IMPROVISED ARMS AND AMMUNITION, PART 1

[3/25/17]  Currently, in many parts of the world if you need something, pretty much anything you can think of, you can just go to the store and get it or order it online. This includes one of my favorite things: guns and ammunition. Okay, well technically that’s two of my favorite things.

A Solution for Every Problem

While I am in no hurry for anything to happen that could cause the end of society as we know it (TEOTWAWKI), I still often consider this possibility. Because of this, I try to figure out what problems may arise and then determine solutions to these potential problems.

The reason I do this is because if I think about these scenarios and come up with solutions now, I can work out the kinks without the pressure of survival. It is much easier to develop a solution now than if I was to wait blindly until come what may.

The Key to Survivalism

Of course there is no way I can imagine every possibility for things that can go wrong. What I can do is use logic and reason to determine the things that will be needed most, and how to provide for that need.

After all, this is the premise behind the survivalist mentality. The key to survivalism is to have this mentality: the ability to adapt and change; the ability to see a need and create a solution to fill this need.

Take a Shot at It

In so thinking, I have come up with several ideas over the years all tested personally, that I refer to as “improvised arms and ammunition.” I have decided to share these ideas with you here and so you too will have this knowledge.

It would be too long of an article to do all at once, and so it will be broken down into weekly-(ish) installments. Some of you may already have this knowledge and more, so please, feel free to share in the comments.

Some may deem these ideas insane, some may find them clever. Regardless of this, if all else fails, some day you may have to resort to pulling one if these ideas out of your bags of tricks to survive.

The ideas range from making various types of improvised ammunition for your firearm, to making an improvised firearm, making improvised perimeter defense devices, to making your own powder. Most of the information is of my own mind. Some may be gleaned from elsewhere. I will give credit where credit is due. Every idea has been tested by me and I will give my opinion honestly, or it would not be worth sharing with the Sullivan readers.

One size fits all…NOT

One of the most popular firearms in America is the AR15 platform.

The AR15 is popular for several reasons:

  • Endlessly customizable
  • Several caliber options by merely changing the upper
  • Light recoil in its most common caliber (5.56/.223)
  • Ability to carry a LOT of ammo in (5.56/.223)
  • .22 LR conversion capability
  • Rifle or pistol configuration available
  • Millions made so parts are plentiful

Not everyone is a fan of the AR15, but we won’t go into all that. I like playing with mine in the comfort of my gun range or backyard, but it isn’t my first choice for SHTF. It’s not that it’s a bad gun, so much as the 5.56/.223 is a woefully underpowered round and the rifle is too delicate for guerilla style combat effectiveness (which is what it will be subjected to in that situation).

Oh sure, when you have the logistics behind it of a COUNTRY and an armory where you can swap guns every time yours breaks down, then by all means. But if you need a truly rugged combat weapon that will take all the abuse you can give it and more, well, not so much.

If you are one of the AR guys that swears by them, that’s fine with me. As long as we are pointing our guns in the same direction I care not what weapon you choose. But here’s something for you to think about and a little tip for you. You can’t hunt deer with a BB gun and you can’t hunt squirrels with a .50 BMG. No, seriously, you can’t, well ok, you CAN, but it isn’t going to work very well.

Get to the (Hollow) Point

Survivalist, prepper, patriot, or whatever you want to call it, if and when the time comes, you will most likely have a bag on your back and a rifle. If you happen to be familiar with the term ounces = pounds, pounds=pain, then you have a firm understanding of carrying only vital necessities.

I have talked to people before that seem to not have a grasp on reality when it comes to their BOB and gear. They think they will carry a couple hundred pounds of gear, 2 or 3 guns, ammo for them, food, a medic kit, etc. etc. Enough to fill a truck.

Creative Solutions with the Ar15

Well, here’s a little tip that can save you several pounds of weight to carry and provide you with an extended use for your AR15.

If you own an AR, you have probably seen the .22 LR conversion kits for them. Well, I had the idea to carry one of those kits and some .22 LR ammo along with my AR for small game hunting should I decide to carry the AR for SHTF.

Well, that got me thinking. What if there weren’t any .22 LR ammo to be had? What could I do then?  Here is one of the solutions I came up with.

“Well, what am I looking at?” you might be asking yourself, I will tell you. In a survival situation when you have to make do with whatever you can find, sometimes you have to get really creative.

Using the Ar15 for Small Game Hunting

So what we have here is a cartridge that you can fire from your AR15 to kill squirrels and other small game that is very quiet (which may really matter at that time). It is made from a spent 5.56/.223 casing, a .22 caliber hollow point pellet, and a 209 shot shell primer:


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