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Five must have AR-15 accessories for SHTF

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 31, 2013 0 Comments

When the crap hits the fan what accessories would you want on your AR-15?

For OPSEC and to keep our name off extra paperwork lets ignore silencers and short barreled rifles.

Silencers may play an important role in surviving a Post-SHTF world, but paperwork is also an OPSEC issue. Anyone having access to the right paperwork will know exactly who has a silencer and who has a short barreled rifle. Then there are the local, state and federal laws and restrictions.

For the sake of discussion and to keep things simple, lets just exclude anything that requires paperwork.

AR-15 for SHTF




Picking a rifle caliber for a long term SHTF situation

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 7, 2013 2 Comments

If you were going to pick a rifle caliber for a long term SHTF situation, what would that caliber be?

For some reason I woke up this morning thinking about my 7mm express / 280 Remington and how the panic buying in the first half of 2013 caused a shortage in ammunition supplies.

When I got my Remington model 700 in 280 I wanted something that was around the 270 or 30-06, and something that would work on heavier game such as elk and moose.

In all honestly I put too much though into picking the 280 Remington. While it is a fine caliber, the price of ammunition has gone up so much shooting has gotten downright expensive. With a box of 20 rounds costing more than $25 stockpiling is cost prohibitive.

Empty shelves




Prepping plans for late 2013 and early 2014

Posted by Kevin Felts On November 19, 2013 0 Comments

Part of my SHTF prepping plans include looking several months ahead. Rather than waiting until spring of 2014 to make plans, I like to think about what I should do 4 and 5 months ahead of time.

I see no reason to wait until you are at the farm supply store to think about what crops you want to plant. Lets go ahead and think/talk about what you want to buy, what crops you want to plant, how you are going to store those crops several months ahead of time.

Planning ahead allows me to work out the fine details, such as type of fertilizer I want to buy, what kind of AR-15 magazines I want to get, what kind of new AR-15 I want to get,,, and so on.

Gardening shed




Stockpiling AR-15 magazines for shtf

Posted by Kevin Felts On November 16, 2013 1 Comment

What AR-15 magazines would you stockpile for a complete SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation? Lets think about this for a minute. The quick answer might be pmags. But how long do pmags last? Will they last 10, 20, 30, 40,,, or more years?

We know that aluminum magazines will last just about forever, unless they are abused or smashed with a hammer. From time to time a feed lip might become bent. Or an ear might break off while taking the baseplate off. But for the most part aluminum magazines are pretty solid.

AR-15 magazines

If you are stockpiling survival gear for a long term SHTF situation, do you want to put all of your eggs in one basket?




Survival gear purchases September 2013

Posted by Kevin Felts On September 24, 2013 0 Comments

Every month I try to take a look at my preps, take inventory, look at the hot politics at the time, and then make a couple of purchases. Usually my purchases are #10 cans of freeze dried foods, maybe building a chicken house, building a chicken yard,,,, and so on.

Prepping should be a way of life. The only way to keep your preps current is to do an inventory, test your plans, then make changes to your plans based on the results of the test.
Wildlife Feeder

My wife wants a wildlife feeder setup in the back of the field to attract wildlife. While providing a relaxing scene of watching deer, hogs, squirrels and other wildlife, this also provides an excellent opportunity to harvest meat during a SHTF situation.




Categories: Survival Gear

All AR-15s Are Not Created Equally

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 27, 2013 0 Comments

My wife and I were in Beaumont Texas on June 26th 2013 taking care of some business. Our family doctor had an ultrasound done of my wifes thyroid. The ultrasound showed a couple of cyst that needed to be checked by a specialist. A second ultrasound showed the cyst did not have any blood flow going through them, so there was no need for a biopsy.

After we left the doctors office my wife and I visited a couple of gun stores in Beaumont. The reason for the visits was for information. I wanted first hand knowledge from the sales people as to how the AR-15 market was going.

I am standing at the counter of gun store, the sales person takes a DPMS and a used Bravo Company rifle, lays the rifles side-bu-side and says something along the lines of, “besides the brandname, there is no difference between the DPMS and the Bravo Company.”

I did not know whether to laugh or tell the guy he is a dumb-ass, or do both.




Categories: Survival Gear

Panic Buying May Be At An End

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 26, 2013 0 Comments

Before my wife and I saw World War Z we stopped by Academy sports and outdoors in Beaumont Texas. The guys in the firearms section told me they had sold 1 AR in the past 2 weeks. They currently had around 13 ARs in stock. I asked how ARs had been selling, and I was told something along the lines of, “they aren’t selling.”

When the panic buying started Academy moved the high demand calibers to the customer service desk. A policy of 1 box per caliber, and 3 boxes per customer was implemented. While I was at Academy I was informed there was no longer a limit on 308 Winchester, and 308 had been moved back to where all of the other ammunition was at. Academy had several boxes of American Eagle 223 Remington in stock, 50 round boxes of 22 long rifle and plenty of 7.62×39.

I bought a 100 round box of American Eagle 9mm fmj, a 20 round box of American Eagle 223 Remington, and a 50 round box of Remington 22 long rifle.




Categories: Survival Gear

AR-15 Bubble Has Popped

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 23, 2013 0 Comments

It had to happen sooner or later. With demand dropping, and manufacturing at an all time high, sooner or later the bottom had to drop out of the AR-15 market.

Instead of people buying AR-15s as soon as they are on the shelf, I am seeing rifles staying in stores 2, 3 even 4 days before they are selling.

In addition to staying on the shelf, I am seeing multiple rifles in stock at the same time. The local walmart had 2 colts and 1 bushmaster in stock over the course of a weekend.

I hope prices bottom out over the next few months so I can pick up another couple AR-15s.

Last Friday (June 21, 2013) I dropped by pawn shop here in Jasper Texas. I acted like I was interested in buying, but what I really wanted was information on what other people were buying. According to the nice lady at the pawn shop ARs were not moving like what they were a couple of months ago.




Categories: Survival Gear

Survivalist And The 40 S&W

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 14, 2013 0 Comments

After its release in 1990 the 40 Smith & Wesson quickly shot to fame.

For survivalist the 40 S&W was like a gift from GOD. The 40 S&W was effective, just about every gun maker had something listed in 40 S&W, ammunition was widely available, there are even some carbines offered in 40 S&W. What is there not to like?

What niche did the 40 S&W fill

The 40 S&W offered a viable option for law enforcement who wanted a heavier bullet than the 9mm, or more rounds than the 45 acp, and without the slow reload of the revolver in 357 magnum.

The cartridge also offered a middle ground between 15 rounds of 9mm and the 7 rounds of 45acp 230 grain bullet.




Categories: Survival Gear

Ergo 4255 Review

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 8, 2013 0 Comments

The Ergo 4255 is an affordable forearm forearm pistol grip solution for just about anything with a picatinny rail. For this review the test platform was a Palmetto State Armory M4 carbine with pink Magpul and Egro furniture.Ergo 4255-BK on Pink M4

There is an old saying, Keep It Simple Stupid, otherwise known as KISS. The Ergo 4255 does just that, it keeps the forearm vertical grip simple.

The Ergo 4255 does not include a built-in light or laser, which makes it an excellent choice for someone who wants just a vertical forearm AR-15 grip.

Excluding a light and laser does two things – it keeps the grip in an affordable price range, and reduces the weight.




Categories: Survival Gear

Survivalist And The 270 Winchester

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 4, 2013 0 Comments

During the recent ammunition shortage several calibers have been in steady supply. Some of those calibers were 204 Ruger, 22-250, 300 WSM, 270 Winchester, 280 Remington and 30-06 Springfield.

Out of all of those calibers, which ones are chambered in a wide variety of rifles? I think it would be a tie between the 270 Winchester and the 30-06 Springfield. The 30-06 being developed in 1906 had a 19 year head start over the 270 Winchester which was revealed to the public in 1925. So its not like either caliber were developed over the past few months.

Why should you pick the 270 Winchester over the 30-06 Springfield?

All things aside, the main reason to go with the 270 Winchester over the 30-06 Springfield is recoil. Unless the shooter has received professional training, as recoil increases, accuracy deceases; studies show the 30-06 is the largest caliber most people can shoot accurately.




Categories: Survival Gear

Ammunition Shortage First Half 2013

Posted by Kevin Felts On May 15, 2013 3 Comments

Here we are approaching the half-way mark of the year (we are not there yet), and the ammunition shortage is showing no signs of letting up.

22 Long Rifle – I have not seen 22 long rifle in about 6 or 7 months. The last time I can remember seeing 22 long rifle in stock was back around November,,, maybe even October 2012.

Even before Sandy Hook 22 long rifle was difficult to find.Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

223 Remington – Is hit sand miss. Places like Palmetto State Armory have been getting bulk 223 Remington in stock, but my local wal-mart has not.

I have not seen American Eagle or Federal at my local wal-mart in months. The local wal-mart here in Jasper Texas has been getting Tula in every few weeks, so that is what I have been buying. In this type of situation you buy what you can find.

Online stores that are lucky enough to 223/5.56mm in stock are sold out in a matter of minutes.




2013 NRA Show Houston Texas

Posted by Kevin Felts On May 10, 2013 0 Comments

Man oh man, what a weekend. My wife and I left Jasper Texas around 6 am Friday morning, got breakfast at Jack in the box in Woodville Texas, and arrived at the NRA show at the 9 am. Traffic was not that bad. thank goodness there were no wrecks on HWY 59.

We found a parking lot directly in front of Minute Maid park, which is across from the George R Brown convention center. Holy crap was parking expensive, we had to pay $30, but the location was perfect.

My wife and I entered the show, obtained our media badges, then started walking around.

This was my wifes first real gun show. She never showed any interest in gun shows, that was until I built her a pink M4. Now that she has something she can relate to she is showing more interest.




Palmetto State Armory Pink M4

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 10, 2013 0 Comments

For the sake of discussion lets say that some kind of SHTF event has happened; some kind of new flu has developed, financial collapse, nuclear war,,, something has happened to send the world to hell in a handbag. It is now up to you and your family to protect your property, livestock, garden,, and other resources.

Building my wife (her name is Kristy) an AR-15 that appeals to her is part of my prepping in depth rather then breadth SHTF survival plan. Instead of trying to get my wife to shoot a rifle that does not appeal to her, I decided to build a Palmetto State Armory M4, then deck it out in pink Magpul MOE and Suregrip parts.Pink M4 carbine

In the current state of panic buying anything AR-15 is almost impossible to find. In most cases, if a website or store gets something in stock, it is sold out in a matter of minutes. What is sad is a lot of companies resort to price gouging when panic buying kicks in.

I have to say a couple of things about Palmetto State Armory, they are getting stuff in on a regular basis, and they are not price gouging.




Bug Out Box Essentials

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 7, 2013 0 Comments

While my wife an I are camping at Martin Dies State Park – which is closee to Jasper Texas – I thought this would be a good time to talk about our Bug Out Box. We do not call it a Bug Out Box per say, we call it our camping box. But it would serve either purpose.

If some kind of SHTF event happens and we have to bug out to the homestead, the box contains everything we need to prepare, cook and eat a good meal – pots, pans, coleman stove, propane, utensils, plates, radio,,,.Cooking hot dogs on a coleman stove

As my wife and I use the equipment in the box while we are camping, lets talk about how things are working out.

Related Article – Never underestimate the effect of a hot meal on morale.

The Box – My wife and I use a Rubbermaid 36 gallon / 136.3 liter green tote, which measures 29.75 inches long, 20.25 inches wide, and 20 inches tall.

After several years of camping with friends and family I think the Bug Out Box is tuned enough for me to share my experiences.