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.
I stepped off the distance from the back of house to where the hogs ran across the field and it came out to around 90 yards. A 22 long rifle is not going to do anything to a wild hog at 90 yards.
Chances are the hogs had been attracted to the field because of the wildlife feeder my wife and I had put up about month ago. The steady supply of corn, plus the acorns from the oak trees are providing a steady supply of food for the hogs.
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.
If you are stockpiling survival gear for a long term SHTF situation, do you want to put all of your eggs in one basket?
Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting gun owners have been having to justify their reasons for owning an AR-15. Personally, I think the only reason that needs to be given is “because I want one.” I feel I should not have to “justify” my choices in which firearms I wish to own. As a law abiding citizen there is no chance my AR is going to be used in a crime. And as a law abiding citizen I seen no reason to explain myself to anyone.
Free men do not explain themselves, we do as we wish when we wish.
Servants, slaves and criminals explain themselves.
With that being said, I would like to provide my opinion as to why people own an AR-15. I am in no way justifying my ownership of an AR-15, simply because rights do not have to be justified. I am giving reasons why I choose to own an AR-15.
The AR-15 is cool – It is awesome looking, it feels good in my hand. Handling an AR is like patting my wife on her butt, it provides me with a sense of manly satisfaction.
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.
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.
Bill of Material
Palmetto State Armory lower receiver, shipped to Devil Dog Guns in Jasper Texas for the background check and paperwork.
Palmetto State Armory / Magpul MOE lower parts kit with fire control group, milspec stock and buffer tube.
• An A2 sized inner cavity that is capable of storing many kit systems available on the retail market
Installation of pretty straight forward. On my AR-15 the pistol grip was held in place by a flathead bolt. I got a flathead screw driver out of the tool box, removed the original pistol grip, then installed the Ergo Grip 4045 BK.
My Ergo Grip 4045 BK did not come with a new bolt, but the package did include replacement washers. This is in contrast to the Ergo Grip 4139-BK I installed on my AK-47, which included a replacement bolt.
Overall, the Ergo Grip 4045 BK handled well through the shooting test. The oversized grip did not seem to be to large my average sized hands, or my daughters hands.
With heavy gloves on, the grip handled better then the factory AR-15 grip.
One of the things that I really like about the Ergo Grip, its made in the USA. With the economy the way it is, we need all the jobs we can get. By buying an Ergo Grip, you are getting a quality product at a great price, and you are supporting jobs here in the USA.
Ask yourself, would you rather pay higher taxes to support people on welfare, or would you rather buy stuff made in the USA? Think about that when you are thinking about buying gear for your AR-15.
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* Full Disclosure – I received the Ergo Grip 4045 BK at no cost to myself. Even though I received the Ergo Grip 4045 BK at no cost, I did my best not to let that influence my opinion. My honest opinion of the grip, is that you are getting a quality product and at an honest price.
Over the past 15 – 16 years I have been building up a stockpile of AR-15 magazines. My buddies and I would go to various gunshows where I would buy various AR mags.
Then I realized a lot of the AR-15 magazines I been buying were junk. Either the followers would stick, or the feed lips were bent. When I replaced the followers of GI mags with anti-tilt P-mag followers, I had to cull several magazines.
One day a buddy of mine who served two tours in the middle east told me how much he liked P-mags. I took him at his word and bought some. Lets just say I was impressed right off the bat.
From now own, all I am buying are P-mags. I see no reason to buy gunshow surplus aluminum AR-15 magazines that I am either going to have to fix, or cull if the follower sticks. Even if the gunshow surplus magazines work, the factory follower will have to be replaced with P-mag anti-tilt followers anyway.
If I am going to spend the money for surplus magazines, then buy the anti-tilt followers, why not just buy a new P-mag to start with?
Then I found this video.
I have had AR-15 magazines stored at the Bug Out Location for somewhere around 15 – 20 years. Since the housing is made out of aluminum there is no rust, unlike the steel AK-47 magazines. As long as the magazines stayed dry, everything is fine.
The Magpul P-mag on the other hand has no parts that will either rust or corrode. The housing is made out of a polymer, and the spring is stainless steel.
The Military Arms Channel on youtube has posted another excellent video, this time its about what gun should someone buy post election?
For most of you the information covered in the video is very basic and boring. It goes back to whether the shooter likes the AK-47 or the AR-15 better.
There are some good points that are brought up, such as there being no domestic manufacturer of 5.45×39mm ammunition for the AK-74. This is the main reason why I have not bought an AK-74, and I do not want to stockpile yet “another” caliber.
In the video there is a comment that WASR-10 prices are in the $600 price range? I have not confirmed those prices. But if those prices are correct, we are in deep crap as the WASR-10 is made in Romania.
There are two driving factors that would drive up the price of a Romanian made products:
1, Inflation, as in the US dollar is losing value on the international market.
2, Demand is outstripping supply.
Before and after a democrat is elected president there is usually some level of panic buying. But to make the price of a rifle double? Something is wrong there.
When a bottom of the barrel AK-47 cost more then an AR-15, its time to stop buying AK-47s. Let demand drop, surpluses will rise, and prices will go down. In all honesty, there is no excuse for a foreign made AK-47 to cost over around $300, and includes Russian and Chinese made AKs.
However, as the value of the US dollar continues to drop, foreign made products will continue to go up in price.
There is another issue that might be driving up prices, and that is good ole capiticalsm. If someone is willign to pay $600 for a bottom of the barrel WASR-10, then the company is going to mark the prices as such.
I remember Russian made AK-47s selling for $75 in the late 1980s. I wish I would have bought a case of them.
This is a rant about walmart in Jasper Texas not having the Sig Sauer M400 rifle like they are advertising in the black friday sales paper.
What the hell has happened to the nation that firearms are put behind big screen TVs and video games? I found out today the walmart in my town (Jasper Texas) is not going to have the Sig Sauer M400.
The next nearest walmart, which is in Woodville Texas is not going to have the rifle either. The walmart in Silsbee Texas said it is going to have 3 of the Sig Sauer M400 rifle sin stock.
Looks like I might have to drive an hour one way to get a Sig Sauer M400.
This really pisses me off. I bet walmart is going to have plenty of video games, wii, playstations,,,, and everything else, but no AR-15s?
What is happening to this nation that a store does not carry a rifle it advertises? I thought there were laws that prohibited deceptive advertising. If a store advertises a product, I thought they were supposed to have it in stock?
Black friday is supposed to be the biggest shopping day of the year, but no AR-15s at walmart? What would Sam Walton say? I thought Sam was supposed to be sportsmen friendly?
Screw video games, TVs and bb guns, I want a Sig Sauer M400 for Christmas.
I have sent several tweets to walmart, but they have yet to reply. I doubt they care if I get my M400 for Christmas. Maybe I should get Devil Dog guns in Jasper Texas to order me a Bravo Company rifle instead of dealing with walmart.
The Military Arms Channel (Sturmgewehre) has posted another excellent video on youtube. This time its a tour of the Windham Weaponry factory.
Even though the video covers a lot of good topics, there is little mention of making the Whindham Weaponry AR-15 close to mil-spec.
Does Windham Weaponry make their own lower receivers, or does someone make the receiver for Windham Weaponry? Since the video did not show any of the CNC milling machines, I am going to guess someone else makes the lower receiver.
The thing Windham Weaponry is going to have to overcome is the bad reputation Bushmaster developed. Sending rifles out of the factory with unstaked castle nuts is not going to help their reputation either.
A few months ago I saw a Windham Weaponry AR-15 at a local store. When I saw the castle nut was not staked, I did not give the rifle a second glance.
If Windham Weaponry wants to run with the big dogs, they need to offer mil-spec parts, and higher quality parts. Why offer an AR-15 style rifle with the typical forearm grip and ugly standard pistol grip? Lets step up, and put some Ergo Grips parts on the rifle.
The Ar-15 market is very competitive. Why should I buy a Windham Weaponry when I can buy a Sig Sauer M400 or Palmetto State Armory for around the same price? Why should I buy a Windham Weaponry when I can get a Colt 6920 for around $200 more? And Colt has a proven military history of reliability.
I am not trying to harp on Windham Weaponry, I am just trying to be honest.
It would really help if Windham Weaponry had some military contracts behind them. Maybe those contracts will come in time?
Ok Survivalist, its time to talk about firearms every serious prepper should own.
Whether you are in an urban survival situation, have a homestead you plan on using as a Bug Out Location, bugging in, or bugging out to the wilderness, lets put together a solid list of well preforming firearms.
Requirements for this list require the firearm to have a long history of civilian or military service, and must have a reputation of being reliable.
Ruger 10/22 is the bees knees of 22 rifles. There are a lot of 22 rifles out there, but few of them can compare to the reliability and the customization of the Ruger 10/22.
My first experience with a Ruger 10/22 was sometime in 1984 or 1985 when 3 of my buddies and I were on a 3 day camping trip. We loaded up an aluminum boat and headed out to one of the bayous close to Bridge City, Texas.
On the second day of the camping trip after eating lunch, Allen and I took the dishes to the bayou to wash them. While we were washing the dishes, we saw a nutria rat on the other side of the slough. 1 shot with the Ruger 10/22 took care of the animal. Allen and I got in the aluminum boat we used to reach the camping spot, then paddled over to retrieve the nutria rat.
We skinned the nutria rat and brought it back to the camping spot where it was roasted over a camp fire and eaten. Even though we had just eaten dinner, it was just canned chili and we were still hungry. The meat from that nutria rat really hit the spot.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 my daughter called and said her and her boyfriend wanted to drive up and visit with my wife and I. I said sure thing. My daughter starts back to school in a few days. So why not spend some time shooting an AK-47, AR-15 and Remington 1911 R1. My daughters mom and I have been divorced for close to 10 years. Even though they live in Baytown Texas, and I live in Jasper Texas, that has not stopped me from being part of my daughters life.
After my wife and I got off work, we met my daughter and her boyfriend at new Mexican restaurant here in Jasper. We ate, enjoyed each others company, then went home and watched The Dark Knight. On the way home we stopped the super walmart in Jasper and picked up 100 rounds of American Eagle 223 Remington.
I am trying to cycle out a lot of my steel cased 223 Remington and replace it with brass cased American Eagle or Federal bulk 223.
Wednesday August 8, 2012 my wife and I got up and went to work. Things were a little slow so I asked if I could take a half a day off and spend some time with my daughter. My boss said sure, take some time off. I called my daughter to ask where where she was at. She told me her and her boyfriend were at the camp. I told her I was taking 1/2 a day off so we could go do something with them.
A buddy of mine and I are planning a 100+ mile 3 – 4 day river camping trip. On this trip we will be going into some pretty remote areas. After we put our boats in the river, there are no boat launches for probably 50+ miles. The location is East Texas on the Sabine river.
I would like to bring either a rifle or shotgun for personal protection. Black bears are known to be in the area where we are going, as well as everything from coyotes to wild hogs.
I am more concerned about running into a rabid raccoon, then having problems with a black bear, but you never know.
The options are:
My first choice is the Ruger 10/22. Its lightweight, ammo is easy to carry and the 22 has a low report.
My second choice is either the Mossberg 590 or AK-47.
The mossberg loaded with slugs or buckshot is capable to taking down anything in this part of Texas. I mounted a Surefire light on the Mossberg 590 last night. In a marshy area, having a weapon with a light on it sure could come in handy.
The thing with the AK, its reliable. I dont think I have to worry about the AK getting muddy and not working. At this time I do not have a light mounted on the AK, but I am working on it.
My third choice is the AR-15. The 223 is loud, and I am not sure how the 223 would work on black bear if one where to enter our camp site. I have some parts ordered to mount a light on the AR. It should be ready in plenty of time for the trip.
I am not “that” concerned about black bears, but I think they should be taken into consideration.
If I wanted a weapon with a light, the choices would be either the Mossberg 590 or the AR15.
I thought about bringing a pistol, but some law enforcement people get pissy when you have a pistol.
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