Survival Ammo Guns Rifles Tactical
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Personal Security - Survival Guns
Self Defense Weapons
~ Ruger .44 Magnum Super Black Hawk
Just the Sound
alone will send Bad Guys running
Guns to Grab - Ammo Section
There are many calibers available to
the 21st century Christian shooter,
from .177 to the massive 700 Nitro Express. In this article
we will deal with the most practical and popular calibers on
the market today. When outfitting a Christian family for personal
self-defense firearms it is wise to keep everyone on the same
page caliber wise, all should have the same caliber handgun
and all should have the same caliber of rifle. I have done my
best to simplify the following information, biased on a lifetime
of firearm experience and evaluation.
This caliber is listed because every home
should have an air rifle in this caliber in the gunroom. It
is a great training round and will put meat on the table without
giving your location away to unfriendly individuals. The advances
made in today’s air rifle are incredible, the day of the old
spring loaded daisies are history, and my air rifle cranks out
1000fps and will roll a squirrel at 50yds.
Rifle: For many today, this was the first powder cartridge they
ever fired from a firearm, this rim-fired cartridge makes a
great training round and cost just pennies a round. Every major
manufacture makes this caliber, so shop around for the best
prices. This rim-fired cartridge has no center primer for ignition
of the powder. A very sharp hit to the cartridge rims bottom
base will cause this round to discharge, this round is very
safe to carry and store. My advice here is to stock at least
10,000 rds (full case) away in a cool, dry place for each rifle
of this caliber. The .22LR is the “jack of all trades” in the
survivalist world, training, hunting and personal defense. Every
one I know has a Ruger 10/22 in .22LR and is very proficient
with it; we gave them as Christmas gifts throughout the years
to all the family members to insure that they would have at
least one good rifle. We all shoot together several times a
year with our 10/22’s at my own private shooting range; our
son was punching 27/30 bull eyes at 100yds by the age of 8.
This rim-fired cartridge is a larger version
of the .22LR and cannot be used in a .22LR firearm; this ammo
is very expensive and limited in its range and use. Coyote and
varmint hunters enjoy this round; personally I find little if
any use for this caliber that the .223 (5.56) cannot handle.
Automatic Colt Pistol: this round and is made for pistol only
and has saved several lives as a backup pistol for concealed
carry purposes. In my opinion, this round has outlived its usefulness
due to the compact 38 special, 9 mm, and 45’s on the marketplace
If you own a pistol in this caliber, more
power to you. But in my opinion it is a no go. The cost and
most important, the lack of stopping power and availability
in hard times, rules this out. For those that just have to have
this caliber I suggest that you stock up plenty of extra cases
This was a standard round for most law-enforcement
agencies in the ’30, 40, 50, 60s. Today’ 38 revolve has come
a long way in weight reduction, and design. I carry a 2 in Airlite
by Smith and Wesson a loaded with CCI snake shot. The 13 pound
6 ft 4 in Eastern Diamond Back Rattlesnake mounted on my wall,
reminds me to strap it on when I leave the back door. I don’t
use this revolver for personal self-defense mostly because all
of its five shot capacity and lack of accuracy at ranges beyond
10 yards due to the short barrel.
This is probably the most popular round
on the market today. This round is made for pistol and rifle.
This round was designed to operate in semi automatic firearms,
and is used worldwide by elite units in full auto mode, due
to its low recoil and stopping power. This cartridge is my personal
choice for a sidearm in survival times. The 9 mm can be found
in sporting goods sections and can be purchased in bulk by mail
The military and law-enforcement all stock this caliber
and it should be easily found on the market for years to come.
My advice is, stock at least 1000 rounds of fresh cartridges
for each 9 mm firearm. My Browning high powers [9 mm] are loaded
with mag safe ammunition, at three dollars a round, and worth
every cent. By merely using the right cartridge I have the stopping
power of a 45 in 9 mm. I have flattened deer with one shot from
my camp nine carbine in 9 mm, so you forty-five die hearts who
think 9 mm cannot do the job think again.
The 9 mm got a bad rap in a shooting report from the FBI
in a Miami shoot-out gone bad. The truth was, it was just bad
marksmanship that got those agents killed and sloppy stake out
procedures. In Los Angeles, the 9 mm failed to bring down a
couple of bad guys wearing full body armor, even the fabled
45 could not have penetrated their body armor suits. Bad rap
aside; it is still a great choice for a personal side arm caliber.
Smith and Wesson: I have included this cartridge simply because
many police departments around the country have optioned to
carry it. In my opinion, this is a caliber to avoid. Ammo will
dry up quickly during survival times, and once your supply of
ammo runs out, your pistol will become useless metal/polymer.
The ballistics on this round has yet to be proved on the battlefield,
or on the streets. All of the 40 caliber pistols I have held
felt bulky and heavy in the hand [personal opinion] when fired.
Automatic Colt Pistol: this warhorse round has been on scene
since WW1 to the present-day. This round is by far the most
popular favorite of all veteran pistol shooters, and has stood
the test of time. My favorite tactical pistol to date is an
H/k sitcom Mark 23; the very side arm of our elite Special Forces
and it uses a caliber designed 90 years ago. The Mark 23 is
the only 45 pistol I’ve seen that is not a jammer.
The HIGH dollar price tag puts it out of reach for the
average buyer. There are several makers of 45 pistols I can
recommend, Wilson, Para-ordinance, and Gunsite, are just a few.
This caliber is a great range paper puncher for ISPC matches,
but in a survival situation where your wife [5 ft. 3, a hundred
and 10 pounds] might have to use that 45-caliber pistol to defend
her home/honor/life, you might be in trouble. My theory is that
everyone in your family should have the same model and caliber
of side arm and long rifle. Reason being, magazine exchanges
between shooters are quick and no one is questioning what fits
what, and whether they are using the right ammo.
Spare parts are a necessity and when everyone is using
the same model firearm, repairs are quick and simple. If the
firearm is beyond repair, it can always be skeletonize for the
rest of the group’s future repairs. If you and your family are
proficient with a 45 pistol and feel comfortable with its recoil
and performance, then use it.
This caliber is a beefed up 38 special
and is enjoyed by many revolver shooters for home defense. A
357 Magnum revolver will shoot 38 special cartridges, but not
vice versa! When practicing on the range, 357 Magnum shooters
usually fires low-profile 38 special cartridges and when they
get home, they load it with the 357 Magnum cartridges. Thousands
of shooters do this every day, I say practice with the load
you intend to use for home defense in a real-time scenario,
so their are no surprises, and it makes a difference.
Due to the number of 357 Magnum revolvers around today,
this caliber will be around for a while still. The cost factor
for this cartridge and recoil makes it a no go candidate. Yes,
the 357 Magnum can penetrate a engine block, and that is great
if you want to shoot engines all day, only a reloader will have
cartridges for this caliber when supplies dry up.
I have included this caliber solely because
I carry a 629 Mountain revolver from Smith and Wesson in 44
Magnum, while hunting. It is a custom piece from the Smith shop.
Magna port in Detroit MI performed a Quadra port on the stainless
four inch barrel, carried in a Galico holster, makes a great
combination piece for side arm carry.
I truly love this revolver and the power it delivers to
the target. I must give credit to Elmer Keith for bringing the
44-caliber cartridge to the forefront for today’s shooters.
His ballistic research and data kept this cartridge alive in
revolvers. Fact, Mr. Keith could hit a target at 400 yards with
his 5 in. 44 revolver every time at demonstrations he put on
to promote the 44. Where this cartridge has a role in survival
times is not sure. Although this I do know, my 629 will be in
my backpack as a spare. [44 special cartridges will fire in
44 Magnum revolvers, not vice versa].
[5.56 mm]: Only after reading the U.S. Army ballistic reports
on this caliber and its origin was I able to grasp why the U.S.
Army adopted this caliber for their main battle rifle. The m-14
[. 308] Lost out to the lighter/smaller colt 16 in 223 only
because the weight and recoil of the 14 was too much for our
smaller allies to handle. Mr. Stoner originally designed his
rifle to fire the 308 caliber, the Army brass told him to tone
down the load. The 223 [5.56.] round found a home in the civilian
market due to Colts market strategy in AR- 15 models and the
copycats that followed. If this is your choice for a survival
rifle, then stock up on SS 109 armor piercing cartridges for
your .223 rifle. They will punched through light metal and heavy
wood items, and still have enough energy to penetrate an opponent.
My wife and son have chosen the colt A R 15 model A2 semi automatic
rifle for their "Guns to Grab," and I have chosen a customized
AR 15, what is called it Delta model, or CAG as it is known
in the Army, in semi automatic. It is set up for 500 yards shots,
which is really this caliber's limit. This will be my gun to
grab only because of the rule that all must have the same model
and caliber of rifle in your group. I have set up a larger caliber
rifle for longer ranges and night use in 308 and 30.06 calibers.
[7.62x51]: Since writing guns to grab in 1998, I have become
a big fan of the 308 caliber rifle. I have a FN-FAL and a Remington
742 carbine in 308 and have found it to compare with the 30.06
in ballistic performance. The military and police units worldwide
have adopted the 308 caliber for their main battle rifle. The
308 is going to be around for a long time and should be plentiful
to obtain in survival times. With availability in mind, I would
have to advise all to make their large caliber rifle a 308.
In 10 to 20 years from now you will thank me. Surplus military
308 ammo will be on the market and hopefully cheap. I wish I
could say the same about the 30.06 cartridges.
The M1 rifle and the Browning 1918A1
proved this caliber as a true man stopper. Why the military
ever gave up this round is beyond me. I firmly believe that
politics and cost, not the soldier’s safety, played a major
role in changing our main battle rifle to .308. I originally
built a 742 Remington carbine in 30.06 as my main defense rifle.
I have since built a .308 in the same model because I have a
feeling that ammo in the 30.06 will dry up someday, whereas
the .308 will at least be found as military surplus. I love
the 30.06 and wish that its future was brighter, but in the
order of things I can’t say the 30.06 caliber will survive.
And NO!, you cannot shoot .308 ammo in a 30.06 rifle!
Browning Machine Gun: this round was developed by the military
to use against planes, light tanks and light armored vehicles.
It was mainly used in the M2 machine gun or ma-duce as the troops
called it. I am not sure as to who built the first shoulder
fired 50BMG rifle for civilian use, but several companies now
offers civilians their choice of bolt or semi-auto models. Barrett
makes a model 82 in semi automatic that is extremely well built,
but carries a 7000 dollar plus price tag, which is out of my
wallets reach. The 50BMG cartridge is a specialty round that
will hit its target with such a degree of precision that it
would amaze most people, even at ranges out to a mile. One round
of 50BMG can cost over five dollars, military surplus 50BMG
ammo gets it down to about 2.00 dollars a round, for a very
expensive afternoon of shooting, this is not a plinker round.
This will be the next round to be removed from the civilian
market due to its power at extreme ranges. This caliber will
be around only because of a large stockpile the military has
put away for the troops, civilian ownership of this round looks
The 12 gauge is probably the most widely
used shell in the shot shooters world. The 12 gauge shot shell
comes in every variety imaginable and then some. From No. 9
shot trap load to armor piercing slugs, to flachette [30 plus
Dart’s], Dragon breath [flame thrower], bean bag rounds, the
list goes on. I highly recommend having at least one 12-gauge
firearm on your survival list, and stock as much ammo as you
can afford. I recommend having a minimum of 500 rounds of No.
6 shot loads, 500 rounds of 00 buck and at least 250 rounds
of slugs. The 12-gauge shell can always be used for trade or
barter even in the worst-case scenario. The 12 gauge shot shell
will be around long after the 410, 16, 18, and 20, 10’s have
dried up and disappeared from shelves.
All the calibers listed below, in a true breakdown of common
goods trade, will dry up faster than you can say “new world
order”. I own several firearms in these dying calibers and plan
on passing them out to those around me who thought things would
never come to this. When the ammo for these specialty firearms
runs out, they will be useless metal. Unless you plan on learning
the fine art of reloading and stocking plenty of reloading components,
you are hanging in the wind. Study what the United Nations military
uses for ammunition and you can’t go wrong when using a firearm
of the same caliber! I believe in the near future you’ll
see United Nations military troops, keeping us safe, using the
calibers I have mentioned in this article, on the streets of
the United States of America.
God Bless this Republic of The United States
Gary D. Winstead, Sr.
Winstead, Sr / Alpine Group
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Dying Calibers in Post-Survival
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