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Is Body Armor Necessary For Civilians?

Most people tend to think of body armor as a necessary item for those who are engaged in offensive operations against an enemy of some variety. It doesn’t matter whether it is the soldier on the frontlines of Afghanistan or the police officer rounding up gang members in Los Angeles, body armor can be a vital, and lifesaving, component of an individual’s daily ensemble. What is regularly passed over is the thought that body armor can be employed by those seeking to use it as a defensive measure. There is a potential place for body armor use as a defensive measure in all of our lives.

When I think of some of the recent events that followed last years Boston Marathon bombing, there were many of the citizens of Boston who were exposed, or came real close to being exposed, to the shooting from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan as they ran from just about every law enforcement agency in the greater Boston area and multiple federal agencies. In addition to the shootings that occurred in various areas of Boston over the course of the manhunt, a very anxious group of law enforcement officers conducted dozens, if not hundreds, of house-to-house searches in the Watertown, MA area as they tried to find those responsible for the carnage at the marathon.

Now think of being one of the Bostonians that, following such a terrible incident, were in fear of their lives as shootings are occurring across the city. All the while, police officers are pulling people out of their homes at gunpoint to conduct searches. It doesn’t matter if it is the fear of being shot by a terrorist, or shot by a police officer with an itchy trigger finger that feels you made a wrong move, in this case, having a set of body armor could greatly reduce the anxiety that was felt by those forced to endure this real-life scenario.

This is but one such possibility in the world today. As a soldier, I wore body armor every single day when I was in a hostile environment. Did I think that I was going to get shot or blown up every single day? The answer is no, but it would have been foolish to not wear such a useful piece of equipment in such an environment. My point is simply that since I had it, I used it and I was glad that I did because it, along with my competent colleagues, and top-notch training, helped ensure that I made it home.

Just for the sake of the argument, let’s say that you have the $400 that would be required to make a one-time purchase of a quality set of body armor and that you elect not to because you would rather use the money to upgrade your TV to that new ultra-high definition flat screen that it now even one eighth of an inch thinner. You wouldn’t ever want to find yourself in the position where you were forced to wonder if the opportunity cost from such a decision was worthwhile or not. Especially when the new TV doesn’t look any different than the last one!

Clearly not everyone needs a set of body armor though. It is a decision that should not be taken lightly and it is also important to consider the fact that your hard earned money should likely be used to secure the preparedness basics first and foremost. But there is certainly a place for body armor as a key component to a personal preparedness plan, especially in the areas of defense and security.

While there are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of body armor companies to choose from, if you do decide that obtaining a set of body armor is crucial for your long-term survival and survival strategy consider going with a reputable manufacturer like Point Blank. Of course there are some stores like Inter-American Security Products (ISP) where you can shop multiple lines of body armor products in one place. Shopping at an online store like ISP not only allows you to see a variety of different sets of body armor but it will let you shop by the coverage level desired and the price point that fits your budget.

To tie back into the earlier example of buying a set of body armor instead of a new TV, not only can $400 buy you a set of body armor, it will buy you a set of custom built concealable body armor. This is hard to beat and will serve you better than any TV ever could in a life or death situation. While it would have once been difficult to foresee a situation where you might find yourself in need of body armor, there seems to be constant reminders in the news where innocent bystanders were involved in a situation that could have had a different outcome if said bystanders were wearing body armor. While it is not a piece of equipment for everyone, it is an integral component of a well-rounded survival strategy.

Bunker Blunders: Tips for Strengthening Your Shelter

For the convenience of preppers, companies like Atlas Survival Shelters now sell prebuilt bunkers for those who want the least hassle in building an underground refuge. While the prebuilt options are convenient, the bunkers will likely come with only the bare minimum safety and reinforcement options that a decent SHTF bunker should include. Many preppers place too much emphasis on the aesthetic bells and whistles, then stop preparing once the bunker is underground and stocked; however, preparing a bunker is not complicated as long as you keep in a mind a few rules and continue updating it until the day comes for you to move in.

Do Splurge on Sewage Ideas

You stored hundreds of pound of food, so there will be a lot of human waste produced upon consumption. One of the more common mistakes for rookie bunker builders is assuming outhouse-type facilities for human waste will suffice. But as the months and years go by, this can turn into a potentially dangerous and disgusting issue.

Composting tanks are becoming more common due to their practicality and small amount of space they take up. You can also build a septic system that connects to one that already exists for a state or municipal entity. Incinerator toilets are also becoming a more popular option. These are only practical for those with a lot of expendable fuel and electricity sources. Incinerators are also expensive and only an option for groups of three or four maximum.

Don’t Overspend On Unnecessary Perks

There were several reports in late 2012 that wealthy individuals and families were buying and/or building bunkers in record numbers. Some people are building their dream homes underground with luxury perks in mind. But spending a lot of money doesn’t always mean getting the best overall product.

An underground refuge capable of housing and protecting your family can be had for the cost of a cheap acre or two of land. The rental of heavy equipment, like landscape rakes and trencher attachments, will be the second-largest expense in all bunker plans. The vast majority of money beyond those necessities should be poured into reinforcement of walls and waterproofing.

FEMA recommends two layers of plywood for your walls and one layer of 14-gauge steel for the walls. They must not only be able to protect you from floods and radiation, but also potential attack from above. The depth should be 30 feet minimum for basic protection. But always watch for the latest capabilities by the Pentagon to determine any extra expenditures.

Bunker busting bombs can penetrate deeper than ever and may prompt some new bunker builders to go deeper underground. But don’t spend too much money on trying to defend against the inevitable. There isn’t much you can do if a giant meteorite or government bomb strikes. Focus your expenditures more on the integrity of the walls and waterproofing. These minimal requirements will at least protect you from the most common and preventable threats.

Do Stock Heirloom Seeds

Bunkers are meant to protect during the worst parts of any SHTF scenarios. But at some point you’ll have to emerge and resume life above ground. Heirloom seeds for various crops are essential for anyone planning on surviving a post-apocalyptic situation. The trick is finding seeds that have not been genetically-modified and are thus dependent on corporate herbicides to grow.

Texas Ready and MyHeirloomSeeds.com are two of the better online sources for heirloom seeds specifically cultivated for particular regions of the country.

Don’t Rely Too Much On Canned Goods

Foods stored in cans have advantages: it can last a long time and be eaten right out of the container. The negative about cans is that they are heavy, take up a lot of space, and will require you to expend a lot of energy getting them into your shelter.

Vacuum sealing foods like rice, noodles, and raw beans provides filling, high carbohydrate foods that can be stored for years and take up little space. You can also dry fruits and seal them in plastic bags. The best part about storing your food in vacuum bags is that you’ll never need a secondary device (like a can opener).

Remember your bunker should protect you during the worst of times and prepare you for life after doomsday. Don’t let easily preventable issues interfere with your current and future liberty.

Making Ammunition for Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness is on a lot of people’s minds. With the state of the economy, and the days where the news makes it sound like the country is about to explode into civil unrest, it’s really no wonder.

Some people think that it’s all a lot of hoopla, with no real threat behind it, but when you consider that any sort of disruption in any of the big cities (where problems generally occur) would more than likely affect our financial system, our food chain, or our gas and oil supply. Any one of these being stopped or delayed could make life difficult very quickly, so being prepared is important.

When you’re trying to prepare your home and family for whatever comes, there is a lot that you need to consider. Having a backup water supply is one of the most important, followed by making sure you have emergency food on hand that has a long shelf life. But have you considered your ammunition stores? You probably have, but with the ammunition shortages that this country is experiencing right now there is a good chance that you aren’t satisfied with the supply that you currently have.

Picture Credit: weaponsman.com

If you are good at building things, and are willing to learn a new and relatively easy skill, then you can put yourself ahead of the crowd by making your own ammunition. Most people think that making ammunition would be far too expensive or complicated to make it worth it, but this is far from the truth.

While the cost of buying the raw materials for making ammunition has risen a bit due to the economy and the effect of supply and demand, you will still see huge savings over buying ammunition pre-made.

Making ammunition is definitely a skill, and so you need to be prepared for the learning curve that comes with it. You have to learn how to be precise. But that being said, there really aren’t many steps to the process.

First you need the casings – you can buy them new, obviously, but many people also reclaim all the casings they can from their target practice and reuse them. If you wash used casings and ensure they aren’t damaged, there is no reason why you can’t save even more money by repacking them.

After you place a new primer in the cartridge, you put in the right amount of gunpowder, and then the projectile – which is the bullet itself. Obviously the type of ammunition that you are making will have an effect on what materials you need, and how much gunpowder is used, but this is something that you will have to determine once you know what caliber you need.

One nice thing about making your own ammo is that once you have the method down, you can make it faster and faster. In the beginning you may only have a handful to show for an hour’s worth of work, but some people get to the point where they can make up to 300 in an hour. That’s a lot of ammo!

Also, keep in mind that the tools that you need for making your own ammunition are not terribly expensive. A few hundred dollars should set you up with everything you need, plus the raw materials.

If you’re so inclined, you can even make your own bullets, although this is a different skill and requires an entire new set of tools and supplies.

The bottom line is that making your own ammunition is a feasible and cost-effective way to prepare for an emergency. Knowing that you have what you need to protect your home or feed your family is invaluable, and something that cannot be taken away from you, no matter what comes to pass.

About The Author - Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.

Special Training Opportunity For Prepared Ninja Readers!

There are a few things that are paramount to being prepared for the difficulties that we may face. Most of the areas of focus for a prepper revolve around logistics (supplies, transportation, shelter, etc.) and knowledge (skills, training, reference material, etc.). I feel that while having the tools to perform in a survival situation is paramount, having the knowledge to deploy the tools effectively is an even greater priority. Today I am excited to introduce a training opportunity to you that is unlike any other training program I have ever seen before!
Before I get into the details though, there is a short story behind this opportunity that I need to tell you about first.
Several weeks back I was approached by the guys at Pulse O2DA Firearms Training, Inc. about collaborating on a firearms training initiative. Pulse O2DA provides combative firearms training, and they have developed a training ladder that moves a citizen through three stages of skill development; developing basic firearms skills, applying these skills to individual maneuver for the purpose of self-defense and then expanding individual maneuver to deployment in small units for the defense of a business, school or small community. They approached The Prepared Ninja because of the make-up of our membership, and the clear benefit that such a training program has for preppers and self-reliant individuals. There is also great potential among our community to develop a powerful force to help combat the tyrannical forces destroying our beloved Republic.
Pulse O2DA offers a full slate of combative firearms training courses, programs, and resources for individuals, schools, business and communities. The jewel in all of their offerings is called the Pulse O2DA Armory, a subscription-based online firearms training resource.  The Pulse O2DA Armory is a total immersion training resource providing:
  1. More than 900 pages of information, 45 videos and 400 photos, a detailed 5-day kickstart training plan, and a 12 month training and dry-practice regimen for handgun, shotgun, and rifle.
  2. Instruction on basic weapon fundamentals like stance and grip, loading and unloading, draw, malfunction clearances, etc.
  3. The strategy and tactics necessary to dominate a lethal force confrontation.
  4. The resources to defend yourself, your family, your business and your community.
  5. Deep interactive resource library on maneuver warfare and small unit tactics.

Over the past couple of weeks I have had the chance to spend some time with the guys at Pulse O2DA. Through a series of teleconference calls and a meeting, I have had the chance to review the Pulse O2DA Armory in detail. It is the most comprehensive, chronological, and clearly defined firearms training program that I have seen. I believe the Pulse O2DA Armory is an awesome resource and am recommending it because:

  • It provides a great training resource you can use to hone your own skills and pass along to others in your community.
  • It delivers a standardized curriculum that we all can draw upon.
  • It goes beyond the basic NRA/Appleseed offerings with its focus on combatives and dominating a lethal force confrontation.
  • The training ladder methodically moves a gun novice from basic 3-gun fundamentals up to being a competent defender of his family, business, and community.

So here is our special training opportunity – all Prepared Ninja readers are eligible for a free one month subscription to the Pulse O2DA Armory! After the free month you can continue with your subscription by paying $14.95 per month. One of the additional benefits of this subscription to The Prepared Ninja community is that a percentage of each subscription fee will go towards the work that I am doing here on the site and supporting the work of The Prepared Ninja community.

To give you an idea of the value that you receive by being a Pulse O2DA subscriber, the annual cost of this membership is less than only one day of firearms training at most firearms training programs. The knowledge and understanding that you gain of firearms use and theory will far exceed that of one day of training at any school.
This opportunity is available through the month of February 2014, after which the free month disappears but you can still join by paying the $14.95 up-front for the first month. To claim your free gift follow these instructions:
2. The above link will take you to the Pulse O2DA preview page. Click on the red box link that says “Click Here To Join”.
3. You will now be on the membership sign-up page. Select the Prepared Ninja membership plan.
4. Provide your name, email address, username, and password on the subscription page.
5. Provide your credit card billing information. Your card will not be charged for the first month. Remember if you decide to stay after the first month, 50% of your subscription fee goes to Oath Keepers. You can cancel before the end of the first month and not be charged anything.
6. Last step is to look in your email (look in your spam folder too) for the confirmation email and click to confirm. Then enter your Pulse O2DA Armory credentials in the membership box on the Pulse O2DA Firearms homepage (www.pulsefirearmstraining.com) and you will be admitted in.
Thanks for your support and if you have any problems getting in you can call the Pulse guys directly at 1.877.452.0951.
Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to be more prepared to safeguard ourselves, our families, and our community!

Safeguard Armor GHOST Giveaway!

Safeguard Armor has launched a new giveaway on their Facebook page. This month in celebration of the launch of their new GHOST™ Bullet, Knife Edge and Spike Proof Vest…..they have decided to give a set away!
Safeguard GHOST
The GHOST™ Covert Vest is extremely lightweight and boasts one of smallest carrier designs in the world. It offers up to level IIIa ballistic protection and can be upgraded with edged blade and spike protection.
All Safeguard protective panels are made from 100% Kevlar!To be entered all you have to do is:
1. Go to the Safeguard Armor Facebook page.2. Share the giveaway post.3. Like their page.That is it! The winner will be selected at random. The giveaway closes on the 30th of September 2013. Good Luck!

 

.223 vs. 5.56 – What Is The Difference?

.223 vs. 5.56 – What Is The Difference?

The .223 and 5.56×45 NATO cartridges are nearly identical rounds that have led shooters toward countless debates, confusion, and frustration. But understanding the differences between these two rounds isn’t all that difficult when you cut you through the misinformation. In fact, with just a little background information about each cartridge and an understanding of how you plan to use your firearm, you’ll find yourself better prepared to make a decision between the two calibers. You’ll also know the risks, if any, of shooting a 5.56 round in a .223 chamber.

The History of .223 & 5.56

Remington submitted the .223 Remington round to SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) in 1962 as a sporting round generally considered a varmint cartridge. Since then, .223 Rem ammunition really hasn’t changed in terms of cartridge dimensions or the pressure that it is loaded to, according to Gun Digest 2013. That makes sense, as SAAMI is pretty rigid with their testing and once a standard is set, it tends to remain that way for the life of a given caliber. While variances on the .223 Remington round have popped up, such as the .223 Wylde, which is a round many feel is a good compromise between the pressures and performance of .223 and 5.56, .223 Remington is far and away the most popular of the .223 calibers.

On the other hand, 5.56×45 NATO has never been submitted to SAAMI because it’s a military round, loaded to a military standard that is quite different from SAAMI’s standards. As you can imagine, military standards are very exact and quite rigid all over the world. That’s not to say military standards are better than SAAMI, it’s simply that the way they each measure different attributes of a round are different so you can’t truly stack the rounds side-by-side and understand the differences between them. This variance in standards plays a huge role in the confusion that surrounds the .223 vs. 5.56 debate today.

In summary, the military measures pressure one way and SAAMI measures pressure in a different manner so the two calculations can’t be compared side-by-side, helping spur more discussion, confusion, and even misinformation about these two calibers.

Are 5.56 and .223 Rounds Interchangeable?

In terms of the exterior dimensions, 5.56×45 and .223 cartridges are just about identical so there are not really any concerns about fitting each round in your chamber, it doesn’t matter if you’re chambered for .223 or 5.56, the round will likely load. However, pressure varies between the two rounds and that pressure change can be significant depending upon your firearm. Generally, 5.56×45 ammunition fires at a higher pressure than .223 Remington ammunition. A typical range round of 5.56×45 will hit a peak pressure of around 60,000 pounds per square inch while a comparable .223 cartridge’s peak pressure will be about 20-percent less.

To help function under those increased pressures, many 5.56 chambers are larger in critical areas than .223 chambers. Specifically, the area of the chamber known as the leade or throat of the barrel will be different. This throat or leade portion is the area of the barrel in front of the chamber just before the rifling begins. So, if you load the same exact round in both a .223 chambered firearm and a 5.56 firearm, the extra area in the 5.56 chamber will help safely handle the pressure loaded cartridge and potentially lead to less potential wear and tear than if you  fired the 5.56 NATO round in a .223 Rem firearm.

Also of note, odds are you’re going to get slightly faster muzzle velocities using 5.56×45 ammunition than you would if firing .223 Remington.

So what does it mean? For most shooters, the general rule of thumb as it relates to each round is that you should not fire 5.56 in a firearm chambered for .223 while you can safely fire .223 in a 5.56-chambered firearm.  But it’s not that cut and dried.

There are several cases where shooters have documented firing 5.56 in their .223 firearms with no major problems and while a major malfunction, such as an explosion is possible, it is extremely unlikely to happen. You see part of what led to this way of thinking is because of the SAAMI standards for testing. Given a highly pressurized barrel, 5.56 rounds in a .223-chambered firearm are not a great idea. Most civilian .223 rifles on the market today, however, are much more forgiving than the barrels used for SAAMI standard testing so you’re likely to not only avoid major malfunctions but you’ll likely not even be able to tell the difference when firing 5.56 in a .223 Remington chambered AR-15.

Keeping that in mind, if you are relying on an AR-15 in a survival situation, you will likely want to invest in ammunition that is ideally suited for your specific chamber. Because of the pressure each round is loaded and the tolerances accepted by most modern sporting rifle barrels, even if not ideal in terms of wear-and-tear, you will likely be able to effectively neutralize a target using either caliber.

How to Tell .223 Remington and 5.56×45 Cartridges Apart

So you’re stuck in a place where ammo is scare and you come across rounds that appear to be appropriate for your firearm. Since .223 and 5.56 are nearly identical in physical appearance, how do you know if it’s .223 Remington or 5.56×45 ammo? The quickest and easiest way is to examine the head of the cartridge. If it’s 5.56, it’ll be stamped be stamped with a NATO insignia, which looks like a circle with a plus sign (+) inside of it. If it’s .223 Remington, it’ll say .223 Rem.

Photo Credit: TheFiringLine.com
Photo Credit: TheFiringLine.com

So Which Caliber AR-15 is Better?

The short answer about which caliber is best for you depends on your particular needs. The .223 Remington is the mostly widely produced caliber and while you likely won’t want to fire 5.56 in your firearm often, in an emergency you could easily get away with firing a few hundred rounds if necessary. The bottom line is this: if you want to be as safe as possible, always shoot .223 Remington ammunition. The .223 Rem cartridges will safely fit and fire in any rifle chambered for either .223 or 5.56.

In terms of pricing, .223 ammunition and 5.56 ammo cost about the same amount per round and both are readily available most of the time on the U.S. civilian market. If you’re not sure what you’ll be using the firearm for, most shooters find 5.56 chambered firearms more appealing because of the flexibility they offer when it comes to firing either .223 or 5.56×45 rounds.

About the Author:

Mark Ollendale is a life-long shooter and firearms enthusiast obsessed with ammunition. Passionate about helping protect the 2nd Amendment while spreading the benefits of firearm ownership to new shooters young and old, Mark works for online ammo retailer AmmoForSale.com.

Giveaway! SafeGuard Stealth Body Armor

SafeGuard Body armor is giving away another set of their Stealth™ Body Armor to their Facebook fans. The giveaway starts today and runs through the 14th of August. The Stealth™ armor features:

  • 100% DuPont™ Kevlar® Armor Panels
  • CoolMAX® Outer Vest Carrier
  • NIJ Level II Ballistic Protection
  • KR1 Stab & Spike Protection
  • Overall Weight = ~2.5 kg (Depending On Size)

This is a great opportunity to add to your preps! For an inside look at the SafeGuard Stealth™, check out the review I did.

To enter the contest:

  1. Go to SafeGuard Armor’s Facebook Page.
  2. Share the Stealth™ Giveaway post.
  3. Like their page.

The winner will be selected at random.

Closing Date: August 14, 2013 Good Luck!

Stealth Body Armor

Win SafeGuard StealthPRO Body Armor

SafeGuard Body armor is giving away a set of their new StealthPRO™ Body Armor in celebration of the release of this new product. The StealthPRO™ armor features SAPI Pockets inside (Front and Back) for Hard Armor Plate Inserts! So You Get All The Benefits of The Breathable and Comfortable Stealth­™ Vest With Extra Level 4 Rifle Protection.

As SafeGuard states, “Basically We Have Created the Ultimate Covert Bullet Proof Vest!”

The winner of this contest will win a StealthPRO with Level 3a Vest With Additional Stab, Spike Level 2 Protection AND Two Level 3 Polyethylene Plates!

Available in Black or White.

To enter the contest:

  1. Go to SafeGuard Armor’s Facebook Page.
  2. Share the StealthPRO™ Giveaway post.
  3. Like their page.

The winner will be selected at random.

Closing Date: 28th June 2013 Good Luck!

Giveaway – SafeGuard Body Armor

SafeGuard Body armor is giving away another set of their Stealth Body Armor. This go around the set of body armor offers NIJ Level II ballistic protection as well as Level I stab and spike protection. To enter the contest:

  1. Go to SafeGuard Armor’s Facebook Page.
  2. Share the May Giveaway post.
  3. Like their page.

The winner of the contest will be selected at random. Contest runs through the 14th of May.

Stealth Body Armor

Essential Body Armor Gear

Essential Body Armor Gear

From SafeGuard Armor

Body armor is a very important part of proper protection in many different areas. Body armor can be used by the military, law enforcement officers, security guards, and even regular civilians. There are different situations, needs, and requirements that should be met for the former two. Every situation heavily influences what body armor gear is essential for you.

If you are a civilian, you can’t just buy a complete military body armor gear with helmet, arm and leg pads, and whole bunch of other stuff and expect to just walk on the street. You will get a lot of looks from passersby and will definitely be stopped and questioned by the law enforcement representatives about the reasons you are wearing all this stuff on the street.

However, UK and USA civilians are allowed to own and wear body armor gear whenever and wherever they want and can be bought online and delivered directly to your door legally from trusted armor suppliers such as SafeGuard Clothing. It’s just that the police will consider there’s a threat – either in you or somewhere near – if you get out on the street, like it’s a war out there. Before you get a body armor set, it is better for you to take time and make the effort to research what you actually need.

First of all, define what type of body armor you need. There are bullet proof vests and stab/spike proof vests. There are also combined vests, but this is a separate topic. So, if you live in a dangerous neighborhood and are afraid that you may catch a stray bullet, you obviously need a covert bullet proof vest to minimize the threat. If you are a security guard at a mall, store, or any other type of premise, your body armor choice will depend on the object’s strategic importance. In this case, you will also have to take a deeper look into your work to decide whether you need covert or overt body armor. Covert body armor will provide less protection, but will provide more mobility, whereas overt armor will provide more protection and will hamper your movement. If you are a policeman or soldier, you should talk to your commander on this matter, in case you aren’t provided with body armor and must get your own.

Stealth Body Armor

Let’s narrow the choices. If you are a regular civilian, who just wants to be safe, while traveling to work and back, you don’t need any additional pads, except a stab proof or bullet proof vest, depending on the threat. If you are a military person, you will probably have to take a wider look at the body armor assortment and check out helmets and various armor pads. All of the gear should be bullet proof in this case. It doesn’t really matter, if you choose overt or covert body armor, but if your choice is overt gear, make sure it matches your camouflage in color.

Don’t forget about the US NIJ and UK HOSDB protection levels to get the most optimal protection. Bullet proof vests differ in the calibers they provide protection from. Stab proof vests have two types of ratings. Make sure you sort it all out before buying a set, because if you purchase body armor that doesn’t respond to your requirements, you can lose your life. And this is definitely the last thing you want to happen to you.

Safeguard Body Armor Giveaway

Have you ever considered adding body armor to your preps? Would you be interested in winning free body armor? Safeguard Armor is currently running a giveaway for a free set of their body armor. The giveaway is running through their Facebook page and will end on March 31st, 2013.

Click the picture below to be taken to the entry page for the contest.

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Why you need body armor:

  • In the event of societal collapse, no measure of protection will be too much. It is likely that acts of violence will be commonplace and body armor could save your life.
  • Working in an occupation that increases the level of risk that you are exposed to. Such professionals could include: First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS), Security Professionals, Medical Professionals, Corrections Officers, Public Officials, Late Shift Workers, Those who make house visits to unfamilar areas (Social Workers, Probation/Parole Officers), individuals who work with disgruntled customers, and professions that involve significant stressors that could cause a co-worker to act out with violence.
  • During a riot, the chance of being exposed to violence that could cause life-threatening injury significantly increases.

*Check all applicable laws to ensure that possession of body armor is legal where you live or plan on possessing body armor.

Direct contest link: http://www.facebook.com/photo.phpfbid=350495301729515&set=a.225803364198710.43005.150902671688780&type=1&relevant_count=1

History Repeats Itself!

I wholeheartedly believe that history does repeat itself. The only way to prevent this is to alter the course of current events. As it was once said…

If you have doubts, consider this account as it appeared on the Facebook page of ReadyAim Bid.com:

For anyone who doesn’t think that their guns will be next, and that it’s okay for those evil, black “assault rifles” and “95 round clips” that just inflict maximum damage and are designed solely for killing to be banned, here’s a story for you. After World War II, a writer came up to an educated German priest who had spent the end of the war in a death camp but managed to survive, “How could your people have let this happen”?

The man said, “When they came around in 1934 and rounded up the guns and radios with short-wave capability to get international broadcasts, I didn’t complain–I had neither. When they came around in 1936 and rounded up the Jews, I didn’t complain, we’d all been told the Jews were the cause of economic collapse after the first war. When they came around and gathered up the handicapped, Jesuits, homosexuals and intellectuals in 1940, I even agreed with much of what they said. After they banned the Catholic church in 1941 it started to hit close to home. Finally when they came around for me in 1944 it was too late”.

Any of you who have a gun of ANY kind and you want to keep it: if you don’t stand up for people with “assault rifles”, just like in Britain now, there will come a day when you have to get your weapon checked out from the police station on certain days. As the minutemen said, “If we don’t hang together, we all hang separately”.

I do not know if this is true or not. But even if it is just a story, there is a lesson to be learned here.

Will you be a part of the change? Or will you wait until they come for you or your guns?

AR15 @ RAM Armory (1 in Stock!)

Just a heads up to anyone that is looking for an AR15 platform rifle in 5.56mm NATO. There is a DPMS Oracle for sale (NEW) over at RAM Armory. This is an optics ready AR15 for only $799.99!

Direct link is - http://www.ramarmory.com/DPMS-Oracle-AR-15-5-56-223-16-p/dprfa3-oc.htm

The Post-Barackolyptic Arsenal!

There is a movement to disarm Americans that is sweeping the country. Politicians everywhere are proposing an insane amount of legislation that will limit the rights of law abiding citizens. Ammunition is as scarce as Sasquatch. The Vice-President himself is advocating that women urinate or vomit on themselves to avoid attackers instead of defending themselves with a weapon equal to what the criminals are bringing to the fight.

Those that do have ammunition for their guns are not shooting it because it can’t be replaced and the government is threatening to limit future purchases of ammo or even place serial numbers on individual bullets to account for the what the “homegrown terrorists” (aka anyone who is not a Socialist) happens to be shooting. So what can be done? Aside from finding ways to increase current production in ammunition and firearms plants, the single best course of action that a liberty-minded individual can take is to obtain what is available. Enter the Post-Barackolyptic Arsenal!

 What is a Post-Barackolyptic Arsenal?

There are a few weapon systems that are readily available today, as is the ammunition for these firearms. Purchase of these weapons and ammunition will allow the interested person in avoiding shortages if a weapons ban was to pass through a state or the federal government. The following groups of firearms and ammunition are ripe for the buying:

Shotguns

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a 12, 20, or .410 gauge there are shotguns in abundance at many a sporting goods store near you. Semi-Automatic, pump action, or single shot models are all useful and can be found new starting at about $150 and in used condition start at about half of that, depending on the local market. Pawn shops can be a great place to pick up this versatile weapon. Just make sure that you do your research when shopping for a used firearm.

As far as ammunition for shotguns is concerned, even the grocery store is fully stocked* on just about every type of round you could want; bird shot, buck shot, and slugs alike.

*Shotgun ammo is widely available right now. If a weapons ban is passed, it is likely that this situation will be reversed. If you are a shotgun owner, consider purchasing a hefty supply of the rounds you use now while they are easy to get.

Rifles

The .17 HMR is a rifle that is in stock almost everywhere firearms are sold. The ammo is sitting on the shelves gathering dust even as crowds swarm around the store shelves waiting to see if anything magically appears from the stock room. While not useful for big game, the .17HMR is a great substitute for a .22 during this “crisis” time. If you do not have a plinking or varmint gun and are thinking about getting one, consider the .17HMR.

There are also a variety of other caliber rifles that are standards for hunting which can be easily obtained still. The ammunition for such rifles while typically expensive, are not currently in any state of scarcity.

Handguns

This is where is starts to get tricky. There is mixed availability of handguns across the nation. While there is a good chance that you can find a decent handgun, whether you get your first, second, or third choice remains to be seen. Where it really starts to get rough is when you need ammunition for your handgun. A national shortage of epic proportions is in place on all handgun ammo. If you can find some in the same caliber as the firearm that you own, buy it! Do not hesitate. Pull out your wallet and kindly ask the salesperson what the maximum number of boxes that their establishment will allow you to purchase at this time and then buy that number. If a spouse, friend, or adult child is present with you then ask them to purchase this same amount as well if it is available.

*A particular area that I have noticed being more available than others is revolvers, both in the availability of the actual gun and ammo in the .38 Special and .357 calibers. While not a high capacity handgun, a revolver tends to be highly reliable and there is something to be said about having a gun that you can actually purchase ammunition for.

Air Rifles

While not typically used for any purpose other than recreation or competition, there is a slice element of air rifle users who hunt small game with them. A good air rifle can cost anywhere from about $150 to $300 but the pellets that these weapons shoot are extremely affordable. Most air rifles come in either .177 or .22 caliber making them useful for a variety of tasks. Some of the small game that gets taken with these rifles include rabbits, squirrels, and small birds. There is a very good article by Randy Mitchell about Small Game Hunting With Airguns. If you take the time to read Randy’s article, make sure to follow the link included to Dr. Beeman’s article on Field Use of an Airgun that includes some great graphics on selecting the proper caliber of air rifle for hunting.

While most will read this article and think that I am crazy for recommending such an eclectic group of weapons, I would like to be clear in the fact that this is what is readily available now. My hope is that no firearms will be outlawed, ammunition will be readily available, and the government will uphold the God given rights of Americans. However, if that does not happen, the Post-Barackolytic Arsenal could be the answer!

Principles of Personal Defense

I have been familiar with one of the war hero’s of our nation, Colonel Jeff Cooper for a number of years now. He is renowned in the firearms community for establishing the Gunsite Training Institute where he provided training on rifle and shotgun as well as pistol training in Cooper’s modern technique which is identified in part by the use of two hands to shoot accompanied by the use of the weaver stance. In addition to a proud military history and phenomenal training academy, Jeff Cooper had a writing career that extended across seven decades of his life. While he wrote for several magazines and newsletters throughout his life, Cooper also wrote many books, one of which is titled, Principles of Personal Defense which serves as an awesome primer on situational awareness and dealing with the reality of having to defend oneself in the face of attack.

What I find particularly great about Principles of Personal Defense is that it is written from the perspective that attackers should not be allowed to dictate the circumstances in which we live. Colonel Cooper mentions in his introduction that only a small percentage of people are sociopaths that will commit crimes and go on to mention that,

Violent crime is feasible only if its victims are cowards. A victim who fights back makes the whole business impractical. It is true that a victim who fights back may suffer for it, but one who does not almost certainly will suffer for it. And, suffer or not, the one who fights back retains his dignity and his self-respect. Any study of the atrocity list of recent years-Starkweather, Speck,Manson, Richard Hickok and Cary Smith, et al-shows immediately that the victims, by their appalling ineptitude and timidity, virtually assisted in their own murders. (“Don’t make them mad, Martha, so they won’t hurt us.”)

Obviously the list of criminals from “recent years” is not so recent as this quote is taken from the first edition written in 1989 but the principle is a sound one. The idea of personal defense in this booklet is not limited to one particular setting but encompasses crimes at home and on the street which provokes additional thought as well. Cooper goes on to outline the seven principles of personal defense which are:

  1. Alertness – Know what is going on around you. This is covered with two basic rules. The first is know what is behind you and the second is pay particular attention to anything out of place.
  2. Decisiveness – When faced with a life threatening situation you must make the appropriate decision on how to react immediately.
  3. Aggressiveness - “The best personal defense is an explosive counterattack.” Being on the defense doesn’t allow one to be on the offense but a violent defense can completely stop an offensive attack.
  4. Speed – “The perfect defense is a counterattack that succeeds before the assailant discovers that he has bitten off more than he can chew.” Speed is key to surviving an attack by an assailant.
  5. Coolness – Keep your cool. Failure to keep it together can result in an inability to mount an effective defense.
  6. Ruthlessness – “Anyone who willfully and maliciously attacks another without sufficient cause deserves no consideration.” Operate within the confines of the law but offer no relief to the enemy. Given a chance to remove the threat, do so.
  7. Surprise – Do what your attacker does not expect you to do. By catching the attacker off guard, you can gain the advantage.
This booklet is not a long read at all and I would encourage everyone to read it. Even if you do not have an interest in firearms, the book can teach the reader a great amount about situational awareness and dealing with an attacker or the potential of facing an attack.

In addition to the previously mentioned works, COL Cooper is deeply engrained in many other principles of firearms training which include the four rules of firearm safety and firearm carry conditions. If you have ever heard of the scout rifle concept before then you have heard of another one of the works that COL Cooper is well-known for refining.

What do you think is the most important principle of personal defense? Leave your remarks in the comments section.

Do you have a personal defense story that you would be willing to share? If so, please fill out the contact form on The Prepared Ninja homepage and let us know about it.

Disclaimer – Consult all local laws and regulations regarding use of force and personal defense. The author of this blog post is not an attorney or not otherwise qualified to offer legal advise or counsel on any subject. The information provided here is strictly for the purpose of provoking thought on the subject matter.

Got Ammo?

I just want to start today by saying that I wish I would have thought of some of these ideas first but unfortunately I did not. I am cheating a little bit today by using a few YouTube videos to get my point across but I am not sure that I could do a better job. It is important to highlight the importance of properly storing ammunition as well as stocking up on enough ammo for the firearms that you own. Check out these videos for some great ideas on ammo storage and stockpiling:

An awesome idea to discreetly store ammunition -

Here is a great idea to store ammunition for longer periods of time -

Here are a few thoughts on the philosophy of stockpiling ammunition -

From AmmoLand:101 Reasons Why You NEED An “Assault Weapon”

The following list of reasons why you need an “assault weapon” is written by Evan F. Nappen and was posted today on AmmoLand. I thought it was too good not to share and in an effort to memorialize this great list on the internet forever, I decided to quote it directly.

AmmoLand, 7/26/2012

101 Reasons Why You NEED An “Assault Weapon”

By Evan F. Nappen, Attorney At Law

“When I was Counsel to the NJ Coalition of Sportsman I wrote this piece for the April, 1991 issue of the THE GUARDIAN which was the group’s newsletter.

It was later published by Harper’s magazine. Here is an updated version as the issue is being pushed again by the blood dancing anti-gunners.

A question we are all tired of hearing in the so-called “debate” over so-called “assault weapons” is, “why does anybody need one?” Here is the answer once and for all.

You need an assault weapon—

  • 1. to help continue the American tradition of citizen/soldier.
  • 2. for recreation.
  • 3. to collect military small arms.
  • 4. to get quick extra shots at more game while hunting.
  • 5. to get quick extra shots at the same game while hunting.
  • 6. for more fun plinking.
  • 7. to defend yourself against a street gang.
  • 8. to defend yourself against mob violence.
  • 9. to defend yourself against looters.
  • 10. to shoot in a Civilian Marksmanship Program competition.
  • 11. to shoot in an “Action Rifle” or “Practical Rifle” target match.
  • 12. to assist the police in an emergency (e.g. 1966 Texas Tower Sniper incident, citizens assisted with M1′s).
  • 13. to help defend the country from a foreign invasion.
  • 14. to help defend the country from an internal takeover.
  • 15. to help the firearms industry remain economically strong.
  • 16. to pay the federal tax on guns that goes to aid wildlife.
  • 17. to encourage further research into new firearm technology.
  • 18. to save time while shooting.
  • 19. to have increased reliability in functioning.
  • 20. to have a longer lasting firearm.
  • 21. to have a less costly/ more affordable firearm.
  • 22. to have an easier to manufacture firearm.
  • 23. to have an easier to repair firearm.
  • 24. to have an easier to take apart and clean firearm.
  • 25. to have a more versatile firearm.
  • 26. to own a highly weather resistant firearm.
  • 27. to appreciate the evolution of firearm technology.
  • 28. to defend your business.
  • 29. to defend your home.
  • 30. to defend your boat.
  • 31. to defend your camp.
  • 32. to defend your ranch.
  • 33. to defend your farm.
  • 34. to defend your family.
  • 35. to have reduced recoil when shooting.
  • 36. as an investment.
  • 37. as a military souvenir.
  • 38. as a hedge against inflation.
  • 39. because criminals statistically prefer revolvers over all other firearms.
  • 40. to have a more psychologically intimidating firearm. (often the mere presence of a firearm will stop a crime)
  • 41. to own a firearm least likely to be used in a crime. (less than 1% are assault firearms.)
  • 42. to own a firearm which purposely functions slower than other firearms thereby reducing recoil. (e.g. Remington 1100.)
  • 43. to own a firearm used in Olympic competition.
  • 44. to appreciate the mechanical genius of firearm designers.
  • 45. to have a firearm which uses external magazines.
  • 46. to shoot at the National Matches at Camp Perry.
  • 47. to reject anti-gun bias.
  • 48. to challenge “Big Brotherism”.
  • 49. to protect yourself against a pack of feral dogs.
  • 50. to own a firearm better for the physically handicapped.
  • 51. to save all firearms by not giving in to “salami” tactics.
  • 52. to do trick shooting (e.g. multiple aerial targets).
  • 53. to shoot military ammunition. (Inexpensive surplus)
  • 54. to be part of an armed populous, creating a tactical disadvantage for any potential enemies.
  • 55. to familiarize yourself with your country’s military rifle.
  • 56. to familiarize yourself with a foreign country’s military rifle.
  • 57. because they are interesting.
  • 58. to hang on your wall.
  • 59. to shoot clay targets.
  • 60. to shoot paper targets.
  • 61. to shoot Metallic Silhouettes.
  • 62. to exercise your constitutional rights.
  • 63. to exercise a natural right.
  • 64. to exercise a civil right.
  • 65. to exercise a fundamental right.
  • 66. to exercise an inalienable right.
  • 67. to exercise a human right.
  • 68. to defend yourself after a New York City-type blackout.
  • 69. to defend yourself against a Miami-type riot.
  • 70. to defend yourself after a St. Croix-type hurricane in which both officers and escaped prisoners have run amok.
  • 71. to avoid a “Tiananmen Square” in the U.S.
  • 72. to own a firearm in common use and therefore protected under the Heller decision.
  • 73. to protect livestock from predators.
  • 74. to show support for political ideals of the founding fathers.
  • 75. to own a firearm designed to wound rather than kill (according to the Dir. Of the Wound Ballistics Laboratory).
  • 76. to own a firearm not readily convertible to full automatic.
  • 77. to own a firearm with that “shoulder thingy that goes up.”
  • 78. to own a “state-of-the-art” firearm (e.g. FN SCAR).
  • 79. to own a “turn-of-the-century” firearm (e.g. Borchardt).
  • 80. which is more pleasant to shoot (lighter and less recoil).
  • 81. because all of your other firearms will be banned next.
  • 82. to own a firearm which is difficult to conceal.
  • 83. to own a firearm which the media glamorizes.
  • 84. to own a firearm which might be banned.
  • 85. to own a firearm which is banned.
  • 86. to own a firearm that is no frills and practical in design.
  • 87. to own on of the most mechanically-safe firearms. (e.g. Uzi).
  • 88. to own a firearm that is a “work of art”.
  • 89. to own a Valmet M-76 which the BATF says has no sporting use.
  • 90. to own a Valmet Hunter which the BATF says has sporting use.
  • 91. to own a firearm that made history (e.g. M-1 Carbine).
  • 92. to shoot a firearm that made history.
  • 93. to own a firearm that can be dropped and still function.
  • 94. to own a firearm that can be coated in mud and still function.
  • 95. to own a firearm that can be dunked in water and function.
  • 96. to own a firearm that can be frozen solid and still function.
  • 97. to own a firearm that can be buried in sand and still function.
  • 98. to be a prepared member of the unorganized militia as defined in the US Code (10 US Code Sect. 311 (a)).
  • 99. to distinguish between an object and its misuse.
  • 100.because you believe in freedom.
  • 101.if YOU say you need one. In America, an individual’s need should not be determined by the state. There are approximately 100 million firearm owners in the country. That’s 100 million more reasons for owning any firearm.”
If you can think of any more reasons that you NEED an “assault weapon”, please leave a comment below.

11 More Things A Burglar Will Never Tell You

I was so inspired by the post, 21 Things A Burglar Will Never Tell You, that I decided to come up with 11 more things that a burglar would not like for you to know. There is not a source for these ten items other than my mind and the recollection of certain items from previous training and lessons learned. Hopefully they will prove useful, thought-provoking, and perhaps even a little entertaining. So without any further ado, here are ten more things that you will not hear a burglar tell you:

1. It was nice of you to leave the extension ladder for me to use out behind the shed. Getting up to those second story windows is much more difficult without it.

2. If you think that you can run down to the gas station “real quick” and not have to worry about completely locking up because you will only be gone 10 minutes, you’re wrong. I can tear your place up with a quickness and there will be twice the damage if my “business” partner comes along with me.

3. It was not a coincidence that I knew you and your family would not be home. I used to date your daughter so I’ve got your schedule and habits memorized. You haven’t missed a high school football game in the last two years. Go team!

4. Broken glass is no fun to clean up so I understand why you don’t lock your car doors. I am desperate enough to try to get into your car though and most nights I just go around trying cars doors until I find the ones that are unlocked. Why make so much noise when you were so kind anyway! By the way, if you think cleaning up broken glass is no fun…wait until you see what is in store for you with the police department and insurance company!

5. I appreciate your untrimmed hedge; it gives me great concealment while I try to pry your window open.

6. The mail service is great because they tell me all that I need to know. When your mail is stopped during your vacation, the delivery driver goes right past your house without even slowing down. By the afternoon of the third day I will be ready to strike. No one in America goes three days without at least getting one advertisement.

7. Leaving your guns on the top shelf of the closet makes them easy to take with me. I don’t mind though because I know a guy called ‘Boogie Man’ who will buy any gun that I bring to him. He pays cash and never asks questions. Of course, you could always keep your weapons in a gun safe.

8. Hanging all of your keys by the garage door really makes it easier for me to take your ATV’s. Not to mention that I will have a copy of all of your extra keys. It is true that you can always get your house locks re-keyed. But what will you do when I come back tomorrow night and take your cars? 

9. As a burglar, do you really think I am worried about being respected? Sometimes I will do whatever it takes to achieve my objectives, even if it means breaking into your house while you or your family are at home. I am not bulletproof though and your 2nd Amendment rights might be your best bet in making sure that I do not stay a threat.

10. Just because I am your cousin does not mean that I will not steal from you. Drug addiction is not a joke. It would be better for both of us if you helped me get into treatment instead of offering to take me into your home.

11. Have you ever heard the saying that locks are only good for keeping honest people, honest? There is a whole lot of truth in that saying!

Please feel free to make a comment and add any additional things that a burglar would not be willing to share.

How To Know If Owning A Gun Is Right For You…A Quiz

I know several people that think that gun ownership is not right for them. Do you know what I think about this? Fine. If you don’t want to own a gun then that is your right, but you dang sure should not interfere with my right or anyone else’s right to own firearms. That is how I feel about that. But what should you do if you are not sure about whether or not you should own a gun? I compiled a few questions in quiz format to contemplate if you find yourself unable to decide. After completing the quiz, total up your score based on your answers and compare the score to the key at the end.

1. Are there any threats to me, my family, or my property in the local area? (Yes – 2 Points, No – 0 Points)

2. Is there the potential for any threats to develop in my local area as a result of key events like natural or man made disasters? (Yes – 1 Point, No – 0 Points)

3. Do I feel that my life or the life of my loved ones is something that I should be able to defend if the need arises? (Yes – 1 Point, No – 0 Points)

4. Can I afford to be a victim, either physicially, emotionally, and/or financially? (Yes – 0 Points, No – 2 Points)

5. Are there any restrictions that might prevent gun ownership based on the type of property (apartment, condo, etc.) that I live in? (Yes – 1 Point, No – 0 Points)

6. Do I live in an area that limits the kind of firearm that I can own? (Yes – 1 Point, No – 0 Points)

7. If I choose not to have a gun is there another means of defense that will be even remotely as effective? (Yes – 0 Points, No – 2 Points)

8. Can I afford to obtain a gun, ammunition, cleaning kit, and the range time required to be proficient with my chosen gun? (Yes – 1 Point, No – 0 Points)

9. Am I trained or do I know where I can get trained in how to properly use a gun? (Yes – 1 Point, No – 0 Points)

0 - 5 Points = You did not answer the questions honestly. Go back and try again!

6 - 8 Points = You should give some serious thought to obtaining a firearm for defensive purposes as well as for securing your future and the ones that you care about.

9 or More Points = Without hesitation you should begin the steps to purchasing a firearm today.

Please comment so that the Gun Ownership Quiz can be improved for future use! Thank you.

The Case For Concealment

There is no better time in the history of the United States to exercise our God given right to own and carry a firearm.  If you happen to disagree…you might be a liberal.  In all seriousness, the way that America is headed is a source of major concern for me and many others.  The economy is in trouble.  Politicians are exercising unbelievable powers and only implementing additional power at every opportunity.  Police forces throughout the country are starting to be harder to distinguish from the military.

My belief though is that the security of this country is going to be solidified by the citizens and not by law enforcement, the military, or the government.  As the budgets of most cities, townships, counties, parishes, and states continue to vanish like steam over a simmering pot, law enforcement agencies are seeing the number of officers on their staffs decrease.  The military is in a drawdown as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to a conclusion.  With these resources dwindling, it is going to fall on us as Joe and Jane America to stand up for ourselves.  The day is coming where you may call for help and the dispatcher on the other end of the line tells you that there is no one to send to assist you.  The solution….

Legal concealed carry of a firearm!  With few exceptions, most of the states in our great country will allow a law abiding citizen who meets the minimum criteria to get a license to carry a concealed pistol.  If you qualify to get a concealed pistol license (CPL) then you will qualify to buy a pistol.  Furthermore to obtain your CPL you will need to undergo the mandatory training.  So now you have a pistol and you have the proper training, all you need is some ammunition and you will be set to be a part of the solution.  Once the word gets out on the street that citizens are taking a stand, criminals are going to at least reevaluate their profession.  Let’s be real, the only thing that laws are good for is keeping honest people honest.

NOTE: If you live in one of those areas that does not allow you to practice your constitutional rights I would encourage you to find a new place to live.  If this is not an option for you then check your local laws and see what you can legally carry as a means of defeding yourself and the ones that you love.  Pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, knives, monkey paws, and kubatons are all potential means of accomplishing this alternate means of defense.  Additionally, if you do have a concealed pistol license I would also encourage you to look at having a secondary means of self defense that is less than lethal.  Not every situation requires lethal force so another option is nice to have.  This also lends itself to the theory that when all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.