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Bring up the subject of firearms and everyone will have a strong opinion one way or another. That said, guns and ammo are an important part of a prepper’s overall strategy not only for defense but for hunting and food procurement.
One of the better authors on the topic of survival guns is Steve Markwith, a master instructor with several federal, state, and industry certifications. Steve has participated in a number of Prepper Book Festivals and is here today as I introduce Centerfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide: Special AR-15 Section Included.
What I like about Steve’s books is that they emphasize usability, including dependability and the availability of ammunition and accessories. The other thing I like is that he stresses safety and good value, or as he likes to say “An honest rifle at a fair price can keep a lid on expense”.
With that introduction, I am thrilled to share an all-new interview with Steve plus I have three copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.
An Interview with Steve Markwith, Author of Centerfire Rifles
One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own backyard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.
I’d stay put to take advantage of numerous on-hand resources.
If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?
My lifestyle is intentionally rural, so the essentials are on hand to “live off the land”. The big luxury item is a generator, which requires fuel but, even without it, life will continue. Heat and cooking are possible thanks to firewood and timber. Fish and wildlife can be harvested. Refrigeration is easy during our severe winter months, and canned goods can cover the rest.
The big thing is to have not only dependable equipment, but also the requisite skills.
Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?
A good start is the first book (Survival Guns) in the series. It’ll point you toward basic but reliable firearms that won’t break the bank.
From there, you can narrow down a choice that best fits your situation. The other editions provide more detailed information about specific systems (shotguns, rifles, airguns, or handguns). Safety and training are covered, but the big takeaway is the need for formal training.
Planned procurement via the KISS principle will serve us well when supported by solid baseline skills.
Gaye’s Note: I highly recommend Steve’s book, Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide, to anyone who is looking for a well-illustrated, easy to understand guide on firearms for use in a survival situation.
These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?
This book, like the others in the series, is geared toward a broad spectrum of prospective firearm purchasers from experienced shooters to newbies. As such, more emphasis is placed on proven “meat and potato” systems that won’t break the bank.
It’s easy to forget that a “system” consists of more than just the firearm, so budgetary wiggle-room needs to factor in extras (training among them). Tactical coolness takes a back seat to utility.
Decades of daily range time has afforded unique opportunities to see what works – as well as what doesn’t! Based on some of what is appearing in print these days, it would be all too easy to overspend. Ninja gear is the rage, but KISS-class systems (like a 12 Gauge pump shotgun) still work – for much less money!
It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?
Think about a niche that will benefit from your particular area of expertise. Then, try submitting a small article or two, without fear of rejection. Assuming the venue is a magazine, pick up a few publications and study their compositions. Sooner or later, you’ll score and be off to the races!
Steve and his publisher, Prepper Press. have reserved three copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.
A special word about the giveaway question/comment: Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”. This week’s question is:
Other than firearms, what do you feel is the best way to harden one’s home to protect it from bad guys such as thieves, thugs, and ruthless marauders?
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The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.
The Final Word
With an endless selection of firearms available to preppers for survival purposes, it is easy to make a mistake and purchase equipment that is ill-suited to your needs. What you think you want, may, in reality, be the wrong choice for whatever it is you are trying to do, be it hunting for food or personal defense.
Every single one of Steve Markwith’s books will clearly explain the pros and cons of each type of firearm and will assist you in choosing the right weapon, ammunition, and ancillary accessories the first time around. You will not be disappointed with any of Steve’s books.
For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything.
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Spotlight: Centerfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide: Special AR-15 Section Included
This is Steve Markwith’s fifth firearms book in the Survival Guns series. Steve applies his 25+ years as a full-time firearms instructor to guide the reader through the selection, function, and use of centerfire rifles. He uses eight guidelines for centerfire selection:
1. In widespread use
2. A reputation for dependability
3. Easy to operate
4. Readily available parts
5. Readily available ammunition
6. Easy to maintain
7. Accommodate practical accessories
8. Represent a good value
Steve takes the reader through action types, ammunition, sighting systems, rifle choices, accessories, range work and training, and accuracy and distance, cleaning and maintenance.