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.
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:
I was asked for a contribution to the “Art of an Outdoorsman” blog. Here is what I sent:
Finally, I got deals on some field knives. These are the bigger knives, optimal for chopping, as compared to the smaller bush knives which are better at smaller or precise tasks.
KaBar/BK&T Machax: http://survivallife.com/kabar-bkt-machax-knife-review/
Ontario RTAK II: http://survivallife.com/ontario-rtak-ii-knife-review/
Benchmade HK Feint: http://survivallife.com/benchmade-hk-feint-fixed-blade-knife-review/
Benchmade Jungle Bolo: http://survivallife.com/benchmade-jungle-bolo-review/
I have two more of this class knife plus three bush class knives left to review, and that will probably be it for knife reviews for now. Have I found the best knife in either class? Probably not, but I think I’ve gone through a wide selection of knives which are “economically” priced. There were only a few left on my list to try, and those ones seemed not to be available at a suitable discount. So unless a company wants to send me one for review…
Here are more reviews of medium or “bush” knives:
Cold Steel Master Hunter: http://survivallife.com/cold-steel-master-hunter/
Buck/Hood Punk: http://survivallife.com/buckhood-punk-survival-knife/
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro: http://survivallife.com/gerber-bear-grylls-ultimate-pro/
(NOT the Ultimate, which is quite inferior)
I have three more bush knives to review, which will probably be it for this class of knife, for now.
Communications can be a problem during an emergency, or even just “on the road” or “on the trail”. Here is an overview of the options for wireless comms: