a .223 diameter bullet through a .224 diameter bore. Although I haven’t used an AR .22 kit with a suppressor, I’d imagine it would be a real game getter, especially with the 60 gr. SSS ammo.

Survival is easier with options. Make sure you make the most out of the tools you have available. Adapters are an easy way to make a firearm pull double duty, whether it’s performing a task more efficiently, or being able to use ammo other than what that firearm was originally designed to shoot.

Next up, Glock .22LR kits.

JC Dodge

“Parata Vivere”-Live Prepared.