Preparedness Notes for Monday — June 29, 2020

On June 29th, 1941, the Germans invaded and occupied Lvov, in eastern Galicia, in Ukraine, slaughtering thousands of people. Russia followed a scorched earth policy as Germany invaded just as they had during Napoleon’s invasion. The burned, destroyed, flooded, dismantled and removed anything and everything in territory that they were forced to give up. As the Germans moved in, the Soviets proceeded to murder 3,000 Ukrainian political prisoners. It was so bad that the Germans were actually seen as liberators by the local population. Sadly, within days, they were forced to endure the horrors of the Nazi regime as some 2.5 million Ukrainians were shipped to Germany as slave laborers and the Ukrainian Jews were subjected to the same vicious racial policies as in Poland. Over 600,000 were murdered. Even the Ukrainian nationalists participated in the bloodshed by scapegoating Jews for “Bolshevism” and killing them in the streets.

Today, another review by our Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio.


  1. Marxist are using this very same tactic in the streets of the United States today. Soviets or Nazis, all cut from the same socialist cloth, just different branches of the same extremist ideology. Don’t be fooled!!!!

  2. And since then we have learned nothing. Through our apathy and unwillingness to spend even a little time, we have allowed this same ideology to be taught in our public schools. Something about those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it comes to mind…….

  3. A response to NC Scout’s article posted today, June 29, 2020.


    Tunnel Rabbit said:


    Posted over at is my entire response to the article.

    Most people have AR’s that they do not know how to keep running long term. If folks will not get the training needed to keep the AR reliable, they would be far better off with the AK. I have both.

    In support of the article, I’ve been a advocate for the 8M3 bullet for well over a decade. In the 1990’s is was used in Sapsan brand ammunition. More recently it was sold in the Wolf Military Classic line. Eventually the magazine Guns and Ammo, did a cover story on AK-47 ammunition choices, and used 8M3 in a side by side test with Lapau, and Winchester 124 grain soft point ammunition. It recommended the 8M3 as a strong third choice. They were impressed.

    Not mentioned by most of 8m3 bullet advocates is that It’s effectiveness decreases past 50 yards, and has little effect passed 75 yards. But it is very effective where it is most needed. Longer shots should use Wolf, or Tula 125 grain, or 154 grain soft points, if Winchester and other manufactures of 7.62 x 39 soft point ammunition is too expensive. It usually is three times more expensive, but it is better designed and generally higher quality. Yet it is not more accurate. The Tula 154 grain is the most accurate ammo out of most AK’s. and hits hard. Inside of 25 yards, this ammunition will expand in water from .5 to .6 inches in diameter. It appears to be only slightly less effective than 150 grain .30-03 RNSP. However, velocity is only slightly above 2,100 fps out of 16” barrels. Expansion may be greater, and initiated earlier, and be more effective at extended ranges using the 124 grain version, as it has a muzzle velocity closer to 2,300 fps, or about 150 to 200 fps faster. However, trajectory is similar out to about 200 to 300 yards as the 154 grain bullet has a higher ballistic coefficient and retains energy, whereas the lighter and faster 124 grain sheds velocity sooner. The 154 grain, or the 124 grain AK-47 bullets also tends not to be deflected by brush as much, as compared to 5.56 that will typically tend to deflect and tumble. As a rule, the heavier and slower the bullet, the less deflection occurs. Therefore the 154 grain would be my choice for wooded environments.

    In addition to the other practical attributes of the AK-47 mentioned, inexpensive expanding and fragmenting ammunition, that is many times more effective than 5.56 FMJ, greatly strengthens the argument for choosing the AK over the AR. If sharing 5.56 ammunition with others, soft points may not be reliable in another AR rifles, so FMJ should be used. And soft point ammo in 5.56 is expensive. Given the availability and low cost of 7.62 x 39 at this time, makes the AK more attractive. And given that it can take as multiple hits with 5.56 to incapacitate, fewer rounds of hard hitting soft point ammunition would needed to reduce the odds that the attacker could continue the fight. A better choice of ammunition, budget permitting would of course, would be 7.62 NATO, especially if soft points could be used, yet the platform would require a higher level of training. Fortunately there are a few Saiga’s chambered in 7.62 NATO that use Kalashnikov actions, but most are on a tight budget.

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