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The rifle that preceded the M16 in combat in Vietnam was the Colt/Armalite-produced 601/601. Issued with a green Bakelite stocks, the 601 featured a hard-chromed bolt carrier group and prong-type flash suppressor. It lacked the forward assist that was added two generations later to the M16A1 series, and the case deflector that appeared on the M16A2. The case deflector has definite merit, which cannot be said of the forward assist. Left-handed law enforcement M16s need the addition of an add-on to protect the shooters’ faces from cartridge case burns.

Survival Guns: Advantages of the 20-Inch AR-15

Full-length 20-inch ARs with the original pencil-thin barrel profile are rather hard to find these days, but I’m here to tell you, this is the gun I would keep if I could keep only one for civil survival.

Survival gun with a bayonet

Are Bayonets a Good Idea for Survival Guns?

  For civilian use, little thought has been given to the bayonet, other than interest as collectors’ curiosity. With preparation for civil disaster, the bayonet should no longer be considered a collector piece, but as an essential item in the survival toolbox. Starting in late WWII, the bayonet changed in form and function. Prior...

Scott Wagner with a survival shotgun

Survival Shotguns: Not Just for CQB

  Editor’s Note: The author offers some great tips for selecting a survival shotgun in this article. Keep in mind you’re not likely to find a literal “survival shotgun” for sale. Survival shotguns are sporting or tactical firearms purposed for preparedness. The shotgun has some marvelous advantages for the person who is preparing for...

Ball ammo is best for survival guns. Choose brass cases.

Ball Ammo: The Best Survival Gun Bullets

  A lot of careful consideration and planning needs to be done in order to make sure you are ready for surviving a long-term calamity.  One area of attention is the type of combat ammunition you will purchase for stockpiling. Recent technological advances in ammunition of all types and calibers have been astounding, particularly...

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...