Sorry to hear about your recent power outtage! Luckily, you are well prepared for such scenarios - I know people who literally wouldn't know where a flashlight was in their house if power went out. I am a fairly new reader of your blog, and have recently purchased and read your book. It has been very valuable for my family and I and our preparedness will be at a much higher level because of it. Thank you Glad to see you're moving to Texas. The United States certainly has its problems, and the political direction we're heading in is downright frightening, but it's still not anywhere near to the level of your descriptions of Argentina, so Texas should be a pleasant change for you and your family.
I'd like to talk to you sometime about doing some consulting on a film project of mine. I'm a filmmaker, and am in the process of selling my first feature film and preparing my second. The first film was a horror picture, and the one I'm preparing now is the true story of an incredible escape from a Soviet prison camp after World War II. It's based on a book that we now have the publishing rights to, as well. But after this, I'm looking to do a picture based on some sort of societal collapse - only more along the lines that you describe, and not so much full on into the Mad Max type scenario. I think the Mad Max/"Road"/"Book of Eli" vision of post-apocalypse is fun, but it's also fairly standard by now, while the real life versions of such things are just not represented well on film. It's hole that might be interesting to fill.
I also have a couple of questions for you, as a person new to firearms(I've recently bought a Glock 19 and a Kel-Tec Sub 2000 because of your book!)
1. I've been looking at a .22 conversion kit for the Glock, because it could save quite a bit on cost of ammo and training. However, how viable is this as a training tool? It seems that the vast difference in recoil and feel of the weapon might get you into bad habits. Would it be better to just eat the higher cost
of ammo or learn to reload, or is there a real benefit to training with a .22 conversion system that I'm not seeing? Is it worth training with something that's not the real thing? Or should I just opt for a stand-alone .22 pistol?
2. I'm also looking to get an AK-47. My budget is about $500, give or take a little bit, as I just want something fairly cheap right now to fill the "no rifle" hole that I have in my battery currently. Will spring for a FAL or something along those lines later. I have three choices near my price range, and was wondering which one you'd advise I pick. As I'm new to this, I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything, and I think you'd have a much better eye for this, so I'd really appreciate your advice:
http://www.armslist.com/posts/77843/little-rock-arkansas-rifles-for-sale-ak47-high-quality-not-romanian--ammo--bonusI've spoken to this guy and have him down to $600. Think I could get him down to $550. He's only a couple of hours away so I could pick it up myself. Scope is mounted on the dust cover on this one - I know that doesn't hold zero, so that's not worth much. Also am interested in getting a side-folder, so that will be an additional cost...http://www.armslist.com/posts/80376/ohio-rifles-for-sale-ak-47-mak-90-762-x-39This one comes with a rail system and a red dot. Think I can get him down to $565 with FTF, but have to work out the shipping, etc. as he's farther. Rails allow mounting of scope on top without losing zero. Comes with red dot scope. Again, no side-folder here, and not sure if it would be legal to add it without adding a bunch of new American stuff to comply with the law - not sure.
Then there's this:http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=207897348This was made by Century Arms, and I know that's very hit or miss. Sometimes you can get a really lose mag well, or you can get canted sights. Sometimes they're great. You just never know. This has the side folder, though, and if I can snag this at auction for $400 or so it may just be worth the risk.
Anything here I should be looking for? Which would you pick?
Again, thank you very much for your blog and your book - I look forward to reading more, and perhaps having you consult on my upcoming film in a year or so, if you're interested.
Hi D, thanks for your email!
Sounds like your work is lots of fun. Oh yes, couldn’t agree with you more. Though I like Mad Max type movies, it would be nice to see something more realistic for a change. Seems that its either Mad Max / Book of Eli type (excellent movie by the way) or complete wimp getting caught during a disaster and the guy hasn’t got a pocket knife, not even a Swiss army knife, let alone a multitool, a simple keychain LEDt, or God forbid, an evil gun. And if there’s a gun the guy is either Bruce Willis diehard hero or again, clueless dude and the lesson of the movie is that guns just makes things worse. I’d sure like to watch a SHTF movie with a person that has some basic firearms training along with common sense for a change.
Regarding your questions:
- Your Glock 19 is an excellent weapon. Know that 90% of people worth listening to will recommend you some type of Glock (often 19 or 17) and carry one themselves. Is the standard by which other guns are measured. New guns coming up they all look to replicate what the Glock already does. The 22LR conversion kits are a good idea for cheap training and it is possible to some level once you find a load that works well in your conversion kit. Having said that, for defensive gun classes, I’d invest in proper ammo to make the most of it. 9mm is cheap enough if you buy bulk online. Some of the most serious shooters, they either reload or buy bulk when they find good deals. This is what I would do and you do save money as well as keep a nice supply of ammo at hand. Too bad they don’t sell bulk ammo like that in my country. Depending on how much you shoot and enjoy it, people end up buying a 22LR for cheap plinking. 22LR is also a practical utilitarian round for pests, plinking, as a trail gun or for killing livestock.
- You can get a WASR10 and 1000 rounds of ammo for $500 at J&G sales. If you want something sturdier, get the Yugoslavian underfolder. If you end up shooting a lot, 5.45 ammo is cheaper and you might want to get a Polish Tantal. These are cheap and ammo is cheaper than 7.62 as well. I prefer 7.62 though for defensive purposes. With soft point ammo expect it to perform like a 30-30 out of a lever action carbine. These would be better options than the ones you’re checking.
As for optics, I’d learn to run the AK as is. Later if you want to add one, go for a simple Red Dot scope, forward mounted in a foregrip rail.
In terms of guns, you’d be pretty well set with your Glock 19 and one of the AKs.
Of course you'll need at least 7 mags, but AK mags are cheap. A vest or shoulder bag to carry them and the rest of your gear. A messenger bag can be fitted with some other emergecny gear to make it a bug out bag or survival kit.
Take care D!