PREPPER EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS
Basic Survival Rifle
A lot has changed in the seven years since I wrote “The Frugal Survivalist” or my five year long Blog, Bison Survival Blog, or even my apocalypse arsenal book “Apocalypse Gun Porn” published last year. Every one of my blog readers adamantly disagrees, but it is my considered strong opinion that the world is in severe ore decline, both such simple metals as steel ( witness the recycling to China and the doubling of steel cans in foods ) and as brass ( copper and nickel ). I contend that brass is NOT in short supply because the numerous Alphabet Soup Agencies are stockpiling. If paramilitary stockpiling would cause shortages, why didn’t conventional military use deplete the supply ( the military has both a larger budget and can waste a heck of a lot in very short order, mainly by killing things ) several years ago during the twin Sandbox wars? I contend that the re-election of The First Royal Kenyan has nothing to do with the shortage. His first crowning didn’t see that, so why should his second? Also, there was absolutely no shortage running up to the election, which makes no sense. Far and away the majority of paranoid gun nuts would buy extra just in case. They wouldn’t wait for the election and then contend with shortages as every Tom, Richard and Harry panic purchased. The only shortage prior to the election was rimfire. 22’s shot up in price and became scarce. An election scare wouldn’t cause plinking rounds to disappear. But the availability of brass would ( there was no longer profit in even a $20 brick ).
If there was a shortage because of Federal Government Leo’s ( or, Flea’s ) purchases, in this case the Power’s That Be giving us gun control by stealth with unaffordable ammunition, then the big foreign firms would have stepped up production and sold at much higher prices, yet still undercutting domestic manufactures who were maxed out at their facility, and made a yummy profit. Yet, the only increase in supply is from steel cased ammunition, NOT brass. Global brass supply has contracted. Can I prove this? No. I don’t have solid figures of production. This is merely me puzzling out events. I could be wrong, but I always base my advice on worse case scenarios. Not the rosiest or most optimistic. As far as I’m concerned, we are in it for the long haul with ammunition shortages and very high prices. On the one hand this makes my advice on arsenal rifles more timely ( bolt actions, not semi-auto, because after the collapse there will be NO further ammunition. Ever ), yet on another hand, if I am correct ALL my advice on survival guns needs to be updated.
First and foremost, forget the rimfire unless you already have an ammunition supply. Twenty cent rounds are insane for such an underpowered round. Better to stick with much better stopping power for not too much more a round. Secondly, take another long and hard look at the shotgun. Those rounds are still going for a mere quarter apiece ( because, surprise!!!! No friggin brass, just plastic ) and while the long arm price has gone up because of the general mad rush into firearms ( a little of Obammy, a lot of fear of economic collapse and ghetto cannibals soon emerging afterwards ), it hasn’t doubled like semi-auto’s have. Even at $175, a single shot shotgun is still a screaming bargain. If, and only if, ranges are short where you live, a shotgun can be your only long arm. They also have the benefit of being reloaded long after the collapse, as do all straight wall ammunition. With a shotgun, unlike all other arms, you can reload with paper cases and black powder and non-lead projectiles ( the primers, alas, will still be your weak link ). And, sorry, but World War Two surplus bolt actions are pretty much over and done with. The ammo is cheap still, not much more of an increase of 50% ( whereas conventional military rounds are up 100% or more ), but the rifle supply is so depleted the guns are going for insane premiums. I would never spend $400 for an Enfield. One of the eras best rifles, but they are used and abused. For $100 that was no big deal. But for $400 I can buy a brand new modern bolt action that is so much more accurate ( making your dwindling collection of ammunition count for more kills ) and doesn’t require a separate add-on to use a scope.
If you can’t rely on a shotgun because of open range ( the lever action also uses a cheaper round, but is also a shorter range and the gun itself is not cheap ), my best advice is to get a bolt action modern rifle, or even a break-open single shot ( lighter weight and simple mechanism ). This isn’t significantly different than my advice way back when, other than the ammunition. It will be increasing in price, supplies will continue to shrink and don’t be surprised if imports are banned ( see how the Chinese guns are still banned, even all these years after Clinton? ). If you don’\t buy what you need now, you are playing with fire. Buy your gun primarily with ammunition in mind. This should be your primary consideration ( although, obviously, factor in the firearm price and the ammo price for a total price, then compare. I wouldn’t sleep well at night if I had under two thousand rounds for a bolt action ). We are already in a collapse, and business as usual will not return, and that includes the good old days of affordable ammunition. So, whatever it costs now, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Bite the bullet, because ammunition is following the supply route of pure honey.
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