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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Second Half - Guns

This is the second half of the blog about guns. You will find videos/podcasts, instructions, and other information about the subject for this week.


Teach Childern Firearms Safety

NRA - Learn Gun Safety with Eddie Eagle

Nuke1Show - Gun Safety

limalife - Choosing Your First Handgun: Part 1

limalife - Choosing Your First Handgun: Part 2.. Calibers

limalife - Holster Talk Part 1

limalife - Holster Talk Part 2

limalife - Holster Talk Part 3

limalife - Holster Talk Part 4

NRA - The Untold Story of Gun Confiscation After Katrina

Survival Podcast - Thoughts on Basic Survival Firearms

Survival Podcast - Solid Values in Firearms for the Survival Minded


How to Store Ammunition
The first option is to store the ammunition in its original cartons. If you have a dry place away from extreme heat, this will work for a short time. Usually months to years. However, if you have humidity, there is a danger of the ammo, interchangeable with ammunition, corroding or rusting.

To increase storage life, place your ammo in US military ammunition cans. These cans will protect the ammo from humidity and water. The cans will also make your ammo easier to transport.

You need to make sure you inspect the cans before you buy them.

Look on the outside of the can. There should be no major rust. If there is rust make sure it has not eaten a hole in the can. Minor rust can be sprayed with a rust converter paint then painted over.

On the inside, check the rubber seals around the inside top of the can. The seal should be present and pliable. If the seal is missing, the ammo can will leak.

Once you have checked the ammo can and made any repairs, you place your ammunition in the ammo can and latch the lid. Ammunition will go in loose, in original boxes, or in bandoleers.

Storing the cartridges loose allows more ammo to be stored in the can. Make sure you don't over pack the can. Some of your ammo could be damaged. Storing the ammo in boxes can be problematic. The boxes will fit inside the can in various ways; you should try to arrange the boxes to get the most ammo inside of the ammo can. Remember, the more ammo in a can; the heavier the can will be.

Bandoleers are cloth pouches that hold ammunition on stripper clips. The bandoleers usually hold 2 stripper clips per pouch with about 5 or 7 pouches per bandoleer and about 6 bandoleers in a single ammo can. These bandoleers allowed soldiers to easily divide ammunition to individual soldiers.

There are some bandoleers that hold your ammo in little loops, like the Mexican Banditos. Avoid these bandoleers. The rounds are exposed to dirt, rain, or possible damage.

Stripper clips are little strips of metal that hold 5 to 10 rounds together. They allow a bolt action or semiautomatic military-style rifle's; like the Lee-Enfield, M-1 Garand, AR-15/M-16, SKS, and many other rifles; magazine to be quickly reloaded.

Bandoleers are getting scarce.

Are they worth the money? You will have to decide that.

Remember your threat analysis, how much money you have, and even if they are worth the time and money to get them.

Other Information:

NRA's Safety Rules and More
Remember me writing about the NRA's Gun Safety Rules at There is so much more information at that link. You need to go back and read some more of the website.

Recommendations on What to Buy

Very Small Budget
* M-91 Mosin-Nagant Rifle, 7.62X54R
* 12/20 gauge single shot Shotgun
* Model 10 Smith & Wesson Revolver, .38 special
* 22LR single-shot Rifle

Small Budget
* Lee-Enfield Rifle, .303
* 12 gauge Remington 870 Shotgun
* M-65 Taurus .357 magnum Revolver
* 10/22 Ruger Rifle, .22LR

Another Small Budget
* SKS Rifle, 7.62X39
* 12 gauge Remington 870 Shotgun
* P90 Ruger Pistol, 45ACP
* 10/22 Ruger Rifle, .22LR

Medium Budget
* AR-15/M-16 series Olympic Arms Rifle, 5.56mm
* 12 gauge Remington 870 Shotgun with 18 inch rifled slug barrel w/rifle sights and a 28 inch barrel
* 1911A1 Springfield Armory Pistol, 45ACP
* 10/22 Ruger Rifle, .22LR

Large Budget
* M1A Springfield Armory Rifle, 7.62 NATO
* 12 gauge Remington 870 Shotgun w/18 inch rifled slug barrel with rifle sights, 28 inch barrel
* 1911A1 Springfield Armory Pistol, 45ACP
* 10/22 Ruger Rifle, 22LR

The above recommendations are firearms picked based on price. You will have to do the research to see if the various guns fit your needs and your budget.

Yes, all of the "Very Small Budget" and "Small Budget" recommendations should be/are used guns. You can also buy used guns to reduce you costs for a "Medium Budget" or "Large Budget."

Remember your spouse and children will also need guns for protection and hunting.

If I was limited to two guns for protection, I would buy a 357 magnum revolver and a SKS rifle. The .357 revolver would be my carry gun; additionally, the .357 will also shoot .38 special rounds. The SKS is a short and handy, semiautomatic rifle perfect for the suburbs. Some people would substitute a Remington 870 shotgun for the SKS rifle.

These two guns also limit the additional equipment you need to buy. A holster and belt for the revolver, and sling, ammo carrier and stripper clips for the SKS. You will need a cleaning kit and ammo for both weapons.

Many people will recommend having 1,000 cartridges for the rifles and 500 rounds for the handguns. If you are on a limited budget, 250 cartridges for the rifles and 100 rounds for the handguns, I think, would be OK. Remember your threat analysis.

There are some people that have over 10,000 rounds for their rifles, 2500 rounds for their pistols, and around 20,000 cartridges for the 22LR rifles. I assume, their threat analysis includes a possible ammunition ban, civil war/invasion, or other threat requiring lots of ammo.

Others' Opinions
The Survivalist Blog - The Poor Man's Arsenal:

SHTF Blog - Top Ten Best Guns for Survival:

Bison Survival Blog - Rimfire Arsenal:

Surging Again
Remember me talking about "Surging" a couple of weeks ago. Here is another example about surging not working.

During the 1992 riots in California, after the trial of four police officers for violating a citizen's constitutional rights, people tried to immediately buy guns. The gun dealers turned them away because they didn't have the necessary permits and hadn't completed the proper waiting period.

As we go through the current presidential administration, you will see prices and waiting times for delivery of pistol and rifle magazines, semiautomatic rifles and pistols, and ammunition increase. Because B. Hussein Obama was elected president and the Democrats hold a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate, a lot of people are rushing to place orders for these and many other firearms related items. Just like the winter storm, shelves are getting bare, so you have to get in line, now!


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