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Scott Wagner

About Scott Wagner

Scott Wagner is a 32-year law enforcement veteran. Currently a police sergeant in Baltimore, Ohio, he spent 20 years with the Union County Ohio Sheriff's Office as a Reserve Deputy where he worked patrol, training and SWAT, and was the assistant SWAT team leader and a team sniper. Wagner has been a state-certified police firearms, fitness and defensive tactics instructor for 26 years, and has been a criminal justice professor and police academy commander for 20 years at a community college in the Midwest. He is the author of the Gun Digest books, "Tactical Shotguns,", "Own the Night—A Guide to Tactical Lights and Laser Sights," and Survival Guns.

How to survive without power

Blackout: Rehearsing for the Bigger Threat

  Editor’s note: Ohio-based author Scott Wagner recently experienced a power outage from the powerful storms that have swept across America in recent days. Here is his journal during the blackout. I am writing this post on laptop battery power by the light of a propane lamp. This past Friday, as many of you...

Shelter-in-place survival guns

Shelter-in-Place Survival Guns 101

Previously, I discussed what my concepts of daily travel and vacation long guns were, and said that they were distinctly different than long guns you might choose for defending your home, i.e. “sheltering in place” in the event of disaster. Speaking of being armed during times of disaster, I saw in this month’s American...

The best survival guns for vacations

Best Survival Guns for Vacations

    For the past 32 years as a cop, I have never traveled on vacation without an off-duty gun.  Whether driving or flying to my destination, I always had an off-duty gun with me. In years past, that gun was usually something small and concealable—a Smith and Wesson .38, a Colt Mustang Pocketlite...

DPMS Panther Lite M4-style Carbine

6 Tips for Transporting Survival Guns

    When sudden disaster strikes, where will you be? No one can be sure. Add the additional variables such as whether the disaster will be more or less localized in nature (fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, unknown localized disorder) or one that is national (economic collapse) and you realize daily preparedness is crucial. There...

Is the Beretta 92FS a good survival pistol?

Choosing a Survival Pistol: Applying the Five Principles

Let me put the five principles from my previous post together in making a decision concerning a pistol. Clearly, I am examining only one selection, because there are MANY pistols available that would work in this role, which I will discuss in the future. The pistol I am going to examine is my all-time...

McMillan TAC-308 Tactical Rifle

The Five Principles of Survival Guns and Weapons

I would like to start my next post by laying the groundwork I believe is necessary for selecting the survival guns and weapons you will need, both lethal and less lethal (the proper term is “less” not “non” lethal, since many of these weapons systems could kill if used improperly), as well as the...

Scott Wagner's "In The Event..."

Scott Wagner: Welcome to “In the Event…”

Welcome everyone to my new blog. The purpose behind this blog is to discuss survival weapons, survival guns, survival tactics and survival strategies that you may find useful in terms of your being able to defend yourself, friends and loved ones, in the event of national or global calamities. These things are being prepared...