Start With a .22 Rifle– Part 3, by behind-the-counter

Steps 1 and 2 We started this series by recommending a .22 rifle as a first gun for a prepper battery or as an important addition to a well-stocked arsenal. We specifically suggested a 10/22 Takedown or any other 10/22 model and recommended dedicating enough time to become confident using this wonderful little rifle. The two structured alternatives we described for building competence and confidence were the Appleseed Project and Rimfire Challenge. In the second article we provided much more detail about Appleseed and Rimfire. We also described the specific upgrades recommended by Appleseed and four more that would improve the reliability and functioning of any 10/22. This article and then the final one in the four-part series provide more information and additional resources on the upgrades covered in the second article and provide details on a few more changes to enhance the performance of an already outstanding…




Start With A .22 Rifle- Part 4, by behind-the-counter

Steps 3 and 4 This is the final article in a four-part series and finishes the do-it-yourself guide with installation of three additional upgrades for your Ruger 10/22, including an enhanced extractor, a much improved firing pin, and a larger bolt handle with a polished guide rod and spring. We wrap up this article with a complete list of all the videos and .pdf files referenced in all of the articles plus an annotated tool list and links to additional resources. If you have followed us this far, you have learned that we think a .22 rifle is an excellent first gun for a prepper family and an important addition to any prepper battery. You learned that we especially recommend a stainless Ruger 10/22 Takedown for a number of reasons. You also read about the Appleseed Project and Rimfire Challenge, which we think are great experiences for beginners…




Start With A .22 Rifle- Part 2, by behind-the-counter

Appleseed or Rimfire Are you still pondering whether to get a 10/22? Or, have you already added a stainless Takedown to your gun safe and made several trips to the range? If you have also taken a class or done some serious practice, your round count is likely to be 300 to 500 rounds or more. You will have built some confidence in your rifle and yourself. The next step is really a personal choice. Either of the two recommended options, Appleseed or Rimfire Challenge, will result in a major improvement in your skills and put you on the path to becoming a very good shooter or what we call a “capable defender”. (Capes are optional.) Our advice: Go with your gut after reading the pros and cons of each. Whichever option you select to upgrade your skills, make a genuine commitment to one or the other. Stick…




Start With a .22 Rifle– Part 1, by behind-the-counter

10/22 Takedown Are all of your defensive preps squared away? Do you have a full battery of firearms complete with magazines, spare parts, optics, and web gear? If yes, skip the following contribution and what may seem like heresy. Are you taking a close look at the “Personal Defense” part of your preps and wondering where to begin? Have you figured out a budget and started your firearms purchases but are still a little short on practical experience? Are you at the stage where you are putting more focus on this area of your preps, but your action plan has some holes? Or, do you have a clear concept of what you want but are experiencing real resistance from a spouse or partner? If any of those descriptions describe your circumstance, this article may be for you. As a gun store manager and a concealed carry instructor, I…




Budget Prepper Guns, by Pete Thorsen

…the choices I will list are from a practical prepper point of view and I tried to pick those guns that give good value. There are maybe two main mindsets when it comes to prepper firearms. There are the practical use guns that are primarily for hunting and secondary for self-protection; those are what I will recommend in this article. There is the other mindset that your first choice guns should be offensive/defensive weapons. While those with this mindset likely have valid reasons for this choice, that will not be the focus of this article. In a couple of instances, the two types of firearms can be used for both. Start With a .22 Rifle For the first gun, I would recommend a .22 LR rimfire rifle. Most any would likely be adequate but I would recommend a Ruger Model 10/22. This is a medium priced semi-automatic .22 rifle. You…




Round 70 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

…rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value), An infrared sensor/imaging camouflage shelter from Snakebite Tactical in Eureka, Montana (A $350+ value), Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value), A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo, Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value). Second Prize goes to behind-the-counter for “Start with a .22 Rifle – Part 1”, “Part 2”, “Part 3”, and “Part 4” published on April 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th. He will receive the following prizes: A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value), A Glock form factor SIRT laser…