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So you are a Navy SEAL crawling around deep in the enemy’s back yard. You are vastly outnumbered which means your primary weapon is stealth. You are a shadow—you have to be if you expect to get out of this alive.

The Navys Mk 22 Hush Puppy Pistol

The Navys Mk 22 Hush Puppy PistolSo you are a Navy SEAL crawling around deep in the enemy’s back yard. You are vastly outnumbered which means your primary weapon is stealth. You are a shadow—you have to be if you expect to get out of this alive. The thing is, the enemy’s camp has dogs that are bound to bark. What do you do to keep hidden? What was the Hushpuppy? Today the US Navy’s 2000+ Special Warfare operators , commonly referred to as SEALs for their mastery of SEa, Air-and Land insertion and extraction techniques, are well-known. In the 1960s, however the concept was brand new and just a few hundred men formed two small teams of frogme n. The majority of these divers, trained to fight in small groups, were forward deployed in a nice slice of green hell and brown water known as Vietnam . Operating in an intensive and unforgiving environment, these early Seals were always on the lookout for non-standard firearms to help give them an edge. Besides the myriad of standard-issue military weapons in Uncle Sam’s deep closets, the Seals used Swedish K-guns , commercial shotguns, and non-standard pistols . Among these was the Smith and Wesson M39 , a 9mm handgun. Originally bought as a commercial off the shelf design this compact semi-auto pistol was coupled to an effective detachable suppressor and dubbed the Mk 22. Since its use was in taking out sentries and the occasional yapping stray dog, it was commonly referred to as the Hush Puppy. Read more – Guns.com ( Featured image courtesy of guns.com )

Handgun Review: Wilson Combat Tactical Carry

Handgun Review: Wilson Combat Tactical Carry

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cf1ce962_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cf1ce962_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The Wilson Combat Tactical Carry masterfully blends artistry with functionality in a pistol you can trust your life with. After signing up to take my second 250 Pistol Class at Gunsite Academy, I contacted Bill Wilson with Wilson Combat to ask if he had a pistol I could borrow. Why? During my first "250 Pistol Class" , I watched half of the students struggle with either poorly constructed pistols or pistols that broke. I knew the quality of my training would be partially dependent on the performance of my pistol. Bill said he had just the gun for me, the new "Wilson Combat Tactical" Carry in 9mm Luger. But 1911s in 9mm have a reputation for being less than reliable. In fact, during the first day of the class one of the instructors indicated he was “concerned” my 9mm 1911 would be problematic. (He might not have noticed it was built by Wilson Combat.) A pistol is by nature a defensive weapon . True, they are used for sport shooting and hunting, but at its very core it’s a life saving tool. Since we’re not talking about implements intended to appease the hobbyist, the performance of a pistol cannot be compromised. It must be as unfailingly reliable and accurate as math. There is no wiggle room; a defensive handgun must work. During Gunsite Academy’s 250 Pistol Class, specifically the Crimson Trace laser-integrated version, which includes an additional night shoot, you’ll fire more than 1,000 rounds. You won’t have time to field strip and clean your handgun unless you want to sacrifice training opportunity. If your gun continually hiccups or breaks, you lose out. Just like you’d lose out if it did the same thing while a meth head was whacking you with a claw hammer. A quality defensive handgun course does several important things. It allows you to establish a basic foundation for continued training, and it vets your weapon and related gear. Most of the gun reviews that populate the firearms periodicals are built around the informal and limited, one or two-day evaluation. But this article is different. It’s not about a $500 polymer fun gun; it’s about a $3,750, exquisitely crafted mechanical piece of art built from steel. Related GunDigest Articles Gallery: 10 Great Concealed Carry Handguns AR-15 Review: Get Tactical in 2015 If I’m going to tell you that you need a pistol that costs as much as a used pickup truck, I best be basing that advice on an assessment steeped in real word practicality. So, lets get the particulars out of the way first. Was It Reliable? Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! During the class I fired 1,217 rounds out of the Wilson Combat Tactical Carry pistol. I had three failures to feed. The first was the first shot I fired with my strong hand only, and I suspected I limp-wristed the pistol because that was the last of it. I had two other failures to feed when firing the 67 rounds of low-recoiling frangible ammunition that’s mandated for use in the simulators. For what its worth, stoppages with the frangible ammo are common with every platform and, in truth, their clearance adds to the training value of the course. That said, there’s another reason I suspect these stoppages occurred; I’ll get to that shortly. Was It Accurate? I imagine some will be taking my name in vain when I admit that I did not shoot this pistol from a bench rest to determine its accuracy potential. After all, is that not the way all firearms reviews are conducted? Well, yes it is. But let me go on record now by saying that bench rest testing a fighting handgun makes about as much sense as peeing on an electric fence. I have yet to find a modern defensive handgun that did not deliver adequate accuracy. More importantly, as it relates to the Wilson Combat Tactical Carry, when I received the pistol I put two magazines of Nosler Defense 9mm +P load into one ragged hole at 10 yards from the standing, off-hand position. What else do you need to know? Well, you might want to know that on the school drill for the class I fired a score of 47 out of 50. I had one round outside the 8-inch center circle. It was my fault; I rushed the second round from 10 yards. On the EL-Prez Drill, which is kind of the bar used to establish basic defensive shooting proficiency at Gunsite, I scored a 70 out of a possible 60, by getting all my hits in two seconds less than the 10-second par time. Like every Wilson Combat pistol I ‘ve ever fired, the Tactical Carry will shoot better than I can. If you can shoot better than this pistol, I’ll eat my hat. The Details The Tactical Carry is a full-size, steel-framed 1911 chambered for the 9mm Luger, .38 Super, or .45 ACP. It has an empty weight of 37.5 ounces and it (the pistol, not you) is guaranteed to shoot groups smaller than an inch at 25 yards. Bill Wilson designed the Tactical Carry as a next generation full-size custom pistol. The full-size steel frame is fitted with a round butt, one-piece magwell, and it comes with many of Wilson Combat’s popular performance and cosmetic options – options like, carry cuts, ball end mill slide cuts, a serrated top and rear of slide, and a countersunk slide stop post. The reduced profile concealment grip safety and hammer in conjunction with round butt magwell round out the basic package.

Best BB Guns For the Money [Rifles & Pistols]

Best BB Guns For the Money [Rifles & Pistols]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s BB guns are sometimes looked down on or seen as a kids’ gun in the firearms community, but they can actually be pretty great. Childhood dreams, am I right? We’ll go over a few reasons why they are great plus our favorites in both rifle and pistol flavors. Why BB Guns? For starters, there are far fewer laws regulating BB guns, which makes them a good alternative for recreational shooting in areas with strict gun laws. Furthermore, while firearms can be an expensive hobby, BB guns are far cheaper, both for the gun itself and the ammo you put in it. With virtually no kick or noise, BB guns are also great for teaching kids marksmanship principles without the distractions and challenges of a more powerful gun. Many of us know this first hand from shooting BB guns as kids ourselves. Kid with BB Gun In fact, there are many BB guns that are made specifically for children and there are tons of youth BB gun shooting competitions, which can be a great way to introduce kids to competitive shooting. Even adults that are new to firearms may benefit from learning marksmanship on an easy-to-shoot BB gun before moving to a more expensive, more powerful firearm. BB guns shouldn’t be looked at as merely as a weak, low-budget alternative to a true firearm though. While a BB gun won’t do much for personal defense or hunting, that’s not what they’re for, really. BB guns should be looked at as primarily recreational. Pellet Rifle They’re a ton of fun to shoot. Of course sending a large, high caliber round down range is a blast, but it’s a different kind of fun. For an extended plinking session, there are definitely times I prefer a BB gun to a firearm, even a small caliber firearm, because BB guns are just so quiet and effortless to shoot. BB guns can also be used as training guns, which was actually their original purpose. Daisy Boy Scout Ad They can be handy tools for practicing marksmanship and there are even BB gun versions of many popular firearms which can be useful for training for using that specific firearm. Of course, while training with a BB gun can be useful and is definitely better than no training at all, it also shouldn’t be looked at as a substitute for training with a true firearm. Finally, there are also powerful BB/pellet gun combos that can even be used for varmint hunting, though they should be used with lead pellets for that purpose. Poor little guy didn’t even stand a chance… Lead pellets deform inside the animal in the same way a bullet does, making the wound more likely to be fatal, while BBs and synthetic pellets retain their shape and have a tendency to overpenetrate, leaving the animal wounded and forced to bleed out instead of dead. With that said, I personally feel better just using .22 for varmints since I’m more confident that it will immediately and painlessly end the animal’s life, and I definitely recommend using a .22 for varmint hunting if that’s an option. .22 LR is a good next step for kids that master a BB gun. Anyway, now that you know what a BB gun has to offer, let’s talk about some of the best ones on the market. Best BB Guns Rifle-Style BB Guns Classic BB rifles are something just about all of us longed for as kids. Whether you wanted to play cowboy (or girl!), soldier, cops and robbers, or whatever–you know you wanted one of these. Gonna be hard to wipe that smile off his face! Now, there’s nothing stopping you! 1. Daisy Red Ryder Let’s start with a classic. The Daisy Red Ryder is probably the best known BB gun on the market. Whether it’s because you shot one as a kid or have seen Ralphie Parker get warned against shooting his eye out in A Christmas Story (though the BB gun pictured and described in the film aren’t accurate to the real Red Ryder), you’re probably already at least aware of this BB gun. My Christmas list when I was like, 8. The Red Ryder was first released in 1940 and there’s a reason it’s still so popular now, 80 years later. Vintage Red Ryder ad from the 1940s With a wood stock, blued receiver and barrel, and a leather thong near the trigger, the Red Ryder was based on the look of the Winchester rifle, a staple of Western films both then and now. The lever action and adjustable iron sights also pay tribute to the Winchester rifle. The wood stock of the air rifle is engraved with the classic Red Ryder logo and cowboy image The Red Ryder can shoot BBs up to 195 yards (though you’ll lose accuracy long before that) with a barrel velocity of up to 350 feet per second. It also has a 650 BB capacity, so you can go a long time between reloads. Daisy Youth Red Ryder BB Rifle 46 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 46 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Cabelas (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing The manageable size (35.4 inches long with a 13.75-inch length of pull) and easy to operate design, the Red Ryder is a great option for kids, but adults can enjoy it too. Daisy also makes a slightly larger version of the Red Ryder that’s actually intended for adult users. (See our full review of the Red Ryder BB guns here !) The Daisy Red Ryder Model 1938 adult sized, pictured left, and youth, pictured right If you’re looking for a Red Ryder for yourself, rather than a child in your life, the adult size Red Ryder may be the way to go to get the same nostalgia but in a more comfortable size. Daisy Adult Red Ryder BB Rifle 48 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 48 at Amazon Compare prices (2 found) Amazon (See Price) Cabelas (See Price) Prices accurate at time of writing What’s your take on this classic? Readers' Ratings 4.33/5 (3) Your Rating? 2. Crosman M4-177 Pneumatic Pump .177 Air Rifle Crosman doesn’t have the same nostalgia that Daisy does, but they are a huge name in the world of airguns and airsoft. One of their most popular models is the M4-177 . Crosman M4-177 In the same way that the Red Ryder is based on the Winchester rifle, the M4-177 is based on, you guessed it, the M4 and is therefore also reminiscent of the AR-15. The real deal M4 The M4-177 is a bolt action, variable pump rifle that shoots both BBs and pellets, but for accuracy’s sake you’ll want to stick to pellets smaller than 8 grains. Since it’s a variable pump rifle, it’s great for both right and left-handed shooters, and you’ll get better range, velocity, and accuracy with more pumps. Crosman M4 .177 Air Rifle The rifle permits up to 10 pumps, with which you’ll get a velocity of about 660 feet per second and range of about 200 yards with BBs, and a velocity of about 625 feet per second with 7.9gr, .177 caliber pellets. The M4-177 has a 350 BB reservoir capacity and comes with a Firepow’r 5-shot pellet clip. The sights are adjustable for windage and elevation and you can choose between two aperture sizes for the rear sight. Simply flip up the one you’d like to use. The sight adjustment tool, along with the clip, can be stored in the removable faux magazine. Shooting the Crosman M4 .177 Alternatively, the sights are removable so you can also use a different sight set if you prefer. Similarly, the stock is adjustable but can also be removed if you prefer a different one. In addition, there are picatinny rails along the top of the receiver and below the barrel for mounting various accessories, though the pump action limits what you can put on the rail along the bottom of the handguard. The M4-177 also has built in loops for you to add a sling. Crosman M4- "177 Pneumatic Pump" .177 Air Rifle 64 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 64 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 3. Umarex Legends MP40 Full Auto CO2 .177 Caliber BB Gun Umarex is another big name in airguns and their Legends line specifically replicates well known classic weapons. The Legends MP Full Auto is based on the German MP 40 submachine gun used by the Axis powers during World War II and it makes a pretty darn accurate replica. Umarex Legends MP Full Auto For an even more accurate, antique-looking rifle, go with the weathered version of the Legends MP40 , which has a distressed finish on the metal bits, plus a leather rifle sling. It’s a good deal pricier than the rifles that we’ve already covered, but you get full automatic capability for about the same price you’d pay for the tax stamp alone for a full-auto firearm. Umarex Legends MP Full Auto Sure, it’s not totally the same experience, but full-auto capable air guns are legal in most places and are still fun as hell. The fact that this one is based on a legendary submachine gun just adds to the fun. The Legends MP Full Auto holds 52 BBs in the magazine and uses two 12-gram CO2 cartridges. Umarex Legends MP40 Folding Stock For more speed loading the magazines themselves, you may want to pick up the Umarex Universal BB Speedloader . There’s also a kit available that includes the Legends MP, the speed loader, and a container of silicone oil spray. The Legends MP Full Auto is a selective-fire rifle, so you can switch between full-auto and semi-auto as you like. It’s capable of muzzle velocities up to 465 feet per second for a range of up to 350 yards. It has a blowback style action and a manual safety. Umarex Legends MP40 Safety The stock is adjustable, so the rifle has an overall length of between 24.5 and 33 inches depending on the stock position. The smoothbore barrel is 9 inches long. It has a fixed post front sight and the rear sight is adjustable for elevation, though not for windage. If you’re looking to pay a bit more for a BB that’s a whole lot of fun, you can’t go wrong with the Umarex Legends MP. Umarex Legends MP40 Full Auto CO2 .177 Caliber BB Gun 200 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 200 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Handgun-Style BB Guns When one thinks of a BB gun, they typically imagine a rifle, but there are handgun versions as well. 4. Umarex S&W M&P Airgun This is another BB replica of a real gun from Umarex, this time of the ubiquitous Smith & Wesson M&P40 , a popular pistol among law enforcement and civilians alike. Shooting the Umarex S&W M&P Like the previous Umarex BB gun, this one is a very close replica to the actual full-size M&P40 M2.0, which makes it a good training gun for owners of an actual M&P firearm (though BB gun training is never a total substitute for training with a real firearm). M&P 2.0 Compact There are two versions: a standard action version and a more realistic blowback action version, each powered by a single 12g CO2 canister which is housed inside the gun’s grip. The dimensions of both versions are very similar to the real firearm, with an overall length of 7.5 inches and a 4.25 inch barrel. In fact, you can use this air gun with virtually any holster that fits a full-size S&W M&P40 M2.0. However, the barrel on the airgun is smooth bore and the airgun is also about 10 ounces lighter. Umarex S&W M&P Blowback The air pistols have textured, ergonomic polymer grips that are similar, but not identical, to the actual firearm. The blowback version even has interchangeable backstraps just like the real thing. The Umarex S&;W M&P Airgun has a 19 round, drop-free magazine, a double action trigger, and a manual safety. It can achieve a 480 feet per second muzzle velocity and a 350 yard range, though it’s definitely the most accurate at a close range with the accuracy quickly falling after about 25 or 30 feet. Umarex S&W M&P Blowback with magazine The BB gun has a fiber optic rear sight and a white dot front sight. Like the original, the Umarex version has an integrated accessory rail below the muzzle for attaching a laser or flashlight. If you’re looking for a high-performance BB pistol that gives you the most authentic firearm-like experience, it’s hard to beat this one. Umarex S&W M&P Airgun 41 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 41 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 5. Daisy Powerline Model 340 The Umarex pistol is great for a top-of-the-line option, but if you’re looking for a much more budget-friendly BB pistol or one that’s a bit more suitable for kids, the "Daisy Powerline Model" 340 is an excellent alternative. Daisy Powerline Model 340 It’s spring-powered, rather than CO2 powered, which limits the range and velocity. It has a max range of 100 yards and muzzle velocity of 240 feet per second, half that of the Umarex M&P. Unlike the Umarex, the Model 340 doesn’t have a rail. It’s an inch longer than the Umarex, 8.5 inches long, but like the Umarex, weighs a pound. Daisy Powerline Model 340 inner spring One advantage that the Model 340 does have over the Umarex is that it shoots both BBs and .177 caliber pellets. It has a 200 capacity BB reservoir and comes with a 13-shot Speedload Clip, which can be stowed in the grip, for quickly and easily loading pellets without having to remove the magazine. Daisy Powerline Model 340 with magazine The grip itself is synthetic with a checkered texture. The BB gun has blade and ramp front sights and fixed open rear sights. It also has a smooth bore steel barrel and a manual crossbolt trigger block safety with a red indicator that shows whether the safety is on or off. Overall, while the Daisy Powerline Model 340 isn’t as much of a premium BB gun as my last pick or the one that I’ll talk about next, it is a good budget-friendly option for people looking for something that’s just fun to shoot, rather than something that is super powerful and accurate. Daisy Powerline Model 340 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 20 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 6. Crosman Vigilante Revolver While most BB handguns available are pistol-style, there are also some great revolver-style BB guns, like the "Crosman Vigilante Revolver" . Crosman Vigilante Revolver It’s a double-action, semi-auto BB gun with the capability of shooting both BBs and pellets. It’s CO2 powered and has a rifle barrel. It can fire BBs with a muzzle velocity of 465 feet per second and pellets up to 435 feet per second, even through a 6-inch rifled steel barrel. It comes with a 6-shot BB clip and a 10-shot pellet clip. Crosman also sells separate three packs of each the BB clip and the pellet clip for only about $5 per pack, so it’s really affordable to pick up some spares as well. Loading the Crosman Vigilante Revolver The Crosman Vigilante has a full metal frame which makes it the heftiest of our handgun picks at 2 pounds. The frame has both top and bottom integrated accessory rails compatible with picatinny or weaver mounts for attaching various accessories. It has a fixed blade front sight and an adjustable blade rear sight. Finally, it’s also just a fantastic looking gun. Crosman Vigilante Revolver 54 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 54 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Parting Shots I didn’t actually intend to include a Daisy, Umarex, and Crosman in both the rifle and handgun sections of this post, but I do think it says something about the quality of these brands that they each have high-quality options for both. Cub Scout shooting a BB gun The BB guns I’ve discussed here are all excellent choices, but these brands are leaders in the BB gun industry and offer plenty of other great options, so even if you’re not sold on any of the suggestions I’ve given, you should definitely browse their other options. In addition, many firearms manufacturers also make BB gun versions of their most popular firearms, so be sure to check out the manufacturer’s catalog if you’re looking for a BB replica of a particular firearm. What’s your BB gun of choice? Any tips for someone looking to buy one? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments. Get the kids started on real firearms, too, with one of the Best .22 LR Rifles !

Leupold VX-2 Review: One of the Best Scopes Money Can Buy

Leupold VX-2 Review: One of the Best Scopes Money Can Buy

Leupold VX-2 4-12x40mm Compact Waterproof Fogproof... Quick and easy parallax adjustment in the field 1/4 MOA precision finger click adjustments for windage and elevation Absolute waterproof and fogproof integrity Brightness, clarity, and contrast needed to hunt in any weather... Covered by Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee Check Price Leupold has long been one of the world’s top rifle scope manufacturers , stretching all the way back to the 1960’s when the company released the Vari-X II line. Using its passion and dedication to excellence, the company decided to give this amazing line of scopes a huge upgrade in 2012, adding a number of features and improvements before re-releasing the line as the VX-2. Considered to be the company’s mid-range line of rifle scopes, the VX-2 offers the durability, functionality and image clarity the company is famous for. Still, it’s not always easy to see how it stacks up against the competition. This Leupold VX-2 review should enable you to compare it to other mid-range scopes. Introducing the Leupold VX-2 Since its release in 2012, the VX-2 has become the scope of choice for numerous hunters and other shooters. A large part of this is due to the incredible image clarity these scopes provide. When considering purchasing the VX-2, users have at least 16 different variants to choose from, ranging from the smallest 1-4x20mm to models with higher maximum magnification and larger objective sizes like the 4-12x50mm and 6-18x40mm . Still, despite this range of sizes, each of the scopes has the same basic features and functions, which is why this review will just focus on the VX-2 in general, instead of being based on any particular size. Although the highly popular Leupold Duplex reticle typically comes standard on most VX-2 scopes, you may have a choice between this and five other reticles depending on which model you purchase. Of course, this choice depends on what you’re most comfortable with, but there is a reason that the Duplex reticle comes standard, as it remains by far one of the best reticles out there. With slightly thicker crosshairs giving way too much thinner lines near the center, this Duplex reticle makes it super easy to accurately aim and find your target in virtually any light condition. This is one of the major reasons why the VX-2 is so highly rated. Leupold VX-2 Review Excellent image quality Super durable and weather resistant Great value for money Comes with a lifetime warranty Image Brightness & Clarity The clarity and brightness of the image are obviously two of the most important factors when choosing a new scope. It’s also two of the areas where the Leupold VX-2 really stands out. Featuring fully multi-coated optics, the VX-2 offers an incredibly bright, crystal clear image. This ensures you’ll have a perfect view in any light condition. The lenses in the VX-2 are rated to provide approximately 94-percent light transmission, making these scopes some of the brightest and clearest currently on the market. As well, the outer edges of the lenses have been darkened to help improve contrast and resolution. Featuring Leupold’s Quantum Optic System, these scopes provide some of the highest quality images money can buy. Durability The VX-2 is truly designed to withstand the test of time, featuring a super-hard anodized finish. This helps to resist scratching, general wear and tear and other visible damage. As well, the exterior lens surfaces are covered with a special DiamondCoat exterior that keeps them from being scratched. The scope’s gas-filled interior is also specially sealed with an O-ring to prevent internal fogging. Of course, the scope is also fully waterproof, rust resistant and fog proof, ensuring it can handle any weather conditions. To round things off, these scopes also come with the company’s Gold Ring Lifetime Guarantee, meaning you’ll receive a free replacement should it ever happen to break (which isn’t that likely). Adjustments & Ease of Use Not only does the Leupold VX-2 provide bright, clear, all-around excellent quality images, but it is also super easy to use. Fitting the scope on your rifle is a breeze thanks to the company’s special Torx mounting fasteners. These fasteners help to keep the scope securely in place and prevent it from shifting or moving due to recoil. Adjusting the scope for windage and elevation is also super simple and doesn’t even require any tools. All you need to do is unscrew the protective caps, then use your fingers to adjust the elevation and windage dials. Each click provides approximately 1/4-inch M.O.A., allowing you to easily zero in your rifle until you’ve got things just right. When turning the dial, you will both feel and hear each click, which also helps to prevent problems with over-correcting. Weight While weight is not always the most important factor, it is still important to find a decently lightweight scope. You don’t want to be forced to pack around all that extra weight if you don’t have to. As you’d expect, the weight of the Leupold VX-2 varies depending on the size and strength of the particular model. Still, in general, the VX-2 is definitely one of the lightest scopes in its category, while still being extremely durable and providing super clear image quality. Value for the Money The VX-2 is generally considered a 4-star or mid-range scope in terms of price, and yet it still far outperforms many of the 5-star scopes out there. Although it’s definitely not cheap, the VX-2 still rates exceptionally high in terms of value for the money, as it continually ranks better than many of the more expensive models you’ll come across. Of course, if you’re looking for the absolute best rifle scope, you should still spend the extra money on a top-end scope. However, if you’re looking for an outstanding mid-priced scope, this is about as good as it gets. Final Verdict As you can see from this Leupold VX-2 review, very few scopes can even begin to compare with this line in terms of image clarity, durability and overall quality. While this is already impressive in itself, these factors become even more impressive when you consider the fact that this isn’t even Leupold’s top line of scopes. For this reason, anyone looking for an excellent mid-priced scope owes it to themselves to at least give the VX-2 some strong consideration, as there is no doubt that it will fully live up to expectations.

Best 6.5 Creedmoor Uppers of 2020

If you’re looking for the best 6.5 Creedmoor uppers on the market, you have quite the task ahead of you if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Finding the best upper that will complement your lower and your Creedmoor rifle will take time and a little bit of deep digging to ensure that when you find the right choice. It should be something that you’ll have for a very long time. We’ve managed to put together seven of the best 6.5 Creedmoor uppers available on the market today. These models stand head and shoulders above the cheap, low-quality models that you’ll have to stay clear of. The last thing you want is to suffer buyer’s remorse because of paying for what turned out to be a bad upper. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for 6.5 Creedmoor Uppers OUR TOP PICK: Aero Precision - M5e1 Assembled Upper Receiver BEST BUDGET OPTION: Aero Precision - AR-15 Stripped Upper Aero Precision - 308 AR M5 Upper Receiver Odin Works Creedmoor Complete Upper Receiver Primary Weapons - AR 308 Mk2 Mod 1-m Upper Receiver 6.5 Creedmoor M-lok Comparison Chart of the Best 6.5 Creedmoor Uppers IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick Aero Precision - M5e1 "Assembled Upper Receiver" Made From Stainless Steel Extra Length Gas System for Reliable Feeding 1:8 Twist for Stability and Ability to Handle Most Rounds View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Aero Precision - 308 AR M5 Upper Receiver Best Stripped Upper on the Market Forward Assist and Ejection Port Cover Constructed From Forged High-Quality Aluminum "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" "Odin Works Creedmoor" "Complete Upper Receiver" 22-Inch Stainless Steel Barrel XL Rifle System for Reliable Feeding and Performance Designed to Handle High-Pressure Cartridges Without Issues View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Primary Weapons - AR 308 Mk2 Mod 1-m Upper Receiver 6.5 Creedmoor M-lok 3 Setting Adjustable Gas System Free-Foat MLOK Handguard With Fully Forged Upper Receivers Includes a PRC 30 Compensator on the End View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews PSA Gen2 20" 6.5 Creedmoor 1/8 Barrel twist rate of 1:8 Made from high-quality aluminum Includes M-Lok slots for customization View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Are All Uppers The Same? This is a question that gets asked a lot. And the short answer is no. The long answer? They're not entirely the same because of a few distinctions. One, some receivers are made from one type of aluminum while some are made from another. So, one will typically be stronger than the other. Not to mention, they come in many styles. Some are forged with high-quality materials while others are machine billeted. Another example as to why they’re not the same comes down to some of the features. Some are billeted and will be absent of a forward assist. If you don’t care for a forward assist on your upper, then that’s your personal preference. In fact, you’re probably not alone, since most gun owners believe a forward assist won’t do them any good. Likewise, some gun owners prefer a forward assist. Either way, Creedmoor users want nothing more than to maximize the performance of their rifle. And by reading this, you likely feel the same way as well. Benefits of Upgrading Your 6.5 Creedmoor Upper If there's one thing that we can agree on, is that any of the seven products that we're reviewing are likely a better choice compared to a low-quality or even ineffective factory or stock version that would come with a Creedmoor rifle . When you make an upgrade, you will obviously enjoy some greater advantages and benefits. Here are what some Creedmoor users have said in terms of the benefits they've experienced upon upgrading their rifle's uppers: Better Accuracy Tight shot groups, especially with a long range rifle like a Creedmoor, is paramount. A great upper will ensure that your shots stay tight with each round. The Creedmoor rifle itself is designed to be a highly accurate and reliable long range rifle. To make it even more impressive, maximizing its accuracy potential is key. Source Maximum Support The purpose of a rifle's upper receiver is to hold and support the upper elements of a Creedmoor rifle. This includes the barrel , sights , handguard, charging handle, and the bolt carrying group (or BCG). These parts are absolutely key in the overall function of a Creedmoor rifle. Though you can replace each part, they need to be attached to the upper receiver. Assembly, for the most part, is simple, as most uppers that are sold on the market will already be fully assembled. Saves You Money and Time A good Creedmoor upper not only will consist of an upper itself, but some of them will also include a barrel and a BCG. This may save you time and more money compared to having to buy each part individually, which will likely set you back financially. On top of that, it will set you back time-wise, as you would have to wait for each part to be shipped to your door. Likewise, if you're on a budget, the time between starting on a Creedmoor building project to the final finish will take longer. Qualities of Our Favorite 6.5 Creedmoor Uppers In order to get the benefits of upgrading the upper on your Creedmoor rifle, you obviously need to find a great product to call your own. It is important to know some of the few things that consist of a great Creedmoor upper. With that in mind, here are a few things that you should pay attention to: Material The most important quality that you can find on a Creedmoor upper is the durability. Most manufacturers construct these using high-quality materials like forged aluminum or steel. At the same time, these are also finished with a black anodized hard coat to ensure that the durability is of top quality. Installation Process Not every single Creedmoor owner has decent gunsmithing skills. If you're one of them, the important thing to look for is whether or not the product is fully assembled. If it is, then the installation process won't be as time-consuming and complex when compared to an upper that is not fully assembled. Forward Assist or No Forward Assist? As mentioned before, a lot of Creedmoor gun owners say that a forward assist is not a big deal for them. One of the main reasons is that a forward assist may add a little bit more weight to the rifle, making it slightly heavier than normal. If you want to easily carry your gun while you’re out in the field hunting or in the field of competition, then an upper with no forward assist will do you good. Quick Take - The Best 6.5 Creedmoor Uppers These are our recommendations for the best 6.5 Creedmoor uppers: Aero Precision - M5e1 Assembled Upper Receiver Aero Precision - .308 AR M5 Upper Receiver Odin Works Creedmoor Complete Upper Receiver Review of the Best 6.5 Creedmoor Uppers Below is a list of the seven best 6.5 Creedmoor uppers that are currently on the market as of this writing. The list may change over time, but this will give you an opportunity to know which are considered to be the best. We’re not just talking the best on the market overall, but also the best for those on a budget, and also best types of uppers. One of these may be the first upper you buy or your second or third (and so on). Having said all of this, let’s get started: Best Overall: ​ Aero Precision - M5e1 Assembled Upper Receiver CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Fits Almost All Creedmoor Rifles Performs Best With Lighter Weight Cartridges (i.e.--140-Grain) Some Have Had Excellent Shot Groups at About 200 to 300 Yards Out Cons None Available What Recent Buyers Report This upper receiver was easy to install for most users. Since it was already assembled, a lot of new users were purchasing this for the purpose of upgrading their rifles without worrying about any additional assembly or fitting. One user said that it was solid in construction and allows for ample rail space for customization purposes. Why it Stands Out to Us First up on the list, we have the Aero Precision M5e1 Assembled Upper Receiver. This is a product that is chambered almost exclusively for 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges. There is no doubt that the Creedmoor is a long range rifle that has quickly gained a following in recent years. This upper receiver is compatible with so many other accessories that consist of the upper receiver. But it will work a lot better with threaded barrels. This will open the door to more customization so you can build out or upgrade to a better functioning rifle. So if you have a barrel that will fit a muzzle brake for the purpose of reducing recoil, then you have an upper receiver that will fit perfectly. The AP has a target barrel with a twist rate of 1:8, so it can work well with a number of Creedmoor rounds. Made from stainless steel, you can expect this to be tough in terms of durability. You can also expect it to give you more reliable cycling thanks to its ability to slow down gas velocity. After all, this does have an extra-length gas system. With that in mind, this AP is exactly what you’ll want if you want an upper that will give you reliable cycling for each shot you take. Because it’s also lightweight, it won’t add any extra weight to your gun. But still, it’s a durable and very reliable choice that you might enjoy. Who Will Use This Most This upper receiver will be great for multiple purposes. You know that a Creedmoor rifle has the ability to go the distance in any application. So if you are looking for an upper receiver that will make your rifle function a lot better than before, this could be right up your alley. It’s well constructed, fitting for most parts, and won’t take up much of your time to install it. Bottom Line We can say for sure that the Aero Precision has proven itself to be the best overall. For one reason, it does have the ability to fit with pretty much every Creedmoor rifle. But that doesn’t mean that all uppers are considered universal. Another thing is that the gas system does its job in providing reliable cycles. If you’re looking for an upper where reliable cycling is high at the top of your wish list, you may have just found one in the Aero Precision model. "Best Stripped Upper" : ​ Aero Precision - .308 AR M5 Upper Receiver CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Good Quality Superior Durability No Slop Issues to Report Cons Some Have Had Issues With the Rear Takedown Pin Some Have Complained About the Quality of the Ejection Port For our next Creedmoor upper, we visit the Aero Precision brand one last time. Not only is this designed for a big bore AR build, but it's also a great choice for Creedmoor rifles. The item is crafted using forged high-quality aluminum. Let's not forget for added durability, the black anodized hard coat finish. This seems to be a common thing among uppers. So with durability being addressed across most of these uppers, what else makes this one stand out above the rest? This has a DPMS pattern that allows for compatibility with most Creedmoor lowers. This is an upper that comes with a forward assist and ejection port cover. If you're looking for an upper that will cooperate with a DPMS-style handguard, then you might want to give this AP model a further look. Bottom Line The Aero Precision has proven itself to be a good go-to brand for those who own Creedmoor rifles. Since this is the third upper on the list from this brand alone, there's no reason why you should pass up this brand. They manufacture great, high-quality uppers and will work with most Creedmoor lowers. If you want something that will allow you reliable performance with the help of a forward assist, you need to look no further than this AP model. 3. ​ Odin Works Creedmoor Complete Upper Receiver CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Quality Machined Parts Best Creedmoor Upper for the Money Shot Groupings Very Tight After 100-200+ Yards Cons May Be Very Narrow Since a Forward Assist is Noticeably Absent What "Recent Buyers Report" This upper was yet another great choice for those looking for a quick install. And it was great for those looking for an upgrade or something that will speed up the building process. So far, they have not been disappointed with the overall performance of the upper. Not to mention, they said it was light in weight and didn’t add on any unnecessary weight in the process. Why it Stands Out to Us You have a choice to choose between a 17.5 inch and a 22-inch barrel. No matter which length you choose, you will still get accurate and fast shooting. And you might notice the improvements almost immediately after installation. It’s well constructed and has all the parts in place so you don’t need to track down anything else. We know that for most Creedmoor owners, finding a high-quality upgrade might be expensive. However, the good news is that there are always great Creedmoor uppers on the market that are affordable for those on a budget. If you're looking for the best option on a budget, then the Odin Works Creedmoor upper deserves the honor. This is a forged upper that is compatible with most DPMS lowers. The Odin Works has a gas system for reliable feeding and is guaranteed to give your shot groups an excellent level of accuracy with a 1 MOA guarantee. With the way it functions and the features that accompany it, we’re shocked that it's a budget upper. Strictly speaking, you're getting a steal. Odin Works has a gas block that is hard to match when pitted against others. So this puppy will help you shoot well, regardless if you're hunting, competing in a shooting contest, or you're spending quality time at the range. If you want a great receiver at a price that will fit most budgets, the Odin Works upper is what you want. Who Will "Use This Most" While it will be useful for any application, it will be great for those who want to waste little or no time with complex installs. So you may want to consider putting this to good use if and when you are searching for the perfect upgrade for your Creedmoor rifle. It will make your shots quicker, more precise and accurate at even the most impressive ranges. Bottom Line If you're expecting the total package at a price that you can afford, then you've found it in the Odin Works Creedmoor upper. This is the total package, not only in terms of features, but also in reliable performance as well. We dare say that no other budget option will hold a candle to the upper that Odin Works provides. While it may not be the "be all to end all" for some, this is what we highly recommend for you if you're on a budget. 4. ​ M5 20" 6.5 Creedmoor SS Complete Upper Receiver CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Very Reliable Cycling Super Durable Barrel Cons Despite Being Easy to Install, Some Have Had Some Difficulties With the Process Up next, we have the M5 20-inch 6.5 Creedmoor SS Complete Upper Receiver. This is the best AR-10 upper that is compatible with a Creedmoor rifle. This includes a rifle-length barrel and gas tube that will allow for increased reliability. Even better, it is already assembled, which means that you don’t have to spend a great deal of time assembling it yourself. All you have to do is install it on your Creedmoor rifle and you’ll be good to go. This is made from forged high-quality aluminum and is ideal for those who are in search of a forward assist. The M5 also comes with a handguard with disconnect sling sockets and will work very well with most gas blocks. The barrel itself is measured at 20 inches long and is crafted from stainless steel and has a bead blasted finish. That alone tells you that this will handle multiple rounds fired over a long period of time. If you're looking for an AR-10 upper that will work just fine with your Creedmoor rifle, you'd be hard pressed to find anything better than the M5 model to get the job done. Bottom Line Just because you see AR-10 or AR-15 uppers, doesn’t mean they’re used exclusively for those types of guns. Some will often work with other rifles like a Creedmoor rifle or a .308 rifle. Either way, the M5 will do a great job as a reliable upper and will work well with most lowers, no matter what application your rifle is used for. With that in mind, the M5 may warrant a closer look if the features and overall performance are in tune with your personal preferences. 5. ​ PSA Gen2 20" 6.5 Creedmoor ⅛ CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to install Light in weight Superior quality Allows for quick heat dissipation Allows for a large number of customization options Super Durable Works Great With Factory Loads Very Accurate. Shot Groups Were Tight at 100 Yards Cons May Not Fit Well With Some Creedmoor Lowers No Chrome Lining Inside, Which Might Make it Susceptible to Corrosion What Recent Buyers Report New buyers say that this upper was quite beefy in design. It was also able for them to customize their rifles to ensure better operation. One user said that once he was able to install this, he managed to install a scope mount along with his favorite scope of choice that was compatible with the rifle. So far, he said the upper holds up pretty good and keeps his barrel stable. Why it Stands Out to Us This is an upper that will be great for rifle-length gas system rifles. It’s at the right length so that it will handle a good number of barrels measured at 20 inches. And in some states, you cannot have a rifle barrel that is shorter than 16 inches. So if you are faced with restricted options on uppers for your Creedmoor rifles, this might be one of your go-to choices in that situation. Plus, you’ll be able to easily customize this using the M-Lok slots and the rail system for whatever accessory that you think is best for you. The PSA Gen2 20''may be lower on the list but is still, of our own accord, one of the top choices for a Creedmoor rifle. With that said, let's state our case on why this may be the alternative choice for some of other great options on our list. To begin, this item is made from forged aluminum and coated with a black anodized hard coat. In plain English, it's pretty durable for an upper of its kind. Not to be outdone, it also comes with a barrel and a bolt carrier group (BCG). The 20-inch barrel is a free-floating barrel that is designed to enhance the accuracy of your rifle and also has a low-profile gas block that is designed to give your rifle more reliable cycling. Plus, this barrel is long enough to give your shots a good amount of velocity. The faster it goes, the better it will hit your target with more accuracy and precision. For more reliable cycling, double injectors are included in the BCG. All in all, the materials that are made to create this are all heat-treated and ready to stand the test against multiple rounds. With the PSA, you’re getting the total package (upper, barrel, and BCG). If you’re looking for an item that won’t disappoint you in terms of reliability and will help your Creedmoor rifle become a little bit more accurate, look no further than this product as your potential choice for your next upper. Who Will Use This Most This will be great for newbie users that are looking to put their new Creedmoor rifles to the test. In fact, you have a lot of customization options at your disposal. So if you want an upper that is easy to install and will be super solid in construction once everything is put together this could be right up your alley. Bottom Line The PSA Gen3 PA65 20 inch Rifle-Length 6.5 Creedmoor upper is solid in quality and makes assembly quick and easy. If you want a Creedmoor upper that will accommodate most accessories that will improve the overall performance, this should be something worth considering. What makes it even better is that it is one of the best affordable options for those who are looking for an upper on a budget. As it is standard to designate some models better than others, this one is lower on our list due to a few minor shortfalls. One of them, of course, was the inability to fit with some Creedmoor lowers. But nonetheless, it continues to be one of the best on the market for some good reasons. This is a complete package. Not only do you get an upper, but a barrel and a BCG. If that isn't convenience, then what is? Plus, each part is made from high-quality materials, so this will last you a long time if you use it properly. In other words, no matter how many rounds you fire, it will continue to be reliable without any issues to speak of. If this sounds like something you want in an upper, you'd be crazy not to give the PSA a deeper look. 6. ​ PSA Pa10 Gen 2 Complete Upper Receiver CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Covered by a Lifetime Warranty Very Affordable for Budget Shoppers Matches Up Nicely With Most Creedmoor Lowers Cons May Not Fit With a PSA Gen 2 Lower May Not Work "With Some Creedmoor" Lowers Some "Have Complained About" the Forward Assist Hole Pin Leaving a Groove, Therefore Leading to Flashing For the best complete upper, we bestow the honor to the PSA PA 10 Gen 2 Complete Upper Receiver. Right out of the box, this fully assembled upper is ready to be installed and good to go. So the installation process isn't going to be a challenge. To ensure the best in durability, this receiver is made from high-quality aluminum, plus an anodized black hard coat. Now you're dealing with a tough upper that will handle each shot you fire. Plus, the design gives it a more modern appearance and will improve much your shot even more compared to some other uppers (especially the cheaper kinds). One important thing to know is that this upper is made in the U.S.A. The thing to remember is that any gun accessory made in America is guaranteed to be excellent in quality and performance. That’s because most manufacturers have strict standards in place that make it known to the world that no country on Earth makes better guns or accessories than the country known for its right to bear arms. If you’re looking for an upper that is close to a mil-spec style, look no further than the PSA Gen 2. Bottom Line PSA is known for being a reliable brand for Creedmoor rifle owners, especially as a brand that sells Creedmoor accessories at prices that most budget shoppers can afford. If you’re looking for budget options that are good in quality, PSA may be the go-to brand for you. With that said, this highly-durable, fully assembled upper might be yours if you’re looking for something of a starter-upper. Keep in mind that it may not work with lowers manufactured by the same company. 7. PSA Gen2 PA10 Stripped Upper Receiver CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Highly Durable Great Upper for the Budget Shopper Fits Perfectly With PSA Lowers Without Any Issue Cons Some Have "Had Issues With" the Barrel Fit One User Complained About Having a Tight Spot in the Upper If You Have an Aero Precision Lower, This Upper May Not Work Well With It Next on the docket is the best DPMS Upper for a Creedmoor rifle, and for this review, we are featuring the PSA brand. This is the kind of product you want to thank the good people at NASA for. Now, why NASA you ask? Because this is manufactured using technology based on the aerospace industry. And, as a result, you get one of the best uppers in the business in terms of quality. This is manufactured using forged, high-quality 7075-T6 aluminum. And as customary with most uppers, it goes with the black anodized hard coat for more added durability. This is compatible with PA10 forward assists and ejection port assemblies. So, you can either add it to this upper or not. The choice is entirely up to you. Aside from it being a durable little unit, this can match up quite well with a PSA brand lower. If you have a PSA Creedmoor lower handy, you’d be crazy not to get this. If you don’t have a PSA lower, you might want to kill two birds with one stone and get both this upper and the lower. Bottom Line It bears repeating: PSA brand products are a budget shopper's best friend. For an upper to be manufactured using Aerospace-developed technology, it's not a surprise that they used it to create one tough S.O.B of a Creedmoor upper. While some may not work well with lowers made from the same manufacturer, we're happy to see this upper work very well with the PSA brand lowers. We're not kidding when we say that you should get both this upper and a PSA lower that will mesh well with your Creedmoor. If you don't have both, this is a great pairing. Best AR-15 Upper: ​ Aero Precision - AR-15 Stripped Upper CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Users Are Overall Happy With the Design Shoots Very Well Under ¾” Five Shot Groups The Lack of Forward Assist Helps Make Carrying Your Rifle Easy Cons May Not Match Up Really Well With Some Aero Precision Lowers For the best AR-15 upper that works with a Creedmoor, we return again to the Aero Precision brand. This is the AR-15 Stripped Upper. This is a super-strong upper that is crafted from 7075 aircraft grade aluminum. Expect this product to be one tough customer which will come in handy with your Creedmoor rifle. Plus, with an anodized hard coat finish, this puppy will be resistant to wear. So if you're looking for a product that is made to last, the AP Stripped Upper might just be what you need. This may or may not be the last one you'll buy for a long time. The AP is designed to work with a wide range of lowers. If you have a mil-spec or a standard AR lower, then this will likely fit your Creedmoor rifle just fine. In an effort to make it as lightweight as possible, the AP does not have a forward assist. This is convenient for the Creedmoor owner who doesn’t want to lug around a heavy rifle everywhere they go. Bottom Line For an upper that is typically compatible with AR-15s, the AP functions perfectly with Creedmoor rifles. It’s interesting to know that it may not work with lowers that are made by the same manufacturer. But sometimes, there are other lowers that will work just fine with an upper like this. The design is very aesthetically pleasing, plus, it doesn’t add a ton of weight to your rifle. With that said, the AP Stripped Upper may be your choice if looks and performance are important aspects in your ideal product choice. Conclusion Finding the best 6.5 Creedmoor upper doesn't have to be a challenge. If you know what you're looking for or if you know what makes a great upper, then you won't have a hard time finding one that is right for you. If you see one stick out as a possible purchase, be sure to do a little more in-depth research prior to making your purchase. Sometimes, customer reviews alone may not be enough. Scour through forums and learn about what people might be saying about your Creedmoor lower of choice .

Ill Bug In Thank You

One of the most basic premises of a SHTF survival scenario is whether to stay put or pack up the SUV and hit the highway.  If you dodge out the garage to join the caravan of other escapees on the interstate, where are you going?  Do you have an alternative site already in mind or do you just hope to dead end off a gravel road in a national forest somewhere, throw up a tarp top and hope for the best?  Do you have enough supplies, gear, and stamina to handle it?  Or do you plan to hunker down where you reside and wait it out?  Despite the obvious detractors, Bug Ins have a lot of positive perspectives. Clearly there are circumstances where even a Bug In will not work, nor would it be prudent to stay. Hurricane Katrina comes to mind.  If your residence is about to be blow to bits by a major storm, flood, or other natural disaster, then you have to go ready or not.  Still even if you plan to Bug In long term, always plan a quick escape bag just in case.  But, lashing down the hatches and sitting tight can be a good plan, too. Quick Navigation There’s No Place Like Home Home Defense There’s No "Place Like Home" As Dorothy from Kansas found out, there really is no place like home.  At the very elementary levels of this plan, you hopefully have a relatively secure roof over your head.  This may be a house, mobile home, barn or other livable structure.  Mainly we are talking those of us lucky enough to have a single family dwelling.  You might be residing in an apartment house or townhouse, so plan accordingly for the potential of having stressed neighbors through the next wall.  Still a multi-family structure of some kind seems better to me than trying to make it in a cave or lean-to out in the woods somewhere.  A house offers four walls, a roof, and internal rooms for various functions including ample room to store survival stuff.  You may be lucky enough to have a garage or two or more.  Maybe there is an attic or basement, too.  The extra space is important to a strong mind when living out a survival situation.  A house should not be viewed as confining but as comforting.  You know your surroundings inside and out and that means a lot.  A Bug In domicile has to be more restful and that element is critical. Also Read: To Bug In Or To Bug Out Likewise you know the basics of your neighborhood.  You should know who lives next door, how many people should be in each house and hopefully something about their temperaments, attitudes, skill bases, and supplies they might have.  You might even have an idea if they could be helpful or a hindrance.  That is a whole lot better situation than having another group set up camp right next to you in the wilderness having come from out of nowhere.  The unknown can really work on the mind and psyche. Home Defense Following the Bug In logic, your residence would be easier to defend as well.  That might not be so easy in reality, but again you know the set up inside and out.  This gives you a heads up on perhaps what to expect and from where.  You know the strong defense positions of your house and yard as well as the weak ones.  Always be preparing for all the possible contingencies.  As with approaching hurricanes along coastal areas prone to such events, I know homeowners prepare in advance by building strong plywood coverings for their windows, and doors.  This might be a suitable idea for prep for a survival scenario of any kind as well.  Again with a Bug In you have that option with the foundations of the structure already in place.  For sure weak points need to be fortified . Also Read: Bug In Food Options Inside our Bug In we have an idea how to defend it.  We know which windows to cover, which to guard, and which to use as observational posts.  It is the same with exit and entry doorways, garage doors, or outside basement entries.  We can harden or cover the most vulnerable and/or set up weapons at each point just in case of a breech attempt. With free movements inside a house, we have plenty of room to lay out defensive gear, weapons, ammo, observational optics or whatever else we may have in store for potential invaders.  Those weapons and gear can be held securely and safe from the elements.  Outside it would be a constant battle to keep weapons operational, clean, dry and protected from extended environmental conditions. This treatise hardly scratches the surface of considerations for conducting a Bug In plan for survival.  For me and my circumstances, there really is no viable alternative, so I am planning accordingly.  How are you executing your Bug In plan?  What other concerns should we be addressing?  Let us know your ideas. All Photos By: Dr. John J. Woods Other interesting articles: 4 Step Household Evacuation Plan Survival Gear Review: Skinner “HTF” Tactical Garment Bag Going Off Grid – Part II Bug In Contingencies

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So you are a Navy SEAL crawling around deep in the enemy’s back yard. You are vastly outnumbered which means your primary weapon is stealth. You are a shadow—you have to be if you expect to get out of this alive.