Disasters can be unexpected

Prepping is Smart, Not Crazy

The media portrays the lives of preppers and survivalists on our home televisions with regularity. They usually portray them as being a little off. Some of this is no doubt due to the behavior of the individuals, while the remainder is due to clever editing by the producers. While a portion of the media pushes the average American to think that preppers and survivalists exist on society’s fringes, the government and other parts of the media encourage all Americans to prepare their homes for a catastrophe.

Puma PPS50 drum byBlack Dog Machine keeps each cartirdge separate and not under pressure.

On Reliability of Drum Magazines

Drum magazines have long had a bad reputation. “We found many Angolan and Cuban soldiers dead, with jammed RPK drums in their rifles” said a South African veteran. “PPSh drums had to be down-loaded by a few rounds, usually had to be fitted to individual submachine guns, and jammed more often than box magazines” wrote Soviet veterans of WW2. And yet drums persist in weapons large and small — have you ever wondered why?

Rimfire .17 HRM and .22 Magnum

The .17 HMR is Here to Stay

In 2002, Hornady introduced the .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire, which we lovingly call the .17 HMR. Usually, rimfire cartridges that are not in .22 caliber do not sell well, but this one caught on like a wildfire. There has never been a hugely successful rimfire caliber smaller than .22, until now.

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial on July 4, 2011.

Celebrate Independence with a Bang—Safely

Today is Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July. It commemorates the creation of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Most Americans celebrate Independence Day by attending fireworks celebrations, parades, picnics, or barbecues. Some of us however, like to fire off a few rounds from our personal arsenals to celebrate our telling the Kingdom of Great Britain to hit the road.

M4 Carbine

Service Rifles Around the World

Since the end of the Second World War, service rifles have changed drastically. The world’s most powerful militaries issue impressive firearms from a wide variety of manufacturers. If everyone showed up today to pick a fight, what would they bring to the arena? Some of the answers might surprise you.


What Kind of Survival Mom Are You?

Lisa Bedford, aka The Survival Mom, is a preparedness-minded writer, blogger, trainer, and mom who encourages other women to adopt a calm and common-sense approach to an uncertain future. In her Survival Mom the Book, she asks an important tongue-in-cheek question that Cheaper Than Dirt! women may want to tackle: What Kind of Survival Mom Are You? Or, for spouses, What Kind of Survival Mom Is She? Commenters, have at it.

Guns & Gear Quick & Dirty

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Moss Pawn Jewelry and Guns in Jonesboro, Georgia has Created the Ultimate Mall Ninja Tactical Zombie Destroyer

Based off an M&P15, it features three lasers, three red-dot sights (set for 100, 200, and 300 yards), a magnifier, four flashlights, a massive muzzle brake, a folding bipod, and holds 270 rounds of ammo on board. Fully loaded, it clocks in at 23 pounds. Video:

5.56x45 NATO

Is 5.56 the Best Option for Everyone?

Many people love the AR-15. If you are not one of them, then a large number of gun enthusiasts might tell you to go pound sand. The platform is versatile, deadly, readily available, and somewhat affordable. When shoppers first start looking at battle rifles, they tend to start at the bottom and eventually work their way up. Would be owners quickly realize that like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Entry-level ARs are often .223/5.56 semi-auto rifles with few to no options, and sometimes-shoddy construction. Guns that are more expensive offer rails with endless accessories, as well as different calibers. Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about the AR-15, they change it up. So is a high end AR chambered in a wildcat or alternative caliber a good idea?

Sniper prepares to fire on a hostage taker.

Why Such an Emphasis on Accuracy?

According to the surveys I’ve read, the average distance for police sniper shots in the US is just under 60 yards, and median is closer to 35 yards. At 60 yards, even a ratty AK47 with surplus ball will produce a group not much greater than two inches. A two inch group means dispersion of only one inch from the point of aim at fifty yards. So why is everyone obsessing about sub-MOA accuracy in sniper rifles?

New Rail on DDM4 Rifles

Guns & Gear Quick & Dirty

Recent news about products, people, and politics:

Daniel Defense Offers New Rail on DDM4 Rifles

The new DDM4 Rail standard on most Daniel Defense rifles only requires four installation bolts. The lower rail on this model is closer to the barrel. “The narrower profile lends itself to better weapon manipulation,” says the company. Front and Rear Sling Adaptors are integrated into both the left- and right-side rails. The DDM4 Rail measures 1.9 inches wide, stands 2.165 inches high, and has an inner diameter of 1.08 inches. Unlike other rail systems offered by Daniel Defense, the DDM4 Rail will only be offered as part of a complete rifle or upper receiver group and will not be available for individual sale.

Arguing Semantics

When talking with staunch anti-gunners, it’s worth inquiring whether they object to firearms or to weapons. Contrary to their initial impression, the two are not the same. This Anschutz target rifle is a firearm. While it can be used as a weapon, it’s designed for an entirely peaceful purpose. That didn’t stop California from temporarily banning Olympic .22Short pistols as “assualt weapons” because of the forward location of their 5-shot magazines.

Chris Kyle in Falluja

CTD Book Report: American Sniper by Chris Kyle

The war-hero biography does not lend itself well to truth telling. The easy path is to give the public what they want. If they will pay to see you in a certain way, why not go along with it? You can write the standard tell-all book about your all-American upbringing, your rigorous training, and your triumphs on the battlefield. You will stand tall as a patriotic, upstanding role model for your children and your children’s children.