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.
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.
The 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,,,,,.
If it fit a semi-automatic rifle, and especially a military style rifle, it was sold out.
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.
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.
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.
Back in the 1990s I acquired a Remington model 700 mountain rifle in 280 Remington / 7mm Express. The 7mm Express is not “that” popular, ammunition was only available at the local Academy sports and outdoors in Beaumont Texas.
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?
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?
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
When 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.
Is there a difference between the 22 long rifle and the 223 Remington? Of course there is. But if I were shooting less then say 75 yards, I would take either the 22 long rifle or the 223 Remington.
Sturmgewehre has posted another outstanding video on youtube, this time its about the AKS-74U Krinkov.
In 1979, a shortened carbine variant of the AKS-74 was adopted into service with the Soviet Army: the AKS-74U (“U” — Russian: укороченный; Ukorochenniy, or “shortened”), which in terms of tactical deployment, bridges the gap between a submachine gun and an assault rifle. It was intended for use mainly with special forces, airborne infantry, rear-echelon support units and armored vehicle crews. It is still used in these roles, but has been augmented by various submachine guns, and the AK-105. It is also commonly used by law enforcement; for example, each urban police foot patrol is issued at least one.
The rifle’s compact dimensions, compared to the AKS-74, were achieved by using a short 210 mm (8.3 in) barrel (this forced designers to simultaneously reduce the gas piston operating rod to an appropriate length). In order to effectively stabilize projectiles, the barrel’s twist rate was increased from 200 mm (1:8 in) to 160 mm (1:6.3 in). A new gas block was installed at the muzzle end of the barrel with a new conical flash hider combined with a cylindrical muzzle booster, which features an internal expansion chamber that increases the weapon’s reliability. The booster supplies an increased amount of residual gas from the barrel for the gas system. The chrome-lined muzzle booster also burns any remaining propellant thus reducing the gun’s signature. The muzzle device locks into the gas block with a spring-loaded detent and features two notches cut into the flash hider cone, used for disassembly using the supplied cleaning rod. The forward sling loop was relocated to the left side of the carbine and the front sight was integrated into the gas block.
For a SHTF situation
I see the AKS-74U as mainly a truck or boat gun, maybe something to carry around the Bug Out Location.
The problem I have, is that I were to buy another AK style rifle, it would “have” to be an AK47 in 7.62×39. I do not want to have to start all over stockpiling yet “another” caliber.
I already stockpile 22 long rifle, 223, 270, 280, 7.62×39, 30-30 and 308 Winchester. Adding yet another caliber to the mix would further complicate my stockpile.
Besides the stockpiling ammunition issue, what niche does the AK-74 fill? What can the AK-74 do that the AR-15, AK-47 and FN/FAL can not do?
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. For long term ammunition storage, the 7.62×54R can be bought in sardine cans.
Do you own a Mosin Nagant?
Have you thought about buying a Mosin Nagant as a long term survival rifle?
Why is the AK-47 is the ultimate survival rifle? Because it works.
Year of development: 1947
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full face shield and safety glasses – the full face shield is to protect your face from wires that go flying off the wire wheel.
Leather work gloves
Area where you can safely spray paint
Spray paint – in my case I am using black rust-oleum
Rusted AK-47 magazines
The idea here is to buff and repaint the magazines before the rust develops pits or holes in the magazine.
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?
The only thing I can think of, the AK47 is like a drug, once you shoot one you keep wanting more. I can think of lots of reasons why I should buy the AR over the AK,,, but the AK bug has a grip on me.