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Advice and recommendations on choosing and handling weapons.

Survival Weapons: How To Use Them To Actually Survive - Regarding the use of weapons and firearms in survivalism there have been two different postures pretty well described by a TV dichotomy of the eighties: Rambo or Mc Gyver? But without falling in any of those extremes, it is reasonable to think that weapons and guns do have a place in any survival kit.

Are muzzleloaders useful as survival weapons? - Old-fashioned, black powder, muzzle-loading muskets and weapons of similar technology are being used today just by a handful of old-time enthusiasts, but they can also be valid as par of your survival gear.

Big Guns Require Better Shooters - As firepower, calibre or mass of a gun is increased, the experience of its owner or user should increase accordingly; big firearms are not for beginners.

The Limitations OF Full Auto Firing - In the realm of combat survival, using a weapon in fully automatic firing mode, if it has been designed for that, should be kept to a minimum.

The Myth Of The Lethality Of Guns Of Higher Calibres - Lethality in the case of weaponry si simply its ability to kill; firearms can all kill and thus the debate over the performance of each calibre is really less relevant than you think.

Shooting Positions For Combat Survival - Shooting a gun implies essentially pulling its trigger, but doing so in combat with any hope of survival means a lot else.

Comments On The Intention To Use A Survival Weapon - If you have a survival weapon you should be ready to use it when an emergency situation calls for that, but you shouldn't become a happy trigger.

Jungle Factories: The Local Production Of Expedient Weapons - There are many interesting cases of more or less clandestine weapons factories and those that managed to produce useful and novel ideas in weaponry despite very difficult circumstances and scarce resources.

The Successful Jungle Factory - The production of clandestine weaponry in the so-called 'jungle factories' - but indeed, it is not mandatory that such factories actually be in the jungle or any other particular environment - is a characteristic of mature guerrilla or irregular forces fighting in a long-term conflict. The appearance of such miniature industrial plants is also typical among well-organised resistance forces in invaded territories, and de facto autonomous regions.

STEN: The Stench Gun - This British design of a submachine gun that appeared in early WWII was loathed by troops but had a very significant impact on the weapons industry and is perhaps the best example so far of something that can be produced to replenish the arsenal of any fighting force, no matter how dire the conditions for its survival in the battlefield are.

What Makes The Difference In The Air? (I) - All thorough history there have been seemingly good or bad airplanes, but what really makes the difference is the pilot.

Totems Pitted Against Explorers - Totems and riches are more associated between each other than what we would superficially appreciate most of the times.

Rehearsing The Unexpected, Survive And Win - Having a hidden ace regarding combat techniques and changing suddenly our behaviour and the expectations of our adversaries is the key for survival and victory.

Food And Gunpowder - Did you know that it seems that there is a connection between eating and the discovery of gunpowder?

The Constant Check - Whenever you have a hot firearm in your hands - one locked and loaded - you should constantly monitor its status much like pilots keep both eyes on their instruments.

Guns In The Hands Of Pilots - The attacks of Sept 11, 2001 eventually landed handguns into some pilot's cockpits. Are these guns in the right hands?

Gun Ownership Is A Natural Right - Stating that people should not have guns goes against human nature and turns those who accept that principle into cattle, it goes against nature and is a principle that will never succeed.

In The Realm Of Survival, Guns, Money And Plans... - There are times when surviving may mean to hide some things even from official scrutiny.

The Virtues Of Revolvers - Revolvers make excellent survival weapons; here you will find why.

Never Tell Anyone... - Among mobsters it is common knowledge that if you are going to kill someone, you should never tell anybody: the same principle applies if you carry a concealed gun for survival purposes.

The Practical Gun Test - There is a way to perform a practical test for your intended survival gun before you actually use it.

The Dependability Of Survival Weapons - Are you planning to buy a gun for survival purposes? Then, don't go for cheap guns if possible, for your life shouldn't be cheap either.

A Survival Gun Must Be A Concealed And Angry One - If you carry a gun for survival purposes, make sure that nobody knows the fact, and also make sure that you will have what it takes to use if necessary.

The Survival Of Tyre - As the history of Phoenician cities like Tyre prove, with a little ingenuity even sand can be used as a weapon for survival.

Would It Be Right To Disarm Civilians? - In recent times and in many countries, the notion of disarming civilians has been growing in a way parallel to the growth of criminal violence, but would that be right?

The Nanotyrannus Weapons Family (I) - An introduction to the assault weapons system developed by The Gea Org.

Be careful with your gun on difficult terrain - Combat survival tips and advice: Be careful with your gun or rifle when you walk thorough difficult terrain.

Bolt action guns in the mountains - A tip about selecting a bolt-action rifle for use in difficult terrain.

Guns for the wilderness - Wilderness tips and advice: a basic rule for selecting guns intended for heavy duty work.

Some requirements for guns for the wilderness - Some design characteristics for guns intended for the wilderness and outdoor use.

Revolvers or pistols? - Wilderness tips and advice: a comment on the suitability of both kinds of weapons for outdoor use.

Meet The L-21 - The PA-18 is a great airplane for bush flying, but the L-21 is even greater.

Expedient Survival Weapons That Are Not Firearms - Firearms are excellent as survival weapons for those moments in which a last-ditch effort is required in dire danger, but there are other ways to defend oneself and to hunt when food is required.

The Survival Weapons Of Survivalists - In our culture, and particularly in the United States, the idea of a survivalist is that of a person armed with an assault rifle and dressed with a fur hat a la David Crockett, but that is a false stereotype, far away from the truth.

Survival / Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Survival - Practical articles on the characteristics of nuclear, biological and chemical mass-destruction weapons, how they work and how to avoid their deadly effects. Their relationship to terrorism and pollution.

Keep Your Survival Weapon Always Ready to Be Used - What use does have something intended for a last-ditch survival use if in reality you cannot make good use of it? This is especially true in the case of survival guns.

Survival / Survival Tales - Articles telling histories and tales about real survival experiences.

Outdoor Activities / Survival / Shelters and Bivouacs - How to build simple ones or full-sized, lodges, cabins and stone houses, useful for lengthy stays in isolated areas.

Combat survival tips and advice: save your ammo - If you are an officer, train your soldiers so that they don't spend too much ammunition during combat...

Do not play with guns - Guns are not toys, and should be handled with care.

Combat survival tips: full-auto fire - Be carefur with your selector.

Combat survival tips: weapons and strange uses

Combat survival advice: don't toy with weapons

Combat Survival Tips: be more Careful with automatic weapons

Hot water for your gun - Combat survival tips: use hot water to clean your gun.

Ammo for survival - Combat survival tips: ammunition for survival purposes.

Waepons don't kill but people do - Weapons don't kill; it is our attitude.

On backup guns - Combat survival tips: something on backup guns.

Check your ammo ASAP! - Check your ammunition as soon as possible and as frequently as possible.

Combat survival tips: clean your gun

Combat survival tips: a bipod for your weapon

Combat survival tips: check your muzzle

Combat survival tips: don't mix your ammo

Adventure tips: the ghost in the bullet

Virtues And Shortcomings Of An Armed Population - How good is that a high proportion of citizens own firearms? Wouldn't it be against their own survival odds to take those arms away? In some countries it is preferred that almost no one has a gun at home, while in others permissiveness is the rule. What advantages could be found in those extremes?

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