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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…

Romanian army trainer bolt action .22 fits well into this picture of classic Americana. Millions of kids learns first on similar rifles.

The debate about the merits of teaching new shooters on semi-automatic vs. manually operated .22 rifles started almost a century ago, when semi-autos first appeared. Prior to that, the debate was repeaters vs. single shot rifles. Even the military of the day had that debate, which is why even some Read More…

The original recoil reducer: a rubber buttpad

The first rubber recoil pads were introduced for English shotguns in the 1870’s. They didn’t become stock equipment on guns until 1970’s. Simple and inexpensive, rubber pads provide only a limited recoil reduction. The next most popular technology is the dynamic muzzle brake. Read More…