Firearms For Freedom And Forage-Part 2, Defensive Handguns

Firearms For Freedom And Forage-Part 2, Defensive Handguns

Top is a Glock 30, Bottom left the Glock 21 and the Bottom right is a Springfield Armory XDs45. All three are chambered for .45ACP

Most people who’ve read my posts know I’m a .45ACP fan for a Survivalist’s defensive pistols. My reasoning is simple. The .45ACP cartridge is the best auto pistol round made if you are forced to use the least effective bullet design, which is the the round nose lead or jacketed bullet. Without expansion, it is already almost half an inch in diameter. Below are my choices in that caliber, as well as some choices I’ve made in 9mm.

The Glock 30 pictured is a pistol I’ve owned for 20 years. It is one of the best mid sized pistols made. It is big enough to use as your “Full size” pistol, and small enough to readily conceal. The recoil spring system used in the G30 makes felt recoil similar to that of it’s full sized “sibling” the G21. It is accurate, reliable, takes full sized G21 mags and after thousands of rounds, has never had a malfunction or part break. I either carry this pistol in a Safariland ALS paddle holster or an Aker “Flat Sider” shoulder holster.

Another addition I’ve found advantageous in the “training” and “survival” categories is the Advantage Arms .22 kit. It is a “winner” for all the obvious reasons. Practicing with the same trigger, pistol frame and sight, as well as having a lightweight, small game cartridge adapter for your full size, centerfire firearm in you pack just makes sense.

The Springfield Armory XDs45

I’ve owned an XDs45 for a while now, and I can’t say enough about how much I love that pistol. It is pretty much as compact as you can get in a .45ACP. It is reliable with everything I’ve fed through it from cheap, steel cased Wolf ammo to high end Federal “Hydra Shok-Deep” ammo. Finally, it is accurate. The XDs45 is more accurate than one might expect from a subcompact .45 Auto. Here are some of my other thoughts on this pistol, to include the new “Version 2” Model. The XDs45 is my regular “Off Duty” pistol, and the holster I use to carry this pistol is the Galco Classic Lite Shoulder rig.

The Glock 21

I’ve used Glock pistols, starting with a G17, for 30 years, and the Glock 21 specifically, for 20. Reliable, durable and accurate are synonymous with the name “Glock”. I’ve already stated why I’m a fan of the .45ACP cartridge, so ’nuff said. As to the specifics of why I like the G21, well, here goes. It starts out with 13 or 15 rounds mags, depending whether you get “+2″ floor plates or not. With moderate to good ammo, it will group around 3” at 25 yards as long as I do my part from a rest.

The G21 is a large pistol, but by no means is it too large for the average hand. Having put thousands of rounds through my G21 and experienced no failures in performance or parts durability, I can safely say, this is a “Pistol for the TEOTWAWKISTAN” if ever there was one. Like the G30, I also have an Advantage Arms .22 Kit for my G21 and it is for all the reasons I’ve already extolled in the section on the G30. The holsters I use with this pistol are the Safariland ALS, an El Paso Saddlery 1942 Tanker holster, a Blackhawk Serpa, a Bianchi UM-84 flap holster and a Tactical Tailor drop leg holster.

Top, Beretta M9. Bottom left, S&W M&P 9mm, Bottom right, Kel-Tec PF-9

The Beretta M9/M92FS

Having qualified with worn out M9’s a couple dozen times, I can tell you this pistol design will last a long time. It is the only pistol I’ve ever carried in combat, and I never felt that if needed, it would fail to do the job required. I have also been an M9 Armorer, and can tell you that very few times was an M9 on my workbench for repair.

I bought an actual M9 when I came home from the last deployment 11 years ago, and it is one of the most accurate 9mm’s I’ve ever shot. Considering the accuracy of the worn out, mil issue M9’s I had been shooting for decades, this was a pleasant surprise. Like the AR, parts and mags will always be available for the M9/92FS. Owning a mil issue type weapon has it’s advantages.

With a standard mag capacity of 15 or 17 rounds, depending on what brand you get, and extended mags of 20 rounds readily available, the user will not be without a decent round count when you need to send them down range in a hurry. A final thought concerning the Double Action first shot, transitioning to single action follow up shots. Yes, a Glock “Safe Action” with it’s consistent trigger squeeze is great, but with enough practice and training, you can overcome the initial problems you might have with the M9/92FS trigger squeeze.

Holsters I’ve used with this pistol are the above mentioned El Paso 1942 Tanker holster, the Bianchi UM-84 flap holster, the Blackhawk Serpa, a Safariland SLS and a Tactical Tailor drop leg holster. Accept for the Safariland and Blackhawk holsters, my M9 will fit in the same holsters as my G21.

Kel-Tec PF-9

I have owned my PF-9 for approximately 13 years. In that time, I have carried and shot it…A LOT! For a $200 “cheap” plastic pistol, it has performed better than I ever would have believed it could. It has around 900 rounds through it, and still shoots very well. At a little over 12 1/2ozs. empty, it carries like a “Nothing at All”, and it’s not hard to forget you’re carrying it. I have never had a malfunction with it, whether it was being fed cheap steel cased Wolf or high end Federal defensive ammo.

Although the finish is worn thin from holster wear on many areas of the slide, it still does what it’s supposed to do to protect the gun. Finally, I have never had to call Kel-Tec customer service, but I hear they are on the ball and will square you away ASAP with what you need. I use either the DeSantis Pro Stealth IWB holster, or the Galco Classic Lite shoulder rig.

Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm

I qualified with a .40 caliber M&P for approximately 8 years. Since retirement, I have qualified with my issued M&P 9mm about a half dozen times. The .40cal. was OK, but I love the 9mm M&P. It is extremely accurate, from my experiences with the .40cal., it is a durable system(.40cal. is very hard on polymer guns), and it is reliable.

I would and do trust my life to this gun when I strap it on every day. I have been told by a guy who also carries the M&P 9mm for work, that the new M&P 2.0 model blows the one we carry, on the job, away. That is saying something. Standard mag capacity is 17 rounds, and it has interchangeable backstraps for different sized hands. Accurate, reliable and durable, this is all that needs to be said about a defensive pistol. The holster I have regularly used with the M&P is the Safariland SLS Level 2.

In part 3 of “Firearms For Freedom and Forage” we will be discussing long guns for hunting.

JCD,

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Firearms For Freedom And Forage-Part 1, Long Guns For Defense

Firearms For Freedom And Forage-Part 1, Long Guns For Defense

Me at 15 with my Savage 24V Series D (.223/20Ga) ready to take on the Soviets LOL. A rifle is the first weapon you should plan to pick up in a self defense situation if possible. A pistol is only a “Self Defense First-Aid Kit” used to fight your way back to a rifle.

Over the forty years or so I’ve had a serious interest in firearms, I’ve always wondered what were “The Best” firearms one would select for survival, whether self defense or supplying nutrients via wild game. When it comes to shooting wild game, I’ve hunted for the last 43 years and found the most useful rifle on the rack is generally a .22LR. That being said, a .22LR requires precision shot placement that some might not be capable of after TEOTWAWKISTAN (The End Of The World As We Know It land) becomes our AO (Area of Operation) and just plain wears you out from the “normal” level of activities. The firearms listed below will be reviewed in stand alone, in depth posts. This post is just a brief overview of my reasons for selecting them.

In a TEOTWAWKISTAN environment (a non permissive environment where you have threats from marauder types, and also have to be self sufficient in food gathering) the first firearm you will need will be for protection. Although a pistol does well for up close, personal protection, nothing says, “Drop Dead!” like a good, reliable semi automatic rifle. As most of you know, I’m a fan of the 7.62x51Nato round, AKA the .308 Winchester. For a defense rifle in that caliber, I recommend two different rifles, depending on your envisioned use. The first is the M1A, specifically the Socom model. The second is the FN FAL, more specifically, the DSA 11″ Para FAL OSW.

The only difference between these two rifles is a forward scout mount, a folding stock, and a coat of paint. Which will bring less scrutiny if you shoot someone in our present “Rule of Law” environment? Top is an M1A Socom with a Delta P Design front end, a Primary Arms 1-6x ACSS scope, and a Surefire 9P light. 10 round mag in the rifle, 20 rounder below it. Bottom has a Choate Machine and Tool Folder, a Surefire G2 and a PA 1-6x ACSS optic.

The Springfield Armory M1A Socom

Although I like M1A/M14 type rifles in general, I’m a huge fan of the Socom model in particular. The Socom is about as compact as you can make an M14 type rifle. It has a 16″ barrel, and if you check with Smith Enterprises or Delta P Design, you can give it a threaded front end for a flash or sound suppressor instead of the integral muzzle brake.

Some have had issues with mounting optics. I have had no problems with either the Smith Enterprises scope mount or the Sadlak scope mounts which I have used on these rifles. As the rifle appears in the top pic above, it weighs 13 3/4lbs. (12 3/4lbs. with a synthetic stock) with a loaded 20 round mag in it, optic and light, and it regularly shoots LC 149gr ball into 2.5MOA.

I use this rifle specifically as my “House rifle”, and thus use 110gr Federal AMAX ammo in it. Those rounds usually produce 1.5-2MOA. Why use that instead of one of my AR’s? Look at it and tell me what you see from a “Public” point of view. To the typical cop, it looks like a hunting rifle, not an “Assault Weapon” (especially with the 10 round mag in it).

That rifle makes a Hell of a better impact weapon than any AR I have, and the 110 AMAX (ballistic tip, varmint type bullet) at 3300FPS acts like a 5.56 on steroids (2650 foot pounds), without the residential media penetration ball type bullets are known for. A solid rifle with a reliable action shooting a dependable “killer” cartridge out of 20 round mags and can also double as a “deer rifle”, what’s not to love?

Gear and weapon (11″ ParaFAL OSW) I would take on a property or “Presence” patrol.

The DS Arms ParaFAL OSW (Operations Specialists Weapon)

I have been using FN FAL type rifles for about 25 years. I had never really looked into the shorter barreled versions because I figured you’d lose too much velocity and energy to make them worth the extra weight in carrying the 7.62N/.308Win ammo. After seeing a video by Garand Thumb concerning this weapon, I decided to look into it and get the real numbers. The numbers for velocity were OK, but when I “crunched” them for the foot pounds of energy, I found out it still put out a lot more energy than a 16″ AK with Ball ammo, so I bought one.

On average, it chronographed at 2380 FPS with 149gr. LC Ball and that round is putting out 1880 Foot Pounds of energy. For reference, a 16″ AR with anything from a 55gr to a 77gr bullet, is putting out 1075-1250 foot pounds of energy. Another comparison would be a 16″ AK’s 123gr-150gr bullets. Their performance was between 1520-1760 foot pounds. My OSW is 4 inches shorter than my 16″ AK’s with folding stocks, and the OSW puts out 100 foot pounds more energy than even the non standard 150gr soft point hunting round that most people won’t be using.

At distance, my holdovers for the 11″ OSW barrel are 50 meters off. This means When I use the ACSS reticle holdovers, past 200 meters I use the 350 mark for a 300 meter shot, and the 450 mark for a 400 meter shot. As to the compact and easily carried aspects of the OSW, they made it a “no brainer” for a “Patrol Weapon” choice.

Overall length is 24″ with the brace type “stock” folded, and measures 33″ extended. It weighs 13.5lbs. with the a loaded 30 round mag (regular mags are 20 rounders), a PA 1-6x ACSS optic, Tac light and DBAL IR laser. It is as compact and powerful as a hand held firearm can be. Accuracy is approximately 2-3MOA at 200 meters.

Keltec SU-16C pictured here weighs 6.6lbs. with a loaded 10 round mag (7lbs. even with a loaded 30 rounder) and PA 1x Cyclops optic.

The Keltec SU-16C

This is a unique design that is a good alternative to the AR-15 while still using the 5.56x45Nato/.

223 Remington cartridge. If I’m gonna use a 5.56, it’ll probably be this rifle. I own plenty of AR’s, but that is because of their ubiquitous presence and parts availability nationwide, not my fondness for the design. Some of the SU-16C’s advantages are it’s lightweight at 4.7lbs. with no accessories attached, it has the ability to easily attach a scope via the built in picatinny top rail, and it takes M16/AR-15 mags. Finally, it is compact and folds up to 26.5″ (this “Charlie” model will fire when folded) and is 36.5″ when locked open (measurements are with an AR-15 A1 flash suppressor attached). The SU-16C that I’ve had for 10 years regularly shoots 2MOA groups at 100 meters with a 1x optic, and I’ve never had a jam, malfunction or part break.

Top, 11.5″ SIG M400 AR “Pistol”. Center, 16″ Standard M4 type rifle. Bottom, 16″ type with TTI StraightJacket barrel.

The AR-15

Having used and repaired (I was an Armorer among other things in the Mil) the M16/M4 type rifle for the majority of my life, either in the military or out, I’d say I have a pretty good idea of what the AR platform has in the way of advantages, and what it lacks in attributes. The AR system is lightweight, accurate and within a low end, “maintenance depot’s” reach, durable. As a “One size fits all” rifle, the M4 type AR is hard to beat. Considering it can be used by even the small framed, less strong and recoil sensitive among us, it is probably the best “All around” rifle to be considered by a group with plans on a collective defense where everyone is armed with a rifle.

The downsides to the 5.56/.223 AR platform need to be given serious consideration as well, starting with the cartridge. As an “All around” reliable “killing” cartridge, the 5.56/.223 has little to be desired, especially when using MilBall ammo. As a Survivalist, I want more “Kill for the Buck” when it comes to defensive rounds in my rifle. The 5.56 was designed to wound, not kill. From a military perspective, a wounded enemy is an asset. From the “Survivalist in TEOTWAWKISTAN” perspective, that wounded adversary is someone who can come back later and finish the job.

From a maintenance perspective, the AR platform is in “Armorer Speak” a “Depot Whore”. By this I mean it is very high on the preventative maintenance needs/parts replacement scale. As long as you replace certain parts regularly, you should have no issues with it’s reliability. Lacking those extra parts for the regular PMCS needed, will give you a rifle that could fail you at any moment in TEOTWAWKISTAN.

I definitely will recommend the AR to individuals and groups. That being said, it’s always with the caveat that you better have someone who knows how to work on the weapon (in perspective, it is a pretty easy system to work on) and have a ton of extra parts for the long term. BTW, I will not recommend the AR-10 systems to anyone, considering the number of military Armorers and “End Users” I’ve spoken with, concerning the AR-10/M110’s lack of reliability in the field. Also, given the lack of standardized design across the civilian industry in the AR-10 type rifle designs, it takes away from the reason many want an AR type rifle to begin with, which is “Commonality”.

Two types of folding stocks for AK’s. Top, the Mil issue underfolder. Bottom, the MagPul Zhukov-S folder.

The AK

Although many think the AK type design is crude and unwieldy, I think their main problem is a lack of practice and training with it. Having used AK’s for upwards of 30 years, I can tell you they are not hard to run, once you’ve worked out how to “run the gun” for you. Manipulations such as operating the charging handle (should you go over the top or underneath), operate the safety (left hand underneath or strongside right hand trigger finger) are all things you need to practice and decide what techniques you are most comfortable with. Fortunately, as a “Lefty”, running guns like AK’s, M14’s and other right side charging handled guns is a piece of cake. Find what works for you, and practice the Hell out of it. It’s that simple.

For the most part, AK’s are reliable, durable and “Minute of Bad Guy” accurate. Just like the AR, the amount of accessories available can boggle your mind. At a minimum, have a way to mount a light on your defensive rifle. Optics are nice (I recommend the RS-Regulate mounts), but I don’t feel they are necessary on an AK. Buy Mil surplus or Magpul mags along with some Wolf or Red Army ammo and you are set up with a rifle system that will do all the practical functions one should expect from a defensive rifle.

Three Mossberg 590’s. Top M590A1 with Holosun red dot and ghost ring sights, Tac light and Side Saddle. Middle, M590 with bead sights, Tac light and Side Saddle. Bottom, M590 Shockwave. All are chambered for 12 Gauge.

The Mossberg 500/590 Shotgun

The 590 is the model of pump shotgun I have regularly used for over 30 years. I have owned several of both the M590 military shotgun (carried an 18.5″ 590 in combat) and the M500 hunting version and have never had an issue with any of them. Reliability, durability and accurate (for a smoothbore shotgun) are words I’d use to describe them. I’ve spoken before about the 20″ barreled M590’s ability to take an attached bayonet, but another awesome feature is it’s 8+1 ammo capacity (20″ barrel), which is one more than most other 20″ barreled military type shotguns.

 

 

They also double as acceptable hunting weapons as well. Even if I was hunting pheasant or crow (yes, I put the required mag plug in it), I would just make sure I was using heavy duty 2 3/4″ High brass or 3″ magnum Remington “Nitro Express” and I’d take what I was after, even with the restrictions a cylinder bore choke imparts on your range and pattern at 30 and 40 yards. Pump shotguns excel at being versatile. If you have less lethal “pepperball” or rubber buckshot loads, they will cycle and fire just as well as the lethal ammo you have for hunting or defense.

Part 2 of the Firearms For Freedom and Forage will be out within the week. That post will concentrate on the reasons I’ve picked the handguns I use, and the benefits and detriments of each.

JCD

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Here Comes The “Fatal Funnel”….?

Here Comes The “Fatal Funnel”….?

 

 

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According to the ’94 AWB criteria, this M1A was still OK since it only had a threaded barrel and a detachable mag. 10 round AWB “acceptable” mag in gun. 20 rounder below it.

I haven’t written anything “Politics” related in a while. It’s mostly because I’m sick of feeling as if I’m beating my head against a brick wall in trying to convince those who might read what I write that certain things (like history) are important in weighing your present decisions.

Decades ago, I used to be involved with a group that was pretty squared away. We leaned towards training for offensive “Take it to the bad guy” type missions, instead of my present Survivalist defensive mindset. I realized in my late 20’s that all that “Offensive mindset” would do, as civilians, is get us killed needlessly and thus, I corrected my direction in preparedness and training. The situation described below was during my participation in the group mentioned above.

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A training pic circa 1993 before the ’94 AWB was implemented

Here’s the situation. The House of Reps passes the “Federal Assault Weapons Ban” in May of 1994. My friends and I thought we could read the writing on the wall, so we started preparing for what we thought was the inevitable “war”. Over the course of the Summer of 1994, I purchased about $2,000 worth of gear, weapons and ammo.

Hell, I remember making thirteen hundred dollars worth of purchases in one day from Centerfire Systems and Classic Firearms, that summer. This purchase involved two RPK type AK’s, 5 cases of ammo, and five 75 round drums. The group I was involved with at the time used the AKM type rifle as the standard, and well, you get the picture.

Some other things that impending (and what we believed was coming with it) ban brought about was a need for caches and a recon of areas to set up base camps and RON’s. We systematically went about checking and designating those areas in a 50 mile circle, and putting “under” (reports and all), excess/extra gear and needed equipment.

What were we thinking? Well, first we believed the Senate would pass the AWB (it was close like the House vote was) when it got to them (I think we were figuring the end of Summer). Second, we knew Clinton would sign it. Third, many of us were under the impression that Slick Willie would be more than happy to bring in UN troops to assist in a more draconian firearms ban that he was rumored to be floating with the help of certain Gov officials.

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A training pic after the ’94 AWB taken in approximately 1996.

Were our preps in vain? I don’t believe so. The purchase of those firearms and mags at that time, paved the way for better purchases later after a few were sold for 3x the cost. Besides, that activity by the government PROPERLY motivated us to do something we should have been doing in the first place. Was the rumor (#3) correct? Who knows. It didn’t happen, but everyone knows he was definitely considering something like that. Keep in mind what Feinstein said about her gun ban opinion. She said she would ban every firearm from civilian possession if she could get 51% of the vote.

Good things that came from the AWB? The concentration on designing reliable, compact pistols like the Glock 26 and 30 because 10 round mags….. An appreciation for only having to pay $15 for a quality AR mag. Being able to easily find a large assortment of quality semi auto mil type rifles without having to drive 2 or 3 hours to that obscure, out of the way gun shop, then  payin’ $1500 for a “Pre Ban” rifle that was only $350 four years earlier.

I tell you that story from exactly 25 years ago to tell you this. Don’t panic (unless you don’t have anything gun related). Keep calm. Make a realistic purchase plan if you haven’t already, and concentrate on the basics (solid, reliable rifle with 7 mags, reliable pistol with 3 mags, and ammo for both) . I told you almost three years ago that President Trump’s election was nothing more than a brief reprieve. If President Trump does what many believe he wants to do on gun control, it was a little more brief than I believed.

Here’s the thing though. He hasn’t done it yet. He talks a lot of smack, then usually backs off the rhetoric a little. We’ve been at this point a few times in his last three years. Yes, he banned bump stocks. So what? Reagan banned the production of new machine gun receivers made after 1986. My personal belief is that bump stocks are an effeminate affectation of someone who wants to play, but isn’t serious about realistic weapon’s usage. Kinda like the “Operator” selfies by “Never Been-But Wannabees” on social media.

Regardless, I don’t believe he should have done anything to their availability or legality, useful or not. I personally think he banned them as a token on the alter of  the “Commie Gun Grabbers” so he could calm the BS after the Vegas shooting, but, who knows. He wheels and deals so it’s anyone’s guess.

The bottom line is that “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” is pretty cut and dried for those with a moderate education in the English language and some common sense. Will you go to war over a Federal “Red Flag” law passing? No, you won’t. For the three of you it will be a noisy version of suicide. Will “Red Flag” laws make a difference? NO, THEY WON’T! Why? Well because the institutions who are supposed to report things to the Feds for NICS can’t even do that or do it right. The Air Force was one of ’em, and people died in a church in Texas because the AF “employees” were criminally incompetent.

As an AP Staff member mentioned to our group the other day, “Conservatives” and the liberty minded are a lot more pissed off than they were 25 years ago. I agree. One of the reasons is that the last three years, if not the last three decades, have shown us what utter contempt, Gov elites like the Senior Executive Service members have for the working American.

They define the “This is for me and not for thee.” mentality. This is just a small issue in the “Mountain of Crap” the DC crowd is doing. Do I think those in President Trump’s Administration are trying to find, fix and eliminate the problem? I really don’t know. One step forward and two steps back seams to be the norm these days, and I haven’t seen any gas leak, let alone a gush, out of “The Swamp” that is the District of Criminals. It appears as if it’s just a big distraction from the economic “balloon”, and that “balloon” is leaking badly when you know what figures to look at.

The President has weaponized his Twitter feed, but even while the things he tweets about appear to point out a real problem, which the MSM dutifully and immediately calls “mean”, they still only end up as “fluff” and the follow on “substance” is generally, non existent.

So to the problem at hand, gun control/background checks/gun confiscation/weapons bans,….etc., etc., ad nauseam, and what to do about it. Just like 1775 at Lexington and Concord, YOU are not gonna start a war unless it is a reaction done in self defense to being attacked/fired on. As risky as letting it go that far is, you won’t start it because you/we don’t/won’t control the narrative, and most will not start a conflict with a narrative they can’t control.

On a side note, and speaking of “the narrative”. During a convo with friends and associates the other day, one of them asked why no CCW holders engaged and fired on the shooter in the Texas Walmart, with Texas being the firearms mecca that it is. The implication was that if you can carry it and have it on you, you should engage the bad guy. I mentioned that I have one prerequisite in that instance, to get those I care for, and am responsible for, to safety.

I will not draw my weapon until I see the shooter and he appears to be a DIRECT threat to me and mine. As a civilian I will not run to the sound of the shooting if I have others in my charge. If I don’t have them with me, I definitely will not run around with my weapon drawn and possibly be engaged by LEO’s or Armed Security and/or be labelled as “Shooter #2”. I don’t like it, but this is common sense in the day and age in which we live.

If they pass Fed “Red Flag” Law they pass it. If they pass another Assault Weapon Ban, they pass it. I don’t believe they will pass a total ban because they don’t have the personnel and logistics to deal with that kind of overt and deadly grief. Regardless, plan accordingly NOW! You should have read that writing on the wall three years ago, but that’s water under the bridge, isn’t it? So let’s try to be constructive.

Keep things like price in the aftermath of the ’94 AWB, and the Newtown shooting in mind. Glock 21 .45ACP 13 round mags were $80 in 1999 during the AWB, and even .22LR ammo went through the roof after the Newtown shooting as examples. Buy 20, 30 and 40 round box mags and drum mags for your weapons while they are cheap. Buy as much ammo as you can to feed those weapons while it’s relatively cheap. Buy at least one or two “Assault/Battle” rifles.  Buy a couple pistols while you can. Buy the gear needed to carry a fighting load for your weapons, and related survival equipment. Check in with John at UWGear for quality equipment that does the job well. Buy spare parts for all the weapons you have so you can maintain them after a ban. Buy and learn how to use reloading equipment, then stock up on components. Buy gear to cache your excess or back up equipment.

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Things to get now if you don’t have them. 20, 30 and 40 round mags for your rifle. Drum mags if you can get them for your rifle. Standard and large capacity mags for your pistols. Gear to carry your mags, pistol and supporting equipment.

Finally, get training on not only how to use those weapons, but how to use them and survive in non permissive environments. Both Brushbeater/NC Scout and I (MDT) offer classes on small unit tactics, operating as a small team and survival. The time is coming when you will have to make a decision. Will you stand up and fight when attacked, or will you grovel at the “master’s” feet hoping for the scraps of “Rights” he gives you?

As a Nation, we’ve been at that juncture before. There is a good chance we will eventually be there again. Steel yourself to that eventuality by making your course of action decisions now. “In the moment” will be too late, and a falter on your part will only be survivable due to Divine Providence.

The bottom line is this. You don’t have a crystal ball, but you do have historical references to guide your decisions. Prudence, tempered with realistic, historical reflection creates it’s own path to sound decisions. Good luck.

JCD

"Parata Vivere"- Live Prepared.