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I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to use tactical shotguns from Mossberg, Remington, Winchester, CZ, Weatherby, Benelli, H&R, etc. With the myriad of shotgun choices available today; here are my reasons for preferring the Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge pump action shotgun to all others.

  1. The shell tube holds 8 + 1 rounds of 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot.
  2. It’s a combat ready shotgun, solidly built with a heavy, firm feel.
  3. It is smooth operating and has a good fit and durable finish.
  4. In many range session uses; I have never experienced any malfunctions such as a double feed or failure to eject.
  5. Shotgun was designed to function in extreme environments and can take some knocking about.
  6. Can easily accomodate a wide range of accessories such as side saddles, heat shields, flashlight holders, breacher barrels, etc.
  7. Comes standard with a good quality adjustable ghost ring rear sight and a fiber optic front sight.
  8. The heavy weight of the shotgun helps with recoil control.
  9. Can be used with a 1 point, 2 point or 3 point sling.
  10. Trigger group and safety are metal instead of plastic and the safety is well positioned on the top of the weapon,
  11. The barrel finish is parkerized.
  12. Weight empty is 7.5 pounds, barrel length is 20″ and overall length is 41″

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In any scenario; it is important to be aware of all that is around you as part of your 360 degree self defense security plan.  You need to pay particular attention to anyone or anything which seems out of place.  Trust your instincts, do not ignore them as your first concern will be to stay alive.

You are your own first line of defense.  Based on circumstances the course of action you choose needs to be carried through without hesitation.  When faced with violence, which cannot be avoided, you must have the will to act with ferocity and severity in order to save your life.

It is irrational in this day and age that a law abiding citizen would not carry some form of a weapon.  To choose not to carry a weapon intentionally renders yourself partially defenseless.  Violence is escalating and many attacks occur in fringe areas such as deserted parking lots, alleyways, public bathrooms, stairwells, ATM kiosks, etc., where no immediate help will be available.

The most reliable and powerful weapon will do you no good if a situation demands immediate, decisive action for your survival and you fail to take action.  While it is best to avoid violence; if you are in a life threatening situation you may need to react violently to save your life.  Never escalate a situation which could turn violent until you consider where it might lead.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

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Some of us; myself included enjoy target shooting with AR’s with the scope mounted above the carry handle.  This allows transition between the iron sights below and the scope mounted above.  The problem is the scope generally sits about 4 inches above the barrel which can, at times, make the elevation settings on the scope run out before the scope is on target.  My fix for this is as follows.

1 – To protect the scope where the rings will clamp down, wrap that portion of the scope in black, cloth hockey tape.

2 – Shim the back scope ring by folding up a small, thin piece of aluminum foil and securing it inside the back scope ring with electrical tape.

3 – Place the scope inside the rings and using allen wrench screws that are one size wider and longer than the existing scope ring screws, fasten them down in a criss cross pattern making sure the crosshairs of the scope remain properly aligned.

4 – Use a quick adjust cheek rest attachment on your stock which folded down allows the iron sights to be used and snapped up allows good cheek weld on the high mounted scope during transition.

Your scope is now mounted and the cloth around the scope allows the rings to bite down on it without movement.  The oversize screws when tightened reformat the original scope ring holes and allow for a firmer grip without having to use loctite, and the shim allows for a slight downward slant to the scope which will now give you enough elevation adjustment to hit the target center without running out of elevation adjustment options.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

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A riot is a form of civil disorder where groups of people can lash out in a sudden, intense, rash of violence against authority, other people, or property over perceived grievances, dissent, or injustices.  If a riot occurs be aware of the following.

  • If you are in your home, stay quiet and out of sight.  Don’t let the rioters see or hear you.
  • If you are in a vehicle do not stop your vehicle in a riot area for any reason.  You might be pulled from your car by the mob and beaten or killed.
  • Stay calm and be situationally aware.
  • Whenever you are in a public place be aware of potential escape routes in case a riot ensues.
  • If an area is a hotbed of political, or social tension, avoid that area at all costs.

Mobs are dangerous.  When groups of people are highly emotional, unreasonable, and unthinking, violence has the potential to occur.  If you come across a violent crowd, your number one goal should be to get to safety while remaining as inconspicuous and anonymous as possible.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

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In a disaster scenario; if you can’t find the survival items you are looking for, it means you are unable to utilize whatever it is that you need at that moment to increase your survival chances.  The solution is simple; make sure your gear is organized so that you know where each and every piece of survival gear is, and that you know how to use each and every piece of survival gear that you have.

This means your bug out bags need to be organized, your weapons bags, your food and water storage, your first aid kits, etc., everything needs to be neat and logically set up so it is user friendly.  Remember you might be trying to find and use gear in less than ideal situations.  There might be stress, hostile forces nearby, or you may be operating at night.  All things considered having everything where you can find it saves, time, energy, and frustration.

So take the time to go through your gear and make sure it is set up in a manner that is functional for your survival needs.  Experiment and come up with the best ways to organize your gear and survival supplies; and then memorize where everything is stored.  Going through your gear on a weekly basis is a good way to familiarize yourself with what you actually have, and where it is actually stored in your various survival bags.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

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In a post apocalyptic world one of your biggest enemies will be dealing with wounds that you might sustain as part of your day to day survival.  Medical facilities and healthcare of even the most basic kind might be non-existant; so the time to stock up on first aid supplies and know how is now, before the apocalypse gets here.

Think about the potential types of wounds and injuries you might need to deal with and prepare for them accordingly.  Consider repurposing items you already have for first aid use; as long as they are clean and can be sterilized.  

One particular wound, some may have to deal with, is a gun shot where the bullet is lodged inside an arm or a leg perhaps.  Do you have the supplies and the ability to deal with that situation if no medical care is available?  Give some thought to how you would extract the bullet and stop the loss of blood.  For me; a sterilized set of needle-nose pliers should do the trick for extracting a bullet lodged in an extremity, in an emergency post apocalyptic situation.  So prepare in advance and stay safe out there; and you will certainly live to survive another post apocalyptic day.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

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By an overwhelming majority; the AR-15 has become America’s go to rifle when it comes to post apocalyptic considerations.  The AR-15 has proven itself to be reliable, versitile, easy to maintain, lightweight, and the .556 Nato and or .223 Rem are effective rounds for the distances and scenarios which they are commonly used for.

Currently this ammunition is sold throughout the United States and can generally be found or scrounged up when needed.  Of course the wise prepper doesn’t wait until the last minute to do so.  So for post apocalyptic applications; the AR-15 should be a primary consideration for defensive survival applications.

Remember avoiding trouble, lying low, blending in, not appearing to be an easy target, and not looking for confrontations is always a prudent survival policy.  In a post apocalyptic world there will not be assistance from law enforcement, which will likely be non-existant, so you will need to rely on yourself, your skills and your capabilities in order to survive.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

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