The standard crew for the AR-15 Podcast host a roundtable discussion on a popular topic–building an AR for when everything goes haywire and the world starts crumbling. How does it stack up to other options? What should you acquire if that’s the purpose of your black rifle?

The panel begins by exploring the common SHTF scenarios: regional conflicts, conventional warfare on American soil, breakdown due to external threat such as pandemic, natural disasters, and of course–zombies. From the scenario driven wide scope, the discussion narrows to explore some of the unique situational challenges of each “what if” scenario.

Another common question discussed is what configuration to have your AR in for whichever scenario you’re preparing for? Would it be better to have a bare bones, stock rifle? Or perhaps one configured for tactical operations? Does it matter where you live? Is keeping a low profile a preferable option to advertising that you’re armed?

No discussion of a SHTF scenario would be complete without a thorough discussion of durability and precision. The panel includes competitors as well as combat veterans who weigh in on the pros and cons of high performance gear vs. rough and tumble stock equipment, and how it relates to an envisioned scenario where the rule of law is suspended.

The window for the Brownells sponsored giveaway is closed, but stay tuned while the senior producers prepare for the drawing. Check out the show notes for links to the product of the week, and interesting listener feedback.

Listen to the entire episode at for the tip of the week and as always listener feedback. The hosts at the AR-15 Podcast, want to hear what you, the listener, think so be sure to tune in and let us know what you’d like to hear, what we’re doing right, and how we can improve!


Jake Challand
Firearms Radio Network

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