Archive for March, 2012

The 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun is best suited for close range, short duration, defensive conflicts that do not require a significant amount of rounds per target.  In terms of close range stopping power, the 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun using 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot is one of the best available small arms to defensively end hostilities at an effective range of 0 – 25 yards.

Proficiency with a 12 Gauge shotgun is only one part of an overall defensive solution.  It is just as important to have the right mindset and the right attitude.  You should practice defensive shotgun techniques at reasonable intervals, but also remember it is not only the shotgun which can save your life but the skill and determination of the person defensively using the shotgun.

Recommended 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotguns include the Remington 870 Express Tactical, Remington 887 Nitro Mag, Mossberg 500, Mossberg 590A1, Mossberg 835 and the H&R Pardner.  The ideal defensive shotgun should be a 12 Gauge Pump Action Shotgun with a short 18.5″ smoothbore barrel. 

The shotgun is a tool which is designed for a mission so any modification which enhances the mission should be considered worthwhile.  Recommended shotgun accessories include a Pachmeyer recoil pad, ATI heatshield, ATI side saddle for stock mounting,  TacStar side saddle for receiver mounting, Surefire or UTG light, Blackhawk single point sling with single point sling adapter, Molle ammo pouches and a sufficient supply of 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot ammunition.

Train with your shotgun and make sure you know how to handle it properly.  Fundamentals should include safe handling, loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions, target acquisition and proper shot placement.  When used at close range, hitting an attacker with a well placed round of 00 buckshot = the equivilant mass of 4.5 rounds of 9mm ammo. 

Remember that using your shotguns sights is essential at all but the closest of ranges.  The more distant the enemy, the more refined and precise your sight alignment must be. 

In order to survive an apocalyptic event, there are some key components that must be put into place.

  • You must have the right gear and equipment.
  • You must have the proper skills and training.
  • You must have stamina and ingenuity.
  • You must have confidence and a positive mindset.
  • You must avoid having a defeatist, victim’s mentality.
  • You must use good judgement and be resourceful.
  • You must be flexibile enough to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • You must realistically know your strengths and weaknesses.
  • You must have a workable survival plan.
  • Water, food, shelter, medicine, firearms, ammunition and knives are must have items.


If your home is invaded by a thug or looter it may be necessary to take prisoners.  Taking a prisoner is much harder than it may initially seem as your adrenelin is surging and everything you do ultimately comes down to life and death.  The following are some things to consider if you have to take a prisoner.

  • Watch the intruders hands at all times.  If an intruder moves his hands he may be going for a weapon.
  • With weapon in hand you must take charge and in a strong, commanding voice warn the intruder “drop your weapon, hands in the air, DO IT NOW.”
  • Do not allow the intruder to plead, stall or move closer.  If he is not obeying you then he is looking for ways to overpower you.
  • Command the intruder to place his hands over his head, turn around, slowly lie down on the floor by first getting to his knees, then to his stomach, then order him to place his hands behind his back palms outward.
  • Do not allow the intruder to speak, if he tries tell him to shut up.  Call 911 while keeping the intruder covered with your weapon.  If he is breaking into your home then he is scum. 
  • While on the phone with 911 identify yourself as the lawful homeowner and describe what you look like and what you are wearing and what the intruder looks like and what he is wearing and your relative positions to each other. IE (the criminal is on the floor).  Keep the 911 operator on the phone until the police arrive.
  • Make sure the 911 operator knows you are covering the prisoner with a weapon so that when the police arrive they do not mistake you for the criminal.  Repeat to the 911 operator often your description and the criminals description, your relative positions to each other and that you are keeping the criminal at bay with a firearm until the police arrive as you are in fear for your life.  Repeat this over and over so the police are fully aware of the situation and do not go after the wrong person.
  • When the police arrive, lower your weapon and follow their instructions.

If you want to improve your accuracy with a firearm, the following are some key principles to making sure you are on target the next time you go to the gun range.

  • The position of the weapon and the hold you have on the weapon must be firm enough to support the weapon.
  • The weapon must point naturally at the target without any undue effort.
  • The sight alignment must be correct.
  • The shot must be released and followed through without disturbing your position.
  • You must pull the trigger in a manner that ensures the weapon is not pulled off of the target.

There is no one gun that will fit all shooting scenarios.  Each type of firearm has its own special place and purpose.  Mission dictates weapons choice.

The Movie 2012 portrays the end of the world in….you guessed it 2012.  The wealthy, the politicians and those well connected have the potential, or right as they see it to be taken to a place of safety while the huddled masses are left to fend for themselves.  This movie highlights the epic struggle of one family and how they must face the perils of an end of the world scenario.

As evidence is discovered that the world will end in 2012 the major world powers try to suppress the information from the general public so that only those with wealth, power and political connections will be saved; after they pay exhorbinant fees to embark on 4 fully enclosed life saving arks.  Meanwhile a struggling writer goes to any lengths possible to save his wife and children from the apocalyptic end of the world.

There are no zombies in this movie but there are stunning visual effects and disaster sequences and this movie will keep you wondering can anything else possibly happen to this family in their efforts to reach safety.  As a survival movie it is enjoyable in both storyline and visual effects and is a good survival movie recommendation.

DPMS AP4 Panther Carbine (AR15) 30 rounds

I’ve used lots of different pieces of survival gear in all different price ranges and the following is what I consider to be the best of the best in survival gear.  The criteria used is price (it must be affordable to the average person), quality, durability, reliability and functionality.  Here are my recomendations.

  • Best Survival Handgun – Smith & Wesson M&P 45
  • Best Survival Pistol Belt – Rothco (snap, quick release buckle)
  • Best Survival Rifle – DPMS AP4 Panther Carbine (AR-15)
  • Best AR-15 Mags – PMag (30 rounds with see through window)
  • Best Survival Shotgun – Mossberg 590A1
  • Best Survival Fixed Blad Knife – Elite Forces 
  • Best Survival Folding Knife – Buck Pro Line (Camo)
  • Best Survival Bug Out Bag – Fox Rio Grande 45L (British DPM)
  • Best Survival Small Assault Pack – Red Rock Rebel (Coyote Tan)
  • Best Survival Armed Response Bag – Voodoo Tactical XL OD Deployment Bag
  • Best Survival Water Bottle – Camelback (24 ounce size)
  • Best Survival Water Bottle Holder – Condor Water Bottle Holder (Molle)
  • Best Survival Canteen – U.S. Military Surplus Plastic 2 quart canteen (with canteen cover)
  • Best Survival Improvised Weapon – Dead On Wrecking Bar
  • Best Survival Tomahawk – United Cutlery M48 Hawk
  • Best Survival 2 person Tent – U.S. Military Surplus Pup Tent
  • Best Survival Sleeping Bag – Cabelas Outdoorsman
  • Best Survival Small Handheld Flashlight – Rayovac Sportsmen (camo)
  • Best Survival Emergency Radio – Kaito (solar, dynamo and battery powered)
  • Best Survival 2 Way Radio – Mototrola Talkabout
  • Best Survival Hat for Sun Protection – U.S. Military Boonie Hat
  • Best Survival All Terrain Boots – Carolina (All Season 400 Grams)
  • Best Survival Concealed Carry Vest – Blue Stone Safety (Olive Drab)
  • Best Survival Rechargeable Batteries AA and AAA – Duracell
  • Best Survival Rechargeable Batteries C, D and 9V – Nuon
  • Best Survival Multi Size Battery Charger – Nurech-8 Nuon (charges AA, AAA, C, D, 9v NiCd/NiMH)
  • Best Survival All Weather Clothing – Just about anything military surplus including tee shirts, sweatshirts, pants, jackets, etc.

United Cutlery Hawk M48

Smith & Wesson M&P 45 Semi Automatic Handgun, 10 rounds

There are three kinds of people in the world today.  Those who are predators, those who are prey and those who refuse to be either.  In order to survive in today’s world or any type of post apocalyptic world of the future you must inwardly develop a warrior spirit; a mindset that says I refuse to be a victim.  Everyone must fight for something at some point in their lives and it is imperative that when these encounters take place, that you emerge victorious.

Nobody can tell you what your threat will look like; but when a threat attacks, you must be prepared physically, mentally and emotionally to defend yourself.  If something looks wrong or feels wrong then it is wrong.  Don’t ignore that inner sixth sense that warns you of impending danger.  Remember the rule of three M’s. 1 – Maximize your distance to the threat.  2 – Minimize yourself as a target.  3 – Muzzle always between you and the threat.

Survival is a combination of skills, mindset and gear.  Make sure you train regularly to keep your survival skills sharp.  Keep the proper positive, confident mindset and keep any gear which will keep you alive nearby.  Also make sure you are fully competent with each piece of gear. 

In a survival situation there are no re-do’s.  You only get one chance to do it right and survive the first time.  Take the time to train and plan accordingly.  After all it’s your life; make sure you keep it by doing what is necessary to stay alive.