By Taurus

You find yourself in a post SHTF situation and your defending your retreat from raiders (who ever they may be) and after only about have of a mag, your rifle stops, it won't shoot. You go to your shotgun and you win the battle. But, now what, your rifle needs repaired.

At this point you will fall into one of three categories of people:

Category One: You know the weapon doesnít work, but donít know why. You have stripped it and cleaned it, and it still doesnít work. You have a high-tech club.

Category Two: You complete an operational check, determine the source of the problem, but are mad at yourself for not getting the spare parts and tools to make repairs in the field.

Category Three: Like the person in category two, you took the trouble to learn not only to operate your weapon, but how to trouble shoot it and break it all the way down. The thing that makes you a survivalist is you thought about this possibility while you still could find parts and tools for firearm repairs. Because of your foresight and preplanning your weapon will be operational in about thirty minutes.

To insure that you will have a working firearm when you need it, there are four things you need to consider:

First: Selecting the right weapon. Second: The availability of detailed schematics. Third: The tolls necessary to accomplish the job. These are basic, for all weapons plus any special tools for your particular weapon. Fourth: The pair parts themselves.

Weapon selection: There has been stuff written all over the place about what weapon to get, so I wont to in to it, but to say just about any military weapon is a good choice. They have great schematics. But some commercial models have good schematics as well.

Relatively few malfunctions are caused by broken parts. Most malfunctions are caused by lube, dirt, carbon build up or bad ammo. Knowing how your weapon functions will greatly enhance your ability to find the source of trouble.

Tools: The tools to fix most firearms are basic; there will be some special tools if you do use a military weapon like a combo wrench. For the AR-15 for example. Most important is some gunsmith screwdrivers, with parallel ground bits. Next to screwdrivers is a good set of pin punches. Then about an 8-oz. brass hammer (brass won't dent or mar the finish on your weapon). Also a good cleaning rod with brushes, slotted tip and a case remover (this will help remove broken cases stuck in the chamber). Donít forget a good pair of multi-pliers, like a Gerber or leatherman.

Other tools that are a good idea but are only optional are: a dental scalar, set of small files (flat and round), an India stone med. grit, set of Allen wrenches, tooth brush, tweezers, loctight, a piece of hard wood (to use as a hard surface) plus any sighting tools you may need for your weapon.

Spare Parts:

I would suggest a spare firing pin or striker, extractor, ejector and any springs and pins for these parts. Also add anything you know from the past that your weapon uses or breaks. For example, I had a Savage 110 that I broke the extractor on twice so I would add those parts.

Now is the to insure that your weapon will function when you need it. Ruggedness, reliability, availability of ammo and spare parts with the ease of repair is factors to consider. Obtain the manuals and spare parts with tools, to insure that you can find and repair any problems in the field.

Here is a picture of my gunsmith tools that live in my pack.

From the top: A pull through cleaning kit for shotguns, Block of hard wood, set of small files, Pull through cleaning kit for 30. cals. sight adjusting tools for AK/SKS rifles (windage tool I got from the Alpha main board about a year ago, A pair of small tweezers (for holding small pins and springs, Small tube semi per. loctight, Two Allen wrench sets, one small Allen wrench for a scope I have), screw drivers, two pin punches, one hole punch ( used to take apart the SKS if in one of the synthetic stocks), tooth brush, 8-oz. brass hammer and a pull through cleaning kit for 9mm./38./357. My pliers are on my belt and the real cleaning kit is in my pack. The pull through kits are for daily cleaning. The real kit is for everything else, including the by weekly cleanings (when in the field).


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