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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.

Is the AR-10 platform needed

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There is an article on AllOutdoor.com talking about Heavy duty SHTF battle rifles.  The picture used for the article shows an AR-10 next to an FN/FAL.  Looking at the picture I have to ask myself, why do we need an AR-10 in a niche that is already full?

The right arm of the free world, the FN/FAL that has been in service since 1954.  As of 2015 that is 61 years.

M1A, which is based off the M14, battle proven, reliable, marksmanship rifle has been in service since 1974.  The M14 has been in service since 1959.  As of 2015 that is 56 years.

PTR-91, based off the Heckler and Koch G3, in service since the year 2000, so only 15 years as of 2015. The Heckler and Koch G3 has been in service since 1959. So 56 years like the M1A.

We have three military grade rifles based off proven designs. Where does the AR-10 fit into that group?

If you want something along the lines of a sporting rifle, there is the Remington Model 750 Woodsmaster with a walnut stock and the Model 750 Synthetic. The 750 synthetic comes with a synthetic stock as its name suggest.

Then there are the dozens of bolt action rifles chambered in 308 Winchester.  Just about every firearms manufacturer makes a rifle model chambered in 308 Winchester.  It is not like the market “needs” another rifle chambered in 308 Winchester, much less another semi-automatic rifle.

Awhile back I was looking for a 308 semi-auto rifle that would be included in my long term SHTF survival plans. I considered the AR-10, but not seriously. If I am going to stockpile magazines and gun parts, why not stockpile them for a rifle that has half a century of military service behind it?

What are your thoughts on the AR-10? 

Post your comments in this forum thread – Is the AR-10 platform needed.

Installing Tech-Sight TSR200 on a Ruger 10/22

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The Ruger 10/22 is an amazing rifle. However, if there is one part on the Ruger 10/22 that needs improving, it is the sights. If you want to be kind, we can say the factory sights are of a poor design. If we want to be honest, the factory sights are terrible.

The rear sight has these little bitty small screws that the head will break in half. Shortly after I bought my Ruger 10/22 in 1986 I tried to adjust the rear sight for elevation. The head on the screw broke in half. This also happened to a buddy of mine. He bought his Ruger 10/22 shortly after I did, tried to adjust for elevation, screw head broke.

I do not know when it happened, but the other sight screw fell out. Good luck finding a replacement.

Even though the Ruger 10/22 is a great rifle, the factory sights leave a lot to be desired. To fix this problem I bought the TSR-200 Tech-sight for my rifle.

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Five must have AR-15 accessories for SHTF

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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

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Keeping a rifle at the backdoor

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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

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Best Gun for Hunting Wild Pigs After SHTF

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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.

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Tour of the Windham Weaponry Factory

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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?

Middle ground rifle caliber for SHTF TEOTWAWKI

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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.

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.

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AKS-74U Krinkov Review

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

From Wikipedia:

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?

Mosin Nagant 91/30 PU Sniper Review

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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?

If so, please share your opinions below.

AK-47 is the ultimate teotwawki survival rifle

AK-47 is the ultimate teotwawki survival rifle
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Why 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.

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Painting AK-47 Magazines

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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.

Items needed

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
Electric grinder
Wire wheel
Rusted AK-47 magazines

The idea here is to buff and repaint the magazines before the rust develops pits or holes in the magazine.

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Thinking about buying another AK-47

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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.

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Firearms for the Bug Out Location

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Some kind of worse case situation has happened, you and your family have to bug out to the Bug Out Location, and how what?

Keep in mind, this is a worse case situation, meaning you did not have time to grab any gear from your home. The only gear you have, is the gear you have stored at the Bug Out Location.

In such as situation, what 4 firearms would you want?

The firearms need to be reliable, somewhat service free, do not cost a small fortune and in case your Bug Out Location was broke into the firearms will be easy to replace.

The first thing people will probably say, “I want an M1A, FN/FAL, Remington Model 700 or a PTR91″. For the sake of discussion lets rule out all firearms that cost anywhere close to $1,000. In fact, lets rule out all firearms that cost over $500. This pretty much rules out all ARs and the majority of AKs. Lets go ahead and rule out all AKs just for fun.

Marlin Model 60 – the first thing people are probably going to say is, “oh come on, the Ruger 10/22 should be first”. I can respect that opinion about the Ruger 10/22, its a great rifle.

Here are the reasons why I listed the Marlin Model 60 instead of the Ruger 10/22

1 – The Model 60 uses a tube magazine instead of a detachable magazine. This means you have one less thing to worry about, which is stockpiling magazines or losing the magazine.

2 – Marlin Model 60 has a slightly longer barrel then the Ruger 10/22, which means a slightly lower report.

3 – The Model 60 has better sights then the 10/22. On the rear sight, the 10/22 has screws that have to be loosened then retightened to adjust the sight. The Model 60 has a ramp to adjust the rear sight.

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Case Against The 300 Blackout

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Kevin Felts blogger and survivalistPurpose::  This article is not to discuss the positive or negative points of the 300 Blackout, but rather should survivalist add another caliber to their collection. This is a blog of a survivalist, as such we are going to discuss topics related to prepping / survivalism and from a  survivalist point of view.

History: The 300 Blackout was designed to be comparable to the 7.62X39, but to work in the AR platform.  Think of a 30-30 short from an AR.

Availability: While the 300 Blackout is available in the AR platform and certain high grade bolt action platforms, it has not made the migration to the lesser expensive bolt action rifles.

When this article was published there are only a handful of bolt action rifles on the market chambered for 300 Blackout. As of early 2012 Savage has cancelled its plans for a 300 Blackout rifle.  A Google search for Ruger 300 Blackout did not turn up any company related information.

From a survivalist point of view, why would I want to stockpile yet “another” caliber that is chambered in a limited number of rifles?

Related Forum ThreadHow much ammunition to stockpile

223 Remington – Holy Mother of GOD, every major gun manufacturer in the world makes something in the 223.

7.62X39 – Slightly less then the Holy Mother of GOD 223 Remington, the 7.62×39 is chambered in a wide range of rifles.

308 Winchester – Holy Mother of GODs big sister, everybody and their brother and sister makes something in 308 Winchester.

Lets say that you wanted to stockpile firearms chambered in 308, we can pick from – PTR91, M1A, FN/FAL, Remington 750 Woodsmaster, and tons of bolt action rifles.

Lets say you wanted to stockpile firearms in 300 BLK, we can pick from – AR15, couple of expensive bolt action rifles.

I dont know about you, but cost is a factor with me.

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