23. December 2012
Things I wish I would have bought (on the off chance an AWB/magazine ban goes into effect)
-PTR-91 or some sort of semi auto .308
A few more Ruger 25 rd mags for the 10/22 (For if/ when I get another 10/22 down the road)
A couple drums for the AK
2 cases of .223
None of this stuff is really critical. That is good because resources are finite. Project AR upgrade which thankfully was completed prior to this mess wasn’t cheap. Seriously my gun find is about as solvent as social security. Had planned to let a few bucks build back up over 3-4 months but then this happened.
I am looking to buy a G 17 over the next couple weeks if the opportunity presents itself. More.223 ammo will get purchased after that if it is available at semi sane prices. An AR pistol and PTR-91 or some sort of AR-10 aren’t in the cards financially. Of course I can still use a couple more holsters as well as
21. December 2012
In response to my recent post related to the terrible events in Connecticut, frequent reader and sometimes writer “Harry” left a comment I wanted to share with everyone. Feel free to go back and read the original post HERE to understand the context.
Here is what Harry had to say:
At least here in Texas we have some (not all, or even most) school districts who recognize that they are the guardians of the children. They either have armed security on campus (either district police or local LE who are working an extra job) or they allow (and in some cases even pay extra) the teachers and administrators to carry concealed firearms.
Nothing can excuse a coward who shoots 5 and 6 year old children before killing his own sorry ass. I have to admit that I am not a spiritual person, but there really should be a special purgatory for this slimeball.
The following is taken from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:
In 2008-2010 the USA averaged 9.2 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. In spite of the 2nd Amendment, several states and cities have onerous laws regulating the ownership, transfer, and carry of personal firearms.
In 2010 Panama averaged 12.92 firearm related deaths per 100,000 residents. Panamanians are allowed to own a wide variety of firearms and ammunition (full auto, silencers, and armor piercing are prohibited). In order to purchase a firearm a urine and blood sample are required (to
20. December 2012
From Paratus Familia Blog
Like most girls her age, Miss Serenity has a few things on her want list that are rather expensive. In an effort to teach her that something worth having is worth working and waiting for, we encouraged Miss Serenity to work hard and save her money, until, at last, she was able to afford her flight of fancy. In an effort to acquire her needful thing, Miss Serenity bucked hay bales, took care of a neighbors ranch nearly every weekend of the summer, split and stacked firewood and did odd jobs whenever they were available. After nearly 3 months of work, squirreling away every dime earned, Miss Serenity had saved $ 350.00 – just enough to purchase what every girl wants.
And just what does every 13 year old girl want? A crossbow. Yes, you read that right. Miss Serenity scrimped and saved all summer to buy an olive drab, composite stocked, tactical crossbow.
After researching for hours (with a lot of input from Sir Knight), Miss Serenity settled on the “Horton Brotherhood”. After reading reviews on dozens of crossbows, the Horton Brotherhood stood out as a high-quality bow at a reasonable price, not to mention, Horton has a reputation for excellent customer service. Miss Serenity was looking specifically for a crossbow that she could hunt with, meaning it had to have a bolt speed of over 300 feet…Continue reading...
20. December 2012
Terrible. There are no words to describe what sorrow, what frustration, what agony the friends, parents and relatives of those killed must be going through. What a waste of human lives destroyed by an evil and sick person. Regarding the specifics of the event – I don’t think there is much more to say. As I said – there are no words…..
Now – I really struggled whether or not to write this. Should I even write anything? Will my words be taken as some kind of disrespect? Well – obviously I decided to provide my thoughts. I have now written and rewrote this several times. I feel I have a responsibility to all of you, and my site to express my opinion. The event itself is over – except for the grieving of the relatives. What now? That is the gazillion dollar question.
It is pretty obvious this event along with several other recent shootings have fueled those that are in favor of stricter gun control measures. I understand their frustration and their passion. I do not agree – but I understand. I think it will be very difficult for politicians to argue and vote against further gun restrictions as the media will show them as being against laws that could save children. That is the typical lamestream media spin. Legislation will be brought forward and I believe something will be passed. How restrictive? Well, that is a good question. I think at a minimum something similar to the …Continue reading...
20. December 2012
From Rourke: Based on my interest in changing my current tactical load carrying system, The Panhandle Rancher offers some words of wisdom…..
Long ago, I learned innovation usually comes from surprising places and seldom from the so called experts.
The answer to your question regarding tactical load out is complex and largely mission dependent; is it for day or night missions, for CQB, for general patrolling, or is for the long haul for cross country exfil? It all depends. I hope to answer a part of your question by describing a typical response to an uninvited guest observed about a mile away from ranch headquarters.
The ranch is realistically located an hour’s time from the nearest first responder and of late we seem to have more and more uninvited transients even out here in the country. I have a small orchard not far from a public dirt road that is a perennial draw for anyone wanting that free apple or peach. We have experienced only a few thefts over the years but nevertheless there is a response to almost all uninvited ‘guests’. I know ranch topography as well the living room and that alone offers an incredible advantage.
Headquarters is situated on top of a mesa overlooking ranch property. We have of course constructed various ‘hides’ at logical locations. We also have a choice of weapons ranging from the venerable .50BMG all the way down to a .22 pistol. No
20. December 2012
From Paratus Familia Blog
Every once in a while, a moment will come along that reminds me how truly blessed I am. One such moment happened upon us last week, in the chaos of daily life and left me with warm feelings of contentment with my lot in life.
It was almost dusk. Sir Knight was pulling in the driveway after a day on the road. Miss Serenity and her friend Miss Anne were heading out the front door for an afternoon grouse hunt. Miss Serenity had a backpack over her shoulders and a rifle slung on her back as she an Miss Anne threw a leg over the 4-wheeler and drove off in search of game. Sir Knight had some business to take care of, so he and I left the little children in the capable hands of Master Hand Grenade while we had a quick visit with some friends.
Arriving at our (retired) friends home, Sir Knight talked with Fred in the shop while I popped into the house to visit Ethel in the comfort of her country kitchen. Upon entering the welcoming little house, I immediately noticed how quiet it was. Nary a giggle or laugh was to be heard nor did the sound of happy chatter fill the air. Ethel and I visited while the men conducted their business and soon it was time to take our leave.
19. December 2012
The mother of the loner who massacred 26 pupils and staff at a US primary school may have played a major part in his catastrophic mental breakdown, it emerged last night.
Friends and family portrayed Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy as a paranoid ‘survivalist’ who believed the world was on the verge of violent, economic collapse.
She is reported to have been struggling to hold herself together and had been stockpiling food, water and guns in the large home she shared with her 20-year-old son in Connecticut.
Mrs Lanza, 52, was a ‘prepper’ – so called because they are preparing for a breakdown in civilised society – who apparently became obsessed with guns and taught Adam and his older brother, Ryan, how to shoot, even taking them to local ranges.
That backfired horrifically on Friday when Adam Lanza began his killing spree by shooting his mother dead in bed.
Oy. This is not gonna go well.
Some of those behaviors that were ‘strange’ or ‘suspicious’? They’re SOP around here. We never let people who aren’t close friends into the house. We don’t let people know where we live. We stockpile all sortsa goodies. And yet…we haven’t shot up a school.
You watch….the survivalist/preparedness community, such as it is, is going to go from being regarded as that odd-but-harmless-cousin you shake your head about, to being regarded as a ticking timebomb.
For giggles, I went to a local gun shop…Continue reading...
17. December 2012
I have nearly thirty years of law enforcement experience. That experience was gained as a local police officer, a deputy Sheriff and finally as a state trooper. The last decade or so of my trooper career was spent as a crime scene investigator for a state police agency. I only tell you this for you, the reader to weigh the opinions and statements that will follow. This experience serves as my only true “skill” as I’m a terrible carpenter, plumber, cook, welder, gardener or nurse! What follows is my small contribution to the “how to” lessons for a prepper that are contained within this blog.
Law enforcement experience has shaped my preparations. I always had a “storm kit” ready as I lived in an area that is prone to summer tornadoes and severe winter storms. But after working a security and anti-looting detail in a city of 35,000 people that had been devastated by a tornado, I rethought my preparations and increased the food, water and medical supplies that it contained. I saw first hand that rescue, recovery and a return to normalcy takes time. In addition, after 9/11, we were required by our agency to keep water and emergency rations in our patrol vehicles.
Even so-called routine occurrences such as a traffic crash can take on survival tones if it occurs in a remote area or during a blizzard. I once helped search for an elderly woman that simply ran off…Continue reading...
17. December 2012
I just read your comments on the Springfield Armory M1A and found it super interesting, I’ve been an avid hunter and shooter all my life and am very used to shooting rifles both long and short range/ scoped and unscoped. I’ve primarily owned and heavily customized both bolt action and AR platform guns and have been super happy with their accuracy and performance, however I’ve always wanted an M14 or M1A. Seeing the specifications on the "Loaded" model, match grade 22 inch – 1-11" twist barrel, I suspect it will be quite accurate. I am a young guy with not a ton of money to throw around so I want to make a good purchase. Will the Springfield let me down if I want to shoot it scoped at sub-MOA to accurately hit man-sized targets out to 1,000 yards? I’m planning on shooting my custom hand loads through it, 178 Hornady A-Max HPBT. Thanks for your time I’m a big fan of your blog, BTW. – Jason L.
The "Loaded" M1A is a decent choice, but you must consider that it is an expensive rifle ($ 2,022, retail) and spare U.S.G.I. M14 magazines and spare parts are…Continue reading...
17. December 2012
Every so often – usually on the weekends – I throw up a YouTube video or twelve. YouTube is a fantastic source of information on many topics including survival and preparedness. YouTube proves that anyone can have an opinion and voice it – no matter how ridiculous it may be.
Regardless of the content – take the information and do what you want with it. Everyone’s situation is different and what works for one person may not work for another.
Much like the famous debate of 9mm versus .45ACP – the usage of steel versus brass-cased ammunition has been discussed in forum’s and on websites more times than I can count. This video presents one persons experience and opinion about as good as I have seen.
As for myself – I have shot steel cased ammo in AK’s with no issues. I have shot steel cased ammunition in my M1 Carbine and had feeding problems…… repeatedly. I have yet to shoot any in my AR – but have recently purchased some and the weekend after Christmas will conduct my own testing.
What about you? Do you have any experience to share?
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