18. May 2013
Another installment of “News You NEED To Know”, via MSO News Correspondent Hunter.
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I am struck by the continued availability of a variety of 12 gauge during this severe ammo shortage. As we all know, the 12 gauge is probably one of the most versatile and powerful firearms we can have in a survival battery, or even just to have around during normal times. I live in Houston, Texas and can’t vouch for the rest of the country but I see plenty of 12 Gauge ammo everywhere I go. The Bass Pro Shops flyer I just got even has Federal target loads in it for $ 6.49 per box of 25, that’s 26 cents per round! With 9mm, .223, and the like hovering around an average of $ 1 per round, this seems like a steal, by comparison. Anyway, all the sporting good stores used to have plenty of sales on a variety of ammo, but now the only thing anyone seems to have enough of to even bother advertising is the 12 Gauge. Yes, maybe some 20 gauge and .410 as well. My point is: like-minded individuals should take this opportunity to make sure they are fully stocked with all flavors of shotshells. Just six months ago it seemed absurd to think that we would now have a hard time finding .22 Long Rifle ammo. Most would say we have not entered TEOTWAWKI as of yet, but the bare ammo shelves at the store make me wonder. Even my 12 year old son is taken aback by the…
What follows is an edited and updated version of an article that Irish-7 wrote and had published over at SurvivalBlog.com. The original version can be seen here - http://www.survivalblog.com/2011/09/a_survival_battery_and_gear_fo.html.
Arsenal and Gear
by Irish-7, Editor-at-Large
First, a little background and base information. I am a retired US Army First Sergeant with over 30 years of military service. I have performed multiple jobs of my lengthy career, mainly in the Combat Arms. I was a Mortarman and Automatic Rifleman in the Airborne Infantry. I was a Unit Armorer, Supply Sergeant and Rifle Platoon Sergeant in the Mechanized Infantry and a Scout Platoon Sergeant and Cavalry First Sergeant in a Brigade Reconnaissance Troop. Those were all active duty positions. I was also a Military Policeman for 2 years in the US Army Reserves. I retired in late 2010.
My family began preparation for crisis, disaster, TEOTWAWKI in March 2011. I was convinced of pending calamity by a financial advisor’s video (Porter Stansberry). He spoke indepth on the potential for economic collapse, largely due to insurmountable national debt removing the US dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency. Our preparation efforts have been adversely impacted in the delay of the Veterans Administration processing my award for Service Connected Disability. I waited over a year for a decision, more than 18 months to get the back pay. But, I did finally get paid, which enabled me to purchase…Continue reading...
Here are my thoughts on the video:
1) It should have been titled “IF They Come For Your Guns”. Personally gun confiscation is pretty low on my list of concerns. Though if I lived in Kalifornia, New York, Chicago, etc I might feel differently. Simply cannot see that happening in most of the US. Anyway moving on.
2) People are more important than things. I can get another gun much easier than I can recover from lethal wounds. This is made much easier conceptually if you have backups, in this case guns with ancillary stuff, stored someplace other than your home. That brings us to Caches.
3) Caches. Like I talked about before you have to consider the context of a cache. In this case I would look at the type of people you might store things with first. Like John Mosby said more or less “Hiding crates of Mosin Nagant’s in the basement of the Gun Club’s President is not a sound plan”. An ideal candidate to cache some stuff with would be either for your cause but very quietly so or relatively neutral about it but very pro you and thus willing to help you out.
The debate over what actions actually constitute “terrorism,” I believe, will become one of the defining ideological battles of our era. Terrorism is not a word often used by common people to describe aberrant behaviors or dastardly deeds; however, it is used by governments around the world to label and marginalize political enemies. That is to say, it is the government that normally decides who is a “terrorist” and who is a mere “criminal,” the assertion being that one is clearly far worse than the other.
The terrorist label elicits emotional firestorms and fearful brain-quakes in the minds of the masses. It causes the ignorant and unaware to abandon principles they would normally apply to any other malicious enterprise. They begin to reason that a criminal should be afforded justice, while a terrorist should be afforded only vengeance, even though the act of branding a person a “terrorist” is often completely arbitrary. This vengeance is usually pursued by any means. Thus, the terrorist moniker becomes a rationalization for every vicious and inhuman policy of the establishment, as well as for the citizenry.
Dishonorable and foolish people claim the existence of terrorism essentially gives license for the rest of us to become criminal, willfully trampling on individuals’ rights to privacy, property, free speech, due process, civic participation, etc. Mass criminality against the individual in the name of social safety is the glue that…Continue reading...
This is another of my “Community files” that I send out to my retreat group. It and the others I have posted here may be of use to you in planning training for your group. D.
COMMUNITY FILE #5
Although all of the construction that needs done is very important, this is more so.
Most if not all of you have no military experience let alone combat experience. If I do not try to pass at least the basics along to you, you will probably get yourself killed. Some things we need to train in ASAP:
1. Dry firing; snapping in- sight picture-prone, sitting, kneeling and offhand firing positions.
2. Trigger squeeze.
3. Reloading: magazine change, bolt release, clearing jams, etc. using gross motor skills.
4. Fire and maneuver.
6. Cover and concealment.
7. Patrolling; movement, ambush and counter-ambush, flanking.
8. Guard and perimeter defense.
9. Transition from primary to secondary weapons.
10. Mission load-out.
11. IFAKs and other gear: optics, knives, NVDs.
12. Recovery of wounded.
You will need the following for this training:
1. Any airsoft weapons you may have with magazines, ammo and any optics, etc. that you plan to use on your real weapons.
2. Your personal weapons with loaded magazines.(For tear down, maintenance and failure to fire drills only)
First line gear is the most basic survival and defensive gear. You really shouldn’t be leaving home without it.
Military- Survival gear (knife, fire, etc) and weapon with reload. For most deployed personnel the weapon is an M4 variant but that doesn’t really matter.
Civilian- EDC/ Survival gear and potentially CCW pistol with reload. You can see mine here and also a lot of other peoples.
Second line gear is your ‘fighting load’. It stores ammo, water, basic first aid stuff, a small radio, maybe a more substantial knife, etc all.
Military- Old school would be your LBE or whatever and a rifle if your first line gun was a pistol. The contemporary equivalent would be body armor, a chest rig if your pouches aren’t mounted strait to the vest.
Civilian- There are a lot more options but the basics are the same. Ammo, medical, maybe a more substantial knife, water, etc. This could be a direct or linear descendant of some military system of a smaller lighter setup designed to more closely suit civilian needs. War belts and Active Shooter kits fall into this
14. May 2013
In her recent article on repurposing material by sewing, Penny Pincher said: "The Army poncho liner is nothing more than a thin quilt with a head hole in the middle. It’s camo lightweight nylon with thin polyfil for batting, a few strings at the corners, and bound on the edges. You could make something similar. If you didn’t mind the extra weight, you could use some thin wool, maybe in two layers, and sandwich that between nylon to make it ride smoother."
I made something similar last spring, but with nylon on only one side. I like carrying a wool blanket rather than a sleeping bag when motorcycle camping. Heavy wool blankets get very hot — in part due to the nap of the wool directly against the skin. So I took an old olive drab blanket (washing it first to shrink as much as possible) and sewed a similarly sized piece of dark brown thin nylon to one side of it. After "quilting" the two pieces together by simply running it through the sewing machine a few times in both directions, I bound the four edges with canvas left over from an old couch, tan khaki in color. Now I have an extremely durable blanket/quilt (in woodland camo colors) that doesn’t get unbearably hot in the summer, but which can be reversed to make the most of wool’s insulative properties when required.
Because I started out with the largest surplus blanket I could find…Continue reading...
14. May 2013
Gear Review: Millet Designated Marksman Scope
by Jesse James, Editor-at-Large
While it has been quite a while since I have had the privilege to contribute to MSO, rest assured I have been quite busy with rounding out my preps. Much has been going on with my life, including finishing up my last semester of law school and attempting to find a job in the “recovering” economy. No easy task, indeed. One of the major purchases I have made in the last few months has been a 1-4x optic for the dreaded black rifle. I have had several opportunities to test the optic and stretch it, and the rifle, out to its maximum effective range. So here goes.
The scope is heavier than I initially thought, however it is not noticeably heavy when mounted. I read of problems with the 1st generation having flecks on the inside of the glass, but have read nothing of the 2nd generation having the problem. The one I ordered was in the ATAC finish, and the finish is well done. The turrets are sealed and the elevation turret has a space for an extra battery to be stored in it. The brightest setting is extremely bright and can be seen…Continue reading...
12. May 2013
A recurring theme in western journalism, academia, and collectivist politics is the quaint notion that firearms are intrinsically evil. That is, that they have a will of their own, that somehow inspires their owners to murder and mayhem. I liken this nonsensical belief to voodoo.
The "guns are evil" viewpoint was encapsulated by social psychologist Leonard Berkowitz when he wrote: “Guns not only permit violence, they can stimulate it as well. The finger pulls the trigger, but the trigger may also be pulling the finger.” I am astounded that something like that can be earnestly said or written in modern times, and not immediately get shouted down. This statement betrays an outlook that is not much different than that of a practitioner of Voodoo. And to see this espoused by some with a nomen appendage like "Ph.D." makes it even more absurd. (Leonard Berkowitz was awarded a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1951. But apparently U. of M.’s doctoral program did not include courses in logic. And his study of what he called "the weapons effect" was conducted quite unscientifically.) Just imagine if he or one of his academic cohort were to proclaim: "Typewriters not only permit libel, they can stimulate it as well. The fingers tap the keys, but the keys may also be pulling the finger toward the keyboard by an unseen force, stimulating libel.” Any psychologist who trots out such nonsense needs to…Continue reading...