If you have guns, it is wise to have some basic gunsmithing knowledge and tools. At the very least, you want to be able to maintain your firearms; it would be even better if you could make minor modifications and basic repairs without having to run to a possibly expensive or overworked professional.
The big thing these days seems to be building your own firearm. Can you do this?
Yes (most places in the U.S.), and its not particularly hard. But there are some caveats. My series on this, using the AR-15 as an example, has been submitted for publication, and I will update this with the links when available.
Part 1 (Laws): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/04/building-your-own-firearms-part-1-the-laws
Part 2 (Methods): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/10/building-your-own-firearms-part-2-the-methods/
Part 3 (Lower parts): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/04/27/building-firearm-part-3-ar-15-lower-parts/
Part 4 (Upper parts): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/05/08/building-firearm-part-4-ar-15-upper-parts/
Part 5 (“Manufacturing” the receiver):
Part 6 (Assembly and Results):
My recommendation for your first build is to get a complete upper pre-built. I have written another article on how to build an upper for “advanced” builders, but don’t know where it will be published yet. I’m also looking into other possible ways of manufacturing your frame, such as the Ghost Gunner CNC mill and/or the AR15mold.com “poured” receiver.
Water is a critical component for life, but if you can find it, it may not be “potable” (drinkable without adverse effects). Here is my two part series on ways to improve water quality:
For a short term, personal catastrophe, firearms are not always of great benefit. For a more widespread, longer term, catastrophe, replenishing your food stocks and defending yourself from those who have snipped the threads holding them to humanity become of significant importance. And in some of these cases, there is not much which is more effective than the appropriate firearm.
In this two part article, I take a look at perhaps the most versatile firearm choice, the ubiquitous shotgun.
Here is an article on choosing a backpack for a Bug Out Bag (BOB) and a two part review of a reasonably priced candidate:
Local Lion Olympus III part 1
Local Lion Olympus III part 2
If you’d like to get one of these packs, or some other outdoors products from GearBest, they have a 15% off coupon by using code OUT15OFF