It’s called many things. Prepper, Post-Apocalyptic, Doomsday or Collapse fiction. It’s a growing genre with contributions from dozens of authors. Some good, some not so good. Here I’m going to introduce some of my personal favorites.
Chris created one of the most compelling prepper fiction series currently published. The Going Home series follows the main protagonist Morgan, his friends and family as they try to survive a nationwide power outage. One of the things I appreciate about this series is that it isn't as militaristic as a lot of books in the genre focusing more on character interaction and development and less on "battle scenes". While his writing style has been described as "meat and potatoes" I think it's a perfect fit for its intended audience and since you're here I believe you would enjoy it.
Joe Nobody and his Holding Their Own series both have a lot to offer to the prepper community. Joe is prolific, writing books and articles for popular preparedness blogs and being featured by survival and security podcasts. His series, Holding Their Own, of offers a lot of insight into pre-planning, security and having a location in mind if thing go south. I like that the main characters introduce some levity into their situation while working towards reestablishing a community and that the importance of trade goods is well covered. The Holding Their Own series if definitely a personal favorite.
The author of several post-apocalyptic series, G. Michael Hopf's books offer a military man's take not only on how to prepare but also on how to defend what you've stored. I would say that his religious and political opinions do shine through in his work but not to a glaring degree, so, if you can handle that his work is worth picking up.
I'm not one of those people that enjoy writing critical reviews, but let me start off by saying, James isn't one of my favorite authors. His political and religious beliefs are just too prominent in his writing for me to enjoy his works. While his work is informative, it suffers from the amount of gear and tactics descriptions and one dimensional characters. With all that being said, I still buy and read his books. His first book "Patriots" was one of the first collapse fiction books I bought and introduced me to the genre as a whole and while there are authors I prefer I still feel his work has a lot to offer.
While not the most polished of writers, Bruce is a great storyteller, educator and outdoorsman. His descriptions of trapping during a survival situation is fascinating and got me interested in learning it myself. I like that he introduces unexpected obstacles and well thought out solutions outside of what you usually see in survival fiction. Pick up his first book and I'm confident you'll pick up the rest.
I've been looking forward to this review. William R. Forstchen's first book, One Second After, is in my opinion the panicle of the current crop of prepper-fiction. A Professor of History and Faculty Fellow at Montreat Collage in North Carolina, his writing is far more polished than the average post-apocalyptic fiction and a real pleasure to read. His characters are well developed and approachable and his novels are total page turners. If you are recently interested in the prepper genre this is the first author I would suggest.
Brothers and Sister,
In the preparedness community there is no firearm more ubiquitous than the Ruger 10/22. Chambered in .22 long rifle and carrying 10 rounds with the factory rotary magazine it’s a lite-weight, rugged, inexpensive and accurate semiautomatic firearm right out of the box.
While the 10/22 in factory form is a wonderful little rifle there is room for improvement. In this case, I’m talking about the factory stock. The most common non-takedown models are available with either a hardwood or synthetic stock that has remained virtually unchanged since the rifles introduction in 1964 and it’s never grown on me.
I set out in search of a 10/22 stock with the following four features.
Now, there is a huge aftermarket for 10/22 stocks with prices starting at around $50 for a basic molded synthetic model and going as high as $650 for a full adjustable unit CNC machined out of a single billet of aluminum. Personally, I gave myself a budget of up to $200 for my stock.
I’m happy to say I ended up coming in under budget and couldn’t be more pleased with my purchase.
I ordered a Pro Mag Archangel AAP1022 stock on Amazon for $104 with free shipping and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this stock at that price. Made of carbon fiber filled polymer and weighing in at 2.5 pounds this stock has really impressed me with it’s quality and features. The click adjustment knobs for the cheek weld and length of pull feel very solid with no play in the components once set up. The palm swell on the grip and soft rubber recoil pad gives a feeling of stability and control I found missing with the factory stock. An integrated picatinny rail on the forend gives you the ability to mount a weapons light or bipod and is predrilled for installing a sling mount. Speaking of sling mounts, there are also four integral quick detach style swivel mounts although I don’t use them since I prefer the USGI M1 style sling. One last feature I like is the small storage compartment located in the grip. I keep a couple of microfiber lens cleaning cloths in mine.
So, that’s it for the good. My only complaint about this stock would have to be that it wasn’t a simple drop in installation. It took about 30 minutes of Dremel Tool work with a grinding bit to get the action to fit and magazine to drop freely on release.
All in all I’m very happy with this stock and wouldn’t hesitate to suggest it for anyone looking to replace their factory unit.
*All MoS reviews are of privately purchased gear unless otherwise noted.