Posts Tagged ‘home defense’

Building an AR-15

Posted: December 3, 2012 by Sarge in Weapons and Tools
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So, months ago, I talked of building an AR myself, rather than buying one, in order to save money, while getting exactly what I wanted.  While this didn’t work out exactly how I expected, it did work out.  First off, I saved roughly zero dollars.  All told, I’m $850 into my rifle.  I could have purchased a fully assembled rifle for the same price off the shelf.  What I couldn’t have purchased, however, is the exact rifle, to the exact specs, that I wanted, off the shelf.

I built my rifle in large part to match the one I carried as a Marine.  I opted for the 20″ heavy barrel, with a forged upper receiver and an M-16 bolt carrier group.  It is a flat top model, with a removable front sight.  I didn’t go for a hand guard with rails on it… yet.  Instead, I opted for the A2 style hand guards, which I find to be more comfortable in my smaller than average hands.  I chose the standard M-16 style pistol grip and buttstock as well, because I know them both by feel, and knew that this would give me a rifle that would be familiar to me.  I put standard iron sights front and rear, with a carry handle style rear iron sight setup, because I trust irons not to lose their zero regardless of rough treatment.  The beauty of the AR-15 is that all of the things I opted for can be changed as I spend more time with the rifle and decide what I do and do not like.  There are already things I’d like to add or change.

As for putting the rifle together myself, I would do it again in a heartbeat.  As a caveat, I didn’t assemble the upper receiver-barrel.  I ended up purchasing from www.jsesurplus.com as I found good reviews of their products and services.  My upper assembly was built by Wilson Combat and test fired prior to shipping, which gave me some reassurance, as there are some areas that you can screw up that can be potentially harmful to your person (read: things blow up in your face).  That said, my upper assembly came complete, with bolt carrier group and all.  To that, I added the lower receiver, which I had to fill with trigger assembly parts, and a buttstock and pistol grip.

None of the steps in the process were difficult, and it required only basic hand tools.  I did have to do a little sanding in order to get the upper and lower receiver to mate properly, as they came from different manufacturers.  I made one mistake that involved a little bit of drilling, but this could have been avoided had I read through the steps in the process before starting.

If you are going to do this yourself, here are my pointers, based on experience:

1) Do research before buying parts, to be sure that you get quality products.

2) Buy what you want, within your budget, but remember that you can always change it later.

3) Build a rifle chambered in 5.56 mm, not .223, because the former can handle the latter, but the latter will not handle the former.

4) Read through the steps you are going to follow to put it together, BEFORE you put it together.  There are youtube videos as well, but again, watch the video all the way through before you start.

5) Buy ammo.  Then buy more.

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So, last night the doorbell rang, the dog was losing his flipping mind, and I realized I should totally install a peephole in the front door.  Sometimes I’m curious about who’s on the other side, but not enough to risk opening the door to find out.  I get tired of the vacuum salesmen who offer me a four-pack of Charmin’ if I’ll just let them do their presentation.

Yes, I could totally use more shit tape to add to my cache, but I can get 24 rolls for like eight bucks, which means you’re offering me $1.33 to not only listen to an annoying presentation about a vacuum I don’t want, but to LET A STRANGE MAN INTO MY HOUSE.

Seriously, WTF are these people thinking?  Does anyone actually take the bait?

Also?  If it’s after dark and you haven’t called ahead of time, I’m not opening the door.  There are too many crazies out there, and I don’t want to have to answer my door with a loaded handgun every time, so that door is staying closed.

Anyway.  Back to the peephole.  If I want to see who’s at my door without actually opening it, I currently have to peek through the front window blinds like a crackhead.  So I was thinking, what if shit hits the fan and like a police officer comes to the door to tell me I need to evacuate and I don’t get the message because I think it’s the Jehova’s Witnesses and I don’t want to answer?

I was all set to go to Lowe’s and buy a peephole and a big ass drill bit when I started to think about it I realized that using a peephole after TEOTWAWKI is a surefire way to get yourself killed.  I mean, think about it like this.  You’re all bugged in, feeding on your stash of Cheetos and Twinkies and basically living it up.  And then one day, someone knocks on your front door.  You’re pretty sure it’s nobody you care to speak to, but curiosity gets the better of you.  Suddenly, just as you press your piggy little eye up to the peephole, BANG!  BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!

You’re shot right through your own front door.  And then the shooter busts a window, climbs through, and suddenly *he’s* feasting on your Cheeto supply.

I’m serious, folks.  It could happen.

So now, I’ve started thinking about other ways to keep tight surveillance on my front porch.  I toyed with the idea of a camera system, but the minute the power goes out, you’re screwed. And then, I had an idea that borders upon genius. I need a fuckin’ parascope.

When I was a kid, we had this plastic periscope toy, and that thing was awesome.  You could totally sneak up on someone to spy on them, and provided they were deaf enough not to hear the giggling, it would totally work.  We used to sneak out of bed at night and use it to try to watch whatever my parents were watching on TV.

So I was thinking, if I could build a parascope and mount it into the front wall of the house, I could use that bitch to see who was at my door, without standing in front of the target zone myself.  I Googled “How To Make a Periscope out of PVC Pipe” and discovered I’m not the only jackass who has thought of this!  Literally, the third link that came up was about building a Periscope for your Bug Out Location. Damn, did I feel validated.  Make fun of me now, assholes.

As an added bonus, any leftover PVC could be used to build a potato cannon which could be a good nonlethal weapon for home defense (the downside?  launching your food supply 200 yards into the neighborhood).

Plus, I needed an excuse to huff PVC cement.

Board Games

Posted: February 20, 2012 by boyscout556 in Preparation
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Yes, board games.  These will be some of the items I will pack in my bomb shelter when I finally have the time, money, and place to build one.  Lets face it, you can have all the food in the world, along with all the necessities for survival, but being stuck in a room the size of a hotel room will drive you crazy.  That is unless you’re like the guy from the movie rocketman.  Otherwise, you should think about packing some things to keep you busy: board games.  A deck of cards or three might be a good idea also, anything that will occupy you when you have no where to go and nothing else to do.   Although this all only works if you have friends, and lets face it if you actually have friends you wouldn’t spend all your money on a bomb shelter.  So, I guess, rethinking this maybe books would be better.   Either way, think about the down time you’ll have after the SHTF and figure out how you’re going to spend it without going insane.   I realize these wont be necessary in a BoB or BoV as surviving will be taking most of your time, and the rest should probably be spent resting.  But keep in mind that if you’re stuck somewhere, having something to do will make the time go a lot faster.  Surviving TEOTWAWKI is more than just having the supplies, it’s a mental marathon.

So Many Choices

Posted: February 11, 2012 by boyscout556 in Weapons and Tools
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This post is dedicated to how i chose the current weapons in my arsenal: (By no means am i an expert in weapons, i just figured i’d share what i had with you)

I currently own a Smith and Wesson SW9VE (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_764980_-1_757911_757910_757787_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y).

Now a lot of people have issues with this handgun because it has a heavy trigger however that is how the trigger was designed as this gun does not have a safety.   I have put over 1000 rounds through it without so much as a hiccup.  I originally purchased this handgun over something else because the price.  When i bought it i got a 50 dollar mail in rebate so it only cost about 250.  It also uses the most common handgun ammo in the world.  Plus it just felt right.  I’m starting to look into a more concealable handgun, but havent found one i like yet.

On to the Shotgun i mentioned in my last post.  I purchased a 12 gauge Mossberg 500 Field/Security Combo set (http://www.mossberg.com/products/default.asp?id=3&section=products).  

This comes with both a 28″ field barrel and an 18.5″ home defense barrel.  The field barrel comes with Mossberg’s accu-choke system and three chokes.  This allows the field barrel to be used for a multitude of applications.  The home defense barrel is short, which allows for more maneuverability indoors.  The combo also comes with the pistol grip to replace the stock for home defense.  The price was right for 330, for what comes close to two firearms (at least in terms of uses).  I went with the Mossberg 500 over the Remington 870 ofter reading this post: http://jth8260.tripod.com/870.html.  Justin outlines why he recommends the 500 over the 870.  He also wrote a good post about using shotguns for home defense weapons which i also recommend: http://jth8260.tripod.com/shotgun.html.

Finally I own a Sig Sauer SIG556 Classic SWAT (http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/sig556-classic-swat.aspx).

This is a rifle, chambered in 5.56mm/.223.  It has a full quad rail system down its entire barrel, allowing it to be fully customized.  It also has a collapsible folding stock.  It accepts all standard AR-15/M-16 magazines.  I bought mine broken in (slightly used) and it came with a forward ergonomic grip (http://www.parallaxtactical.com/store/magpul-afg2-angled-foregrip-black-1089.html) and a red dot site.  This gun has been extremely reliable for me and I love it.  I’ve put almost 2000 rounds through it with one issue but its because i was cheap and bought cheap ammo which gummed up the chamber causing a casing to get lodged in the chamber.  After i rammed it out, cleaned the rifle, and stopped using exclusively wolf ammo (i usually shoot 20-30 rounds of wolf followed by 5-10 rounds of brass and it keeps the chamber from gumming up, at lest until i run out of Wold) i havent add an issue.  Truthfully the reason i bought is rifle rather than an AR is just that.  Its not an AR.  I like to be different.

So that’s my arsenal so far.  I’m by no means saying these are the best weapons for TEOTWAWKI.  They have been good, reliable, fun to shoot guns so far and that’s the only claim i make.

What makes up your collection and why?

Now for some pics of things that broke and I disposed of the fun way:

 

An Ipod I put a 12 gauge shotgun round through

A hard drive that I put multiple .223 rounds from the Sig followed by a 12 gauge shotgun slug through.

Stockpile Security (Hide Your Shit)

Posted: February 3, 2012 by Barbie in Stockpiling Food
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Look.  If you’re not really sure how you feel about this blog, and you think all this talk about shit hitting the fan is a little bit paranoid for your taste, close your browser.  Come back tomorrow.

We’re about to take the paranoid to a whole new level here.

So, you’ve got this stockpile of food, and you’re good to go for a while – 90 days, six months, two years.  Whatever.  All those assholes in your neighborhood?  They’re probably not ready.  Which means when they get really hungry, they’re gonna start showing up at your door.

Now, do you share your supplies?  Do you tell them to go to hell?  I’m not even going to address that here, because the reality is that none of us know what we’d do in that situation until it actually happens.  There are too many potential variables that would decide whether we would help out another family, or send them on their way and wish them the best of luck.  We’ll all just cross that bridge when (God forbid) we come to it.

But you’ve pretty much gotta assume that at some point, somebody is going to show up at your door wanting your food.  I’d highly recommend investing in some firepower so you can prevent them from taking your food by force, but I’ll let the Sarge and the Boy Scout offer their advice on that matter.  I’m here to talk about OPSEC (Operations Security).

The first rule of Stockpiling is you do not talk about Stockpiling.  You don’t blab to all your neighbors about how much cash you’ve got buried in the back yard, why would you run your mouth about how much food and ammo you’ve got piled in your basement?  Why should your neighbors stockpile when they can just come over to your house and rob you of your stockpile.  Quit talking.  Just shut the hell up.

Next, you’re gonna wanna make sure that at least some of your shit is hidden. Personally, I plan to fill my kitchen pantry up with food like a normal, responsible adult human being.  Everything that doesn’t fit in the pantry?  It’ll be hidden.  Well.  If someone does force their way into my home looking for food, they aren’t going to find much.  I’m not talking about under the bed or in the linen closet either.  When someone gets hungry enough, they’re going to start ransacking.  Start looking around your house and thinking of hiding places now.

And quit friggin’ talking about what you’ve got stashed up.  If you buy anything really good/obvious, like a kerosene heater or an assault rifle, don’t bring it home and carry it into the house on a Sunday afteroon while the whole neighborhood is outside washing their cars.  Bring that shit inside under cover of darkness, and stash it quick.

Believe me.  People are watching.