.223 Remington VS 5.56

. What’s In a Name? Most gun guys know the history of the .223 Remington and that, like so many of our popular cartridges, it started life in the military. Because the military switched to metric designations sometime in the fifties, this little 22-caliber cartridge was called the 5.56X45 NATO (commonly referred to as 5.56) when it was first introduced. The 5.56 surfaced in 1957 as an experimental cartridge in the AR-15 rifle. The concept was to develop a smaller, … Continue reading

Fix it in the Field

Hunting is a tough sport and sometimes bad things happen to your guns. Here are a few of the more common gun problems and how to do firearm repairs in the field. Frozen Bolt First of all, shame on you for this one.  I have seen it happen many times when the temperature drops down in the neighborhood of zero and if your gun fails to fire in extreme cold, it usually means you messed up. You should have degreased … Continue reading

Playing The Game in “Real Time”

There is a game that’s fun to play with your friends. It is simply to pick a historical figure that you would like to spend some time hanging out with. Most quickly pick Jesus, but he is eliminated for a bunch of reasons. First, he’s too obvious. Second, there is no mystery. He will simply do a couple of water tricks; you know, walking on it and turning it into merlot. Then he will raise a dead man back to … 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

The End

I have been a bit remiss in getting new postings up here; but I am sure you understand, I have been hunting. Without dwelling on it, this was a non-typical year of deer hunting for me. I spent more time in the northeast than I have in recent years and more time hunting with friends than on industry sponsored hunts. I got back to my roots a little and was reminded again about how public land hunting can make you … 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

Gun Guys Have a Tactical Advantage

The food is awful, but it feels good to sit down. A day of shopping at the local mall is not your idea of fun, but it keeps the peace with the family. Just as you are making that slurpy sound with the straw to annoy you wife (most men never really grow up) you hear full-auto gunfire and see a man spraying the food court as he screams “Allahu Akbar” over and over. The mall’s Rent a Cop, who … 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