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Dave Dora, with Grand Haven Board of Light and Power, works on fallen wires in Lansing, Michigan. on December 23, 2013.
OK folks, let’s call a spade a spade, shall we? We all know what’s happening given the recent storms and power outages but the truth is, some people just have it worse than others and this gentleman explains it pretty clearly.
This is something I’ve made reference to many times in the past.( by the way, the town where generators were getting stolen? Population 8.000, there goes another myth)
First, it’s just common sense that a company focuses on restoring service where most people are being affected. If 12 hours of work restores power/water/gas/keeps safe 50.000 people, then any smart resource manager will to that before spending 6 hours to restore service for 5.000 people let alone a few dozen.

This is where a lot of the widely accepted survival myths fall apart. “I live in my BOL homestead already and I’m a much cooler survivalist than you! I spent two weeks without power, used my 100.000W generator and spent 5000 USD in gas.” On the other hand, someone that doesn’t live a gas tank away from the nearest town, in a place with better infrastructure, didn’t even go without power, or if he did it was restored within a few hours.

Then you have the other point the man in the video mentions, and he’s absolutely right too. Given somewhat equal population masses, nicer areas get taken care of first. Why? Because those are the ones with more financial and political power, maybe were the company’s own executives live themselves. Besides, no company wants to upset those that may end up deciding if they get a new contract or not, if they are authorized to expand or get safety approvals. While this is of course unofficial, it is common sense as well.

So keep all this in mind when making up your mind regarding where to live and which places are better off. In novels super hero survivalists may win the day, but in the real world living in isolation has several disadvantages, and its not just about power.  Take a good long look before moving somewhere with poor infrastructure or too isolated to care about.
The same principle applies to security and policing, water, public infrastructure and environmental hazards among others. 

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 30, 2013, 12:12 am

Pretty relevant given the recent problems with power outages  in USA, Canada, UK and South America, Streamlight has some nice discounts worth considering.


This is a no-nonsense EDC/Tactical light that uses a single CR123A battery. Hi (110 Lumens) , low (12 lumens) and strobe mode. Very solid construction which includes a crowned bezel and a pocket clip. This seems pretty standard for modern LED lights these days but there are a few things to notice. First, this is a Streamlight.  There’s a thousand different flashlight brands out there, some of very good quality, but most are just outsourced to China, a name-brand is added and that’s that. Most of the well-known LED flashlights we see are actually made in the same Chinese facility. Streamlight is a different creature. Don’t be surprised if this 110 lumen light is brighter than some “300” lumen LED flashlights floating around that simply don’t have the same tough standards to abide by. While some parts are made in China, Streamlight is a company with unquestionable quality control that has made flashlights for NASA and the US military.  The kind of research and development and quality control Streamlight does costs millions. Other than Surefire, most other companies just don’t have anything along those lines in terms of quality control and testing. So when you find a product like this that costs under USD 40 you’re getting a heck of a lot more light than what meets the eye. There’s a reason why Streamlight Protacs have over a thousand 5 star reviews in Amazon. 


Streamlight quality, these are made specifically as ballistic helmet lamps. It doesn’t get any tougher than that. The Streamlight 14512 Sidewinder Compact II Military Model Angle Head Flashlight also comes with a strap to use as an ordinary headlamp. The flashlight isn’t eye-burning bright, but it has various brightness settings including a high mode of 55 lumens with CR123 batteries. What makes this headlamp a winner besides being tough, is the ability to use both CR123 and AA batteries alike. Unofficially speaking, it also handles AAA if you are a bit careful, though it may not be as reliable as with the first two types of batteries. Besides the white C4 LED, it also has an IR, Blue and Red LED.  The wide variety of light options along with its toughness, plus the ability to just scrounge most common batteries around makes this an ideal survival light.

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 28, 2013, 1:50 am

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you spent a joyful day, surrounded by loved ones.
This year,  hundreds of thousands have spent Christmas dealing with extraordinary circumstances: Hundreds of thousands have spent the day without power in Argentina, Canada, USA and UK. 

England and Scotland has been hit by hard storms these last few days. The storm has left 75.000 homes across UK without power and many areas such as Surrey and Dorcet are flooded. Evacuated people have spent Christmas in shelters. 25 people have been rescued in Dorset, trapped in their cars by flood water.
The storms and floods also affected Mexico and Brazil, with 50.000 affected in Brazil alone. Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have been affected by heat waves. Argentina is still struggling with its power problem, many having spent over six days without power by now. Red alert has been declared in Argentina due to feel like temperatures that have reached 111.2 ºF.

Meanwhile, USA and Canada are dealing with climatic struggles of their own. The storms have left nearly 800.000 people without power while dealing with freezing temperatures. Quebec, Toronto and Michigan are some of the most affected cities. 
As you can see, a lot of people are struggling this Christmas. Let’s keep them all in our prayers. It is because of situations like these that we do what we do, prepare so as to get by such emergencies as best as possible as well as preparing for life in general.
Merry Christmas everyone.

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 26, 2013, 12:47 am

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 24, 2013, 1:41 am
Just 30 minutes left on this one. Right now selling for $25.98 
I have one of these and its a beast of a Leatherman mulittool for that kind of money. Too bad the offer doesnt last longer.
 Leatherman Sidekick Multi Tool $25.98 
 Leatherman Sidekick

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 21, 2013, 7:31 pm

    The paklite is a great idea but hugely overpriced. Ten bucks (and up to THIRTY for "upgraded" modules) for a piece of hardware that probably costs a few cents to make.  Pass.

You Bring up an excellent point. Look, I make money out of everything that is sold through my website on Amazon and I’m ok with that. That doesn’t mean readers shouldn’t be careless about spending every single hard-earned buck. Do tons of research before buying anything! I do plenty of reviews, check the ones on my youtube channel for a closer look when researching. If I do recommend something, it is mostly gear I feel more than confident about, with plenty of good reviews and usually years of using it myself. 

You don’t need to go crazy. A well put EDC kit will go a long way. A well rounded set of supplies at home will get you through most likely events.
Just remember the following: 1) know the basics which are common to everyone. You need to stay warm, you need water, food, means of cooking, means of purifying more water, means of self-defense. You need both a first aid kit and knowledge of how to use it.  2)Know your own personal circumstances for which you need to prepare. If you live in areas where extreme cold temperatures are a potential problem then you need means of heating as well as cooking food. Maybe you are good to go with a good kerosene heater and you don’t need to spend more money on a big generator and electric setup for blackouts. Maybe you have a medical condition yourself or a family member for which you need to make extra preparations. 

Learn to differentiate between the must-haves, and nice to haves or just silly toys. For things such as food and water, you just can’t have too much of it because you are still going to use them no matter what. Redundancy is also important for essential supplies such as flashlights, water purifiers and first aid kits, and to a lesser degree firearms and other tools. Still, learn to be honest with yourself. If you have over 20 guns and over 50 “survival knives”, chances are you’re well past “need” and deep into “hobby/collector” territory. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you are at least honest with yourself.

Finally, keep in mind that while certain supplies and gear are simply must-haves, many of the most important steps towards modern survival have nothing to do with “stuff”. Things such as staying fit and healthy so as to avoid getting sick as often or be capable of doing physical labor, fighting and running away from danger, having savings to deal with life’s little or large financial problems, having health and life insurance in that rare case of you getting sick, or the even rarer case of you actually dying some day. Last but not least, learning and teaching your kids valuable life skills, enjoying yourself while doing so and making the most of the time we have.

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 21, 2013, 2:29 am
Looking at your article for 12 Christmas gifts (survival related) I think you missed a good one.

I have about 10 of these now spread throughout the house and my car. 

Please note - I have no other interest in the product other than I think it's the most useful  EDC tasklight I've ever used.

It's the Pak-lite.  I suggest you take a look.  The part I like best is that I've used one of these as a bedside light for about 3 months now and the low setting works really well for going around the house.
Since the low setting light is good for about 600 hours on one 9volt battery....  I think it's got the potential to be the most useful light you can have in an emergency.

Their web site is at:    http://9voltlight.com/

I really suggest you go through the whole site - I found it very useful.  You can also find a few videos for these on you-tube.
 Pak-lite LED Flashlight, Basic Economy $10.95

Hi, thanks for your email.
The Pak-lite has been around for a long time and a lot of people do love it. At a time it was a bit of a classic among survivalists and it still is.

The concept is very interesting as a minimalitic light that uses the battery itself as the body. Glowing in the dark makes it easier to find and while not terribly bright it will last for several months, which is its greatest advantage.

I prefer a flashlight that has a body of its own. For a non tactical flashlight, I preffer cheap, easy to find AA and AAA batteries. The user interface is also a bit weird, given the small switch. A twist or clicky interface would be more handy in my opinion. For a few extra bucks I would go for a Fenix E05 in AAA or a E11 in AA. More power, more handy and easier to find batteries. The Eagletac D25C that I listed among the 12 gift ideas and my personal choice for EDC has a moonlight mode that would last several days on a fresh battery.

Having said that there's something to be said of a light that lasts for months when in Low mode, even if that mode isnt very bright. During extended periods of time without power, it would be priceless.

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 19, 2013, 12:06 am

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 17, 2013, 1:23 am

1)Have a gun. The moment to rush to the gun store to buy a firearm is not when looters are around the corner. Get it now. Any gun is better than no gun but you want a big bore handgun (for example a Glock) and a long arm, carbine or shotgun.

2)Get training. Owning a gun and not having professional training on how to use it is like having a car but not knowing how to drive it, and its just as dangerous. One of the store owners that got killed in the recent lootings that took place in Argentina died because he had no defensive shooting training and lacked proper tactics on how to deal with the situation.

3)Organize. Talk with your neighbors, get to know them. Some of your neighbors may end up on the looter’s side, so get to know them well ahead of time. If the rioting gets out of control, it is you and your neighbors that will build barricades, post guard and protect your own community.

4)Stock up on supplies. Food, water, fuel, first aid, means of cooking food if light goes out. Besides the obvious disaster kit supplies, some tactical gear would be invaluable as well. Body armor would be priceless for times like these, while bugging in or posting guard outside with your neighbors. A good flashlight and a radio would be very useful too.

5) Stay put. When there’s rioting on the streets the best thing you can do is stay put and avoid the risk of traveling. It is usually stores that looters go after but some do attack private residences  in which case a few shots are likely to send them away looking for an easier target. While there’s a small chance of looters going after private homes, it is much riskier to drive around in a city overrun by riot and looting. Not to mention, your home is much more likely to get picked clean with no one armed on the inside to look after it.

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 12, 2013, 1:10 am

“The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving theEconomic Collapse” is selling in Amazon for $11.01 (56% discount from $24.95) at least while the offer lasts. Amazon bought a bulk order of my books and got the price down for their Holidays Deal. Since I didn’t actually change the price and it’s an Amazon’s offer, I have no idea how long they will keep this up but for you guys that want a copy for yourselves or for giving away the discount is pretty good.
Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 10, 2013, 3:12 am

Please do not use my name or information in your blog or posts. Thank
you for all your help. Perhaps the below will help you.

I have followed your site for some time and learned a lot. I also have
your book, a huge wealth of information. To anyone who reads this
ferfal's book makes a great gift for family or like minded friends.
Anyway the reason for this message for you is that you have mentioned
how Argentina got into huge debt and had a subsequent financial
collapse and how multinational agricultural and other corporations
bought such large amounts of land. These corporations make big profits
by plundering your natural resources and support your corrupt dictator
(I mean president, pardon the slip) all this while the rest of the
population almost starves to death. This scenario reminds me of a book

Perkins. If his book is indeed true it my help you see why your
country was destroyed. Keep up the good work.

Hello A,
I’m glad you enjoyed my book. Amazon is currently doing a 56% discount, selling "The Modern Survival Manual" for $11.01. No idea how long it will last but it’s a good deal.

Indeed, the corporations that profit from misery in different parts of the world are always the same, and their modus operandi is pretty similar too: Destruction of national industry, inflation and a good dose of national debt. Once a country is broken it is easy to then come and pick it apart, and force your will on the population through an obedient government. 

We live in times when there’s record of food production, enough to keep every single person fed, but still millions go hungry. The amount of food that gets thrown away in developed nations alone would be enough to practically end world hunger.
We live in a time when, since 2009, 95% Of Income Gains went to the top 1% and when fast food workers ask for a wage that allows them to live with basic decency the ruling elite cries out in outrage. It was just a couple days ago that Rush Limbaugh called Pope Francis a Marxist because he said that “"Trickle-down economics" don’t work. Trickle-down economics do not work, they never did. You don’t get a fair society by taking away more money from the great majority that earns less while giving massive tax cuts to the richest people in the planet. Only a fool can think that somehow, because the super rich have more, more money will just fall out of their pockets and land in the hands of average Joe. You know what the elite does with the extra money they have? They make even more of it, and they don’t do that by creating millions of fair wage jobs. They do it by becoming so big that they dictate the laws by which you and I live and what eventually happens with our labor. That’s the real Marxism, that’s the real communism. Creating an illusion of freedom by which you pic employee of the month A or employee of the month B, both who happen to be big corporation lap dogs, and give people the illusion of liberty by allowing them to choose one. 

Disguised as capitalism, which is supposed to be fair and liberating, the so called 1%, which is more like a 0.0001%, they get to play big shot Capitalist or full blown Communist depending on what they need. Rush Limbaugh says Pope Francis is a Marxist. Well I say that the real Marxists are the ones that force the entire world to bail out the richest companies in the world because they are “too big to fail”, throwing the worlds population into virtual slavery. There’s nothing “capitalist” about getting billion dollar bailouts when you fail. In a real capitalist system a business that fails goes bankrupt and closes their doors, that's it, they don’t get bailed out because they are too big, only to then claim record profits for themselves. In a real capitalist society, these companies that got bailed out by the 99.999% of the worlds population, would return the money to the people they loaned, no, stole from, to save themselves from going bankrupt instead of claiming record profit and bagging it for themselves a few days later.

Sorry for the rant but the nerve of some people, to defend this cancer in society. Very capitalist when it comes to bagging the profits, very communists when it comes to picking up the tab, getting bailed out forcing the worlds’ population to pay for what they’ll claim to be their own profit a few months later.

There were several factors involved in the final economic collapse of Argentina. Inflation, debt, unemployment and lack of real national productivity along with a corrupt government that played along and benefitted from unquestionably harmful economic measures caused the very much predicable collapse. 

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 10, 2013, 3:04 am
Starting 4PM and only for 4 hours, Ka-Bar Becker BK2 for $56.99.
After that, it goes back to its previous price. This is a very sturdy, 5.5" blade made of 1095 steel, full tang construction and limited lifetime warranty, made in USA. Becker also has a 7"  version, the Becker BK7 if you need something a bit bigger.

 Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife  $56.99 (deal price from 4PM to 8PM)

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 9, 2013, 4:15 pm

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 9, 2013, 12:42 am

What happens when cops go on strike? Well, take a look at what’s happening in Cordoba, the second largest city in Argentina.
Cops refused to hit the streets until they got paid 10,000 pesos a month (about USD1,000) As the word got around anarchy became widespread across the province. Supermarkets and stores got looted, widespread violence and crime.
The neighbors built barricades for protection against the looters. Some store owners armed themselves and guarded their businesses from the rooftops.

        People organizing to defend their neighborhood
Some looting occurred in Buenos Aires too, with a Chinese store owner shooting the looters but eventually being killed when they burned down his store.

Like prianhas, as soon as a store got broken into, the same neighbors that probably knew the owners of the commerce personally would pick them clean. Violent incidents became widespread and people spent last night in fear as the rumor spread of looters not only breaking into commercial stores, but residences as well. 

According to the information I’m getting right now from people there, even car dealerships have been attacked. No store big or small is safe, and many didn’t just get looted, but destroyed or burned as well in some cases. The people doing the looting weren’t just poor. Expensive trucks have been seen driving around loaded up with all sorts of electric appliances from big screen TVs to washing machines and air conditioners. 

There’s no banks operating, no schools, no public transportation. The city is locked down.
So, far there’s two dead and hundreds of wounded, with hospitals being overwhelmed in Cordoba.

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 5, 2013, 12:50 am

Tomorrow I’m doing a conference with Tekoa Da Silva from Bull Market Thinking. Tekoa is currently back in USA but he spent the last two years in Brazil so he has a personal experience of how life is in Latin America. 

We will talk about various topics and I’m interested in knowing if you have specific questions for Tekoa. It can be anything from his perspective of things having lived in Brazil, to markets, precious metals and finances which is his field of expertize. 

Any questions you may have for either one of us please email them to me or leave them in the comments section below. I’ll post a link so you can listen to it once its ready.
Take care people,

Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 3, 2013, 12:57 am
These are very good and usually sell for $25. Pretty good for kits, BOBs, etc. The deal lasts for another hour and a half.
Just ordered one for myself, even in EU the shipping is just $7.39, so its still very good.
Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 2, 2013, 7:09 pm

While reading today about “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker’s death this was the first thing that came to mind, the first thing I thought of.
I came across this picture some time ago while researching the earthquake in Chile. Walker founded an organization called Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), dedicated to helping those affected by disasters. They helped in Chile, Haiti, Philippines as well as disasters in USA. He did his best to help others. If everyone did a little bit more of that the world would be a much better place.
May he rest in peace.
Author: FerFAL
Posted: December 1, 2013, 12:37 pm

Still the best multitool there is. Check my video review if you’re still not convinced.
2) Eagletac D25C   $54.90
My current EDC light. I’ve used it all year long and cant say enough good things about it. Very compact, 397 lumens, clicky operation, recessed button, so it can stand on its tale and doesn’t get turned on accidentally in your pocket, yet easy to click on when needed. It has low, medium and high mode along with strobe and SOS, the low mode can be set at a very low “moonlight” mode that will last for days. Pretty tough too. Since its so small, it ended up going for a ride in the washing machine inside one of my pants. It still worked and didn’t corrode or rust later on. I have my eye on the titanium version, would make a nice present.
Oh sure, why not. The more I read other preparedness and survival manuals out there the more confident I am about shamelessly recommending my own. It’s packed with practical, real-world advice and based on the Amazon reviews and feedback I get from you guys I know you’ll like it.
4) Xbox One $1,099.99
Sure isnt a priority but I know I’m getting one eventualy.
In the old days you were supposed to have cards, toys and board games in a fallout shelter. Today, in the modern version of bugging in, that’s been replaced by video games. I said it back in 2005 and still think the same way: Based on my experience, when inflation kills your purchasing power and a dinner out and movie means you have to sell a kidney along with the chances of getting shot if you are still out after the sun goes down you start having a new found appreciation for home entertainment systems. Alone or with friends, its cheap, safe entertainment for when when things are bad out there.When I take a break I’m currently playing a bit of GTA V (excellent game, by the way).

I know of a few “like minded people” in Argentina that have these in their carry Glocks. Some are cops that had to give up the skull cracking ability of their old steel framed Hi Power 9mm but not any more! Sure, its intended for breaking glass and for that it would also work well I guess, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t use it on an attacker’s head if you had do. At first I thought it was a weird gimmick, like the pistol bayonet, but then I saw that it doesn’t hurt your hand when reloading (its not sharp, simply a solid tip) and that applied with force to a bad guy’s skull carbide metal makes more sense than plastic.
I’ve been using mine for almost two years now. Titanium, solar, bomb proof and tons of functions. Maybe the one I use the most is the barometric pressure chart. Just looking at it lets me know what the weather is going to be like. Graph going up, its getting nice, dropping, then there’s rain coming, if it shows a steep drop then you better find shelter soon!
Mrs. FerFAL Officially Approved Gifts
Its small, sturdy and packed with useful tools. The pliers are for light tasks only but what she uses the most is the small blade for opening boxes and the screwdrivers for replacing batteries. She mentioned liking the flat Philips screwdriver that “fits everywhere” and has a magnetic tip so as to not lose those small screws. I like the PS4 as well but if you want something even smaller and lighter (no pliers though) try out my personal favorite keychain multitool, the Victorinox Midnight Minichamp.
8) Fenix E05  $20.95
This one has been living in my wife’s keychain for some time now. At first she thought it was “cute”. Now she uses it all the time.

This was wasn’t as much a gift as it was my wife one day stealing it for some reason. She liked how it looked, and what it did. For most practical purposes its not that different from the German Army knife, with the saw replaced for a seat belt cutter.
The Delica is a classic, solid knife for its size and a favorite for those with small hands. Great knife for the ladies.
A lady’s man-purse I guess. It looks good and women seem to like it. My wife finds these type of bags pretty handy.
Wifes, daughter, a must have for all women and guys too (but maybe not in pink).
Also, don’t forget to check our sponsors Jeff “The Berkey Guy” and “Camping Survival”. They have some great Black Friday Discounts.
Take care people, hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving day!
Author: FerFAL
Posted: November 29, 2013, 5:31 pm
Oh, Christmas. That magical time of the year, Santa, Christmas trees, presents and sanitized “Happy Holidays” signs that make you throw up in your mouth a little.
As Christmas eve approaches, we hurry to buy something for our little ones.  Nothing beats busting our brains thinking of neat gifts, only for our kids to leave them all over the living room and the small parts going straight into the vacuum cleaner not 24hs after they opened them.
But you know you’re going to buy them anyway so for this Black Friday week I made a short list of politically incorrect toys that will at least counteract some of the garbage out kids are exposed to on daily basis, maybe even teach them a thing or two about life.

5-Playmobil Nativity Manger with Stable
Playmobil Nativity Manger with Stable $29.99
Christmas may be banned in New York schools and various government buildings but not all hope is lost. While most toy companies play along, others like Playmobil actually have nativity toys. There’s even a little baby Jesus. 

4-Playmobil Advent Calendar Police with Cool Additional Surprises
In case you didn’t notice, Lego “cops” don’t have guns any more (no Nativity toys either). They run around with handcuffs instead.  God forbid, should a child play imagining that a toy cop shoots a toy bad guy. Well, Playmboil thankfully isn’t like that. In this set both cops and the bad guy have plenty of guns, both handguns and long arms as well as holsters that actually fit the tiny sidearms. Go Playmobil! I got this set for my son a few weeks ago and he loved it. It comes with a small motion detector alarm (not loud, safe for small children) and they can set it up so that it goes off when someone moves or approaches the museum treasure. 

3-Daisy Outdoor Products 693 Pistol Kit
This was the first CO2 pistol I ever owned and man did I have fun with it. Mine was a Daisy just like this one but the color was black with brown grips. The construction is plastic but it doesn’t really matter, it has plenty of metal where needed, its tough and packs a punch. Careful though, the price is pretty low but it does not reflect how powerful this thing is.
The one I had was accurate for a gun that fires round pellets and has fixed sights. It is powerful, punched holes into thin wood and cans.Decades later after forgetting about this gun I found it in a drawer. Some CO2 and a few pellets later and it was working again.
This is not a toy and should be treated like a firearm. Pay special attention to eye protection which is the most common type of injury with air guns. The rule is very simple and this is what I do with my oldest son: You put on your eye protection before picking it up, you take it off after you  put away the gun. Break that rule and you lose your air gun for a month, or until you are old enough to handle it responsibly.  

2-Daisy Outdoor Products Red Ryder Gun
I never had one of these but everyone seems to remember them fondly and it seems to be a great choice as a kids first gun. Comes in pink too for girls.
I see how the Red Ryder can be lots of fun, but its more of a plinking kind of air gun,a true “fun gun”. If the intention is to use it for shooting pests too, within the same budget you have better, more powerful guns such as the Crosman 2100 or Daisy 880 which is better suited for it.

1-Crosman Remington Vantage Hardwood Stock Break (.177)
Here’s where things get interesting. I got a similar air rifle for my 15th birthday, brand Mahely. It wasn’t as nice as the Crossman Remington Vantage but my Mahely was also a break barrel action that generated nice power and had good accuracy.  If you want to go all the way there’s the Gamo Silent Stalker. The .22 version is a serious small game hunting air gun. It has a Shock Wave Absorber and noise dampener reducing noise up to 52%. 
Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT Air Rifle air rifle  $203.68 
Author: FerFAL
Posted: November 26, 2013, 7:01 pm

Hello Fernando,
  Hope you're doing well in Ireland my friend. 

  I couldn't get my comment to work on the blog so I thought I'd drop a quick note in response to your comment in your M&P post about how people should just save time and "get a Glock" cuz it's the best fighting handgun around. Umm, maybe not. :-)
  I posted a thread on www.whenshtf.com entitled "Why I HATE the Glock" and really stirred things up. Basically  I opined the reason Glucks aren't for everyone is their grip angle closely resembles a length of 2x4 in comfort and their "safety" is on the friggin trigger! 

I know, the mind is the ultimate safety, but maybe John Browning and Gaston Glock both knew people were likely to be dumb with weapons but just came at the problem from two different angles. JMB put active safeties on to keep people from shooting themselves in the ass, GG put a passive safety on so people wouldn't forget to undo them.
If you read Glock; the rise of America's pistol by Paul M. Barrett, it explains that's exactly why GG built the Glock the way it is; he couldn't remember to swip off a safety on a P-38 he carried and figured no one else could either.
So those are the two reasons I love my 1911; grip angle and safeties. Oh and it's much better looking than a Glock.  :-D  No, I don't think they're for everyone, but if someone is willing to learn more about their gun than just which end the bullets come out, I think the 1911 beats Glock, IMHO. 

You get a chance, check out our forum. Lotsa good people and discussions, good info too. I can also recommend a thread I posted "the 1911 is it's own toolbox". Good article on stuff I never knew.
  Have a blessed day, sir!


Never send a Glock to do a 1911's job.

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Hello William,
Thanks for your email. You make some interesting points. They are wrong, but still interesting. Just messing with you, we all have our opinions and I appreciate the debate so thanks for making yours heard. 

A Norinco 1911 was actually the first big bore handgun I ever owned and learned to shoot well. That Norinco was of course perfectly reliable until I put a few $1000 into it, made it ¼”  more accurate at 25 yards and messed its reliability. A few thousand dollars more, including a fancy finish, nice grips and a bunch of very expensive magazines it was almost as reliable as it had been out of the box. My advice definitely is, if your 1911 works well, don’t mess with it! 1911s aren’t Glocks, you cant just drop a part in it and expect it to fit and work. It wont. A lot of tweaking and filing, polishing and buffing is needed to make parts fit and work well.

I believe that the old saying “Beware of the man with only on gun” is true. I learned to shoot that gun well, took my first defensive shooting classes with it.
Eventually I realized that other shooters taking the classes that had twice as much ammo in their magazines clearly had an edge on firepower. I told myself “I’m firing a manly .45, not some puny 9mm!”. Well, there was also the matter about those ugly Glocks being lighter, less prone to failure, more likely to keep working when dropped in the dirt and mud during some of the drills. Eventually I gave up and went first with a Bersa Thunder 9, which I will say was better than trying to keep up with Glocks with my 1911, and finally I got myself a Glock.
Sure, at first the trigger felt like a toy compared to the Chip McCormick trigger I had in my 1911, and the groups at 25 yards spread just a tad, but other than that it was lighter, still very accurate, had more ammo and was easier to reload fast. The 1911 is all I had known, so for months I would still try to disengage a safety on the Glock that wasn’t there anymore. Not a problem, the Glock didn’t seem to mind. 

Eventually I “learned” the Glock just like I had learned the 1911. The grip wasn’t a problem for me, I liked it straight away much better than the 1911 slab feeling and the Glock gen 4 is even better. The Glock pointed more naturally and I appreciated the lower bore axis. My 1911 hadnt been “melted” or dehorned so I also learned to appreciate the lack of sharp edges in the Glock. My hands felt much better after 10 hour long classes and training sessions.
Every now and then someone would show up with a 1911, some more expensive than others but all of them having the same shortcomings I have noticed. They would fail more often, the slight accuracy advantage wouldn’t be noticeable in those guns that may have had it, but the slower reloading and magazine capacity limit sure was.
Up until the Glock showed up, the 1911 was king of the hill. You had some great double action autos already but you could still make a case for the single action 45. But when the Glock came into the picture it marked a clear end of the 1911 era as the king of combat handguns. Everything a 1911 does, there’s a Glock in some caliber, bigger and with more capacity even, that does it just as good or noticeably better.

I’ve taken several men and women to the range for the first time. I cant think of one that didn’t do his or her best with the Glock rather than any other handgun. If we take into account durability, reliability, simplicity, accuracy, capacity, availability of parts and accessories and ease of repair, no other gun beats it and that is why most law enforcement and defensive shooting experts use it.
The 1911 I will keep for my kids when they grow older. It belonged to my father so it has sentimental value as well. But when it comes to a reliable tool for defense, the Glock will be my choice in handguns until something better shows up.
Author: FerFAL
Posted: November 25, 2013, 2:10 am

So that it's more like a Glock.

For over three decades now Glock has dominated the auto handgun market. Eventually every manufacturer ended up with a Glock copy of some kind. S&W was no different and they had to pay Glock for copying their gun with their Sigma. The M&P is the “evolution” of such a pistol, so basically the M&P is a nicer looking Sigma, which is a copy of the Glock.

Now here’s the funny part. It seems that if you want the latest tricked out M&P you can customize it by adding this $140 Apex trigger kit, so as to make it a state of the art handgun by well… putting a Glock trigger into it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it DOES improve the M&P , but it is hard to avoid noticing that it does so by putting a Glock trigger in a striker fired polymer framed gun that copied the Glock on everything except for the trigger.

People, I like most guns, there’s thousands of great designs which do their intended job and are fun to shoot, but if you want the best defensive auto pistol there’s only one way to go and one gun you should master. The rest have simply been trying to reinvent what Gaston Glock got right the first time. 

Author: FerFAL
Posted: November 23, 2013, 12:59 am
Angel Alvarez said...
Dear Ferfal:
Last October I was furlough, I'm a Gov contractor. I use the lesson learned in your book about cash and food. I use the experience as a dress rehearsal for a major catastrophe. Stored food and water was consumed faster than I expected. I think people thought the Gov was defaulting because there were long lines on the banks and ATMS!
 By the second week I had to buy drinking water, I thought I have enough for a month. Lesson Learned, stock up on water, gas for the stove, Oreos, run out of them fast!, later friend.
 Cash is huge!, can't stress it enough, unless if is a major calamity, cash is the only thing you need. My latest experience was the Gov furlough, and of friends and acquaintances, the first thing was they started to run out of cash!. Having 3 months worth of money for expenses is part of the EDC!. That was a 3 week furlough, and stressed a lot of people!, can you imagine a calamity of major magnitude?. Cash, food, water, EDC, are a must, should be for you.

Food, water, shelter and safety, those are always the basics to cover, but cash is a much needed modern survival tool, which by the way can help acquire any of those just mentioned!
True, water is usually the most underestimated supply in my experience.
Take care,

Author: FerFAL
Posted: November 20, 2013, 2:29 am

Author: FerFAL
Posted: November 18, 2013, 1:45 am

Relative to stopping power, if worst comes to worst, what are your thoughts re. a .40 or .45 vs. a 9mm hollow point? Would they have roughly the same stopping power, even though the latter is a smaller bullet (at least a the point of leaving the gun!)
Thanks, Jim

Hi Jim,
These days you have very well made JHP ammo. With quality hollow point ammo, shot placement is FAR more important than if hitting with a 9mm, .40 or .45.
9mm is usually the most reasonable choice because it allows you to shoot cheaper ammo for lots of practice, it is readily available anywhere where ammo is sold, guns that chamber 9mm have greater capacity and when loaded with premium ammo 9mm is enough to get the job done.

Now, as important as shot placement is, and it is the key factor, I wouldn’t really want to go for less than 9mm. Good 9mm JHP will work when putting enough rounds in the right place, but smaller rounds may fail to penetrate or do enough damage even with relatively good shot placement. Some people that don’t understand much about ballistics and haven’t done much research as of what to expect from each caliber think that as long as you put the round in the right place, that’s all that matters. Such people have told me they carry a 22LR because they will shoot to the head, and it doesn’t matter the caliber, a shot the head means you’re going down. Well… that’s not entirely correct. There are plenty of cases in which 22LR, and .32s failed to penetrate the skull, especially when impacting at an angle.

At the same time, and even if the difference is small, more power is usually preferred. While I would go for a 9mm as may first and only handgun, if I could get to choose I would rather carry something a bit more powerful, in my case 357 SIG or 40 S&W if I cant go for the SIG. Shot placement is still important, but experience tells us that with a bit more power, in average, you will have better one shot stop rates. Sure, handguns are all underpowered when compared to long arms, but 357 Magnum 125gr. JHP sure has better one shot stop rates than 9mm ball.

45ACP is a great round, but the difference is marginal when compared to premium .40 JHP ammo one shot stop rates, and you can have it in a smaller gun with more ammo capacity and less recoil.

Author: FerFAL
Posted: November 15, 2013, 1:16 am

Author: FerFAL
Posted: November 12, 2013, 1:40 am

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