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1888 Commission rifle was the first German military arm to use jacketed small caliber (8mm) bullets.

Sporterizing of military surplus rifles has a very bad reputation. Usually, that involves roughly chopping the stock to reduce weight, removing protective ears from around the front sight, and other irreversible steps, turning a historic artifact into a hunting rifle of marginal utility. The Read More…

The original Pepperblaster is rectangular. Model II is shaped more like a pistol.

Pepper spray has long been a popular less lethal defensive tool for many Americans. In some jurisdictions, it’s the only legal carry option. Compared to a firearm, it can be used with less restraint to deal with problems such as aggressive dogs. However, pepper spray in aerosol cans has Read More…

WW2 vintage Mosin sniper rifle isn’t particularly accurate, but it was adequate because Soviet snipers tended to shoot from closer range than their competitors.

So you want to learn sniping for its utility in a survival situation. Very good. A competent rifleman is quite a force, especially since we the people generally lack heavier arms than rifles these days. Third-world tribesmen have heavier weapons, but not free Americans, no Sir! So sniping it is. Read More…

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The shortest day of the year just passed, but the winter cold and darkness still have a long time to go in most of the US. Many areas are experiencing unusually deep, white piles of snow. While criminal predators are less active in winter, wild and feral predators may be more interested in humans Read More…

(GWACS rifle in the hands of a first-time user) Back in 2000, Cavalry Arms introduced a one piece, all-plastic AR-15 lower. At first, two halves were held with screws, and later, sonic welding was used. The design started out as a curiosity but quickly gained considerable popularity. The lowers were Read More…

Steel targets are great for hit/miss scoring. They can be painted white or bright colors for high visibility, or dull camouflage patterns for realism.

Most of us own accurate weapons. It’s not a great feat to hit a sheet of typing paper at 200 yards with any rifle, nor the same sheet at 10 yards with pistol. The guns themselves are usually more accurate than that, and most shooters can learn fairly quickly to shoot at least half as[.....]

CZ P09 and a spare magazine shown in Crossbreed holster and mag pouch.

Most firearms positioned for survival are tiny 22-LR lightweights, as are the rifles. However survival situations are more likely to take people by surprise at a time when they have nothing more than their daily carry weapon in their possession. One possible carry pistol is the P-09, which would Read More…