If you have a member of the NRA, you probably already got the previous articles I sent out. This one is from the American Rifleman as well. If you are a veteran (god bless you and thank you for your sacrifice to our nation), this is 2nd hand nature to you. If you are new to the hobby of guns, or a first time AR owner, or considering owning an AR, bookmark this article.
If there is one thing that a survivor can depend on happening when the SHTF, it’s that things that you need are going to break or fail. In my opinion, outside of of food, water, and shelter…a rifle is the next most important thing. Since the AR-15 is the most common rifle in the country, even if it’s not your choice for a SHTF main battle riffle, it’s good to know the manual of arms. If you chose the AR-15 as your go to rifle, you need to know it inside and out. From clearing malfunctions, to repairing any failures in the field.
The best way to learn your rifle is to build it from scratch. Outside of a torque wrench and an a castle nut wrench, there is no additional tools you will require to “build” (assemble is the more appropriate term) an AR-15 once you gather all the parts. Making your rifle from a kit will familiarize you with the platform, and makes maintaining and trouble shooting your rifle a much more simple task. Ever hear people say, “AR-15s are unreliable”? Most, if not all those people, have never owned and/or properly maintained a modern AR-15. Using mil spec parts from reputable companies, a person can put together a solid reliable gun at around $350-$400 dollars.
You can also purchase no frills but functional and reliable ARs at the $500 mark from companies like Ruger and Smith and Wesson. If you do have an AR, or plan to get an AR, and you are not familiar with the workings of your rifle, save the linked article for reference. You should also get spare parts for your AR. For around $20 all your springs, pins, and detents can be bought in multiples. Your bolt and/or bolt carrier group can be had for around $120-150. Mil spec charging handles are $10-15. These are the parts that will wear in the long haul. They are also parts that are portable in your kit. If you don’t know how to repair your rifle, it doesn’t matter which one you choose when it breaks. And they don’t call it SHTF because stuff stays unbroken. Click the link below