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.
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
Looking for an effective, easy to master weapon without the legal restrictions of a firearm? Check out my article about tomahawks:
I’m pretty stoked about this brand with pretty decent quality at a very low price, so I did some more research into the whole line, or at least what appears to be the premium folding knife line. The results are here:
I think I have all the “best” (by my standards and for my purposes) models except one. Come on, next big sale! Oh, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for interesting new models. And maybe their knife sharpeners will become available in the States or through my Ganzo supplier, Gearbest.com