Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Choosing a Survival Firearm with Toby Lee; Episode 14: Day After Disaster, Chapter 14

Episode 14:

Description of Today's Episode: In the Day After Disaster adventure, Erika rides out of the Auburn River Camp with the residents as the Auburn Gang closes in on them. Although Erika is unarmed there are a few guns floating around in the group. Today, Toby Lee, co-host of The Armed Couples Podcast and The Armed Squirrels Project, stops by to discuss the process of choosing the right firearm for your survival situation and finding ammunition for that firearm.

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Lessons from Toby
What if you can only carry one firearm:

  • Evaluate your circumstances and budget to make the correct choice.
    • What is your local law enforcement carrying?
    • What are the local hunters using?
  • Rifle recommendation: AR-15
    • It's lightweight; only 6-9 lbs. and collapses for smaller or larger users
    • Reliable
    • can switch parts to shoot a .223, 5.56mm or .22 rim fire. These are common types of ammo and very prevalent.
    • Has option for bayonet
  • Handgun recommendation - Ruger SR9C 9 mm compact
    • Toby's favorite
    • Reliable
    • Robust
    • Polymer alloys prevent rust
    • But it has a magazine disconnect so if you do not have extra magazines you are not going to be shooting it. Think about stocking extras. 
Thoughts on Black Powder:

  • Modern black powder guns use manufactured primers. They will need to be stocked.
  • You need a flintlock weapon from about 200+ years ago where the powder was ignited from a spark created in the pan.
  • The black powder is made from salt peter, charcoal, and sulfur but not many people would know how to whip some up.
  • The lead balls used as a bullet can be melted but do not fire accurately if they have air pockets and imperfections. A good place to find lead is the lead allow in wheel weights on cars. Gold and silver can also be meted for bullets.
No Ammo = A Club

  • The average person only has about 1 to 2 gunfights worth of ammo
  • Find out how much the military sends out with a soldier to gauge what you should have. Common suggestion: 1,000 rounds/caliber of gun.
  • Be conscientious of space and weight of your ammo.
  • Use an ammo that is commonly used by the military, law enforcement, hunters, etc. so bartering is a better prospect.
  • Buy what you can afford and safely store. Keep it in a dry, dark, and cool place.
Toby Lee

Toby has worn a few hats over the years but he seems to wear the ‘mechanic’ hat the most.  He has  That’s when he realized that because he loves her so much that he owes it to her to come home safe to her every night.  That caused him to take the Nebraska CHP class and get his permit to be able to legally carry a firearm for self defense.  He has also taken the class for the Utah permit and at the time of this writing is waiting for the paperwork to be processed.
owned firearms on and off since 1995 but never considered them as a self defense tool until he met Melisa.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com