Victims in Waiting

The rule is never talk to reporters and it’s a good one to follow. They are never on our side and they are rarely honest. But my thoughts are if we refuse to talk with them, nobody will ever hear our side of the story. So I stuck my neck out and consented to the interview. What the result will be remains to be seen, but I trusted the young lady when she said she wanted to present gun owners … Continue reading

Prepper Guns is For Sale!

  “The only one who knows more about guns than Towsley is God, and I’m not sure about that.” —J. Guthrie, as told to Mike Mattly PREPPER GUNS Firearms, Ammo, Tools and Techniques You Will Need to Survive the Coming Collapse   By Bryce M. Towsley Food, water and shelter are very important to survival. But you must also be ready to protect what is yours after a social or economic collapse. If somebody stronger, better prepared and better equipped … Continue reading

Time to get your can in action

Preppers need to be a bit thick skinned, as most of the public looks at us with smug amusement. For example during a recent medical visit we were making small talk about how we had spent the past weekend. “I was canning venison,” I said. That brought a little smile of superiority to my health care provider. “Who does that anymore,” he asked quite smugly. “I do,” I replied. “So do millions of other smart people.” “I doubt it,” he … Continue reading

The Lever Action Alternative

This is excerpted from my upcoming book, “Survival Guns for Preppers” due out this spring.     If you are politically oppressed and can’t own the gun you want, this might be the gun you need   There is no question that a magazine fed, semi-auto rifle is the best tool for surviving what’s coming. But what if you are one of those poor unfortunate souls who live where the government doesn’t trust you enough to own one? Well the … Continue reading

Survival Guns

The concept of a “Survival” gun again has taken on a bit of a romantic notion with the prepper movement. I stand firm that the best survival gun is an AR-15 or AR-L in .308. There is not much that these guns can’t do. They are outstanding for defense and adequate for hunting and foraging. While a lot of what is written is about hunting, I think the biggest issue is going to be defense. Staying alive, particularly in the … Continue reading

My Little Voice

My paternal grandmother was an amazing woman. She was of French Canadian descent and most likely, judging by her looks, a good deal Algonquin Indian; although her generation kept those things secret. She was a tiny, five foot ball of energy and could out work anybody well into her eighties. She had little formal education, but ran several successful businesses and raised five children spread out over more than two decades in age. She developed her own system of math … Continue reading

A Nation of Sheep

    President Obama has proven once again that he has no boundaries by politicizing the murders in Charleston and dancing in the still warm blood of the victims. It was as shameful a display as ever exhibited by any holder of that office. Rather than call for healing and prayer and waiting for all the facts about the shooting to become available as a true leader would have done, he attacked gun owners and the 2nd Amendment in a … Continue reading

The Right Guns for Zombie Apocalypse

  I know – I know. The zombie thing is old news, a joke, passé. If, like me, you are watching the latest season of The Walking Dead you know that to be true. The two episodes that have run so far were horrible. I fear the show has lost its bearings. But, consider this. Zombies are just a euphemism for social unrest. It’s not polite to talk about shooting people, but whacking zombies is OK. So a tongue in … Continue reading

The Reality of it All

  The idea that you can survive social collapse unscathed without the means to defend yourself, your family and your property is naive, foolish and a death sentence. It’s not hard to find examples of what happens today when the “system” breaks down. Just look at New Orleans after Katrina. It was chaos and the cops turned out to be worse than the looters. Speaking of the looters, they were shooting at the helicopters that were showing up to rescue … Continue reading

Are you ready?

On the television this morning as I ate breakfast was yet another economic guy explaining how the U.S. economy is nothing but a shaky house of cards. He explained about how the Fed is just propping it all up by buying bonds and keeping interest rates low while at the same time printing money at an unprecedented rate. “Their goal,” he said, “or at least what I believe is their goal, is to keep all the balls in the air … Continue reading

One Way To Go

With 9/11 so close behind us, the Benghazi hearings starting today and our president becoming more and more sympathetic to the enemy I thought this excerpt from The 14th Reinstated was timely.  “I thought all our enemies were gone. The only ones who attacked without reason and for anything other than money or perhaps power, were the nutjob Islamic terrorists. But it can’t be terrorists, that problem was resolved a long time ago.” “I remember,” Davy said with a husky … Continue reading

Are You Ready?

 While researching a new book project I bought both of Mel Tappan’s books. For those of you who don’t know, he was pretty much the Godfather of the prepper movement. They called it Survival back then, but Tappan ruled the market in those bleak Jimmy Carter years. Although he died young and unexpectedly, his book “Survival Guns” is a classic. After his death his wife put together some of his columns from Guns and Ammo and Solider of Fortune and … Continue reading

Survival Lessons from the Industry Masters

I am at the Orlando airport watching steady stream of desiccated, tired looking grandparents staggering by with grumpy kids wearing Mickey Mouse hats. It’s been hot this weekend, but then Florida gets that way in July. I am not sure who thought it would be a good idea to schedule a shooting match in Florida in July, but the Industry Masters is now a sweltering, sweaty memory. I shot on the Hodgdon team and other than the shotgun, I can’t … Continue reading

The Best Place

I am just back from 12 days off the grid in Alaska. Well OK, I confess; I did have a Satellite phone. But other than that we were out of touch with the world and a long way away from any other people. My guide was a native of the area, at least in loose terms. We were an eight hour boat ride from his house with pretty much nothing but wilderness in between. As we were hunting brown bear, … Continue reading

The BS Flags

  I know I have been beating this drum over and over, but what I thought was fiction in The 14th Reinstated seems to be coming true. Frankly it’s starting to worry me. I was using my imagination and trying to see the worst case scenarios for where the country and the world were heading. I thought it made an interesting book and perhaps a cautionary tale about what “could” happen. But I never thought it would really follow the … Continue reading

What is Prepping?

Recently a writer I have read for years, but never met, contacted me through mutual friends.  He is doing a piece for a national magazine on preppers and asked for an interview. While I write about prepping for magazines and prepping was an undercurrent in The 14th Reinstated, I have never really considered myself to be a prepper. But, I guess in looking at the issue I am one of sorts. I don’t have a bunker or a small army, … Continue reading

Which Guns Should You Buy for the Coming Collapse?

Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today. –Mark Twain I can tell you that no book worth reading in the history of the world was finished on schedule. Anybody organized and disciplined enough to do that is not creative enough to write anything other than a boring book. I know writers like that; precise, on schedule and very organized and their books are snooze fests. Check into all the great writers in history and you will find that they … Continue reading

Water, Water Everywhere . . .

If you have been following the news then you know that the scenario of social and economic crash in the book The 14th Reinstated is not only plausible but may be inevitable. It’s becoming clear that the dollar is on a downward spiral and that government is dysfunctional. We have elected our way into a mess and it might not be fixable. Nearly half of our population does not pay income taxes and a similar percentage now receives money from … Continue reading

Now Is the Time to Start

I was worn out from travel and trying to recover from some minor surgery, so I spent the day riding the couch. It was my misfortune to turn on a cable show about preppers. If you didn’t know any better you would think they are all complete fools that are a little bit crazy and a lot bit dangerous. This show was set in a compound in Florida which they ran like a military camp. It showed them “training” by … Continue reading

Getting Home

The truth is that I hope The 14th Reinstated remains fiction. But I fear it will not. Just look at what’s happening around the world right now, with riots in multiple countries, including in the USA. I don’t believe that these are all spontaneous uprisings. I think some of them are being orchestrated and I fear they may be the prelude to bad times ahead. When I personalize a copy of the book I usually add the inscription, “Keep your … Continue reading

Ninety Second Bug Out Bag

    If the scenarios predicted in the 14th Reinstated become reality, and it’s looking more and more like they might, you need to be prepared. If you must leave your home in a hurry, can you survive the next few days? When the shit hits the fan nobody can predict the splatter pattern. In the world of understatement it might be a classic to say we live in uncertain times. Floods, fires, severe weather, social collapse and terrorism all hang … Continue reading

Is Sequestration a Symptom?

Obama explaining the size of his “Sequestration” I just received word that Obama has ordered furloughs for Border Patrol Agents. This was from an agent who received his, so it’s no longer conjecture at this point. This is following his other “cuts” due to sequestration; a policy he created and forced into play. He also threatened to cut police and fire departments, not understanding that they are state and local, not federal. Somebody must have explained the difference, so now … Continue reading

Obama’s End Game? America’s Downfall

Here is another excerpt from The 14th Reinstated.  It’s looking more and more like the book is a window to the future and America’s downfall. At the rate our debt is piling up, all this could happen in only a few years. After Congress passed the “America First” trade bill, foreign trade ground to a halt. In fact, that one act alone had a lot to do with what China did to our country. We owed them trillions of dollars … Continue reading

Government and Guns

This is an excerpt from the book, “The 14th Reinstated.” Is any of it starting to look familiar? All my guns were double edged swords, because having those guns protected me and my family, but they also made me a target. It was never a secret that I had the guns. “Back before” I sold hunting books and booked hunting trips from my home office, so my address was published many times on paper and on the Web. It was … Continue reading

The 14th Reinstated — Fiction or Prophecy?

When I started writing The 14th Reinstated in the fall of 2011, I believed it was fiction. It was, of course, one possible scenario for where the United States and the world were headed, but it was a worst possible scenario. A great story, but not such a great world. I meant the story to be entertaining and a bit scary. I also wanted a cautionary tale about the horrors that are possible if we let our guard down. It … Continue reading

The Best Long Gun for Survival

If social collapse occurs it will be up to you to take responsibility for your survival and the safety of your family. You cannot depend on society, the police, the rule of law or the government to help you. You are on your own. If you have prepared your home and put away food and other supplies there will be desperate people trying to take it all away from you. As the cities empty the number of hungry people increases, … Continue reading