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Handguns For Bug Out Location

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Handgun for bug out location

Part of my overall prepping plans is to have enough firearms for friends and family members who bug out to my location.  I live in a rural area with privately owned that borders national forest and timber company land.

Hunting firearms is not a problem, the issue is handguns.

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Why All Handguns Should Be Double Action Only

Why All Handguns Should Be Double Action Only
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The Lucky Gunner youtube channel usually puts out some good videos, but I must say this one probably takes the cake.  The guy talking in the video uses various examples with one being from the 1930s where it is suggested that police officers double action only revolvers.  Jjust 1/8 inch of trigger pull can cause the single action handgun to discharge.

Arguments made against single action handguns can also be made against striker fired handguns.

  • No safety.
  • No way to decock the handgun.  In the case of striker-fired there is no way to lower the striker without clearing the handgun and pulling the trigger.
  • Shorter trigger pull than double action.

Now that the argument against single action and striker fired handguns has been made, what are your thoughts?

We have example spanning back 70 years saying that double action is safer than single action and that should apply to striker-fired as well.

Why Are Glocks So Popular

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Something that caught my eye the other day on youtube, the topic was the new Sig 320 being adopted. Someone said the military needed to get rid of the outdated Beretta design and go with something more modern.

Then the person said something along the lines of “modern like a glock.” Or otherwise implied Glock is a modern design.

I started laughing and thought to myself the guy in the video knows nothing of handgun history.

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Thrunite TC12 Flashlight Review

Thrunite TC12 Flashlight Review
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The Thrunite TC12 is unique in that it has a built in battery charger.  Plug in a micro-USB cable to charge the flashlight.  While charging the brightness selector button flashes.

Being USB rechargeable makes this is an excellent truck, car or nightstand flashlight design.  Keep the Thrunite TC12 in the console or glove box of the truck.  To charge, simply plug it into a USB charger.   Most people have some kind of cell phone charger in their vehicle.  Use the included cable to charge the light.

To review the Thrunite TC12 I did my typical battery of test. starting with the freeze test.

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Atactical A1 My New Go To Flashlight

Atactical A1 My New Go To Flashlight
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Let’s just say that I am very impressed with the Atactical A1 flashlight.  I have had this flashlight for around a month.  During that time it has stayed in a table next to the front door.

As some of you know I live in a rural area.  It is not uncommon for the dogs to start barking at something.  When they do, I take the Atactical A1 flashlight and walk around hoping to see what they are barking at.

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The Rise And Decline Of Glock

The Rise And Decline Of Glock
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Glock 19In 1982 when Glock hit the streets it was thrown to the forefront of the gun control battle by having a polymer frame.  The anti-gun leftist claimed a Glock would slip past airport metal detectors.   The anti-gun media did one thing, they gave Glock all the free advertising the company could want.

From 1982 – 1986 I was in high school.  Something teenagers did back then is we watched the news.  Video games were far and few between.  There was no internet, smart phone or tablet.  there was no Netflix, Youtube, Hulu or amazon prime.  The vast majority of people had 3 or 4 TV channels we picked up with an antenna.  From 5:30 – 6:30 the only thing to do was watch the news.  So watch the news we did.

Even after I graduated high school in 1986 I remember the anti-gunners beating the gun control drum over the Glock.


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Why I Do Not Like Glocks

Why I Do Not Like Glocks
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Take a safety feature off a chainsaw and you are asking fro trouble.  Yet, Glock fanboys justify the Glock not having a safety?

Your finger is not a safety.  There is an old saying, “always assume the presence of a belly button.”  Which means we are all human and we all make mistakes.  Safeties are there to compensate for mistakes.  Except for Glocks, they do not have a safety and thus do not compensate for when people make mistakes.

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Looking At A Glock 19

Looking At A Glock 19
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Handguns for SHTFI never cared for the look of a Glock, or the fact that they are made out of a polymer instead of aluminum or steel.  While some of my buddies jumped on the glock bandwagon a decade ago, I stayed with the Beretta 92F and more recently the Remington 1911 R1.

To ensure that the group is constant in some of the firearms we own, I decided to buy a Glock.  The one I am looking at is the Glock 19.

Several months ago some of my buddies and I went to a shooting range in southeast Texas.  They arranged their Glocks on the table and let me test fire several of them.  The one I liked the best was the Glock 19.

The 19 fits the bill as a lightweight handgun that I can carry while working around the farm.  Something that I can carry while running a chainsaw, or brush hogging with the tractor.  A handgun that stays out of the way, lightweight and chambered in 9mm.

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ARES SCR Generation 2

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The ARES SCR Generation 2 lower looks very interesting.  It is a lower that uses a custom AR-15 bolt carrier group along with a standard AR-15 upper.

First thing I wondered was how does the ARES SCR work without a buffer?  It uses a buffer like an FN/FAL.

Another thing that came to mind was putting a 300 blackout or 6.5 upper on it for hunting.

Overall, I like the idea and the looks of the rifle.

What Was Your First Survival Knife

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Around 1984,I went to GI Surplus in Orange Texas and bought my first survival knife. The store is no longer in business, which is a shame.  They had a good selection of military surplus.

When I got the knife home I was so proud.  It was like a turning point in a young mans life, I had bought my first knife.

The knife I bought was a Valor brand name. At the base of the blade it is stamped “Valor Miami, USA” on one side. On the other side it is stamped “440 Stainless, 599 Japan, camo”.

Overall length: 12 1/4 inches.
Blade length: 7 1/8 inches

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Gun Jesus Apocrypha: The Gospel of Browning

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Forgotten Weapons has a wonderful youtube channel. Ian goes out to auction houses, and then does videos about the unique and forgotten weapons up for auction. He also does some tidbits of information, such as why the safety of the AR/M16 is the way it it. Which I thought was pretty cool.

The gospel of Browning talks about how people add all kinds of unneeded garbage to their handguns.  To what end does the extra “stuff” serve?  Only to add weight and more stuff to break?

If we have something that works, why beat the drum for something else?  The 1911 has proved its value through two world wars and numerous conflicts all over the world.  Yet the 1911 is losing respect because it is old?  If something works, it works.  Age is of little relevance.

This is a wonderful video that talks about past and present handguns.

ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 Charger Review

ThruNite C2 Mini 3400 Charger Review
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If there is one thing Thrunite does, they manufacturer a quality product.  So far I have reviewed four Thrunite flashlights and all of them are top notch.  Thrunite continues their reputation for quality with the ThruNite C2 mini-charger.

Full Disclosure:  I received the charger at no cost to myself.  This will not influence my opinion and hopefully will not influence your opinion either.

Specs from Amazon:

  • Weight 5 ounces
  • Dimensions 3.6 x 0.9 x 1 inches
  • Item model number C2
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item Package Quantity 1
  • Batteries Included? Yes
  • Battery Cell Type Lithium Ion

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Sootch00 Rifle Review Henry 44 Magnum Carbine

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Sootch00 has released yet another great video, this one is of the Henry 44 Magnum Carbine.

Truth be known, I love lever action rifles. There is just something about them that draws attention. Maybe because the lever action is known as the rifle that won the west?  On top of that, have a handy short rifle chambered in 44 magnum?  Talk about a perfect combination.

For the 2017 deer season I am thinking about buying a lever action rifle.  Here is southeast Texas shots are rarely over say 125 yards or so.  Why not go with a 44 magnum?

My sons have a Marlin 336 in 30-30 Winchester.  It is a great rifle and the 30-30 Winchester is perfect for up close shots here in Southeast Texas.  But then again, I would like to have a rifle chambered in a handgun cartridge.

 

Sootch00 Rifle Review FN FAL

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Sootch00 has posted a rifle review, this time of the DS Arms SA-58 FN/FAL. From my personal experience of the DS Arms FN/FAL, they are great rifles. Sootch00 goes into some of the history of the FN/FAL.

One thing that sets the DS Arms FM/FAL apart from other FNs on the market, the DS Arms model is made in the USA. This is a rifle that carries the made in USA pride and quality.

I like the fact that DS Arms offers the SA-58 in a number of options. Such as a paratrooper model, various barrel lengths, short barreled rifle (SBR), folding stock… etc.

This is a 21st century rifle chambered in the 308 Winchester. While not as powerful as the 30-06, recoil of the 308 is easier managed than the ’06.

Gear Sling Pack For Get Home Bag

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Are gear sling packs suited for a get home bag? After a hiking trip in July of 2016, my opinion is that it you use a gear sling for a get home bag there are some things you need to look for in the pack design.

The July hiking trip was a little short at around 6 – 8 miles. Up until then I had never taken a gear sling pack on more than just a couple of miles. At round maybe the 5 – 6 mile mark, the strap started digging into my shoulder. My arm felt like it was going numb from the pain.

I took a bandanna, folded it up and put it between the strap and my shoulder for extra padding. That helped for a little bit.

The pack I was using is a Red Rock Rambler. The strap is on the left side and can not be switched to the right. I ended up taking the pack off and carrying it by hand for the last couple of miles. The pain was so intense my shoulder was sore for a couple of days.

Get Home Bag


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