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Camping & Survival

The Budget Bug-Out Bag: 20 Cheap Essentials

Don’t let the price of prepping scare you off. If you are strapped for cash, you can build a budget bug-out bag perfect for your car, or for an unexpected disaster that will keep you dry, fed, warm, and hydrated for 24 hours. Here is a list of essential items, most of them well under $10.

Picture shows a close up of a KeyMod rail system on an AR-15 rifle.

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Fad or the Future? The KeyMod Rail System

A new rail system for your rifle is slowly catching on. Officially announced to the public in July 2012, the KeyMod mounting system uses old principles to lock down rails and accessories. In collaboration between then General Manager of VLTOR Weapons Systems, Eric Kincel and Noveske Rifleworks, Noveske developed the KeyMod handguard. The lightweight and thin handguard uses a series of keyholes to mount accessories and rails. Kincel mentioned it was not originally intended to replace the 1913 rail, but some speculate it will.

Glock 19

Firearms

The Most Popular Handgun—GLOCK 19

Looking for an affordable gun with the right mix of durability, reliability and shootability? Look no further! I have the perfect gun: The GLOCK 19. Introduced in 1988, the GLOCK 19 quickly became popular with law enforcement agencies nationwide. After successfully selling the model 19 to United States law enforcement, GLOCK moved on to win the hearts of U.S. civilians. And win them they did. The GLOCK 19 is one, if not the most, popular handguns in the United States—quite possibly the world.

If you buy only one gun, buy a Mossberg 500.

Firearms

Mossberg 500 Cruiser JIC Pump-Action Shotgun

Maybe you are brand new to the gun world, jonesing for a new gun, preparing for the apocalypse, want to start hunting, or need something for home protection. Perhaps you checked all the boxes above. Would you be surprised to hear that one gun will do all of that? One gun does truly rule most—the 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. Even if you haven’t jumped on the shotgun bandwagon yet, let the Mossberg 500 JIC convince you. If you were to only purchase one gun, especially for a survival or emergency situation, the Mossberg 500 JIC is the smarter choice.

The Gen 4 models introduced an upgraded double recoil spring and guide rod.

Firearms

Glock 23 Made in the USA

Glock gave us the model 23 in 1990—an incredibly significant year in the firearms industry. First, was the introduction of the .40 S&W caliber. Collaboration between Smith & Wesson and Winchester, gave the world a 185-grain bullet that flies over 1,000 feet per second—a cartridge with nearly perfect balance of weight, mass, firepower, and consistent energy transfer. The FBI needed a gun to fit the new round and Glock answered the call with the models 22 and 23. The Glock 22 is full-sized, while the 23 is the compact model. Inspired by the Glock 19, the Glock 23 shares the same specifications as the iconic 19, except for the difference in caliber.

Firearms

Best Selling AR-15s of 2013

When I say entry-level AR, I mean to say one you wouldn’t necessarily want to take into battle. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a bare bones, no-nonsense AR-15. None of our top sellers will disappoint; high quality parts, surprising accuracy, durability and trusted brand names round off our list. Bare-bones tactical rifles are perfect for the beginner. You have a solid platform in any of the following ARs to start building upon. Though neither combat-grade, nor competition-ready, cheap AR-15s get the job done. Intended for plinking, punching paper, varmint hunting, and even home defense, the DPMS, Bushmaster, S&W M&P-15 and Colt LE 6920 are all dependable purchases.

This is a picture of a military surplus bayonet.

Blades and Knives

CheaperThanDirt’s! Top Selling Knives

The knife—in all its different forms—is one of the oldest tools people have used. Early man used the sharp edges of bones and rocks to cut and chop, some say even before they discovered fire. Today, the high-tech materials we have to create new and innovative blades means we have knives that meet any niche from skinning hides to cutting through automobiles. A day doesn’t go by without the need of some type of sharp-edged tool. No matter the type of cutting, slashing, or carving job, be it for hiking, camping, bush-whacking, hunting, cutting a juicy steak, or repairs around the house, the best part of any edged-tool or knife is that it serves two purposes—a useful tool and back-up for self-defense. Five of our top-selling sharp-edged tools all differ in function. They are a tomahawk, bayonet, primitive Bowie, and self-defense.

Gun Display Stands. Pistols for sale in the store.

Consumer Information

How to Shop for a Gun

There is one thing us women know how to do with certainty—and that is how to shop! However, if you are anything like me, shopping for an item you don’t know much about like cars or electronics (in my case) can be daunting and exhausting. I’m skeptical of salespeople and mechanics pulling the wool over my eyes, selling me something I don’t need or over priced. If you are new to the gun world, you might not know exactly where to start when shopping for a gun. To make things a little easier, let us look at shopping for guns like we would shop for clothes or shoes—by occasion, size, price, and looks. To narrow down your choices, first figure out the primary reason you want to purchase a gun. Decide how much you can spend on the gun of your choice. Having a budget will narrow down your choices further.