Episode 14 S1-14

Choosing a Survival Firearm


Day After Disaster Ch 14

Special Guest:

Toby Lee

In the Day After Disaster adventure, Erika rides out of the Auburn River Camp with the residents as the Auburn Gang closes in on them. Although Erika is unarmed there are a few guns floating around in the group. Today, Toby Lee, co-host of The Armed Couples Podcast and The Armed Squirrels Project, stops by to discuss the process of choosing the right firearm for your survival situation and finding ammunition for that firearm.

What if you can only carry one firearm:

  • Evaluate your circumstances and budget to make the correct choice.

  • What is your local law enforcement carrying?

  • What are the local hunters using?

  • Rifle recommendation: AR-15

  • It's lightweight; only 6-9 lbs. and collapses for smaller or larger users

  • Reliable

  • Can switch parts to shoot a .223, 5.56mm or .22 rim fire. These are common types of ammo and very prevalent.

  • Has option for bayonet

  • Handgun recommendation - Ruger SR9C 9 mm compact

  • Toby's favorite

  • Reliable

  • Robust

  • Polymer alloys prevent rust

  • But it has a magazine disconnect so if you do not have extra magazines you are not going to be shooting it. Think about stocking extras.

Thoughts on Black Powder:

  • Modern black powder guns use manufactured primers. They will need to be stocked.   

  • You need a flintlock weapon from about 200+ years ago where the powder was ignited from a spark created in the pan.

  • The black powder is made from salt peter, charcoal, and sulfur but not many people would know how to whip some up.

  • The lead balls used as a bullet can be melted but do not fire accurately if they have air pockets and imperfections. A good place to find lead is the lead allow in wheel weights on cars. Gold and silver can also be meted for bullets.

No Ammo = A Club

  • The average person only has about 1 to 2 gunfights worth of ammo   

  • Find out how much the military sends out with a soldier to gauge what you should have. Common suggestion: 1,000 rounds/caliber of gun.

  • Be conscientious of space and weight of your ammo.

  • Use an ammo that is commonly used by the military, law enforcement, hunters, etc. so bartering is a better prospect.

  • Buy what you can afford and safely store. Keep it in a dry, dark, and cool place.

Featured Quote From Today's Chapter:

“People walked through life everyday taking it all for granted, their cars, their cell phones and their lattes, their dramatic social issues...”

Featured Survival Product:

Rothco Deluxe Jungle Survival Kit Knife - Olive Drab

Rothco's Deluxe Jungle Survival Kit Knife is overall 14" with 8" stainless steel blade with serrated top edge. The survival kit includes a bandage, fish hook & line, compass and throwing knife. The survival knife also features an O.D plastic sheath that is wrapped with survival cord.  


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Character Origins


Toby Lee

Toby has worn a few hats over the years but he seems to wear the ‘mechanic’ hat the most.  He has owned firearms on and off since 1995 but never considered them as a self defense tool until he met Melisa.  That’s when he realized that because he loves her so much that he owes it to her to come home safe to her every night.  That caused him to take the Nebraska CHP class and get his permit to be able to legally carry a firearm for self defense.  He has also taken the class for the Utah permit and at the time of this writing is waiting for the paperwork to be processed.

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