Lever Action Rifles for Survival – What do you think?
Just saying the word creates all sorts of connotations in different people. Some people love them, swear by them, create shrines and worship them. Others have developed a gag-like reflex of pure disgust when they hear the word. I used to do the latter.
Oh, how I hated the trigger! Oh, how I hate the sights… and the grip angle! Don’t even get me started on the grip angle. I love 1911’s, and I always will, but then something happened. I decided to try out all sorts of guns for my first concealed carry. So, I developed some criteria to meet my personal needs. The god-like 1911’s failed the very first one!
Some prefer revolves over auto loading handguns, while others simply want a simple .22 for target practice and recreation on the weekend. The “perfect” handgun for me may not be right for you or your needs, it is a personal choice that only you can make.For me the perfect handgun is the Glock 19. I […]
Your centerfire hunting rifle or the very capable shotgun really doesn’t need a large amount of cartridges if used for larger animal food gathering. If you live in a game rich area and depending on the size of your family or group, you may take 2-6 deer or similar sized game per year. Another point about large game harvesting. To make it last you must have refrigeration or be skilled at preserving it with other means like salting or canning.
Let’s assume you know how to hunt game and the worst case is 3 shots for the kill or three rounds per animal. At the kill/ammo rate mentioned that’s 18 cartridges a year for six animals. For five years of hunting that’s only 90 rounds!
Yes, I said a Mistake!
I started my ‘survival gun’ collection about 10 years ago. Now I’ve been a hunter many years longer and have had all the hunting weapons under control, but when it comes to survival weapons the mindset must change slightly. Your choices now must include the versatility of self-defense scenarios along with hunting or as I like to refer to it as Food Gathering.
I, like many have searched the web for information to see if what I was doing was correct and if others concurred with it. In the beginning I found many survival and militia forums along with endless blog’s to sort through. The one common denominator among the forums is the huge popularity of the gun topic. This topic certainly doesn’t deserve that kind of attention and is obviously a guy thing.
I started to buy those weapons they touted as “the ones to own”. Some of the recommended guns were the Ruger 10/22, WWII military rifles of all makes and models, the AK-47, AR-15’s, sniper rifles, pump shotguns and the .45 caliber 1911 hand guns to name just a few.
By Tom The Tinker I have done an article in the past on the training available to the general public at Tactical Defense Institute of Ohio. www.TDIOHIO.COM. I have done an article in the past regarding the shotgun, in particular the 20 gauge ‘social shotgun’ which I have found to be more than adiquit in […]
Ruger 10/22 Spare Parts Kit : What You Need to Know to Keep Your Ruger 10/22 Shooting for the next 100 years!
The .22 rimfire is probably the world’s most used, yet underrated cartridge. A .22 rifle is one of the best, if not the best firearms, one can own for foraging in a survival situation, allowing the survivor to take small game quietly and can even be used for larger game with proper shot placement. Many deer […]
Warning: some foul language…
What’s the farthest target that you’ve ever HIT while shooting an AK?
James Yeager talks about shotguns for self-defense and related topics like ammo and tactics…
One extremely important accessory for a shoulder-fired weapon is frequently overlooked by preppers. It is unpretentious, cheap, readily available, and easy to install. It’s the sling.
Suffering from a lack of sex appeal, lost in a plethora of available furniture, and definitely not the cover-girl of gun porn, the lowly sling often suffers from a lack of appreciation – until your body has paid the price.
Through the years, I have conducted numerous training sessions and can now easily identify the guys and gals who have experience in the field… the folks who have carried a long gun for an extended period of time. Their slings are functional and comfortable – like an old pair of well-worn blue jeans or a seasoned pair of boots. They fit, function, and perform critical tasks without fanfare or ritz. Those who have ignored this critical component suffer – sometimes badly. More on that down-article.
James Yeager from Tactical Response talks about why he thinks the .40 caliber sucks, and why the only defensive handguns that you should own, should be chambered in 9mm or .45 acp. Personally, I’ve never liked the .40 and don’t see any need for it, same thing with the .357sig.
If you can’t kill it with a Glock 19 and 16 rounds of 9mm 115-grain CorBon +p then it would probably be a good idea to RUN…
Watch the video then tell me what you think in the comments below…
This is an entry in our current non-fiction writing contest by Bunker John Some hate it, others swear by it. Whatever one’s stance is on the rifle from either a practical or collectors stance, I am to give a brief review in my experience with this gun, which I have quickly fallen in love with. By the end […]
After I posted James Yeager’s video – Why 1911s Suck, I’ve gotten several emails (and comments to the post) asking what I think. Well let’s see, I currently own three Glocks, a Glock 41, Glock 19 and a Glock 26 and my personal favorite is the Glock 19. If you’re looking for a defensive handgun the […]
The best .45 ACP made today is… The Glock 41 – I own one and love it… I’ve owned a a bunch of 1911’s over the years and none even come close to Glock’s new gen 4 model 41. The Glock model 41 is lighter in weight, more accurate and with a 13 round magazine has almost double the capacity of the typical 1911.
A long time ago, I married a city girl. With her came two very citified daughters, thirteen and fifteen. Very beautiful and bright young ladies.
Their previous education on firearms had come from three sources, anti gun family members, friends who had no knowledge of firearms, and of course, the television. To them, guns were a symbol of violence, they were evil things that killed people. Teaching them about firearms was going to be a challenge. I knew they had a lot to learn. What I didn’t know at the time was how much I also had to learn.