Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday (Three Firearms), Part Three

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
JO1 Sundberg

Two Guns
As you and your family have seen, I concentrated on the two most popular rifles for your family's defense.

However, ...

There are many other options for you and your family. As always, you need to look at the potential threats you and your family will face during an event, where you live, and other criteria.

This rifle is know as "The Right Arm of the Free World." The rifle was used by over 90 countries and still sees service in some. The FN Fal is a magazine-fed, semi-automatic (also selective fire) rifle firing the 7.62X51 NATO (.308 kind'a) cartridge. It has a maximum effective range of 600 meters, longer in the right hands.

DSA Arms' STG 58 (a metric rifle) with Ten Magazines

The standard magazine holds 20 rounds. Larger magazines are available, a 30 rounder.

Spare parts are plentiful with magazines getting more expensive and harder to find. There have been several attempts to manufacture new magazines; so far, they have been 'unsuccesful.'

When you read the links, you will see a few mention an 'inch' and 'metric' version of the rifle. Almost every country used the metric version (built using metric measurement) except the British and Australians. They used inch measurement.  Of course, some of the parts are interchangeable but not all : - (

The metric magazines will work in a metric FN FAL but an inch magazine will not work in a FN FAL. The British L1A1 will accept both inch and metric magazines. The metric magazines will wobble, just a bit, but work fine.

Of course, the FN FAL is an older design that isn't used by a major military force, so spare parts and magazines will dry up, sooner or later.The rifle is heavy (it can be lightened) and shoots a cartridge that has a greater recoil than 5.56mm (AR-15) or 7.62 (SKS)

So, ...

You need to have everyone in the family try the FN FAL before you buy.

With that said, a base model FN FAL will cost over $1.000 with magazines going for about $20. The 'better' firearms manufactures will cost more with some 'collector' models going for several thousands of dollars.

What Else to Buy?
Of course, you will need a cleaning kit, at least ten magazines, some kind of 'kit' to carry your magazines, a sling, and ammunition. As always, I suggest you and your family have about 250 rounds of ammunition, at least for each rifle.

Lastly, I have more to say, next week.

Wikipedia - FN FAL

The Box of Truth" Educational Zone #64 - Great Firearms: The FN-FAL, The Right Arm of the Free World

Tactical-Life - FN FAL Rifles: FN Fal Review

Century Arms - Main Difference Between FAL Metric and Inch Pattern Receivers

The FAL Files - Interchangability Parts: Inch versus Metric

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Three Firearms), Part Three

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

"Armi leggere della Seconda Guerra Mondiale,"
Istituto Geografico DeAgostini

Safety, Safety, and More Safety
Before purchasing a firearm, I suggest everyone in the family attend a personal safety class then a firearms safety class. If you can't attend a firearms safety class; you and your family need to learn and always practice ...

The Four Rules of Firearms Safety

All Guns are Always Loaded
Never let the Muzzle Cover Anything you are not Willing to Destroy
Keep Your Finger off the Trigger Until Your Sights are on the Target
Always be Sure of Your Target

One Gun
This is going to be the last specific firearm (more about that later) for this series of articles.

So, ...

We have seen, so far, that the .357 magnum revolver and Glock 19 pistol are probably the 'best' two handguns for the prepper and their family to purchase for an event. Both are concealable and effective.

However, ...

They are not the 'classic' handguns suggested by and for survivalists,

That distinction goes to the M1911A1 pistol.

Springfield Armory 1911A1 pistol with Four Magazines
The M1911A1 pistol is a magazine fed, semi-automatic pistol firing the .45 ACP cartridge. The normal capacity magazine is seven rounds. As you can see, the M1911A1 has one more round compared to the  six shot revolver.

For the older survivalist, this was the pistol to carry. It was being used by these United States military and had a proven one-shot stop capability from the Philippines' difficulties.

However, ...

Compared to modern 9mm pistols, like the CZ-75, Browning Hi-Power, and others, the M1911A1 has limited magazine capacity. Plus, the .45 ACP cartridge has a significant 'kick'  or recoil that limit its use by some folks usually petite females, slightly built males, and younger teenagers.

With that said, many police officers carried a version of the M1911A1 pistol for years instead of their departments .357 magnum revolver.

Needless to say, the M1911A1 was removed from regular military service starting in the late '80s and relegated to the National Guard for a little longer, eventually being replaced by the M9 pistol. Of course, M1911 and M1911A1 pistols have become collector firearms. Depending on the manufacture, a M1911A1 pistol could be worth thousands of dollars.

As a side note, we had a German Railroad Police marked M1911A1 come through an arms room, a few decades ago. We figured the gun was probably worth $5.000 to $10.000. Of course, it was screwed up, so we torched it. (cut the pistol in half with a cutting torch)

Another side note, these United States produced so many M1911A1 pistols during WW II, they issued pistol for the next forty years from stocks they bought in WW II. There are rumours, these United States also issued pistols made for WW I every once in awhile by mistake ; - )

Enough history and rumour.

If you and your family have inherited a .45 caliber pistol, these are great defensive firearms. They have been carried for many years and saw use for concealed carry. Magazines, holsters and other accessories are available. One manufacture has even developed an eight round magazine that doesn't protrude from the pistol grip, too much.

With that said, the issue M1911A1 pistol has some problems that have been identified. More modern versions from manufactures such as Colt, Springfield Armory, Kimber, and many other have corrected these issues, usually lowering the ejection port in the slide, better sights, and ... even the radical modification of installing an external extractor.

Lastly, if the pistol is worth some money, you might even decide to sell the pistol and buy a couple of the other handguns mentioned in previous articles.

But, but, but, ...

What about preppers?

Like I said the M1911A1 pistol and its clones are a great pistol for preppers. You can find them for less than $500 to upwards to $2.000 per pistol. You will need at least five magazines, at $8 to $10 for milspecs, $25 for stainless steel Chip McCormick "Power Mag", to $40 for a Wilson Combat magazine.

You and your family will also need a variety of holsters and belts to effectively carry the pistol concealed and a cleaning kit.

Don't forget the ammunition, about 50 rounds jacketed hollow points (to carry) and 250 rounds of FMJ (to practice). Of course, these United States military have been killing people for decades with FMJ ; - )

As always, you might want to go to the local shooting range and borrow one for you, your partner, and your children to shoot to see if the M1911A1 pistol works for you.

Next week, I will address a wide variety of handguns you and your family will encounter for possible use to defend yourself and your family during difficult times.

About that Ammo
Way back in the day, there was only one choice for ammo, full metal jacket (FMJ)

So, ...

.45 ACP was a much better round than 9mm.

However, ...

With the advent of effective hollow point for semiautomatic pistols, the 9mm pistol shooting semi-jacketed hollow points has diminished the difference between the two rounds.

Behind the Blade - A Legend of the Philippines: The Colt 45

Olive - M1911 and M1911A1 Pistol

YouTube: Captainzerocool - 1911 Magazine Reviews

YouTube: pmarine81 - Wilson Combat Vs. Chip McCormick Vs. Act 1911 Mags

YouTube: pmarine81 - Customizing your 1911 (Beginner Tips)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday: 17 December 2014, Part Five

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

published  by

In 1946, March and April, Daniel A. McGovern and Akira Mimura took color film footage in Hiroshima for a United States Strategic Bombing Survey.

Wikimedia - Physical Damage, Blast Effect, Hiroshima, 1946-03-13,_blast_effect,_Hiroshima,_1946-03-13_~_1946-04-08,_342-USAF-11071.ogv

Even though the death toll may be under estimated (150,000 in Hiroshima and 75,000 in Nagasaki), many people survived the initial blast but were burnt, irradiated, and ...

Children of the Atomic Bomb - Hiroshima and Nagasaki Death Toll

Investigate the other links, on the right side of the page, for more information.

Nuclear War Survival Skills
Of course, the Ruskies are causing trouble, again ; - )

So, ...

Folks are thinking about protecting their families from the 'newest' threat.

Prepper's Info - Nuclear War Survival Skill in .pdf

This is one of four 'books' I suggest, you and your family should have on your bookshelf, in Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead

Wednesday: 17 December 2014, Part Four

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
David Stonner

Yep, some of y'all are going to be walking in the cold.

So, ...

University of Utah: Environmental Health and Safety - Winter Walking Safety

Weight Watchers - Winter Walking: 10 Tips

Of course, most of y'all aren't going to be crazy, like me, and walk in the snow ...

Unless, your car gets stuck.

Business Insider - 10 Tips For Safe Driving In Winter Weather

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Blog - 10 Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

Just So You Know
There is a  part five for this Wednesday.

Wednesday: 17 December 2014, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Mikhail (Vokabre) Shcherbakov

By now, y'all are seeing the trends for this Wednesday's links.

So, ...

Know the Threats
The next few links are about the dangers; you and your family may face during extreme cold, every winter

F.E.M.A. - Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

United States Search and Rescue Task Force - Blizzards

Cold Weather Injuries
The next two will provide information about preventing and treating some of the more common cold weather injuries.

C.D.C. - Cold Stress: NIOSH

United States Search and Rescue Task Force - Hypothermia and Cold Weather Injuries