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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




Keeping a rifle at the backdoor

Posted by Kevin Felts On November 23, 2013 0 Comments

This morning (November 23, 2013) I learned a lesson about keeping a rifle at the backdoor.

Around 7:30 am or so I got out of bed to go let the chickens out of the chicken house. When I opened the backdoor of the house 4 wild hogs went running across the field directly behind the house.

The rifle I had at the backdoor was a Ruger 10/22.

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.

Wildlife feeder




Justification For Owning An AR-15

Posted by Kevin Felts On April 25, 2013 5 Comments

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 that I should not have to “justify” my choices in which firearm 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.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

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 on some of the current explanations as to why people own an AR-15. I am in no way justifying my ownership of an AR-15, because rights do not have to be justified. I am giving reasons why I choose to own an AR-15.




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.




Rethinking SHTF Rifle And Ammunition Choices

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 5, 2013 5 Comments

Empty Ammunition ShelvesThe shelves are empty, except for a few select calibers. Those calibers are 243 Winchester, 30-30 Winchester, 270 Winchester, 7mm magnum, 45 colt and 30-06 Springfield. A line of people are standing at the counter in the hopes the store got a shipment in.

Sounds like something from a movie? Nope, its the result of panic buying after the Communist Dianne Feinstein talked about another gun ban in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

The calibers left on the shelf share some common denominators, they do not fit semi-automatic rifles, nor are they chambered in modern day military grade rifles.

The M1 Garand is chambered 30-06, but its not like the M1 Garand is sold by very many sporting goods stores. When someone goes looking for a new deer rifle, chances are the M1 Garand is not even on the screen.

There are semi-automatic rifles on the market chambered for 243 Winchester and 270 Winchester, but they are not very popular with modern day hunters.

What Was Sold Out

Everything besides the calibers listed above were sold out. 223 Remington, 22 long rifle, 308 Winchester,,,,,.




Panic Buying Is Not The Time To Buy

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 21, 2012 0 Comments

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistThe panic buying of December 2012 is a reminder to preppers / survivalist, if you do not have it before SHTF, you are not going to find it afterwards.

For well over a year I have been looking at buying a new AR-15. I can prove that statement by the various forum threads I posted – Who makes the best ar-15 lower for the money, Need honest opinion on this AR-15, BCM or Spikes Tactical M-4,,,,.

For well over a year I had been sitting on the fence on buying a new AR. Then came the Connecticut school shooting and renewed calls for banning so called “assault rifles.” At the time it seemed the crazy politicians finally had the fuel they needed to drive some form of gun control through congress.

Congress was out for the holidays, so its doubtful anything could be done until January. The president had the financial cliff to deal with, which means gun control was going to be on the back burner for a few weeks.

The actions of Adam Lanza and the venom filled words of anti-gun members of congress lead the shooting sports community to believe we were looking at a new assault rifle ban. If you do not have it now, chance are you are not going to get it. In response to the current events, I jumped off the fence and got serious about buying an AR-15.




Thinking About Buying a 300 Blackout

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 7, 2012 0 Comments

When I look at buying a new rifle or rifle caliber, first I consider how that rifle will fit into my long term SHTF survival plans. What niche does the rifle fill, how easy is it to find replacement parts, is ammunition easy to find, is the rifle user friendly so I can teach my kids how to shoot it.

One of the main problems I have with the 300 Blackout, I do not want to start buying yet “another” caliber. I already buy 223 Remington, 7.62×39, 30-30, 308 Winchester and 280 Remington / 7mm Express.

What niche does the 300 Blackout fill that any of those calibers don’t already fill?

Deer hunting, I have the 30-30, 308 Winchester and 280 Remington.

Hog hunting, I have the 223 Remington and 7.62×39.

In this related article we talked about hunting hogs with 223 Remington.

The second issue with the 300 Blackout, where am I supposed to buy ammo from? I live in rural southeast Texas, 100 miles from anywhere. I buy a 300 blackout upper, then I have to mail order all of my ammunition.




Best Gun for Hunting Wild Pigs After SHTF

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 2, 2012 0 Comments

Hunting wild hogs in a river bottomA couple of weeks ago a couple of my buddies and I get a hog out of a local river bottom. One person of our group was carrying an AR-15, I was carrying my Remington 1911 R1.

While we were packing the hog out, I kept wondering how well the 223 Remington would do on wild hogs? I know the 223 Remington is effective, but how effective is it on hogs? Hogs have a thick fat layer, how would that fat layer affect bullet performance?

Lets say that some kind of SHTF situation happens, you and a couple of your buddies go on a hog hunt, what rifles would you pick? Would you pick a semi-auto in 223 Remington or 7.62X39, lever action or bolt action?

steveleeilikeguns goes on a wild hog hunt with a Mini-14.

The above video makes a good argument for the Ruger Mini-14 and AR-15 platform for hunting after SHTF – low recoil, fast followup shots, effective on hog and deer sized game.




Tour of the Windham Weaponry Factory

Posted by Kevin Felts On November 20, 2012 0 Comments

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.




Middle ground rifle caliber for SHTF TEOTWAWKI

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 2, 2012 0 Comments

Someone on my facebook friends list posted a picture of 4 survival firearms – pistol, Ruger 10/22, Remington 870 and AR-15.

I suggested the AR-15 be replaced with an AK-47. This is why I made that suggestion,

22 Long Rifle VS 223 Remington

Calibers for SHTFWhen you look at the two calibers, the 22 long rifle bullet is not much smaller then the 223 Remington. If your shots are less then 100 yards, the 22 long rifle loaded with high grade bullets can get close to 223 Remington. Lets be honest, there is no way the 22 Long Rifle can match the ballistics of the 223 Remington.

22 long rifle, CCI mini-mag hollow points, 36 grain bullet, bullet diameter .222 inch (5.6 mm)

223 Remington, 55 grain bullet full metal jacket, bullet diameter .224 inch (5.7 mm)

There is not “that” much difference between the 22 long rifle bullet and the 223 Remington bullet. Keep in mind we are talking about bullet diameter and bullet weight, and not the cartridge length.




AKS-74U Krinkov Review

Posted by Kevin Felts On September 17, 2012 0 Comments

Sturmgewehre has posted another outstanding video on youtube, this time its about the AKS-74U Krinkov.




Mosin Nagant 91/30 PU Sniper Review

Posted by Kevin Felts On September 10, 2012 0 Comments

Sturmgewehre has posted another good video, this time he reviews the Mosin Nagant 91/30 PU sniper rifle.

The Mosin Nagant is a popular rifle with survivalist due to low cost and plentiful military surplus ammunition. If you are look for a good quality bolt action rifle to keep at the Bug Out Location, its going to be difficult to beat the Mosin Nagant.

The 7.62×54R is adequate for deer and hog sized game.




AK-47 is the ultimate teotwawki survival rifle

Posted by Kevin Felts On August 11, 2012 0 Comments

Overlooking a creek with a WAR-10 AK-47Why is the AK-47 is the ultimate survival rifle? Because it works.

Year of development: 1947
Caliber: 7.62×39
Years of service: 1947 – present
Nations of service: Every communist nation under the sun
Conflicts of service: Just about every major conflict since 1947
Bullet diameter: 308 – 311
Bullet weight: 123 grains
Effective range: 400 meters
Capacity: Standard 30 round magazine

I have to be perfectly honest, the AK-47 is not my primary SHTF survival rifle.

That honor goes to the AR-15 and the FN/FAL.

AR-15 with its 223 Remington / 5.56mm NATO is well suited for dealing undesirable predators that come around the Bug Out Location and small game. There are a good number of people that deer and hogs with the 223 Remington, but I am not one of them. I am a firm believer of using enough gun for the job. When I go deer hunting, I use at least a 270 Winchester or a 280 Remington / 7mm Express.

The low recoil of the AR-15 makes it appealing to people like my teenage daughter.

FN/FAL with its 308 Winchester is well suited in a defensive role, and for taking deer sized game. Remington core-Lokt in 150 grains is more then capable of dropping a whitetail deer, or game of equal size.

My son hunts with a Marlin 336 30-30. The ammunition he uses is Remington core-lokt 150 grain softpoint. 150 grain bullet makes a small hole going in, and a larger hole going out. In the past 4 years my son has harvested 3 southeast Texas whitetail deer. One year he did not see anything worth taking.




Painting AK-47 Magazines

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 29, 2012 1 Comment

One of the issues with AK-47 magazines, they are made out of steel, and steel rust. So from time to time it might be necessary to paint your AK mags. This article is going to discuss how I paint my AK-47 magazines. This may not be the “best” way to do it, but this is how I paint my mags.

If you wanted a professional paint job, you would need to disassemble the magazine, buff the paint off all of the parts, spray on a layer of primer, spray a few coats of the color paint you want, then reassemble the magazines.

Screw that.

All I am going to do is buff with a wire wheel then paint.

I have a spare boat trailer in the backyard, so that i what I painted my magazines on. Where the tongue of the trailer meets the frame, that is where I put the block of wood I was going to be working on.




Thinking about buying another AK-47

Posted by Kevin Felts On July 18, 2012 0 Comments

The AK-47 is probably the best rifle out there for a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation.

The AR15 is a great rifle, but it has too many small parts. Go to any AR fan site and you will see the fan boys talking about certain steel, mag particle tested this and that, certain types of buffers,,, and the list goes on and on. When something has a spec sheet a mile long, that means there is also a mile long list of things that can go wrong.

The FN/FAL is a battle proven rifle, its reliable, the 308 Winchester packs plenty of punch, and when you run out of ammo you have a 10 pound steel club.

A long time ago I decided that my main rifle calibers were going to be 22 long rifle, 223/5.56mm and 308 Winchester. Even though those are my three main calibers I still have an SKS, AK-47 and a crap load of 7.62×39.

The 22 long rifle, 223 and 308 cover all of my needs. I live in southeast Texas, the largest game animal I am going to find here is hog and deer. The 308 is more then capable for all of my hunting needs.

So why the hell am I thinking about buying another AK47?