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Their hilarious video on "How to be a Man" is arguably offensive to women, gays, people who do not like profanity or sexual references and probably some other groups. It is however really funny. You have been warned. Link here.
If I see a copy of this magazine at a store I'll buy this edition though I'm not willing to seek it out.
There are certainly right as well as wrong answers. The real question is how to balance competing demands to fit the various scenarios you may face.
2) Toying with getting some sort of a .40 S&W probably a Glock to beef up the Operational Cache. While the .38/.357 DA revolver is the standard for one group of people I am in at home my friends there seem to have unintentionally standardized to .40 S&W, specifically Glocks. Not high on the list bit it is something on my radar if a deal pops up.
3) Got my hands on some Brad Thor adventure/ spy type books at a garage sale for .50c a piece and am working through them. Enjoyable stuff for sure. Some reviews and thoughts will follow in due time.
4) Think we are taking the first real (not just Walker and I in the back yard) family camping trip next month. Should be an excellent forcing function to get some of our stuff relooked and then test it out.
5) The AR Folding Stock Adapter has intriguing possibilities, especially for a shorter AR. You do have to open it to fire more than 1 shot but still being able to get an AR into a (fairly) normal sized backpack opens up a range of possibilities.
Since it is almost a sure thing I will use it out in the woods at some point electric is out.
The folks I know who are knowledgable about these things recommend Stihl. I have to dig into model numbers and such to see what makes sense for me.
Any thoughts or recommendations you might have are welcome.
Incidentally the shop had .22lr CCI Mini Mags so I picked up #100 rounds of those. Haven't seen them at sane retail prices in 18-24 months. If/ when things in the .22lr market get unscrewed I am going to buy about another 15k in the stuff of which 2-3 would be CCI Mini Mag/ Velocitor.
Picked up some spare mags for said pistol.
Added to our on hand physical cash emergency fund.
Filled up a couple of empty gas cans.
Generally stocked up a bit on the type of addictive/ luxury items that make people leave their residence even if things get ugly. It is not classy to say you like booze, smokes, coffee, energy drinks, soda but if you like it enough to be tempted to leave home in a bad scenario you best stash some.
Also I got a bunch of firewood for some sweat equity. Got some splitting to do and will likely end up buying a chainsaw (which I can use anyway) but I doubt we will buy any wood this year.
What did you do to prepare this week?
Between all the worlds problems and the 13th 9/11 anniversary coming up we decided to relook our preps and up our level of readiness a bit. Pulled some cash out of the bank, topped off our vehicles today, picked up some various sundries in case we are stuck at home for a bit, etc. I wanted to get a couple more water cans, refill the BBQ propane tank and get another tank but that didn't get accomplished.
Are you doing anything different based on tomorrow being 9/11?
Fit and finish seem quite nice.
The trigger is, at this very initial impression, pretty nice. It is heavier than say a DA revolver and lighter than a Glock. The length of pull is DA revolver ish but it is lighter and crisp. The weight did seem to get a little bit heavier towards the end but not bad. It shoots like I would expect from a nice S&W that had some trigger work and a lot of rounds downrange. If I purchased a revolver that had a DA trigger pull like this I would be thrilled.
The sights seem nice enough.
As to accuracy. My initial shooting was not exactly ideal for testing accuracy. I think after a couple boxes of ammo to really get used to the trigger and the sights the gun has a lot of potential.
As to reliability. I only put 14 rounds through it. 7x 9mm Wolf FMJ and 7x my personal defensive load Federal Classic 115 gr Personal Defense. Both were 100%.
Have to put some more rounds downrange before I will trust it enough to carry but I think this pistol is going to work out well for me.
So why this one?
As to caliber- I did consider a .380 but given the proliferation of decent to good single stack 9mm's into the Walther PPK size range that used to be .380 domain something like a PPK or a Bersa did not make a ton of sense. The micro (KT P3AT, S&W Body Guard, Kahr P/C 380, etc) sized .380's are, aside from being chambered in .380 not typically guns most people shoot real well. I see them more as a non permissive environment/ deep carry type gun than a regular all the time carry piece.
Since the option was available I chose 9mm because it is a cartridge already on inventory and sufficiently potent for the task at hand.
As to size- This is about as small of a handgun as I can really get a good grip on. For shorter pistols you can get larger extended mags but the idea of getting one knowing you will use an extended mag all the time is kinda missing the point.
Quite a lot of guns fall really close to the specs of this one. The Kel Tek PF9 is very close though slightly (.88 to .9) thinner and considerably lighter (12 ounces to 15.8). The Shield is little bit thicker at .95 (due to a more curved grip vs the slab side Gen 1 Glock like Kahr. Both of these guns have 3in or close barrels while the Kahr has a 3.5in. Of all the ways I was going to be going the guns were really close in dimensions.
Why Kahr?- The three guns that showed real promise were the Kel Tek PF9, the S&W Shield and the Kahr CW9 (CM9). For the Kel Tek the lemon rate comparable to a bad used car lot was a real problem. In my mind the Kel Tek PF 9 is a price point gun. Given the modest difference between it and other offerings (a hundred bucks or a bit more) I pretty much eliminated it as an option. That is a shame because it manages to be very nice in the hand while still being a smaller package than the other options.
As to the Kahr vs Shield that is a more complicated conversation. I prefer the grip angle as well as ergonomics and controls of the Kahr; probably because they are very Glock like. Could give or take the Shield safety but do not like the big take down lever and am not in love with the trigger.
Kahr's QA/QC is not quite up to the level of S&W and they produce some guns that have issues. However worst case once those issues are addressed they seem to be good guns. This somewhat higher than it should be lemon rate [Though still probably better than Kel Tek which is probably better than Diamondback which is probably better than Jimenez Arms.] was initially off putting to me. However I realized that this isn't my first/ only handgun. Heck it isn't my first/ only CCW type handgun. I'll do some shooting and if it has issues get it fixed.
Also I could get a CW9 today for $50 less than an M&P Shield.
So far I am pleased with the purchase. Fit and finish are great and it is a a pretty little gun, well at least as pretty as a polymer striker fired pistol can be. It carries very well.
I hope to take it shooting tomorrow to make sure the thing goes bang.
So that ends the quest of the week. Maybe this winter I'll be in the market for a little .380.
The Siaga .308 is probably a lot like a Druganov in terms of reliability and accuracy. The Ruskies put out a lot more SDM's [squad designated marksmen AKA not quite a sniper but a better rifle with some more training though the Ruskies called em a sniper.] a lot earlier than we did. A very realistic 'several hundred meter minute of man' rifle. Don't know the spare parts situation but honestly semi auto .308's are relatively rare anyway so unless you stash em I wouldn't expect to find em.
As to Pistols our friend is rocking a 1911, a Beretta M9 and a .22 cal 1911 clone. All 3 are fine weapons. The only hole I see here is the lack of an easy to conceal pistola. The kind of thing you could carry every day if inclined or realistically conceal during a bad scenario to go to the market for milk and bread.
His ARs are A2 style with HBAR barrels. I am neutral about that AR variant. Wouldn't mind one but in my mind by the time you really need to go to that trouble it is pushing the top end of the 5.56 cartridges capabilities (against people, paper targets are another issue). My AR is more of an arguably improved M4 but at the end of the day both rifles are quite useful. Mine is better for going in and out of vehicles and structures but if I was in a wide open prairie or set up on a hill his would be better. However at the end of the day the real difference between the two rifles capabilities is probably not all that huge. My thoughts are to build the AR that makes sense for you and accept it's limitations.
His Shotgun is a Norico Ithica Model 37 knock off. The Ithica Model 37 is a tried and true design and generally NORICO makes serviceable guns. The concept of use that is a duality of home defense gun and game gathering sort of hits at the utility of the pump shotgun. My only concern here is about spare parts. With say a Rem 870 or Moss 500 you stand a reasonable chance of digging up a spare extractor (and paying dearly for it, stock spare parts now!) from someones tool box of a broken gun. However the odds of finding parts for a Norico clone anywhere without a fully functional society (internet, postal service, credit cards, etc) is about nil.
Anyway those are my thoughts on American Mercenaries survival firearms. Comments are open as always.
Our list said
Both were in my handwriting. Really not at all sure why I would have added 'wolves' to the shopping list. I looked at it for a couple minutes to see what else it could potentially say and it was definitely wolves. Obviously I do not want Wifey to pick up some wolves from the grocery store so heck if I know what that was about.
We got to the store to replace some consumables that had been used up. Dog food, toilet paper, a jar of this and a can of that.
Filled up the almost empty 5 gallon can that has been feeding the lawn mower.
Received delivery of a Galco Classic Light shoulder holster. It might be a pretty nice option for carrying a fairly small handgun under a shirt or light jacket. More on this in due time.
What did you do to prepare this week?
As of the last time I checked the news Russia had openly invaded the Eastern Ukraine, not the Crimea but generally just marching west from the border. I'm talking columns of tanks and such. Putin vaguely mentioned that he could take Kiev pretty soon in the news. Honestly Russia is looking to reassert influence in their 'near abroad' specifically the western buffer states that give them time when some Euro's get frisky again. One could argue the western powers caused this by pushing NATO and the EU further east.
Pretty much the entire middle east is in a complete state of chaos. The old strong man states are barely hanging on, Iraq is over all but in name and Turkey is quietly hanging on, for now. Those ISIS/ ISIL folks are doing their best to set up the new Caliphate. Seriously I cannot think of a time the Middle East was a bigger mess.
I am not trying to belabor the point but things are looking bad. Honestly to me it feels like the beginning of the 20th century when old tired powers were trying to hold on while the world order was being questioned by new up and comers. We all know how well that war went for everyone and that after it's brief interlude it was continued in the form of WWII. Arguably WWII (and the British) caused every war from Korea to the Gulf War.
Like the Chinese saying "May you live in interesting times."
Without getting muddled into the current state of unions; I greatly respect the sacrifices of folks in the first half of the 20th century. Those men who organized and stood up to exploitative and intentionally neglectful businesses in the face of clubs and bullets from hired guns as well as various levels of
I did not have to work today. It is approaching dinner time. I'm cooking ribs and having some Blue Moon. So it's a pretty good day here.
Hope you all have a great Labor Day.
The truth in the back of my head that it took some time for me to admit is that I have actually been talking about two pistols. The first pistol is a single stack 9mm with enough grip to get a decent grip and thus be reasonably accurate. Rough stats would be about a 3in barrel and height over 4 in but under 5, probably in the 4.5in range. Weight dictates a polymer frame and anything in that class is plenty light. The second pistol is a tiny pocket sized .380 acp. Something in the Kahr P380/ S&W Bodyguard W/O laser/ Kel Tek P3AT size range.
I then stumbled into the 'what to buy first' train of thought. After looking at both options I took a deep breath and got back to my original intent. My original intent was to acquire a thin subcompact (if narrowly) single stack 9mm that would be comfortable to carry IWB and be more accurate with a higher round count than the S&W 642.
So it is pretty apparent to me the 9mm needs to come first and potentially down the road maybe a .380 will come into play.
So where does that leave me? The Kahr CW9 is a viable option though it's Shield sized. Of the two I prefer the Shield. The Kel Tek fits well in my hand and is a nice balance of size but well I would be lying if I said Kel Tek makes consistently reliable guns to a profession standard. Certainly some of them work, Archer Garret loves his F9 and P3AT. However I do not feel like rolling the lemon dice, especially since I have the additional $50-100 to buy a well built weapon with a nominal couple percentage point dud rate (that exists with any good product it is just life).
Anyway I am looking hard at the Shield. Honestly all roads seem to keep coming back there anyway. I really wanted one maybe two years ago but they were brand new, untested which concerned me and unobtanium. Fast forward a couple years and whatever minor issues existed then have long been addressed. Availability is pretty much full and correspondingly prices are down a little bit. Seems like a good time to snag one.
So that is where I am with this today. I'm leaning hard towards the Shield though I might just get a .380 or bin the whole damn thing due to confusion.
What do you think?
Anyway this is another take on the discussion I wanted to share with you all.
I discussed that matter about 4 years back and again about a year ago.
To briefly recap my thoughts. The kind of scenario you are worried about matters a lot here. Normal everyday defensive stuff just doesn't require a lot of ammo. If you live on a ranch out by the Mexican border and genuinely might end up in a running gun fight with a bunch of drug runners or could get caught in a Hurricane [While not part of our current topic Peters posts on Katrina and Rita as well as Gustav are definitely worth reading. Learn from others so you can avoid the pitfalls of their mistakes.] or a serious riot more ammo would make sense. If you are worried about progressively darker scenarios add ammo (and of course other supplies) as appropriate.
A big part of how much ammo is enough for you is WHAT MAKES YOU PERSONALLY COMFORTABLE. One could say this about preparedness as a whole. Anyway moving on.
Personally I am very comfortable with:
Defensive rifle- 3,000 rounds
Defensive pistol- 1,000 rounds
Shotgun- 1,000 rounds mixed between buckshot, slugs, small game shot like #4 and birdshot
.22lr- 5,000 rounds
Hunting rifle- 1,000 rounds/ 500 rounds*
Wish I could say these numbers were the product of painstaking analysis based on the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as riots, disasters and other events. However that is not the case. Somewhere between my various experiences and an affinity for nice even numbers I decided that the above listed numbers make sense for me. they may or may not work well for you.
* When I posted this a few years ago hunting rifle ammo was a topic of discussion. Anyway when relooking the ammo counts I came up with years ago I generally agreed with them all but the hunting ammo was worth revisiting. With 30-30 at 80 cents to a dollar a round for SP type hunting ammo, .308 FMJ (brass cased) around 90 cents; Federal 150gr SP hunting ammo at a bit over a buck and 30'06 about the same as .308 cost is definitely a consideration here.
Especially since actual harvesting of big game does not require a lot of rounds I can see the sentiment. On this subject Pastor Joe Fox mentioned that the year before writing The Survivalist Family he fired 6 shots, 3 to confirm zero and 1 each for the three deer he killed. Our longtime friend Chris's math figured pessimistically more like a box to zero and more for hunting to total 40 rounds a year.
My specific concern here is for folks who have a hunting rifle as their only centerfire rifle. Guys for whom the '06 or whatever deer rifle is their only real rifle. The logic of 'I hunt on 20 rounds a year so 3x20 is 3 years of ammo' works sorta OK if the deer rifle is behind an AR/ AK in the safe but it doesn't work if that is the rifle you grab to get into a fight.
If folks have a defensive rifle with a decent stock of ammo and want to keep a bit less ammo for their hunting rifle I wouldn't argue against it. Also I would want to make sure they are not relying on that rifle for long range/ precision as part of a core defensive plan to hold say a long winding road going into a canyon or whatever. If those two conditions are both met less ammo seems just fine. I think 500 rounds seems pretty reasonable to me. Anyway moving on.
The goals I laid out are not as ambitious as some but more than others. I think that for most folks given some planning they can be met within a reasonable time frame. Also they are generally high enough that if you are most of the way there the situation is pretty decent still. I generally try to set goals that are realistically attainable but aggressive enough that if you fall a bit low you're still in a good spot.
Honestly for all but the darkest scenarios half of what I like would likely be fine. If landed into the LA Riots (aside from that I wasn't shaving yet;) or Hurricane Katrina say visiting a friend or whatever with half of my goals; say an AK with a case and a half of Tuna 7.62x39 JHP, a Glock 9mm with 500 rounds of 9mm 115gr JHP, a shotgun with 500 rounds of ammo and a .22 with 2,500 I would be fine. Whatever issues I had they would not be ammo related.
I should note these counts are for core type weapons. I'm not saying you need to go this deep for every gun that you own. Like many folks maybe you happen to have an oddball (common caliber or otherwise but doesn't fit your plans) like the .38 S&W revolver Grandpa passed down, a .22-250 you shot Coyotes with for awhile or whatever. What it is smart/ necessary to do for that gun depends on how deep you are in core type weapons and ammo. If you have four AR's with a deep stash of ammo and a pair of .308 hunting rifles with a case of ammo between em you can go light on the heirloom/ oddball in the safe. On the other hand if you are a bit lighter on guns then everything matters.
Of course next is the guns overall viability. Say a little heirloom Browning knock off .25 that hasn't been fired since political candidates wore hats is worth a spare mag and a box of ammo while a more viable weapon like a .303 Enfield or .30 Carbine a relative brought back from the big one it would be smart to stash at least a couple hundred rounds.
I should note these counts have some margin for barter/ charity as well as sighting in optics, periodic test fires, etc but do not specifically include training. I keep a bit of ammo above that for training.
Think that pretty much overs my thoughts on ammo.
Suppose I should touch on mags.
I like 20 per fighting rifle, and 10 per fighting pistol. As to pocket pistols, hunting rifles, rimfire, etc 4-6 seems sufficient. In this context I am more concerned about replacing a mag that wears out than fighting reloads.
Anyway I think that covers my thoughts on ammo and mags. Am interested in hearing the numbers for mags and ammo that make you happy and probably more interestingly the thinking behind it.
the war on drugs
Israel and Palestine
the IRA and Northern Ireland
open container laws
the National Firearms Act
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