A funny thing happened in 1878. A sleek, futuristic single-shot rifle offering breeching strength beyond the needs of the day’s cartridges debuted just as the repeating rifle was brushing them aside in military and civilian arms decisions. Then a large-frame double-action revolver presaged the next 100 years of outdoorsman’s arms by cleverly combining old dependable technology with refreshing new concepts of combat firepower.
How about we build a semi-auto, old school, dual aperture flip sight, pencil barrel, carry handle, Vietnam issue M16A1 look-alike that’s discretely adapted and updated to shoot better than the original guns for a great price? It’s easier now than it has ever been thanks to the Brownells Retro parts line.
Fitting a handgun with a shoulder stock typically requires registration with the federal government, a $200 tribute and an interminable wait. What you get for all this hassle is a nifty takedown pseudo carbine more controllable than a handgun otherwise unadorned. However, for a special few stocked handguns exempted from the registration requirements you can enjoy the shoulder-stocked cool without, to quote Star Wars, all the Imperial entanglements.
Wilderness and backcountry survival tactics and gear seem to get most of the attention but lately we’ve seen urban survival getting its fair share of attention too. And rightly so. Thankfully, the gear is mostly the same for each — but there are a few key differences, especially considering whatever difficulty is at hand. Urban survival situations can run the gamut — from a basic inconvenience such as a temporary loss of electricity to a more complex scenario such as an earthquake with a subsequent riot arising from a lack of food and water.