Tag Archive: AR-15

Why OPSEC is Bullshit


There’s a lot of talk within the prepper community about OPSEC and how it’s critical to your survival. I think this is largely a matter of semantics. Some believe that OPSEC means keeping all aspects of your prepper lifestyle a secret. I disagree; in fact, I believe we should all make a focused effort to educate more people about the lifestyle. OPSEC does have its place though; for example I don’t think it’s wise to tell someone where your food is stored, what weapons you own, or how to get to your bug out location, for example. In my opinion, we should bring more people into the fold, teach them as much as we can, but only limit the sharing... View Article »

Do You Make These Common Prepping Mistakes?

Prepping Mistakes

Those new to the prepping/self-reliance community often make the same common mistakes, but even a surprising number of experienced folks—including me—have made many of these same mistakes. Some continue to do so. Even worse, many of the so-called “experts” actually recommend many of these mistakes. Avoiding them (the mistakes, not the people—well, maybe some of the people) is critical to quickly becoming self-sufficient at the lowest cost possible. Storing the wrong food. One of the first things people do when they decide to become more self-reliant is to stock up on food—most often focusing on quantity rather than stocking what they actually eat. It’s perfectly fine to store dried beans in bulk if you eat lots of beans, but if... View Article »

What is the Best Home Defense Weapon?

Home Defense

The age-old question: “What is the best home defense weapon?” is a good question, but also, one that has no definitive answer. The best weapon is the one you have in your hand when the SHTF. For some people, that may mean nothing more than grabbing a 7 iron when someone kicks in their door, while more prepared people have ready access to firearm. Personally, I home carry, which means my sidearm is holstered on my body anytime I have pants on. It and several other weapons are within arms reach any other time. Intentionally defending yourself in a life or death scenario with anything less than a firearm, is foolish, so we’ll focus on your choice of firearms to... View Article »

AR-15 vs. AK-47

AR-15 vs. AK-47

Because both the AR-15 and the AK-47 are excellent weapons, you’re going to find plenty of die-hard fans of each one. Usually, there isn’t much overlap; you either love the AR or you love the AK. As a veteran Marine, I’ve put more rounds downrange through the M-16 (the military version of the AR-15) than most people will ever shoot in their lifetime. I’ve carried it through swamps, deserts, jungles, mountains, and even cities, so I’m very comfortable operating with it, and it’s the first weapon I grab when I have a choice. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its drawbacks; it certainly does, as does the AK-47. Today, we’ll outline the pros and cons of each weapon system,... View Article »