Friday, November 21, 2008

Mags Mags Mags

Just about every gun shop or online firearms dealer are chanting the same thing. Almost every firearms accessory dealer on the web are all showing the same headline;


Now I am not a doom and gloomer per se, I like to think that I am more of a realist, but when all are saying the same thing it certainly makes one think for sure.

Good thing for me is that glock magazines are still plentiful and cheap which brings me to my new post. Interchangeability and systems.

I have a few things that just don't play well with others (such as my CZ and my Moisin Nagant), but my two system guns are the Glock 26 and the Kel-tec sub 2000. Both are chambered in 9x19 (9mm parabellum) and both are able to accept any glock 9mm magazine interchangeably. This allows me the option of using a close quarter handgun or a bit longer range carbine for whatever the particular need is that arises. The next thing on my list (hopefully will be able to get around to it by the end of this year) are the AR15 pistol and rifle. Both are able to be interchanged almost part for part, but most importantly they have a common cartidge and common magazines. This allows a good degree of backup while keeping costs as low as possible for other items such as beans and bandaids.

This is all for me now, but just remember that just because you get a bunch of items is not nearly as important as getting items that play well together.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Winter Doldrums and planning

Winter is always a bit harder on some folks than others, but for us preppers, sometimes it is doubly so because we cannot be outside taking care of property needs, working on projects etc. We can still take this time to prepare and plan. This is the perfect time to do some web surfing and find out what others are doing and see if it fits into your plans or not. One of the projects that I am in the midst of planning for next year is an emergency room. Of course not like that of a hospital, but a small room, probably about 150 or 200 total square feet built somewhere on my property. There are several different ways to do this, but the one that I am thinking of using came from a hotel that I read about that used concrete drainage pipe as separate rooms. They come in 8 foot sections that are 12 feet in diameter. My plan is to use about 3 or 4 joined together in a row buried about 1/4 to 1/2 of the way to ensure stability. They will be able to withstand almost any natural and most man-made disasters, and since I live in a tornado-prone area anyway, it will be a good investment. With their high thermal mass, they will be able to be used to keep cooler and warmer without any use of energy and arranged in a row, even a small fan or heater should be able to influence the temperature to a pretty good degree. As far as security, with only one entrance security needs will be greatly reduced. The cost will not be negligible, but for what you get, it will be money well spent.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

CZ 52

Just got my C&R license a few days ago so had to jump into the fray with my first C&R pistol. I ordered the CZ from and was very pleased with their service and speed. I got it and 32 rounds of ammo for practice for just over $140. When it arrived, I was wondering if I had a good deal or not. It was not very pretty, had some scuff marks on it and generally looked like a pawn shop reject. I cleaned it up just a bit and went down to the local indoor gun range and gave it a workout (well, as much as a workout as 32 rounds could give it). The first magazine full (8 rounds) were not bad hits at 7 yards, but probably could have been better if I wasn't squinting and holding it well away from any vital organs as I fired it for the first time. Let me tell you, I am most impressed. I know the round is not extremely well suited for personal protection as the round will certainly over-penetrate and could cause some collateral damage, but as far as accuracy and reliability goes, it worked wonderfully well for a 5o year old pistol. There are some spare parts that are recommended that I will acquire, but at the price paid, it would behoove the purchaser to just get 2 so you not only have a spare for all the parts with your parts kit, but you have a spare firearm as well.

Decided to jump into blogging myself

After watching, waiting and preparing, I decided to blog a bit about it myself. This blog will be mainly for me to keep my stuff, but for others to view also. It will contain some thoughts, feelings, fears, joys etc, but also some short fiction stories with a preparedness slant. Comment if you want, read what you want, and thanks for dropping by.