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Jan 202015
 
More Thoughts on Retreat Vulnerability

We have written before about the problems we have protecting our retreats – see for example ‘How Many Acres Do You Need for Your Retreat – Defense Considerations‘ and our broader category of Retreat Defense in general. A new development, announced at the Consumer Electronic Show in January this year, adds a new factor and concern to the mix. Until now, it has been realistic to assume that in most cases, a ‘reasonable distance’ kept […]

Aug 172014
 
Shotgun Effective Range Considerations

A key consideration when evaluating the suitability of a shotgun for any particular purpose is to understand its range. Unlike rifles and pistols, where range is a simple concept (closer is better, further away is worse), shotguns have three different ‘zones’ with three different sets of considerations applying.  Few people understand this.  Let’s explain these three zones and what they mean. First, it is important to understand that the length and distance of each zone […]

Aug 032014
 
Prepper Alert :  The Return and Resurgence of the 9mm Caliber Pistols

This week saw a watershed event in the never-ending debate about pistol calibers. But first, let’s put this week’s development into historical context and perspective.  Until the 1980s, most police departments were issued with six round revolvers, usually chambered in .38 Spl or possibly .357 magnum.  A few police departments were cautiously – indeed, hesitantly – experimenting with semi-auto pistols; in particular, early model Smith & Wesson semi-autos, chambered in 9mm.  And, overlaying it all, […]

Jul 202014
 
Shotguns for Preppers - Choosing the Shotshells for Your Shotgun

Unlike shotguns, once you’ve chosen a rifle or pistol, you have few choices for the type of ammunition you shoot. Okay, maybe you can choose between hollow point and solid, and a few other tweaks like that, and maybe you have a few choices of bullet weight, and (at least in theory – in practice most cartridges are loaded at close to standard maximum all the time) the amount of powder used in the cartridge, but […]

Jul 192014
 
Choosing Rifles For Your Retreat

Rifles are perhaps the least glamorous of the three major categories of firearms (the other two categories being handguns and shotguns). Many people over-inflate the value of both pistols (in terms of range, accuracy and lethality) and shotguns (again in the same three categories) and many people overlook rifles, or consider them too specialized. But, in reality, if you were to have only one firearm at your retreat, it should be a rifle, which is […]

Jul 172013
 
The Enormous Lie That We Hear Too Often

We hear this lie way too often, and sadly we see some people base their future plans on the lie.  Don’t fall for this trap. So, what is the lie?  Go to any gun rights forum and you’ll see it in its purest form.  In the context of gun rights, its purest form is someone asserting, not as a joke but as an apparent truth ‘they’ll take my gun from me only when they pry […]

Apr 182013
 
Choosing the Ideal Prepper Pistol Part 1 - Intro and Most Important Selection Criteria

This is the first part of a four-part article series on choosing the ideal prepper pistol.  After you’re read this first part, please do choose to click on to part two – Four More Selection Criteria to Choose the Ideal Pistol; part three – Caliber Issues When Choosing Your Pistol; and part four – Less Important Issues, and an Ideal Pistol Recommendation.  Yes – we finally get around to suggesting an ideal pistol at the […]

Apr 182013
 
Choosing the Ideal Prepper Pistol Part 2 - Four More Selection Criteria to Choose the Ideal Pistol

This is the second part of a four-part article series on how to select the ideal pistol for preppers.  If you’ve directly arrived at this page, may we suggest you start reading from the first part – The Most Important Selection Criteria When Choosing an Ideal Pistol.  Of course, when you’ve finished this second part, we hope you’ll move on to Part 3 – Caliber Issues When Choosing Your Pistol and then Part 4 – […]

Apr 182013
 
Choosing the Ideal Prepper Pistol Part 3 - Caliber Issues When Choosing Your Pistol

This is the third part of a four-part article series on how to select the ideal pistol for preppers.  If you’ve directly arrived at this page, may we suggest you start reading from the first part – The Most Important Selection Criteria When Choosing an Ideal Pistol and then the second part – Four More Selection Criteria to Choose the Ideal Pistol.  Of course, when you’ve finished this third part, we hope you’ll move on […]

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