Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Relationship between Economic Crisis and Crime

    Barracas, where an 88 year old woman was beatent to death.

I pride myself in having a different take on survival and preparedness in this website.   Here we go beyond the best gun, the bets knife and the best whatever (even if we do that too) but we go beyond into the finer details of how disasters and SHTF events go down.

In this case yet again Argentina is a source of valuable information, like a lab rat of what happens when societies go to hell. Unfortunately for the people living there, it’s as if there’s a crisis every 5 years and a collapse every decade or so.

I recently wrote about yet another financial crisis taking place in Argentina. The currency devaluated sharply after investors fled en masse and panic spread across the society. There were rumours of “another 2001”, when banks closed the doors, froze accounts and stole people’s money.  Truth is that this time the situation is pretty different and objectively speaking the conditions aren’t there to expect a bank run and liquidity problem.
Still, people remember and they feared another “corralito”. Of course the opposition, led by the leftists Kirchnerists that used to be in office do their best to spread these rumors and fuel panic as much as possible.

Because of this a lot of people closed their bank accounts and took their money home. What happened then?
Crime and robberies. A lot of them. In recent days there’s been a clear spike, fueled by this opportunity for criminals to get that cash no longer kept in banks.

There was a woman in Mar del Plata who closed an account and when she left the bank, she got mugged and they took her life savings. Seems it was an insider job by someone in the bank, which is fairly common. Another woman, 88 years old, was beaten to death in Barracas, Buenos Aires. Beatings and torture are fairly common practices so as to make sure the victim gives up any cash they may keep hidden.
So, unfortunately that’s whats going on right now in Argentina. Sad to see how little things have changed and how while history may not be repeating itself this time, it sure does rhyme.

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Monday, May 21, 2018

5 Reasons why you need a Glock Airgun

It goes without saying that shooting is an expensive sport. The guns aren’t exactly cheap, nor is the gear that goes along with it, or the ammo, or the classes. Even 9mm gets expensive when shooting large quantities of ammunition. Sure you can reload, but even that requires an initial investment… and time to reload… and components.
Now anyone that is serious about firearms training does a good bit of dry fire practice. That’s important and it does help a lot. But there’s something else out there that is far better and fills in the gap very nicely between dry fire practice and actual live ammo training.

Umarex Glock 19 offical licensed by Glock

I’m no airgun expert and the Umarex is no fancy pants airgun. There’s airguns out there that cost over a thousand dollars. Thanks, but I’m not spending a grand on an airgun.

Umarex is good enough for my intended use. They make a very nice Glock 19, officially licensed by Glock. Trigger pull is close enough, geometry, grip, sights, all very much the same. So you’re not only practicing trigger pull, but the point of aim is similar, so is point of impact. The lack of recoil allows me to focus on the basics, meaning pulling the trigger without moving the gun. Creating muscle memory in the airgun version translates directly to the real Glock.

Glock Authorized Gen 3 G19 Gas BlowBlock Airsoft Pistol $169.95

So why bother with an airgun?

Five very good reasons.

1)They are cheap.
I got mine for about 100 bucks, and the Umarex Glock airsoft model showed above with a slide that cycles when fired costs 170 bucks. Sure, there’s junk airsoft toys for less, but for a good quality replica that doesn’t fall apart and you ‘ll be using maybe more than your actual gun, its pretty reasonable. Follow the link above and see what other models are available. Umarex makes airgun replicas of most common pistols.

2)Ammo Price
Here’s where these things pay themselves off in a few shooting sessions. Ammo is dirt cheap in both steel BB 4.5mm and airsoft 6mm plastic BB. 3 or 4 bucks per 1500 rounds. That’s a lot of ammo. These guns are powered with small CO2 canisters, and these cost under a dollar a pop, each 12g canister lasting 50-100 rounds. At the end of the day firing 50 rounds of airsoft or steel 4.5mm BB costs about $1. Your typical box of 9mm costs at least ten times that, more like fifteen. As you see, the original investment on the air gun pays for itself in just a few shooting sessions.

With an airsoft or steel BB replica you get to save a lot of money, but also a lot of time. If I want to practice a bit and actually have an idea of where I’m hitting I have to drive to the range back and forth, which is easily an hour wasted in traveling. With my Umarex Glock 19 I just place a few targets around the basement, garage or backyard and get to shooting. So I’m saving money AND time. Two of the most valuable, and at times scarce resources we have.  Even better, I can put my targets around the house simulating a home invasion scenario, and get to train and shoot in the same place home invasions would occur, not the range.
Also for new shooters and for teaching kids, this is a great way for them to get some trigger time and learn basic firearms safety. These are not toys though so eye protection is very much mandatory at all times.

4)Pest control
The 6mm plastic version isnt powerful enough but the steel BB 4.5mm can kill small birds, rats and bats well enough at close range. 22LR is fine, but keep in mind it may be illegal or simply unwise to fire a gun indoors. Usually discharging a firearm within city limits is not allowed. With 4.5mm steel BB you can dispatch small pests easily.

5)FOF training
Force on force can be practiced with airsoft 6mm plastic BB guns, which cant be done with steel 4.5mm BB. Just make sure you have airsoft protective gear. Ive been to classes were airsoft was used on the FOF scenarios and you do get to learn a lot from the experience.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

(Video) Brazilian Police Woman shoots Bad Guy

Hi FerFal,
Just an article:
Apart from the praise of her awareness, the lady showed quite a good tactical movement (even the robber down, she immediately went for cover, still maintaining aim), and it's also worth noticing this form of concealed carry: in her bag.
I wouldn't bet she can draw a gun from her bag without alerting the robber, but she did, and exactly how you wrote about the 4-o-clock carry: partially turning away, covering her gun right until taking aim and then shooting immediately, without warnings, without 'just wounding', right for the most probable way of downing the attacker.
In addition to it, this is quite a good pro-gun argument. I don't think too much wannabe-robbers will try again at that school.
Take care,
Ps.: I just wish our police would be this alert too...

Hello G.
Yes, saw it a couple days ago. Brazilian police do not mess around. Lots of hands on experience and it shows in the determination displayed when actual fights go down.
She did several things right, many that are quite hard to do in the heat of the moment under such stress.
She picks the right time to make her move, shoots several times, manages not to shoot any of the several bystanders, moves for cover behind the engine of the car, then moves forward again and kicks the gun away form the attacker.
Just a well trained lady with nerves of steel.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Big All-In-One Multitool?

Dear Ferfal,
I like reading your posts. It's because they are sensible, practical and guided by real-world experiences.
I recently came across a Multi-tool that packs in a lot of essentials and is now in Kickstarter -
Unlike stuff like the Leatherman (Got a Wave based on your recommendation), I get the feeling that big essentials are best separate so as to be good at their job - rather than have a single tool trying to do it all.
What do you think about this development?
Thanks for your email, Vivek.
Man, you put me in that position. I do respect my readers greatly so I’ll give you an answer.
Honest opinions sometimes get people upset tough. I know someone involved in the design and creation of this tool will end up reading this and will quickly reply with some angry email.
Keep in mind it’s nothing personal.
My opinion? I agree with you 100%. Too much of a gimmick. Its big, bulky and weights 3.2 pounds. The Becker BK9 is a 9 inch heavy duty knife, 1095 Cro-Van steel and weights 1.05 pounds. Sure, its not a shovel, or a hammer or a saw, but it does excel as a big knife, which is by far the most important tool you need for outdoors survival, and it can chop anything that tool can. You can also pry, dig and hammer with a good big blade like that and it costs $89.99 vs $359.
Ka-Bar Becker BK9 Combat Bowie Fixed Blade Knife
If I need a spade type mutitool then guess what, the military already invented that, its called an Entrenching tool or E-tool. Its an actual mil-spec, proven tool and you can get one for 40 bucks or so. It’s clearly a better spade, probably chops and hammers just as well too and does so at about 2.5 pounds. If a saw is something you really want, then the Glock etool comes with one in the handle.
Gerber E-Tool Folding Spade, Serrated Edge [30-000075]
You mention buying a Leatherman Wave based on my recommendations. You probably know how well the saw in that tool works, as does the folding knife. Its not a spade or an axe but then again it comfortably fits in your pocket! I’ve used the blade in my Charge and Wave plenty and it always gets the job done, and the saw is just great. I’ve used it to cut 2” branches and 2x4s many times.
This tool seems like the answer to a question no one ever wanted.
If I want a handy jack of all trades and master of none tool then I just carry a multitool in my pocket, like I’ve been doing for years. I could never have that thing with my all day, 24/7.

“But its for the great outdoors…”

Ok, if I’m going to the great outdoors I always make sure I have a good large knife.

“But the spade and hammer and axe…”

During an emergency I can dig, chop and hammer with a good blade. If I need more than that and I’m already driving around in a pick up truck, then why exactly don’t I have with me dedicated tools? If I’m a survivalist heading to the wild, why don’t I have a hatchet or etool? I keep one of these in my vehicle survival kit along with a good knife, multitool, tool box and hammer. Why would I carry this big all-in-one in my car over cheaper, better, dedicated tools?
Hope that answered your question.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fancy EDC Setup for the Weekend

Sometimes its nice to change things a bit.
This past weekend I had a special event so I went with more of a fancy EDC while covering the basics.
The ZT0561 is in my opinion one of the best production folders ever made, arguably the best looking one. Today its no longer in production but if you like the general concept the ZT0566 is still in production, certainly a great classy folder and far more affordable.

Also highly recommended is the cell phone I’ve been using, the LG G6. It’s a last year model but every bit as good for my intended use as current flagship models for a fraction of the cost.
Waterproof, dustproof, two cameras, fingerprint reader placed on the center of the back. Big screen in a still small enough phone. Give the LG G6 a try if you’re needing a new phone.  Or try its newer big brother, the LG V30.
Take care,
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”