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5 AR-15 Upgrades for Your Survival Rifle

The AR-15 platform is extremely popular for many reasons. One of these reasons is that it makes an excellent survival rifle. It is a great choice for a survival rifle due to the fact that it is relatively small and light, easy to pack and carry, and is deadly enough for hunting and protection. Wondering how to make your AR-15 an even better survival rifle?

There are a few upgrades and accessories that you should consider for your weapon. In a survival situation, all of these could be important, and could in turn, save your life.

1. Optics.. But Don’t Forget the Basics

In the eyes of many, an optic or sight is the most important upgrade you can make to an AR-15. Check out the guide on adding optics to an AR-15 here, but in this article, we will give you the down and dirty for a survival rifle.

A quality sight is a great thing. It can make you a more accurate shot, and can also increase the effective range of your weapon. Both of these are excellent features for a survival rifle. However, we do have a few recommendations.

The vast majority of modern optics use some form of battery-powered red dot. While many of these guarantee the battery will last for tens of thousands of hours, you have to think about the fact that you may not have consistent access to batteries in a survival situation. Many of these are great sights, but it is just something to keep in mind. For this reason, we would recommend checking out the Trijicon ACOG line of sights. They do not require a battery, and are military-grade durable.

The importance of co-witnessing sights is not to be understated, but we really can’t underestimate how important it is to have backup iron sights for a survival rifle.

But, do you want the sights to be fixed or folding? Check out this article for some further thoughts on the, seemingly endless, fixed versus folding sights debate.

Regardless of if you choose fixed or folding sights, in the event that your optic fails you, it is going to be very important to have your backup sights. If you have a full length rail system, a standard pair Magpul folding sights are tested, tried and true.

2. Durable Sling

It may seem obvious, but a durable sling is going to be extremely important for you in a survival situation. Whether you are out hunting for food or just travelling and protecting your family, a sling can make all the difference. A quality sling will obviously make it easier to carry your weapon, but it can also make it faster to draw and improve your accuracy a little too. For a survival sling, check out anything that has metal buckles and nylon webbing.

3. Quality Mags

Another seemingly obvious upgrade. In a survival situation, durable magazines that will reliable feed rounds into the chamber for potentially years to come is going to very important. Since magazines can go bad over time, we recommend having as many as possible. Once again, MagPul reigns supreme – Magpul PMAGs are a strongly suggested magazine for a survival rifle..

4. Foregrip

Before getting into this one, we are going to assume that your rifle has some type of handguard rail system. Whether that be the classic military picatinny rail system, or the lighter and improved M-Lok or Keymod systems, a handguard that allows you to attach accessories is very important to have.

As far as upgrades that should be attached to your handguard system, one of the first things to think about is a foregrip of some type, like a simple angled foregrip.

Similar to a sight, this foregrip can help increase your accuracy and range. In a survival situation, this attachment could be crucial.

5. Flashlight

Another handguard attachment that we would recommend is a durable flashlight. This could serve many purposes. In a self defense or home defense situation, this could temporarily blind a threat, and give you some extra time to protect your family. In low light situations, another flashlight never hurts. If you’re hunting, this could help you track your prey. Whatever the situation may be, a flashlight is certainly not going to hurt. While this wouldn’t be the first upgrade to our survival rifle, it is an important one.


Author bio: William McAllister is a writer who enjoys the simple things in life; waking up in a tent deep in the woods, a black cup of coffee and a flip phone.

Justice Thomas Dissent In 2A Supreme Court Case

Because the right to keep and bear arms is enumerated in the Constitution, courts cannot subject laws that burden it to mere rational-basis review. But the decision below did just that. Purporting to apply intermediate scrutiny, the Court of Appeals upheld California’s 10-day waiting period for firearms based solely on its own “common sense.”

If a lower court treated another right so cavalierly, I have little doubt that this Court would intervene. But as evidenced by our continued inaction in this area, the Second Amendment is a disfavored right in this Court.

Read the full dissent: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/17-342_4hd5.pdf

Brace Yourselves

The White House said on Tuesday setting an age limit for buying AR-15-type assault rifles, the type purchased legally by a teenager who shot dead 17 people at a Florida high school last week, was under consideration.
Read the rest of the article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-white-house/age-limit-for-buying-ar-15-assault-rifle-on-the-table-white-house-idUSKCN1G42SR

“The President spoke to Senator Cornyn (R-Texas) on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday.

“While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” the statement concluded.
Read the rest of the article: https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/19/heres-what-the-white-house-says-trump-is-going-to-do-about-school-shootings

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban bump fire stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly. The move adds his voice to a process that began in December, two months after a gunman used the device in a shooting that left scores dead at a concert in Las Vegas.

“Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” Trump said at a Medal of Valor event at the White House, addressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“I expect these regulations to be finalized, Jeff, very soon,” Trump said.
Read the rest of the article: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/20/politics/donald-trump-bump-stocks/index.html

Be Prepared for the Unthinkable with These Simple AR 15 Upgrades

Ask any lover the 2nd Amendment and they will tell you a million reasons why it is wise to own a gun, in particular the beloved AR15. Whether it’s a bear that thinks you look particularly delicious this morning on your daily hike or some foreign madman decides to pull off his own Red Dawn style invasion of America, there is a reason. However, it’s truly for all reasons gun lovers can’t think of that one truly should own an AR 15. No one knows what tomorrow might bring and what new dangers come with it.

The AR 15 is a versatile platform that can be adapted a variety of upgrades to complete a variety of tasks. In the end, it’s about decided what you want to accomplish with your weapon and choosing the right tools to put you in a position to succeed. So without further ado, let’s jump right in and find out the AR 15 upgrades that will offer you a max level of preparedness for what may come. You won’t need a huge budget to pull this off, but you will need a certain appreciation for the basics.

AR15 Accuracy for Every Scenario

Talk to any salty Jarhead who enlisted prior to the Global Wars on Terrorism and you’ll find a Marine who maligns the modern military reliance on optics for shooting. Certainly a good optic is worth its weight in gold and there is a reason after 16 years of war the modern Marine Corps has made them universal. However, Marines of older generations will remember sighting in on a silhouette target at 500 yards with nothing more than iron sights. Give them long enough and they’ll start telling you about all-leather boots and their ALICE pack too. Yet, the future is here whether a salty Marine likes it or not.

What optics offer in utility, iron sights offer in rugged durability. In an unforeseen scenario, the iron sights ability to operate without battery power and to take a hit or fall with no damage is hard to beat. However, since optics have pretty much become a given these days it’s best to have a quality pair of flip up iron sights. Drop them when you don’t need them, but be thankful they are there for the scenario when you do. Optics lovers will tell you all the reasons their optics couldn’t fail, but for the one’s they can’t imagine we recommend a quality set of iron sights on every AR 15 for ultimate preparedness.

AR 15 Slings, Grips and that Personal Touch

The next part to consider when you are trying to prepare for the unthinkable is whether or not you have an AR 15 that feels like a natural part of you. When a scenario turns from bad to worse it’s important to weapon to turn to that is comfortable and reliable. This is less about aesthetics and more about function. Consider your sling for example. There are a million different varieties of slings out there on the market and someone willing to swear behind everyone that it’s the best. We say there is no greater expert on a weapon than its owner. So what’s good and comfortable for you?

For your money, a simple single-point rifle sling hard to beat. However, there is more to consider. There are grips, stocks and more all that need to be personalized until you have found the build that works for you. If you are not absolutely in love with any variant part of your AR 15 then it is simply madness to endure it any longer in a world where every part is available to you.

How you can be prepared for the unthinkable? How can you be ready for the scenario that you couldn’t imagine? Simply by having a complete AR 15 platform that feels like an extension of your own body and will. Or for our unfortunate brothers in California, build the AR 15 platform that doesn’t make a state legislature scared at night. To do that, you should check out Keeping Your AR15 Legal in California.

So there you have it because this pew, pew, pew life we live doesn’t have to be complicated. In a world of endless parts and upgrades, how do you know you have the right AR 15 build? We suggest choosing quality parts above price tags and then leave the rest up to your patriotic imagination. Grab you a quality set of iron sights to please the old Jarheads then build an AR 15 that’s a natural part of you. Whatever wicked thing then that may come your way, you’ll have everything you need to stay center mass and alive.


Author bio: William McAllister is a writer who enjoys the simple things in life; waking up in a tent deep in the woods, a black cup of coffee and a flip phone.