Showing posts with label Rourke. Show all posts
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Monday, July 22, 2013

How Many Magazines Are Enough?

Modern Survival Online shared their thoughts on ammo and was nice enough to link to my recent post. They also mentioned magazines.Since I didn't address mags it seems to be worth touching on. I will share the numbers of magazines I consider sufficient as well as the thinking behind those numbers.

Core Defensive rifle-20
I stock AR-15 mags

Core Defensive pistol-10
I stock Glock 9mm magazines

Non core defensive rifle-14 magazines
Like mags for an AK that is just lying around

Non core defensive pistol-6 magazines

(These would be for a gun that is useful but not primary so you can get by with a few less.)

Various nonessential weapons- 4-6 magazines
Maybe for a baby Glock or some sort of .22. I am comfortable stocking these lower because they are either ancillary or for various oddball heirloom type guns.

These numbers are roughly 3 basic loads per weapon (strictly speaking that would be 21 rifle mags like these Troy Battle Mags and 9 pistol mags like Glock 17 mags but round numbers are nice). My thinking is as follows. Obviously the first set are to carry. The second set are to replace the first set if they are lost/ broken or wear out. The third set are for equipping friends, barter or trade. The allocations are not exact but that is sort of the thinking. It is worth saying these are minimums. Thirty to forty percent more is great, fifty percent more is even better and double is not totally crazy. Between Armageddon and such I wouldn't mind having a few spare mags cached here or there above the minimums.

How many mags do you think are enough?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Questioning Common Caliber Wisdom

Modern Survival Online did a post recently questioning the conventional wisdom. Though I consider .38 special/.357 mag a common caliber (probably behind 9mm but narrowly ahead of .45 acp and .40 in the real non gunnie world) his point is valid. I have been stewing over it for awhile until today Tam talked about the availability of 5.45 commie which made me want to chime in.

Since common calibers are something I promote it made me really think. First I got to thinking about what makes a caliber common. A few characteristics come to mind:

1-Wide commercial availability. If a small place like a hardware store sells ammo  what they will (normally) have is a pretty common guide. This varies slightly regionally but 12 gauge, 9mm and 30.06 are common while 16 gauge, .357sig and .204 Ruger are not.

2-In the closets/ ammo cans of a large number of average people with whom you could potentially cross level or trade. The stuff your paranoid neighbor, gunnie uncle or whatever are likely to have. Odds he will have a 12 gauge or .308 are higher than that he will have a .300 blackout or 6.8.

3-Modern ammo made in the USA (or wherever you live) is available. If importation was restricted this stuff would become unobtanium even though it's all over the place today. This affects the economy of a lot of old WWII surplus rounds putting them on par with conventional hunting rounds in terms of economics. It is a bigger problem for 5.45 commie and some other rounds that aren't (to my knowledge widely) available in the US made variety at all.  If you choose to go this route stock ammo DEEP. I'm talking closer to pallets than cases because there is a viable possibility you may never be able to find it again.

4-Total rounds available. The sheer amount of a given caliber of ammo in a specific region. This is interestingly different from the first two because it may include military calibers that aren't really used by civilians. Example .50 BMG is not in many gun stores and few people have a gun in it. However there are millions if not billions of rounds stored away at various military installations and a few larger police departments. While admittedly rounds not widely on the market are uncommon by definition in the race to the bottom this gives it an advantage over a round like .408 CheyTac.

I think these criteria are more or less listed in terms of importance. While it isn't exactly quantifiable we could arguably rate these from 1-10 (or whatever) then add them up and divide to get a number. Stuff like .22lr and 12 gauge would probably be 10 but .475 Linebaugh would be more like a 2.

As it relates to the current firearmagedon:

-Since everybody is scared about evil black rifles being messed with this means the ammo associated with them (.223, 7.62x39 and .308) are naturally in high demand. You CAN GET THEM but just at sucky prices. It seems like around here in Southern Arizona bulk pack type .223 (55gr PMC, etc all) is going for 80 cents to a buck a round with more desirable (M855, JHP's etc) ammo going for 85 cents to a buck and change a round. .308 is running at least a buck a round. However you can get it. Since the supply is larger somebody will eventually be induced to sell at the right price.

Conversely there is simply no 6.8 or 10mm auto to be had locally at least without swapping a nubile 18 year old daughter or something else of comparable value. If there are 7 boxes of an uncommon caliber in town it's a lot less likely you can get your hands on 4 of them.

-Any time you try to buy something that is in high demand it's going to cost you no matter how common the item is. Hot pizza is worth more when the pizza joints have closed down. A bottle of Jim Beam is worth more after the liquor stores and bars close. If there are a bunch of hungry folks who want to drink more both are going to cost you dearly. It's simple economics.

-To me the answer to this is to stock enough to ride out the occasional bad 3-6 months. Have some doomsday ammo but put aside a few boxes for range duty to get you through a dry spell.

-Sure like Tam said getting an AR upper or AK in 5.45 commie could give you an option  but you would have to be putting a lot of rounds downrange to break even on the initial investment. Personally since it's a nitche item I wouldn't buy it at the expense of an AK in the common 7.62x39 or another .223 AR.

Anyway those are my .02 cents on that. Thoughts?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Southern Prepper 1 Video and Tab Clearing

Hat Tip to Modern Survival Online for highlighting this excellent video by Southern Prepper1.

The points about working on your fitness, confirming zero's and testing weapons are excellent. Also the reminder about web gear/ chest rigs/ something to carry ammo, spare parts and such is very valid. Personally it reminded me that we need a couple of good schematic books and do not really have a solid dedicated rig for the AK. Sure I could slap something together from the various pouches that are lying around and worst case could use one of those com bloc 5 mag(?) pouches that were tossed into mag deals forever but but that is not idea. More stuff to add to the list I guess.

French soldiers are joining the fight against Islamic rebels in Mali

Dangerous Old Men. I would humbly submit that the last decade of war has produced a whole lot of dangerous young men. Many of whom are right minded and bought an AR on leave or shortly after getting out.

Precedent Teaches Us The Left Really Wants ALL Our Guns by Charlie Daniels. Yes, that Charlie Daniels.

Saw this picture of Rick Perry on the drudge today and could not help but share it. It went up awhile back in conjunction with Texas allowing law abiding concealed weapons permit holders to carry on campus. While he came off as the stammering idiot of the group during the Republican Primaries, which says a lot; he actually seems legitimately pro gun which is cool.

Anyway I hope you all have a great Sunday.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Preparedness Website Q and A #4

Today I will jump into the multi-part series of Questions and Answers involving several websites who each take one simple question…..and answer it. A bit late but better than never I guess.

The other participating sites are as follows:


Today’s QuestionWhat firearms do you feel are most appropriate for long term survival and why?
I guess we have to look at the question. To me long term means we want rugged, durable weapons that are unlikely to break or fail. What is great for a competition or a day at the range might not work for the long run.

Survival is kind of open ended. I don't know if we are talking an economic slow slide towards 2nd world status or some Mad Max/ Red Dawn type scenario. Lets just say it is an open ended scenario with a variety of possibilities.

We could break the purposes for weapons into self defense and gathering food. Yes there are other purposes but these are the important ones for this discussion. 

For self defense I favor the Glock 19 and an AR-15 (or an AK these days it is the AR but whatever). My wife likes a .38 revolver so that is important also. (We are down to just 2 pistol calibers these days so logistics are not bad.)

For gathering food I would use a .22 rifle and a 12 gauge. Some sort of big game rifle like a 30-30 or a 30.06 would be nice but isn't required. (Yeah legally it is but desperate times call for desperate measures)

These are the weapons I would really want to have to survive a variety of different scenarios. Five guns (Glock 9, AR, .38, .22, 12 gauge) will cover just about everything. We would both have a pistol to carry which is very important. I have a rifle for home defense. We have a .22 and shotgun because they are useful. 
A dedicated rifle to hunt big game is a bonus in my book. If we couldn't have two rifles the one we had would be semi automatic and of sufficient caliber to legally hunt big game. That means an AK or some sort of .308. [This is probably the biggest benefit of using a .308.]

What is right for us might not be right for another person. A long distance gun isn't needed in the primordial woods of the deep South but would be in the wide open western plains. If I wasn't comfortable with an AR or an AK a 30-30 might be our only rifle. Some folks like the 20 gauge over the 12. 

We own more guns than this. Some are redundant backups and others are useful in their own right. However these are the guns we would use and rely on in a long term survival situation.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

From Around the Web

Our friends and advertisers at Lucky Gunner did a very well researched and interesting post on 5.56 vs .223. My totally anecdotal observations are that it doesn't matter and they are functionally equivalent. Anyway I just don't have enough good things to say about the good folks at Lucky Gunner. They do not play the accept your money without telling you they don't have the items in stock for and probably won't for 6 months, they think backorder game which I really appreciate. Also they bring a lot of great products like JHP defensive ammo at bulk prices to the marketplace which is cool. Over the last couple years around half the ammo I purchased has come from them (paying full price) which probably really says more than my kind words.

Tam wrote an interesting post on current affairs in the whole Eric Holder/ Gun Runner/ Contempt/ Executive Priviledge thing.

There is an interesting youtube video series (it flows sort of like a journal) by a fellow who goes by SouthernPrepper1 on his family and community dealing with a 'WROL' situation. Aside from my minor annoyance at him using an acronym that probably doesn't need to exist I really enjoyed the series. Each one gave me some things to think about. Unlike fiction blovel type stuff I can sort of zone out and just watch it which was nice. Hat tip to Rourke of Modern Survival Online for the find. has a good description of the "line" system as I understand it with pictures. Also the site has some other interesting stuff if you float around it. I can't say I know or vouch for everything there but what I have seen was solid and suprisingly nonpolitical/ tin foil hat ish.

Anyway that is what I have stumbled into recently that seemed worth posting.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Better Late Than Never

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This is good from now until the end of September.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Basic Beginning Running Plan

Our buddy Rourke of Modern Survival Online asked if I might be able to help him out with a plan to get running. First I must note that I am not a doctor or an exercise scientist. I suggest he takes any advice I give and submits it to a panel that includes his personal physician, a cardiologist, a professional marathoner, a pair of cross country coaches and a monkey. Consider yourself disclaimed. I asked a few questions to sort of get a feel for his situation. The questions follow with abreviated/ edited answers in italics.

1. Are you fundamentally healthy? In particular do you have knee, back or heart problems.
Some past minor knee and back problems.
2. Where do you stand in terms of weight. Are you at a healthy weight for your body type or can you stand to loose some weight, or a lot of weight.
Not a disgusting fat body but could stand to loose a bit of weight.
3. Have you been doing moderate to high intensite cardio regularly? I mean stuff that gets your heart rate really moving like bicycling, swimming, wrestling, skiing, hiking at a brisk pace with weight and such versus walking or what not.
Very little cardio.
4. What are your goals in terms of running? 
I want to improve my "usable fitness"and be more versatile.

I asked our buddy to be brutally honest in these answers. There isn't a right or wrong answer as long as it is honest. The whole point is to establish the starting point so being anything other than honest is just screwing yourself.

My thoughts are as follows. 3 times a week is a pretty good amount for most folks to do high impact running type stuff. This allows time for recovery, healing and other exercise. Unless your goal is to compete and win at a high level of competitive running 3x a week is plenty if your workouts are of the proper type/ duration and intensity. More than 3x a week and you are either not training hard or are risking injuries. Less than that and unless your workouts are insane (heard of ultra marathoners who do a 50 miler a month and maybe a walk or two in between) it is probably not enough to make any gains or even maintain. As much as possible try to have these days be non consecutive so M/W/F or T/TH/SA or whatever.

In general I am a fan of doing a long slow run, some sort of speed training (sprints, fartlecks, etc) and a medium distance tempo type run. However if you haven't got some sort of a baseline in terms of running this plan would be very rough. A 20 year old of a healthy weight with no injuries might just have a rough 2 weeks then be fine but someone who is a bit closer to 40 and could maybe stand to loose a few pounds would be asking for trouble.

To establish this baseline (IE get running) I would say 2 runs and an alternate but similar event. For the runs starting with a run/ walk makes sense to build capacity and distance. Keeping the run short lets you not get totally gassed and thus you can cover a lot more distance and build endurance. This lets you operate at a relatively quick pace with a moderately high heart rate for far longer than you would otherwise be able to. Keeping the walk/ rest short lets you work on recovering and keep your heart rate fairly high. You can do it by paces(run 100, walk 100 as a random example), landmarks like blocks or telephone polls or time. It doesn't matter so just do whatever seems easiest to you. Over time as you become more capable of running you can increase the running legs until the need to walk goes away all together.

Here are the runs to start with.

1. Jog/ walk. This is your long slow day so start with 30 minutes. The jog needs to be different from the walk but you should still be able to hold a normal conversation. Keep the splits short.

2. Run/ walk. This is your fast day. The "run" is not a 100 percent sprint but it is more than the jog. If at the end of the run you are not tired and fatigued it is too slow. Keep this at about 20 minutes.

3. Alternate but similar. At this stage you are not going to run on this day. Why? I don't have a great reason but it seems to make sense to me. Do a fairly fast walk, or a hike in hilly terrain or with a pack. Especially since you aren't really running yet the goal is just to get the legs and the lungs working together. Depending on the intensity and difficulty of your activity do this for between 25 minutes and an hour. For a walk up a vicious hill 25 minutes is good and for a fast walk on flat terrain more like an hour could be good.

Do not increase the time in either run. The point of this phase isn't to be able to run/ walk for longer but to get you running. Your goal is to gradually increase the length/ time/ distance of the jogging/ running portions while keeping the walks the same. Example; you have been doing jog 50 and walk 50 for a couple weeks. It is starting to seem like even by the end of the whole workout you really don't need the walk portion. So you ratchet things up and switch to running 75 and walking 50. A couple weeks later you switch to 100 and 50, then 150 and 50 and then decide to drop the walk all together.

I would say that for a person who is at a reasonable weight with no significant prior injuries using a program like this should let most people eliminate the walking and just jog or do a moderate run well inside of  a couple months time. If by 3 months you still need the walking breaks I would submit to you that either you were not brutally honest about your starting point or have not been pushing yourself.

That brings up two interesting questions. The first is "what if I am in worse shape than a typical does no cardio and might be a bit heavy type of guy?" Well I would say to start at a lower point and then work forward. Start with a brisk walk 3 times a week and sticking with that for a month to build up some stamina and condition yourself.

The second is "how do I know when to increase the intensity of my runs?" This is a hard one. The general rule for increasing distance is not more than 10% a week/ run. However as broad advice I would say to increase your difficulty (in this phase longer "run" legs and later either time/ distance or speed) when it feels like things are getting too easy. You shouldn't be destroyed after every run but if you are breathing normally, haven't sweated a drop and have a low heart rate then it is time to increase the difficulty. One note. Do not be afraid to take a step backwards if you up the difficulty and it gets too hard. Especially with the plan I laid out of you are unable to complete a workout due to exhaustion, muscle pain or profuse vomiting then drop the intensity.

The third question is "what about injury?" I think injury in running comes primarily from two sources. The first is doing something you are not conditioned for. Maybe a decade ago you were a lean mean running machine but 50 pounds and a lot of couch time later try to go on that 40 minute 5 mile which was cake back in the day and you will likely hurt something besides your pride. People rarely hurt themselves doing something they are reasonably conditioned for. A guy who clean and jerked 205 last week won't hurt anything trying for 210. A guy who cleans 150 then tries 210 might mess himself up.

The second source is ignoring problems. Especially with a moderate jogging/ running type plan it is unlikely you will have that "snap, pop, tear, there goes my knee" kind of moment. More realistically there would be a bit of pain and you would ignore it for awhile and it would stay the same and then maybe get worse feeling over time and become a big problem. Telling sore from injured is hard. As a reasonable guideline if a whole muscle group hurts as a result of a hard workout (legs after a long run, etc) it is probably just sore. If a real specific part of a muscle hurts it could be a problem. Joints hurting are a huge red flag and almost always mean it is time to seriously think about what you are doing.

Well Rourke, I hope this helps. If you decide to give this a shot and are at the point where you're ready to just start running shoot me an email and I'll try to help.

Happy running!

Wifey mentioned she has heard good things about Couch to 5k

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Just Wanna Tell Ya

Our loyal friend, patriot and advertiser Rourke from World Info CD has started blogging at Modern Survival Online. Check it out.
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