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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Comments on Buying Guns for Prepping Purposes

Many preppers own guns and many do not. This post is not meant to reopen any gun vs. no-gun debate. This is a post on my thoughts/recommendations for a survival battery (aka bunch of guns)

There are many types of gun enthusiasts. Those who like to hunt, those who like to shoot competitively, those who do it for recreation and those who do it to prepare for WWIII. I do HIGHLY recommend training on basic gun use. If nothing else, you should know about loading/unloading, malfunction clearing, shooting positions/stances and target acquisitions. Obviously there is much much (nay I say MUCH a third time) more to learn, but those are the minimum basic areas to know so you may safely operate your firearm to defend yourself and your family.

For those that are assembling a firearm battery for self defense in the event of an emergency they are specific considerations. Here are some issues that make assembling a survival battery different than hunting or competitive shooters:

  1. Standardization: Henry Ford revolutionized car manufacturing based on the theory of standardized and interchangeable parts. This allowed all models of car to use the same parts which allowed for simpler and less costly repairs. When starting or expanding your battery, keep this in mind. Choose one or two calibers for each class of firearm. Choose one or two types of firearms in each class. For example: I like Glock and Heckler and Koch for my pistols. I have chosen the manageable 9mm round and the harder hitting .45 round as my standards. Therefore, I buy Glock 17, 9mm pistols and Glock 21 .45 pistols. I buy H&K USP 9mm pistols and USP45 .45 caliber pistols. I have only 4 types of extra barrels, magazines, repair kits, etc to buy and it will support my entire pistol battery. If one Glock 17 should fail, I have can use it to supply parts to the remaining. The magazines are still useful. The same goes for the ammo, by having only two types of rounds, I have a deeper reserve of rounds. If my 9mm fails, I don’t throw away or lose all of my stored rounds. I have other pistols that use that round. Yes, I have other pistols, but those are for fun. If you are interested in building a survival battery, think standardization.
    1. The same theory applies to all rifles and shotguns. Choose a main caliber (or two) for your rifles. Choose one (or two) platforms, i.e. AR, Springfield M1 series and then expand on that. Avoid getting an AR, and M1A, a FAL and a SIG 556… get four ARs or two and two, etc… you catch my drift. I recommend sticking with 12 gauge shotguns, you just can’t go wrong.
  2. Avoid the latest and greatest: You don’t need the latest and greatest in a survival battery. In fact, you want the tried and true. Get firearms that have a history of solid, wide use. There have been several firearms introduced that were recalled within a few months due to manufacturer defects. Stick with companies like Glock, H&K, Kimber and choose models that have been in the market for YEARS!
  3. Bullets: Have bullets. Enough said. Without bullets, firearms make a poor striking weapon. 100 rounds minimum for each caliber of weapon.
  4. Magazines: Get at least….AT LEAST 3. Come on, that is only one more than they usually come with. Buy them when you buy the gun. I haven’t ever had to load a magazine in a fire-fight, but I can’t imagine it would go well for me.
  5. Go Slow: Don’t rush out and break the bank and burn yourself out. Think each purchase through especially since you should be buying a multiples of each gun. I recommend a Glock 17 9mm or Glock 21SF (get the slimframe model, the grip on the standard is only for giants!) as a starting point.

Good Luck out there!!!!


Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You

This was forwarded along from a reader. Pretty good tips, some I hadn't even thought of...

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste ... And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com.)


1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.