Bugging Out, Guns

What Are the Best Guns for Your Bug out Bag?

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I and other authors have discussed BOBs and their use, packing and such thoroughly here on The Survivalist Blog and elsewhere. One thing that does not get too much critical analysis is what kind of firearm you should keep in your BOB. Don’t misunderstand: there is plenty of discussion about the guns themselves as they relate to the BOB, like…

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Opinion

Is the Prospect of World War III just a Big Lie?

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World War III. The Big One. The (Presumed) End of Life as We Know It. There is no other prospective event that so captures the imaginations the public at large. The military plans and practices for it. Politicians bloviate about it. Hollywood churns out movies about it. Authors and game designers craft intricate narratives about it, sparing no detail in…

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Guns

Pros and Cons of Shotguns for Home Defense

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Shotguns. Boomsticks. Scatterguns. Gauges. The most ubiquitous, and one of the most versatile guns in the world, equally at home afield putting meat on the table, eliminating pests or digesting rioters and home invaders, the humble shotgun for all its modern trappings has not changed an awful lot since we took to cartridge ammunition. That’s with cause, too, as evidenced…

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Gear

The Full List of Bug out Bag Items

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In this introductory article in my Prepping 101 series, we’ll be exploring the contents of the average BOB in greater detail. The first article in this series was an introduction to bugging out as a tool in the prepper toolbox and examination of how bug-out bags facilitate that endeavor. If you have not read that article yet and you also…

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Survival

The Basics of Bug out Bags and Bugging Out

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If you are just coming around to making personal preparedness a routine part of your lifestyle, or are just tooling around on this site, you are bound to see the same terms pop up repeatedly. Like any other group, skill or lifestyle, preppers use their own lingo and nomenclature to easily and quickly relate common ideas and concepts among like-minded…

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Guns

Read This Before Buying a Rifle Scope

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There is almost no task in which you might use a rifle that cannot be made easier by the addition of an appropriate optical sight. From the earliest primitive telescopes to today’s bomb-proof, technology-packed red-dot sights, the right optic is a huge advantage for any shooter. But just like the rifles themselves, not all optics are created equal, and none…

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Opinion

The New American Dream

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The American Dream. That one fixed point on the horizon of possibility that all Americans, native-born and immigrant could believe in, and strive for. Though it looks a little different for all of us, you’ll see the same threads for everyone that yearns for it- soil, family, peace, plenty. For those of us who value self-sufficiency and privacy, we often…

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Survival

What Are You Going to Do If…?

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When you stop and think about it, it is pretty scary and more than a little bewildering to consider just how much can possibly go wrong, and in all kinds of ways. It’s enough to make you button up the house and never come out. Ok, I’m exaggerating. A little. Not much, but a little. In seriousness, it can actually…

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Guns

Smoothbore Barrels and Rifled Barrels

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The barrel is the heart of any firearm. All other components that comprise a gun exist to fire ammunition through the barrel. It is the barrel that holds the projectile, and contains the gasses produced by the combusting powder that accelerate it along the interior, called the bore. The accuracy, range and power we take for granted with modern firearms…

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