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Back to Basics: The KISS AR-15

I admit it - like most gun culture involved individuals in America, I also got way too caught up in building an “ultimate” AR-15.  While I didn’t go as wild as some, I definitely spent way more money buying and trying different setups until I settled on my current “Goldilocks”configuration. I use and shoot the… Read More

Prepper Guns on a Budget

If you were charged with putting together a basic 3-gun set of weapons for prepping and survival use, how much money would you need to spend to get the job done.  If you are new to this game, then this may be a perplexing question.  It is one I highly recommend for some judicious research… Read More

Building a Basic Defensive Arsenal

Times are tough. The economy is rolling, but not like a freight train. The country is in heavy debt from social spending and the support of conflicts abroad that are not really our conflicts. The middle class is taxed to death. The oil industry is still dragging. Ironically, we continue to import oil from the… Read More

The Ubiquitous 30-30 Lever Gun

Dear survivalists and preppers, have we gone AR and AK nuts? Hey, you know what, there are viable alternatives to the multi-round, mag latch, muzzle flash black guns so often associated with the bug out movement. For one, this author contends a good ole reliable, lever action 30-30 has a role to play in our… Read More

Quick Buyer’s Guide to Imported AK Market

The Presidential Election, mass shootings and terror attacks on our soil have touched off a “mini-panic”, not quite the size or scale we saw in 2013 after Sandy Hook.  This mini-panic has again focused the attention of would-be gun owners, and current owners of two type of firearms: handguns and semi-auto rifles.  The two most… Read More

Book Review: Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide

I’ll say from the outset that I’m less familiar with air guns than “traditional” guns. Air rifles, to me, have always fallen into the category of a BB gun, the “Red Rider” type that Ralphie wished for in the classic movie, A Christmas Story. A “rifle” that kids use as a precursor to getting a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SIG SAUER MPX-C 9mm REVIEW

I was fortunate enough to be able to have some trigger time recently with a Sig Sauer MPX-C 9mm carbine.  It wasn’t nearly enough time - probably 200 rounds over a couple of days - but it was enough to form an opinion on Sig Sauer’s next-generation pistol caliber carbine.  It was also enough to… Read More

Best Finishes For Your SHTF Gun

We recently had a reader email into the Survival Cache team with a couple suggestions for articles he’s like to see(those types of emails are always welcome, by the way!).   He’d mentioned one specific item he’d like to see gone over.  He wrote, “Another article I'd like to see if/when you and your team get… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Magpul MBUS Pro Offset Sights

Backup Iron Sights probably got their start by doing absolutely nothing when an optic was bolted onto a rifle that came from the factory with irons. But when modern sporting rifles (or whatever silly name the AR15 is being force-rebranded as these days) irons became an deliberate option.  BUS or back up sights (whether iron… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Talon Grips

So I'd just like to come right out at the outset of this review and state that Talon Grips have probably provided the most satisfaction-per-dollar of any of the firearms modifications I've tried in recent memory. They are quite inexpensive, easy to install, non-permanent, and 100% effective at the specific improvement they offer. They're just… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Magpul PMAG D-60 Drum Magazine

The wizards at Magpul have done it again.  As if their game-changing polymer 30-round PMAG wasn’t enough, they upped the ante with a 60-round drum magazine. And sometimes the obvious benefits of something are not, well, obvious.  Such is the case with the Magpul D-60.  The D-60 drum mag was announced at the February 2015… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Magpul Armorer’s Wrench

Once Upon A Time....You know, I’ll be honest here.  If you have never used an armorer's tool to work on an AR variant rifle, I almost hate to endorse the Magpul Armorer's Wrench as your first tool because you will never know just how bad most other armorer's tools really are.  You won’t know what… Read More

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Upgrades For SHTF

Outfitting the Ruger 10/22 Takedown for SHTF Duty: Since its introduction in March, 2012, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown has set the survival world on fire.  Finally, survivalists and outdoor enthusiasts had an esteemed rifle design of known reliability, quality, and accuracy that broke down easily – no tools required! - and stowed into an easily-managed… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Skinner “HTF” Tactical Garment Bag

The cliché saying is “hiding in plain sight.”  Preppers need to be sensitive to being able to hide critical gear, supplies, and SHTF stuffs away from prying eyes, thieves, or anybody else that might be snooping around your house or storage areas.  This is why we advise keeping quiet and discreet about your prepping efforts… Read More

Holsters For Bug Out Carry

Being able to quickly bring a handgun to bear during a Bug Out situation can be essential.  In fact, it could be life saving.  This includes the utilization of a good holster for gun security and carry.  Many options are available, some better suited to a Bug Out than others.  Let’s take a look.  For… Read More

Survival Debate: .223 Rem VS .300 AAC-Blackout

Gun enthusiasts love a good campfire argument over different firearms and cartridges.  Many, many preppers and survival planners are very much into the debate over this gun or that for this purpose or that and correspondingly the cartridges that go along with them.  Such debates can be instructional, knowledge worthy, and stimulating.  I have been… Read More

Survival Debate: S&W 15-22 vs. Ruger 10/22

There are many .22 long rifles worthy of consideration as the Last Best Plinker. In most cases, three categories of .22 rifles emerge when tossing them into piles according to similarities; those of classic variety with actions of lever, bolt, and tube-feed semi-auto. And there are those of the modern design with composite stocks, detachable… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry R18FSFSM-308

In the big business of survival and firearms, our time is a great time. Product demand is up; political pressure and societal issues are making people more aware of their surroundings and possible predicaments.  Never before has the survival and firearms industries been so driven to meet increased demands and increased call for sturdy, no-nonsense… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gerber eFECT Military Maintenance Tool

The  Gerber eFECT Military Maintenance Tool is a 6+ tool pocket machine designed to service the AR15/M16/M4 rifle. Unlike other multitools, the Gerber eFECT is missing the usual suspects of 1) knife blade, 2) pliers, 3) saw, 4) file...bottle opener, Phillips screwdriver, scissors, bit kit, pocket clip, wire cutter, etc.  In a nutshell, the Gerber… Read More

Survival Debate: .308 Win vs. .223 Rem

Our “9mm vs. 45” Survival debate was a popular one, so we’re going to take it one step further and go to the ultimate U.S. Military assault rifle comparison: the great .223 Remington, (NATO designation 5.56x45mm) vs. the stalwart .308 Winchester (NATO designation 7.62x51mm).  They are both battle proven platforms that have been in service… Read More

Book Review: The Evolution Of The Black Rifle

If you are like me and love the AR-15 platform, then you should consider reading the new book by Jeff Zimba called The Evolution of the Black Rifle: 20 Years of Upgrades and Accessories.  As you can infer from the title, the book was written with 20 years of experience by a person who knows… Read More

Survival Gear Review: 1887 T-Model 12 Gauge Shotgun

Not every firearm we review on Survival Cache is the ultimate survival gun.  Sometimes we see something and say "That is badass, I gotta get my hands on one of those."  Which is the case with the T-Model Lever Action Shotgun.  Last year at Shot Show, we were bleeding out of our eyes from seeing… Read More

Book Review: Survival Guns – A Beginner’s Guide

If you are a reader of Survival Cache or SHTFBlog then you have probably spent some time thinking about survival guns.  Like you, I have spent more time than I care to admit reading comments and forums with people arguing about the best firearms for survival or the best caliber for a pistol or rifle… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Leatherman MUT

The day after Independence Day in 1983, Tim Leatherman and his buddy Steve Berliner formally launched the Leatherman Tool Group Inc. and started selling its first product, the Leatherman PST or Pocket Survival Tool.  From that point on, Tim and Steve’s creation and its offspring can be found in almost every survival kit, bugout bag… Read More

Book Review: American Sniper

Although American Sniper is not the typical book that we review on Survival Cache or SHTFBlog, we felt that this book was good enough to break the mold of our book reviews.  As far as redeeming survival lessons in American Sniper, there are quite a few that you can gain by reading this book.  Plus… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry Flip-Up Sight

There is a positive glut of aftermarket supplies for the AR-15/AR-10 platform.  I feel like perhaps there may even be too many, especially if you’re just getting introduced to the AR system. Uppers, lowers, rails, grips, lights, sights, flash suppressors, aftermarket triggers, stocks…it goes on and on.  While this situation is a positive boon for… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Kel-Tec RFB

Wow, what a fun rifle.  Although its design is strictly business, the Kel-Tec RFB is just plain cool.  Kel-Tec is a company that thinks outside the box and is not afraid to be different, which is evident from their KSG Shotgun design.  When you first put the Kel-Tec RFB up to your shoulder it just… Read More

SHTF Firearm Choices

I read a lot of articles about the best choice of firearms. They generally focus on the AR-15 and the AK47.  I believe the discussions generally miss the point by failing to ask the question of what are you trying to do with the weapon. For example, if your goal was to stop a vehicle… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Magpul MBUS Pro Iron Sights

Iron sights have been with us ever since muskets were rifled.  Sharpshooters demanded more and thus began the revolution and evolution of iron sights.  Backup iron sights, on the other hand, grew from the need for redundancy as optics sprouted up on the barrels and rails of military and hunting rifles. by Doc Montana, a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SOCOM 16

If you grew up shooting rifles, then you might have an itch that a carbine just can’t scratch.  Like many, I have always been a fan of the M-14 rifle, also known as the M1A, but I am a little too young to appreciate its predecessor, the M1 Garand. By Mark P, a contributing author… Read More

Survival Debate: Aimpoint vs. EOTech?

The choice between an EOTech holographic weapons sight and an Aimpoint red dot sight is a win-win decision. Both sights offer amazing optical performance, near indestructibility, and a proven track record in battle. by Doc Montana, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com The downside of both of these sights are that they are fairly expensive, useless… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Ruger 10/22 Takedown

The Ruger 10/22 is the Piper Cub of the .22 rifle world.  It is a standard of expectation and operation upon which all others, good or bad, are measured.  In a world filled with evolving products, the 10/22 is easily recognizable whether the gun is an infant, a teenager, or in its 50s. By Doc… Read More