During a crisis, you may not have enough food, or you may be beset by wild animals or people who are desperate or just have nothing to restrain their innate violence. Or critters may stop by to help themselves to your crops or livestock. A gun can be of help in these situations, and in order to be useful, you need to have ammunition for it.
For any particular use, there is one or more “calibers” of ammunition which is best for that. Stocking up on 20 different calibers would be impractical, particularly since you don’t know which use will be most prevalent.
We want the minimum number of calibers which will suffice for most likely uses, and we want calibers which are common and reasonably priced today, and are most likely to be available during a crisis. And we want the calibers to be desirable enough that if we have to , we can trade some for something we need desperately.
Check out my article on this:
“Everybody” knows about the “Bug Out Bag”, or BOB. And many people use the term inaccurately. There are actually several “flavors” of emergency kits which are not quite interchangeable; I attempted to differentiate between them here:
There is a large number of things which makes it easier to survive long term, but when you get right down to it, what you NEED is air, shelter from inclement weather, water and food. All are absolute requirements, but they are listed in order of most immediate to least immediate.
Here are articles on water:
Pretty much every person carries stuff with them “every day”. These are generally things which are important to the person’s life. Some of these things can, or perhaps should, have application during an emergency situation as well. For some ideas on what to have with you, see:
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. Here are links to my series on this, using the AR-15 as an example.
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): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/07/25/building-firearm-part-5-manufacturing-ar-15-receiver/
Part 6 (Assembly and Results): http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/07/31/building-firearm-part-6-assembling-testing-ar-15/
My recommendation for your first build was to get a complete upper pre-built. I have written another article on how to build an upper for “advanced” builders:
I’ve given up consideration of the Ghost Gunner CNC mill; it’s a wonderful fantasy, but I just can’t justify the cost, and from what I can tell, it messes up a receiver now and again. I may still someday try out the molded receivers from ar15mold.com, but probably not any time soon.
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.
Looking for an effective, easy to master weapon without the legal restrictions of a firearm? Check out my article about tomahawks: