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Survival Gear Review: Remington TAC 14 Shotgun

Shotgun manufacturers have been long overdue for a handy smoothbore gun for a Bug Out defense from a vehicle or other modes.  Remington has really stepped up to the plate with this one.  The new Tac-14 is a prepper dream based on the time honored reliable model 870 pump action 12-gauge shotgun.  First out of… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle .450 Bushmaster

The .450 what?  Yeah, dude, the .450 Bushmaster or maybe what should have been named the .450 Bush Wacker.  Originally, the .450 Bushmaster was designed to be used in M-16/AR-15 platforms using 5-round magazines.  Now Ruger puts in it the ultimate prepper bolt action rifle, the Gunsite Scout model.  This model utilizes the forward mounted… Read More

Survival Gun Review: The Ruger Alaskan

There has been an explosion of carry pistols and what I call “city variants” of guns over the past couple decades. From a Glock in every home, to more concealed carry permits that ever, to a wide choice of magazines about the topic in the grocery store. It’s no wonder that notable wheel guns seem… Read More

The New Remington 1911R1 10MM Hunter

The Remington Arms Company began making firearms in 1816.  Specifically, the founder Eliphalet Remington made his first handgun in that year.  Later, in 1830, the original factory armory building was constructed in Ilion, New York.  Other buildings were added in 1854 and again in 1875. As you can well imagine with an arms company that grew… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Springfield Armory XD-S 9mm

A few years back, Springfield Armory came out with a single stack 9mm to much fanfare and then as quickly as the pistol launched, they promptly recalled the pistol due to a possible unsafe condition. The recall read as follows (from manufacturer): "Springfield Armory is initiating this voluntary safety recall to upgrade 3.3 XD-S 9mm… Read More

The Unappreciated 10mm Auto

The 10mm auto is a fine cartridge that was created as a very real solution to a very real problem. Unfortunately the 10mm performed exactly as designed while predictable humans went and messed it all up. But before we start, if you are quite familiar with the 10mm auto and perhaps even happily own one, you… 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

10 Bug Out Bag Essentials

Call this back to basics, or getting started from the get-go, but there are as many varieties of opinions on bug out bag contents as cats have lives.  And then some.  Then there are the definitions of exactly what constitutes a bug out bag, but no two preppers or survivalists bags are the same much… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Magpul Tejas Gun Belt

The Magpul Tejas “El Original” Gun Belt is what happens when tradition falls into bed with technology. By combining the best leather with the best polymer for the purpose,  Magpul invented a whole new genera of gun belts. The top grain bullhide is taken only from the shoulders of the finest English speaking bulls, while the… 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

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

Daltech Force Bullbelt & IndestructiBelt Gun Belt Review

Let me start by saying that my primary objective in buying a new belt was not to get a belt for carrying a gun. No, I needed a new belt because the leather belt I’ve been wearing the past few years gets that inevitable sag where it doesn’t look right any more. I mean look… 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

Survival Gear Review: Glock 42

Does your carry pistol limit what you do? Do you worry about exposing your gun to the elements? Is your carry preference too much of a burden for many activities? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you should consider the Glock 42.  For me, I wanted a familiar handgun but in… 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: Ruger Charger Takedown

Some serious firearms are merely taken as fun guns.  Why not allow them to play the role of both?  Lucky for me, at a recent NRA Friends banquet, a friend bought be a raffle ticket to which it produced a winning selection of a firearm.  My choice?  It was a no-brainer for me when I… 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: Sig Sauer P320

So I got a Sig Sauer P320.  I saw it in a local pawn shop, sitting there in the glass case, perched on green velvet, looking all blocky and businesslike and badass.  I handled it, fondled it, wiped the drool away, and made a trade for it. It went home with me where I glared… 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

Survival Gear Review: Rothco Concealed Carry Jacket

With the onset of fall up here in northern climes, my fellow concealed firearms carriers and I perform a collective sigh of relief. With colder weather comes warmer, bulkier clothing that allows more comfortable methods of carry, with larger, more effective sidearms.  Gone, for a while anyway, is the season of constantly wondering if my… Read More

Best Handgun Calibers For Survival

Is there really a “best” of anything?  Well, yeah, I think A-1 steak sauce is the absolute best.  I love St. Pete’s Signature blue cheese.  Diamond D Leather in Alaska makes the best across the chest crossdraw handgun holster on Earth.  I am a huge fan of Kimber 1911 pistols, Smith and Wesson heavy revolvers… Read More

Survival Debate: Pocket Carry vs. Concealed Carry

Several years back I got into a discussion with my brother who lives back in the Midwest about concealed carry options.  At the time, I was living in Seattle and had obtained my concealed carry permit from the state of Washington and was carrying a subcompact .40 cal S&W.  My brother liked my choice of… 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

Survival Gear Review: ShotLock Handgun Solo-Vault 200M

If you want fast access to your handguns in your home or automobile but also need to keep them secured from prying eyes or hands, then you should consider owning an individual gun vault.  Securing your guns is obviously important for safety reasons, but have you considered securing your firearms might protect you from criminal… Read More

Survival Debate: 1911 or Glock

The infamous “Colt” 1911 and the Glock pistols represent the epoch debate over two classic diametrically opposed handgun designs.  Like vanilla and chocolate ice cream there are diehard followers of each flavor as well as for each of these pistols.   One can argue this model is better than the other, but it is a debate… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SIG Sauer P227 Nitron

It's no secret to anyone who's read any of my articles on Survival Cache or SHTFblog that I'm a SIG Sauer fanboy.  I've owned several – all of them in .45 ACP: a standard P220, a P245 compact, and my favorite, a P220ST stainless. Every single one has been just hideously accurate, and extremely reliable. … 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 Gear Review: Glock 43

The official news finally broke at the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting in Nashville in April.  The rumors have been flying for several years that Glock was working on a single stack, 9mm handgun for the concealed carry market.  Well, I can let you know that the wait is over.  I finally got my hands… 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: 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: 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: 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

Survival Shotgun Selection

The shotgun is probably the most versatile survival firearm on can possess.  It has unparalleled versatility.  With a change in ammunition it can take down large game or small birds. High quality firearms can be found for reasonable prices, ammunition is affordable and it is the one weapon where you get to practice on moving… Read More

Survival Gear Review: V-Line Brute Gun Safe

If you own a gun, you should own a safe.  There, I said it.  These days, you don’t exactly have to strain the ol’ gray matter to come up with a good reason to keep your firearms secure.  Your domicile or automobile could be broken into and your valuables and firearms could be stolen and… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Streamlight TLR-3

As I sit here typing this out, I have a neat little self-defense package nestled on my hip, residing there quite comfortably:  A Smith & Wesson M&P Compact in .40S&W, with a Streamlight TLR-3 light clamped happily on the accessory rail. The light looks like it grew there, the balance is great, the weight light… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Smith & Wesson .380 Bodyguard Backup

Frankly to me just the idea of a having a “backup gun” smells of trouble.  But then on the positive side of things a backup gun can be a comforting thing.  The concept of a backup gun of course naturally implies that you have a primus firearm at the ready, and that the secondary gun… 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: 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

Survival Gear Review: MAGPUL Furniture

When it comes to customization of an AR platform, it is fair to say that the options are now limitless.  Without all of the hype of being an “Mall Ninja” with every accessory you can think of added to your weapon, the essential components of tactical shooting can all be found from one company, Magpul… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Crimson Trace MVF-515 Foregrip

Over the years the "Frankenstein" AR-15 has gotten out of control.  A few years back, I was accessorizing my stock "Bushmaster AR" with all of the latest gadgets and widgets.  In my mind I came up with all sorts of wild apocalyptic scenarios where I would need such things for my rifle. By Mark P… Read More

The Ultimate Survival Pistol – Glock

Time and time again the Glock pistol has been used by military personnel, law enforcement, survivalists, hunters, and the Average Joe for home and personal defense.  They provide value relative to their cost, they are reliable, accurate and consistently perform when put to the test.  When you factor all of the major considerations for an… Read More

D.I.Y. Zombie Survival Rifle Build

Zombies are everywhere.  It seems like they are at every turn these days.  I saw one in Wal-Mart just this morning.  They can often be seen in the fresh meat section for the obvious reasons of attraction.  If you look close enough as you go about your business, you will see them too. By Dr… Read More

Survival Gear Review: PWS MK214 Battle Rifle

In the never ending argument among internet experts on pro's and con's of the AK-47 vs the AR-15, we give you an alternative to that argument.  The Battle Rifle, when you care enough to send the very best down range. By Scott, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com The Battle Rifle The MK214 Battle Rifle was… Read More

Survival Without Firearms

The current furor over the threat of a new round of restrictive firearms laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook killings has gotten me to think further about what kinds of weapons we might choose to protect ourselves.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com Here we are talking about… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Lula Magazine Loader

Every once in a while I come across a product that down right surprises me.  It has been a while since that has happened but the wait is over.  I was recently introduced to a Lula Magazine Loader much to my delight.    By Mark & Jimmy C from the SurvivalCache.com Team A few months… Read More

Survival Gear Review: KEL-TEC KSG

There is nothing else like it on the market today.  The look, design, feel, and features make the Kel-Tec KSG one unique firearm.  One can maybe debate its principal utility, but not the functional alternatives it offers.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com The KSG is a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Smith & Wesson Governor

Even a moments delay in an actionable response can result in your demise.  Most Bug Out scenarios usually occur in a panic state.  Sure you are supplied, packed and ready to go, but when the alarm goes off are you ready to go?  Maybe you get off a couple last minute cell phone calls to… Read More

Book Review: The Art of the Rifle

"Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons."  With this sentence Cooper begins his book The Art of the Rifle and sets the tone for all that follows. By Captain Bart, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com It amazed me that while I had read… Read More

Survival Gear Review: RRA LAR-8 Elite Operator

For as long as I can remember reading survivalist dogma well over fifty years for this author, one the central themes has always been how best to arm the fort for the onslaught of bad guys and the unprepared looking to steal your food and loot.  Today they are called Zombies. Whatever! By Dr. John… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Tuf-Cloth and Tuf-Glide

As a daily knife user and avid shooter, I’ve been looking for a product that would clean, lubricate, and protect my tools, with a special interest in my EDC knives.  My EDC knife faces a lot of dirt, grime, dust, and lint. By Mr. Smashy, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com Both my wife’s and my… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gum Creek Vehicle Handgun Mount

Many preppers will be seriously considering an evacuation to a secondary home, Bug Out Location, or other hideout in the event of a SHTF scenario.  One assumes then some kind of transportation vehicle along with weapons has to be in the mix. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com One of the… Read More

How to Buy a Gun Case

Gun cases are made to protect guns.  Guns are tools, fine tools.  They deserve to be cared for so they can be expected to perform to their design potential.  Guns need regular maintenance, cleaning, repair, and proper storage.  Storage implies both during the time of use and afterwards. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing… Read More

Survival Gear Review: M6 Scout Survival Rifle

One of the purpose built survival weapons that I always found interesting was the M6 Scout made by Springfield Armory.  Based on the design for the pilots of the USAF, the Springfield Armory M6 Scout has only a few changes from the original M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon. By the SurvivalCache.com Team The commercially available model… Read More

Survival Gear Review: CZ 75 Pistol

When I was in a gun store waiting for an FFL transfer, I saw what I thought was a nice looking Browning Hi-Power in the case for a great price.   I asked to look at it and the gun felt right.  I checked the tag and it read, “CZ 75B”. By Mr. Smashy, a… Read More

5 Easy Steps to a Clean Gun

Mechanical devices demand regular and proper maintenance.  This certainly includes all firearms which do require a good cleaning and lubrication after use to keep their operational performance at a peak for a survival scenario. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com Generally though, regular maintenance does not imply that a firearm needs… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Henry US Survival AR-7 Rifle

Since 1959, the US Air Force has been using the AR-7 as a survival rifle for pilots.  We loved the idea behind the AR-7 so we decided to put it through the paces at SurvivalCache to see if it would live up to the term "Survival Rifle"...and it did.  By the SurvivalCache.com Team Let me… Read More

Book Review: Boston’s Gun Bible

If you have been looking to learn more about rifles, shotguns, pistols or carbines then look no further, Boston's Gun Bible is a trustworthy book for the beginners to the advanced gun owner.  This is a great addition to any Survivalist's library. By Captain Bart, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com As complete a work on… Read More

Survival Gear Review: G-Code Modular Holsters

Very few things get me as excited when it comes to survival gear, as a piece of good quality kit that allows me to easily use something for multiple applications.  I’ve been looking for a good modular holster system for quite awhile, now my search is over. By Scott of SurvivalCache.com When I work, I… Read More

Pellet Guns, Not Just For Kids Anymore

The survivalists’ old standby for hunting small game has always been a small .22 rifle or pistol. While definitely no replacement for a good rifle, the pellet gun offers several advantages in a survival situation, here are a few to think about. By Josh (The Survival Kid) and Captain Bart 1. Open Carry. Open carrying… Read More

Survival Reloading

Reloading, now and in the future, is the best way to ensure your ammunition independence instead of relying on supply chains and retailers to provide a secure supply of ammunition.  Reloading affords you the freedom to create your own ammo outside of the ups and downs of the global economy. By Mr. Smashy of SurvivalCache.com… Read More

Survival Debate: PDW – Do you really need one?

The PDW or Personal Defense Weapon is a creation by the gun industry as one more thing us “Gun Nuts” need to have in our arsenal but as you will find out in this "Survival Debate" do you really need one.....or just want one?  Let's find out. The closest cousin to the PDW is the… Read More

Survival Psychology “The Aftermath”

You are now 5 hours into a very long day. At oh-dark-thirty a bad guy kicked in your front door. Took him three tries so you had time to meet him armed. In the ensuing encounter, he came in second place.  The police and paramedics have come and gone. Your attorney, that you keep on… Read More

Part 8: The Best Survival Carbine (AR Style Rifle)

Part 8: (The Conclusion) So what is the best survival carbine (AR style rifle)?  The answer is whatever is best for you according to your intended uses, budget and comfort level using it in different applications and configurations.  There is no right or wrong answer. This article is Part 8 and the final post in… Read More

Part 7: The Best Survival Carbine (AR Style Rifle)

Part 7: (Ammo) After you have selected your Survival Carbine, the next step is selecting the right ammunition to store and train with for emergency situations.  This article will help you make sure that when it counts....you have the right ammo in your magazine. This article is Part 7 in a series of posts. Read… Read More

Part 6: The Best Survival Carbine (AR Style Rifle)

Part Six: (Commercially available Gas Piston Systems) There are fewer choices for Gas Piston Systems compared to DI/DGI but if you are looking for a Gas Piston Driven AR-15 Survival Carbine, these 8 manufacturers will get you started.  This article is Part 6 in a series of posts. Read Part 1: (A Little Background) Read… Read More

Part 1. The Best Survival Carbine (AR Style Rifle)

Part 1: (A little Background) When thinking about Survival, we all spend a lot of time thinking about weapons.  We decided to assist your knowledge by taking a more in depth look at the Survival Carbine. A carbine (pronounced /ˈkɑrbiːn/ or /ˈkɑrbaɪn/[1]) (from Greek καραμπινα "carbine") is a firearm similar to a rifle or musket. … Read More

7 Ruger 10/22 Accessories for Survival Readiness

The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular .22 rifles in the world and a lot of people have one for small game hunting in a survival situation. You could use a completely stock 10/22 and be just fine, but to be more prepared here are the top 7 accessories for the Ruger 10/22… Read More