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If I could only own one weapon, it would be the
Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter with a 2X Leupold Scope.
It will take down any North American game at closer ranges, and is a sure stopper for personal defense.

A rifle is useless in close quarters, and semi-autos can jam when you least want them to.
It is a proven design that has hunted and defended Americans for over a century.
Besides, they are just way too awesome a revolver to not own one.


 



Email from a US Marine in Iraq
No politics ; just a Marine with direct on-the-line observations

US Weapons

1) The M-16 rifle

Thumbs down. Chronic jamming problems with the talcum powder like sand over there. The sand is everywhere. Jordan says you feel filthy 2 minutes after coming out of the shower. The M-4 carbine version is more popular because it's lighter and shorter, but it has jamming problems also. They lack the ability to mount the various optical gunsights and weapons lights on the picatinny rails, but the weapon itself is not great in a desert environment. They all hate the 5.56mm (.223) round. Poor penetration on the cinderblock structure common over there and even torso hits can't be reliably counted on to put the enemy down.

Fun fact: Random autopsies on dead insurgents show a high level of opiate use.

2) The M243 SAW (squad assault weapon)

223 cal. Drum fed light machine gun. Big thumbs down. Universally considered a piece of shit. Chronic jamming problems, most of which require partial disassembly (that's fun in the middle of a firefight).

3) The M9 Beretta 9mm

Mixed bag. Good gun, performs well in desert environment; but they all hate the 9mm cartridge. The use of handguns for self-defense is actually fairly common. Same old story on the 9mm: Bad guys hit multiple times and still in the fight.

4) Mossberg 12ga. Military shotgun

Works well, used frequently for clearing houses to good effect.

5) The M240 Machine Gun

7.62 NATO (.308) cal. belt fed machine gun, developed to replace the old M-60 (what a beautiful weapon that was!!) Thumbs up. Accurate, reliable, and the 7.62 round puts 'em down.

Originally developed as a vehicle mounted weapon, more and more are being dismounted and taken into the field by infantry. The 7..62 round chews up the structure over there.

6) The M2 50 cal heavy machine gun

Thumbs way, way up. "Ma Deuce" is still worth her considerable weight in gold. The ultimate fight stopper - puts their dicks in the dirt very time. The most coveted weapon in-theater.

7) The .45 pistol

Thumbs up. Still the best pistol around out there. Everybody authorized to carry a sidearm is trying to get their hands on one. With few exceptions, can reliably be expected to put 'em down with a torso hit. The special ops guys (who are doing most of the pistol work) use the HK military model  and supposedly love it. The old government model .45's are being re-issued en masse.

8) The M-14

Thumbs up. They are being re-issued in bulk, mostly in a modified version to special ops guys. Modifications include lightweight Kevlar stocks and low power red dot or ACOG sights. Very reliable in the sandy environment, and they love the 7.62 round.

9) The Barrett .50 cal sniper rifle

Thumbs way up. Spectacular range and accuracy and hits like a freight train. Used frequently to take out vehicle suicide bombers (we actually stop a lot of them) and barricaded enemy. It is definitely here to stay.

10) The M24 sniper rifle

Thumbs up. Mostly in .308 but some in 300 win mag. Heavily modified Remington 700's. Great performance. Snipers have been used heavily to great effect. Rumor has it a marine sniper on his third tour in Anbar province has actually exceeded Carlos Hathcock's record for confirmed kills with OVER 100.

11) The new body armor

Thumbs up. Relatively light at approx. 6 lbs.and can reliably be expected to soak up small shrapnel and even will stop an AK-47 round. The bad news: Hot as shit to wear, almost unbearable in the summer heat (which averages over 120 degrees). Also, the enemy now goes for head shots whenever possible. All the bullshit about the "old" body armor making our guys vulnerable to the IED's was a non-starter. The IED explosions are enormous and body armor doesn't make any difference at all in most cases.

12) Night Vision and Infrared Equipment

Thumbs way up. Spectacular performance. Our guys see in the dark and own the night, period. Very little enemy action after evening prayers. More and more enemy being whacked at night during movement by our hunter-killer teams. We've all seen the videos.

13) Lights

Thumbs up. Most of the weapon mounted and personal lights are Surefire's, and the troops love 'em. Invaluable for night urban operations. Jordan carried a $34 Surefire G2 on a neck lanyard and loved it. I cant help but notice that most of the good fighting weapons and ordnance are 50 or more years old!! With all our technology, it's the WWII and Vietnam era weapons that everybody wants!! The infantry fighting is frequent, up close and brutal. No quarter is given or shown.

 

Bad guy weapons

1) Mostly AK47's. The entir country is an arsenal. Works better in the desert than the M16 and the .308 Russian round kills reliably. PKM belt fed light machine guns are also common and effective.  Luckily, the enemy mostly shoots like shit. Undisciplined "spray and pray" type fire. However, they are seeing more and more precision weapons, especially sniper rifles. ( Iran, again)

2) The RPG

Probably the infantry weapon most feared by our guys. Simple, reliable and as common as dogshit. The enemy responded to our up-armored Humvees by aiming at the windshields, often at point blank range. Still killing a lot of our guys.

3) The IED

 The biggest killer of all. Can be anything from old Soviet anti-armor mines to jury rigged artillery shells. A lot found in Jordan 's area were in abandoned cars. The enemy would take 2 or 3 155 mm artillery shells and wire them together. Most were detonated by cell phone and the explosions are enormous. You're not safe in any vehicle, even an M1 tank. Driving is by far the most dangerous thing our guys do over there. Lately, they are much more sophisticated "shape charges" (Iranian) specifically designed to penetrate armor. Fact: Most of the ready made IED's are supplied by Iran, who is also providing terrorists (Hezbollah types) to train the insurgents in their use and tactics. That's why the attacks have been so deadly lately. Their concealment methods are ingenious, the latest being shape charges, in Styrofoam containers spray painted to look like the cinderblocks that litter all Iraqi roads. We find about 40% before they detonate, and the bomb disposal guys are unsung heroes of this war.

4) Mortars and rockets

Very prevalent. The soviet era 122mm rockets (with an 18km range) are becoming more prevalent. One of Jordan 's NCO's lost a leg to one. These weapons cause a lot of damage "inside the wire".  Jordan 's base was hit almost daily his entire time there by mortar and rocket fire, often at night to disrupt sleep patterns and cause fatigue (It did). More of a psychological weapon than anything else. The enemy mortar teams would jump out of vehicles, fire a few rounds, and then haul ass in a matter of seconds.

Fun fact

Captured enemy have apparently marveled at the marksmanship of our guys and how hard they fight. They are apparently told in Jihad school that the Americans rely solely on technology, and can be easily beaten in close quarters combat for their lack of toughness. Let's just say they know better now.

Bad guy technology

Simple yet effective. Most communication is by cell and satellite phones and also by email on laptops. They use handheld GPS units for navigation and "Google Earth" for overhead views of our positions. Their weapons are good, if not fancy, and prevalent. Their explosives and bomb technology is TOP OF THE LINE. Night vision is rare. They are very careless with their equipment and the captured GPS units and laptops are treasure troves of Intel when captured.

Who are the bad guys? Most of the carnage is caused by the Zarqawi Al Qaeda group. They operate mostly in Anbar province (Fallujah and Ramadi). These are mostly "foreigners", non-Iraqi Sunni Arab Jihadists from all over the Muslim world (and Europe ). Most enter Iraq through Syria (with, of course, the knowledge and complicity of the Syrian govt.), and then travel down the "rat line" which is the trail of towns along the Euphrates River that we've been hitting hard for the last few months.

Some are virtually untrained young Jihadists that often end up as suicide bombers or in various "sacrifice squads". Most, however, are hard core terrorists from all the usual suspects (Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas etc.). These are the guys running around murdering civilians an masse and cutting heads off.

The Chechens (many of whom are Caucasian) are supposedly the most ruthless and the best fighters. They have been fighting the Russians for years. In the Baghdad area and south, most of the insurgents are Iranian inspired (and led) Iraqi Shiites. The Iranian Shiia have been very adept at infiltrating the Iraqi local govt.'s, the police forces and the Army. They have had a massive spy and agitator network there since the Iran-Iraq war in the early 80's. Most of the Saddam loyalists were killed, captured, or gave up long ago.

Bad Guy Tactics: When they are engaged on an infantry level they get their asses kicked every time! Brave, but stupid. Suicidal Banzai-type charges were very common earlier in the war and still occur. They will literally sacrifice 8-10 man teams in suicide squads by sending them screaming and firing AK's and RPG's directly at our bases just to probe the defenses. They get mowed down like grass every time (see the M2 and M240 above). Jordan 's base was hit like this often.

When engaged, they have a tendency to flee to the same building, probably for what they think will be a glorious last stand. Instead, we call in air and that's the end of that more often than not. These hole-ups are referred to as Alpha Whiskey Romeo's (Allah's Waiting Room). We have the laser guided ground-air thing down to a science. The fast mover's, mostly Marine F-18's, are taking an ever increasing toll on the enemy. When caught out in the open, the helicopter gunships and AC-130 Spectre Gunships cut them to ribbons with cannon and rocket fire, especially at night.  Interestingly, artillery is hardly used at all.

Fun facts

The enemy death toll is supposedly between 45-50 thousand. That is why we're seeing less and less infantry attacks and more IED, suicide bomber shit. The new strategy is just simple: attrition.

The insurgent tactic most frustrating is their use of civilian non-combatants as cover. They know we do all we can to avoid civilian casualties and therefore schools, hospitals and especially Mosques are locations where they meet, stage for attacks, cache weapons, and ammo and flee to when engaged. They have absolutely no regard whatsoever for inflicting civilian casualties.

They will terrorize locals and murder without hesitation anyone believed to be sympathetic to the Americans or the new Iraqi govt. Kidnapping of family members, especially children, is common to influence people they are trying to influence but can't reach, such as local govt. officials, clerics, tribal leaders, etc...

The first thing our guys are told is "don't get captured". They know that if captured they will be tortured and beheaded on the internet. Zarqawi openly offers bounties for anyone who brings him a live American serviceman. This motivates the criminal element who otherwise don't give a shit about the war. A lot of the beheading victims were actually kidnapped by common criminals and sold to Zarqawi.

As such, for our guys, every fight is to the death. Surrender is not an option. The Iraqi's are a mixed bag.. Some fight well; others aren't worth a damn. Most do okay with American support.  Finding leaders is hard, but they are getting better.

It is widely viewed that Zarqawi's use of suicide bombers, en masse, against the civilian population was a serious tactical mistake. Many Iraqi's were galvanized and the caliber of recruits in the Army and the police forces went right up, along with their motivation. It also led to an exponential increase in good intel because the Iraqi's are sick of the insurgent attacks against civilians. The Kurds are solidly pro-American and fearless fighters.

Morale

According to Jordan , morale among our guys is very high. They not only believe that they are winning, but that they are winning decisively. They are stunned and dismayed by what they see in the American press, whom they almost universally view as against them. The embedded reporters are despised and distrusted. They are inflicting casualties at a rate of 20-1 and then see shit like "Are we losing in Iraq " on TV and the print media.

 For the most part, they are satisfied with their equipment, food, and leadership. Bottom line though, and they all say this, is that there are not enough guys there to drive the final stake through the heart of the insurgency, primarily because there aren't enough troops in-theater to shut down the borders with Iran and Syria. The Iranians and the Syrians just can't stand the thought of Iraq being an American ally (with, of course, permanent US bases there).

Anyway, that's it, hope you found it interesting.

 

We did! ...Thanks for OUR freedoms to one of America's Finest

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GENERAL INFO FOR LAYMAN AND EXPERT
Likely Good Picks for all around use...

12 gauge pump shotgun
(Remington 870, 1100, Mossberg 500)

http://www.remington.com/

Remington 870 Express Shotgun
The sound of the pump action alone (when loading a shell into the chamber) has deterred many serious crimes before they could even occur.

If you are on a budget or your wife has told you only "1" gun, this would be the choice of many professionals. And 12 gauge shells can be found most anywhere in the world, from Africa to America. 12 gauge shells come in many different styles. 00-Buck should be your first choice for a true man stopper in self-defense situations. Flettche rounds are 12 gauge shells loaded with 25± mini arrows and can defeat most body amour at close range of 25 yards or less. This would be an excellent shell against rioting, murderous gangs that often wear body armor to evade police.

Dragon breath 12 gauge shells spit a flame out the barrel that is most impressive, to say nothing of scarring the life out of a would-be perpetrator, and it they don't harm the barrel. 12 gauge shells came in a host of specialties and depending on the application can handle most any defense job that you ask of it. The Remington and Mossberg models have been chosen because of their reliability and simplicity, and choice of add-on special items that can be installed by non-gunsmiths.




2. 30.06 rifle (Remington 7400, 742, 740)
http://www.remington.com/

Remington 7400 Semi-auto Deer Rifle
To choose "1" rifle is a difficult decision.
The rifle has many different applications and tasks required of it, so in this respect we will only dwell on the defensive issues of the rifle.

Many would ask, "...why not the Colt AR-15 type rifle with its famous .223 caliber"? First and foremost the .223 rifle just does not have enough punch to get through most objects. Ask the saviors of Waco; most of the rounds fired into Mt. Carmel were .223 and 9mm rounds.

All reports of the after shot read that the .223 shattered on impact hitting most wooden objects, and then hit the subject with little or no injury to them. Most .223 FMJ (Full Metal Jacket) rounds are lead filled under that metal jacket and have no retention after encountering any solid object of any kind. Only the military gets the good stuff, and my father is not a U.S. Army General, and neither is my mother.

Second, the AR-15 type rifle is a very complicated rifle if one does not have firearm experience to operate and maintain it (cleaning, field stripping, etc.). Special Operation Groups laugh about the M16/AR15 craze that hit the public a few years ago, offering remarks such as: "…let them buy them all, we don’t want them"…

Most SOGs carry M14s and H/Ks into the field when their life depends on their rifle. Their heavy field gun consists of an M60 in .308 caliber. Now, most can not afford a true M14 and no civilian can have an M60. So … what is left? Plenty!

Most every hunter in America has a 30.06 in his or her firearm safe, either in semi-auto or bolt action, and some boxes of 30.06 rounds in their ammo collection. This caliber can punch through most houses and autos and will still carry enough blunt trauma to stop an adult in their tracks. Ask any WW2 veteran or Vietnam veteran and they will testify to the power of the 30.06 in combat situations. The Browning BAR 1918A1 in 30.06 was the most sought after weapon a platoon would ask for.

Now my reason for the Remington semi-auto models in 30.06. This rifle can be turned into a " baby Browning 1918A1 " in semi-auto mode, by simply adding an extended magazine offered by several companies (10 rd). The 30.06 ammunition can be found in a wide variety of styles and even in Amour Piercing (AP). --Always check local regulations for the legality of any ammunition round and its proper use. Just because you bought it from source (a) doesn't necessarily mean that it is legal in location (b).




3. .22 cal rifle (Ruger 10/22)
http://www.ruger-firearms.com/

Ruger .22 Caliber Carbine
Hands down, this is the best survival rifle anyone could have in virtually any situation that might arise. The after-market add-ons can all be done by a non-gunsmith and the performance is unbeatable. In a survival situation a .22LR (long rifle) caliber wound can be as fatal as HIV (AIDS). Not everyone can treat gunshot wounds, and a Ruger 10/22 will keep a head down, as readily as a 30.06 in a firefight. A 10/22 can be fired by almost anyone and it has virtually no recoil to scare the shooter into closing their eyes and shooting wild. The .22LR caliber is the cheapest and most readily found ammo.

One .22 round costs about 2 cents compared to a 9mm round at 23 cents. A big difference when stocking a couple thousand rounds. One man can carry 2000 rounds on him; no other round can make that claim. Rugers 10/22s can shoot all day without having to be cleaned, and will feed any .22 caliber round in the marketplace (except the .22 WMR magnum). Ruger 10/22s can produce ½ in match groups at 100 yards -- and that is hard to beat. The price of a 10/22 is under $200, and for a few dollars more the 10/22 can be a top match rifle.




Winchester Model 70 Deer Rifle


http://www.winchester-guns.com

Classic Sporter LT The new Winchester Sporter LT has noticeable improvements over its legendary namesake. "LT" could stand for lean and trim. The stock has been redesigned by David Miller to be thinner with a more open grip and trimmer fore-end for superb balance and function. Cut checkering. Classic action with claw extractor and fixed position ejector.




4. 9mm (Glock 17)
http://www.glock.com


First and foremost the Glock is the easiest to operate in non-experienced hands. Another plus, the design of the Glock is made to accommodate both left and right handed shooters. The lack of an external safety and hammer make this a foolproof pistol in any person’s hands. Reliability? In the National Tactical World Match, the Glock 17 was buried in sand 150 times and shot flawlessly by all 150 shooters in the match.

Even under extreme conditions this handgun is built to last a lifetime, and it will feed all 9mm ammo in the marketplace. Why the 9mm, instead of the .45 caliber? First and foremost is ammo availability. The 9mm is the most common round found in the world. This round can be found in most any civilian home, or police station, or military base, and even gang hide outs. It is the choice of most law enforcement divisions and can be found in sporting goods stores or mom-and-pop general stores.

Second, the 9mm can be handled by most shooters, male or female, without too much felt recoil. Very important for that follow up shot. A .45 cal pistol is extremely hard on a shooter’s hand and only a seasoned shooter can handle the recoil that is generated by a .45 caliber cartridge. There is no doubt that a .45 is more lethal than a 9mm. Still, more good pistol shooters have been scared off a range because someone handed them a .45 semi-auto. It either jumped out of their hand or the noise scared the hell out of them, compelling them to close their eyes while applying trigger pressure. The cost factor on .45 caliber ammo makes it a no-go candidate when compared to the cost of an equal amount of 9mm.

Finally, I have yet to see a .45 caliber style pistol that has not had its problems; and most have to go to a reliable gunsmith to be field ready. Most any Colt .45 out of the box needs this work, save the special custom jobs by companies like Wilson.




Colt 1911 Handgun

5. Colt 1911-A
http://www.colt.com

A Glock will come out of the box ready for a match shoot, and when every dollar counts no one wants to send their new .45 to a gunsmith just to make it shoot a wadcutter type bullet.

My personal choice for a functioning 9mm is the famous design by John M. Browning, the P-35, Hi-Power. It is a single action semi auto-loading pistol. However, this design is not for the beginner.

More Browning Hi-Power designs are in military holsters than any other design in the world. Why? Because it works and even feeds ammo that 3rd world nations put on the arms market. Their are numerous aftermarket features that one can buy to upgrade their Hi-Power to a 1st class match grade pistol.

I used two Browning Hi-Powers (1967 models) at two World National Tactical Shoots at Gunsite, Arizona, and outscored all but 23 shooters in 1997. The top shooter used a Glock M17 in 9mm, and most of the good old boys that shot 45s either had feeding problems or their follow up shot was so far off that the range judges ruled them dead. At a Tactical Match you are only allowed 3 seconds of exposure, and if the target is not down by then, you are ruled dead.

I aced 9 out of 10 stages with my 1967 Browning Hi-Powers and the one stage that I blew was my fault, not the pistol's. I hope this helps somewhat in your search for the perfect firearm, in an emergency defensive situation.



Conclusion

There are numerous firearms available today for the average citizen for hunting and personal defensive situations. This list of Guns to Grab is intended for the average American that has little if any firearm experience, and has made the decision that they will not be a victim but a victor in a true break down of toady’s society. It is my hope and prayer that our "America" will always shine as a light for the righteous and god fearing.

"GOD BLESS AMERICA"

Sincerely,

Gary D. Winstead, Sr.
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30.06 vs .308

Springfield M1A1A .308
For Experts Only!

http://www.springfield-armory.com/

Springfield M1A1A Expert Rifle for Hunting and Self Defense

The choices I made in Guns to Grab were (1) for the individual that had never held a firearm before and, (2) for the ability to adequately defend themselves, (3) while staying on a budget and, 4) not have to be a semi-gunsmith to use and maintain the firearms.

An expert's choice might be along the lines of a Springfield M1A1A Scout bush gun (in .308 caliber), or "Tanker" as it is known (shown below).

Springfield M1A1A Rifle w/ Synthetic Stock for Hunitng and Self Defense

That model is not (I repeat not) for the inexperienced. Among other things, it will eat your hand if held in the wrong place while cleaning or operating. The expert might think about making it a "Scout" style Model and place a 2.5x scope forward of the receiver (shown top) so that the eyepiece of the scope is over the rear leafs.

Col. Jeff Cooper has shown this setup to be a very effective defense weapon. You can acquire your target a lot faster and with a little practice, who knows? My reason for the 30.06 over the .308 is merely blunt trauma at ranges under 100 yards. A Model 70 Winchester sniper rifle or an M-14 RDF … both .308s and both of these are excellent long-range rifles ... are excellent choices ... but Not for the novice.

True, a .308 bullet has confirmed kills at 1000+ yards but only a few people can accomplish this act, and most hunters make their kills at 200 yards or less. Although it is not uncommon for hunters to stretch that shot to 300+ yards at camp or at home to impress their buddies. NATO has the .308 as their adopted caliber and most military battle rifles from EURO are .308 due to H/K Company contracts with government defense departments.

The hottest new Tactical weapon round is the .224 BOZZ pistol round. It defeats "three" Class 3A body armor vests and will shoot through a Bradley or Humvee (HMMWV stands for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, pronounced Humvee®). It will be issued in H/K MP5s and Glock 20s to swat teams around the country. This is mostly due to the shootout in LA this summer where a couple of guys had on full body armor, and all the Officers were running to the nearest sporting goods shops to get 30.06 rifles to knock them down. The city paid for nine 30.06 rifles that day! A lot of today’s trauma plate armor is rated up to .308 caliber.

My "imaginary battle" rifle is a Remington 742 carbine in 30.06 with a Harris bipod and a muzzle break ... with 6-24x 50mm scope and 10-round magazines. It would have 4x night vision capabilities from Aris Night Vision Company, accomplished by simply unscrewing the base and screwing on the NV ... a 1-minute exchange time tops. For about a $1000, one could put a fantastic weapon system together for day or night applications.

It looks and acts like a baby Browning BAR 1918A2. I have tested it on trees and 4x4s and it chews them up, using AP (armor piercing) rounds. It is dead on at 200 yards ... and up close it is even more accurate.

Sincerely,

Gary D. Winstead, Sr.
© Gary Winstead, Sr / Alpine Group
All Copyrights Reserved





The .50 BMG
www.barrettrifles.com/store


For a true long-range rifle, nothing beats a 50 BMG from
a company like
Barrett Rifles  where hits are recorded at 4,000 yards.


.50 BMG rifles for civilians come in two action styles: a bolt action, and semi-automatic action. Several companies now manufacture civilian legal 50 BMG rifles, with single shot, and magazine feed bolt actions. Only one company manufactures semi-automatics.

After much research on .50 BMG rifles with quality and cost in mind, The Barrett Rifle Company stands out by far as the best in their field. Barrett produces several models of 50 BMG rifles recording hits up to 4,000 yards.

The 50 BMG cartridge was first developed for anti-aircraft and light armor tanks at great distances. The latest use of this round has been for sniper units deployed in various law enforcement agencies and military ‘black operation’ groups.

In conclusion:
I firmly believe that the next pages of American history will be written because of a 50 BMG rifle, defending law-abiding American citizens and the Constitution of the United States of America.

"GOD BLESS AMERICA"

Gary D. Winstead, Sr.
© Gary Winstead, Sr / Alpine Group
All Copyrights Reserved




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The 'Survivalist' Mentality

Dear Guns-To-Grab:
A letter from one of America's Finest! -asg

I stumbled over your web site the other day quite by accident. I found the link to your website while I was viewing the aviation art work on the Stewart Gallery website [website closed]. It was with fond memories I viewed the artwork displayed on this site as I have flown a number of the aircraft depicted in those paintings.

I am a 48 year old ex Marine. I have formulated my survival plans and those plans do not include the US. I have long marveled at the so called "survivalist mentality." As one who has slept in the mud while various types of exotic tropical insects utilized me as a free lunch, as one who has had an deadly enemy present every day for years, I have experienced survival in a hostile environment first hand.

As one who carried firearms in earnest to the extent that my weapon was essentially a part of my body, a part which at the time I considered more valuable then my gonads (basically you can survive without your gonads, but in a survival situation every other appendage is virtually indispensable, fortunately my body, although somewhat damaged, came through it all intact) and to the extent that my weapon was never out of reach and always at the ready 24 hours a day, I have often wondered how others will fare under similar and perhaps more distressing conditions.

Many times I have asked my friends of a like mind: Just what exactly do you envision your future will be in a "survivalist" world? Where do you plan on going? During my enlistment I well remember waiting to go back to the "real world." A prospect that kept the survival instinct strong within me.

But when you are already in the "real world" (and I later found out that that is in fact where I actually was, America is Fantasyland) and there is no "home," other then the patch of mud where you currently lay your head, how will your survival instincts and abilities fare under such conditions, especially when it is for an indeterminate period?

What will the overwhelming majority of the inner city people do when times really get tough? What will be the result when you fire a weapon and the report carries for miles? What will you hunt when hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of desperate people are scouring the countryside in search of food. What will you do for ammo if the situation lasts a year or longer?

Perhaps the most relevant question for myself today would be, how well and how long could I endure such circumstances again at my age? Fortunately I do not have any family so there is no need to address such concerns in my plans. Those with family have many, many, more pressing problems concerning their survival than myself.

These are just a few of the very relevant and fundamental questions survivalist should address before they decide what action to take - there are many, many, more.

Good Luck!

Sincerely, GCL