How To Survive The Civil Unrest That's Coming To America

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

The rhetoric in the United States is heating up and we’re sounding anything but... well... united. It seems to most media pundits like we are too far down the path to Civil War 2.0 to turn back now. Activists are laying siege to government offices. Threats toward people who disagree are growing in ferocity. It’s ugly and getting uglier. It’s a powder keg that is about to erupt. (Here are some thoughts on what a full-fledged Civil War might look like.)

It is only a matter of time before civil unrest begins to escalate and spread throughout the country. Many people are wondering, how do you keep your family safe during widespread unrest? It’s not about being fearful. It’s about being prepared.

My thoughts on this manipulated division are fodder for another article. (You can find it here.) This article is apolitical (to the best of my ability, anyway) and focuses strictly on what you need to know to survive should the unrest come to your neighborhood.

You need to understand how riots unfold.

First things first, you need to understand how this kind of unrest unfolds so that you can see the warning signs earlier. Never underestimate the power, rage, and motivation of a mob.

Here’s the pattern:

  • An outrage occurs.

  • Good people react and protest the outrage.

  • Those perpetrating the outrage try to quell the protest because they don’t think that the outrage was actually outrageous.  (And whether it was or not can fluctuate – in some cases, force is necessitated, but in more and more cases, it is flagrantly gratuitous.)

  • Others react to the quelling and join the protest.

  • A mob mentality erupts. Thugs say, “Hey, it’s a free for all. I’m gonna get some Doritos and while I’m at it, beat the crap out of some folks for fun.”

  • All hell breaks loose.

  • The military gets called in.

  • The city burns, and neighborhoods get destroyed, and no one in the area is safe.

  • Cops act preemptively, out of fear, and for a time, there is no rule of law.

  • If you happen to be stuck there, know this: you’re completely on your own.

Tess Pennington wrote about societal breakdowns in more detail – read her excellent article for more information on these predictable scenarios.

Some people are just waiting for the opportunity to behave in this fashion. They’d love to act like that every single day, but they don’t want to spend the rest of their lives in jail. But when a verdict gets rolled out, when a storm takes out the power, when a disaster strikes, they delight in the chance to rob, pillage, loot, and burn.  Who can forget the day before Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, when thugs were coordinating looting rampages via Twitter?

I remember learning about “sublimation” in a high school psychology class.

Sublimation is a defense mechanism that allows us to act out unacceptable impulses by converting these behaviors into a more acceptable form. For example, a person experiencing extreme anger might take up kickboxing as a means of venting frustration. Freud believed that sublimation was a sign of maturity that allows people to function normally in socially acceptable ways. (source)

If you believe Freud’s theory, then it’s easy to see that many people look for an excuse to revert to their true natures.  In a situation where “everyone” is doing something, they are able to cast off the normal control of their impulses without much fear of reprisal. The number of looters and thugs far outstrips the number of arrests going on in Baltimore, so there’s a very good chance that someone swept up in that mentality can go burn somebody else’s home or business and completely get away with it.

Make a flexible plan.

With situations of civil unrest, it isn’t as clear-cut as disasters like a looming storm or a chemical spill.  It depends on where you live. In a small town, far away from riots and protests, your lockdown area could be much greater than your own home. It could encompass your immediate community, too, and life might go on as it always has for you, aside from the need to stay just a little closer to home than before.

However, if you live in a city or suburb, it may become essential to make a decision quickly. Do you lock your doors and stay home? Or do you get out of Dodge?  It is a question only you can answer. One thing that is very important is this: if you need to go, do NOT miss your window of opportunity to do so safely. If the entire city feels the same way, you’ll most likely be stuck in traffic and trapped in your car. Protesters have shut down the highways more than once in recent years, and you’ll be far safer behind the brick and mortar of your home than you will be in your car.

By the way, there’s always someone who chimes in with a snide remark about how cowardly it is to lockdown with your family in order to stay safe. Blah, blah, blah. If you want to go get involved in a battle to make a political point, that’s certainly your prerogative. However, my priority is the safety of my family, and as such, I hope to avoid engaging altogether.

The first thing you need to do is get home.

If your area is beginning to devolve, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to get everyone in the family home. (Or if your home is in the thick of things, to a safer secondary location.)

In a perfect world, we’d all be home, watching the chaos erupt on TV from the safety of our living rooms.  However, reality says that some of us will be at work, at school, or in the car when unrest occurs.  You need to develop a “get-home” plan for all of the members of your family, based on the most likely places that they will be.

  • Devise an efficient route for picking up the kids from school.  Be sure that anyone who might be picking up the children already has permission to do so in the school office.

  • Discuss the plan with older kids – there have been rumors that children could be moved by the schools to a secondary location in the event of a crisis.  Some families have formulated plans for their older kids to leave the school grounds in such an instance and take a designated route home or to another meeting place.

  • Keep a get-home bag in the trunk of your car in case you have to set out on foot.

  • Stash some supplies in the bottom of your child’s backpack – water, a snack, any tools that might be useful, and a map.  Be sure your children understand the importance of OPSEC.

  • Find multiple routes home – map out alternative backroad ways to get home as well as directions if you must go home on foot.

  • Find hiding places along the way.  If you work or go to school a substantial distance from your home, figure out some places to lay low now, before a crisis situation.  Sometimes staying out of sight is the best way to stay safe.

  • Avoid groups of people.  It seems that the mob mentality strikes when large groups of people get together.  Often folks who would never ordinarily riot in the streets get swept up by the mass of people who are doing so.

  • Keep in mind that in many civil disorder situations the authorities are to be avoided every bit as diligently as the angry mobs of looters. Who can forget the scenes of innocent people being pepper sprayed by uniformed thugs in body armor just because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?

  • Know when to abandon the plan to get home. Sometimes, you just can’t get there. Going through a war zone is not worth it. Find a different place to shelter. Pay attention to your instincts.

The reality is, family members are likely to be at work or school when things start to break down. You need to have a plan laid out in advance to get everyone together and you need to be flexible enough to know when to go on to Plan B.

Be ready for lockdown.

Once you make your way home or to your bug-out location… STAY THERE.

By staying home, you are minimizing your risk of being caught in the midst of an angry mob or of sitting in stalled traffic while looters run amok.  In most scenarios, you will be far safer at home than you will be in any type of shelter or refugee situation. (Obviously, if there is some type of chemical or natural threat in your immediate neighborhood, like a toxic leak, a flood, or a forest fire, the whole situation changes – you must use common sense before hunkering down.)

This is when your preparedness supplies will really pay off. If you are ready for minor medical emergencies and illnesses, a grid down scenario, and a no-comm situation, you will be able to stay safely at home with your family and ride out the crisis in moderate comfort.

Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Check your pantry and fill any gaps in your food preps.

  • Order emergency food buckets

  • Get your water preps in order

  • Get cash in small denominations out of the bank.

  • Make sure you have enough garbage bags, pet supplies, and toiletries.

  • Pick up a copy of a comprehensive preparedness guide like The Prepper’s Blueprint

  • Check your supply of candles, matches, and lighters. (This article has more information)

  • Flashlight and spare batteries and/or dynamo wind up flashlights.

  • Make sure all electronics are fully charged and keep them charged during the lead-up to an event

  • Make sure any cell phone battery packs are fully charged.

  • Fill up your gas tank up to the max.

  • If your vehicle isn’t in a garage park it trunk end in as close to a wall as you can. This makes it harder to get to the tank to either steal the fuel or set fire to it.

  • Check your home security – walk around looking at your property as if you were a burglar and take appropriate action to improve security if required.

  • Have something on hand for the kids to do in case of school closures.

  • Make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit and enough OTC medications to last the family for at least a month.

  • Check and clean your firearms and be prepared to defend your family if trouble comes to you

  • Pick up some extra ammo

  • Plan to keep pets indoors

  • Make sure you have enough of needed prescription medications to last a few weeks

Staying home is the number one way to keep yourself safer from during a civil unrest situation. If you find yourself in an area under siege, the odds will be further on your side for every interaction in which you avoid taking part. Every single time you leave the house, you increase your chances of an unpleasant encounter.  Nothing will be accomplished by going out during a chaotic situation.

Try to stay under the radar.

Your best defense is avoiding the fight altogether. You want to stay under the radar and not draw attention to yourself.  The extent to which you strive to do this should be based on the severity of the unrest in your area. Some of the following recommendations are not necessary in an everyday grid-down scenario, but could save your life in a more extreme civil unrest scenario.

  • Keep all the doors and windows locked.  Secure sliding doors with a metal bar.  Consider installing decorative gridwork over a door with a large window so that it becomes difficult for someone to smash the glass and reach in to unlock the door.

  • Put dark plastic over the windows. (Heavy duty garbage bags work well.)  If it’s safe to do so, go outside and check to see if any light escapes from the windows. If your home is the only one on the block that is well-lit, it is a beacon to others.

  • Keep pets indoors. Sometimes criminals use an animal in distress to get a homeowner to open the door for them. Sometimes people are just mean and hurt animals for “fun”.  Either way, it’s safer for your furry friends to be inside with you.

  • Don’t answer the door.  Many home invasions start with an innocent-seeming knock at the door to gain access to your house.

  • Keep cooking smells to a minimum.  The goal here is not to draw attention. The meat on your grill will draw people like moths to a flame.

  • Keep the family together.  It’s really best to hang out in one room. Make it a movie night, go into a darkened room at the back of the house, and stay together. This way, if someone does try to breach your door, you know where everyone is who is supposed to be there. As well, you don’t risk one of the kids unknowingly causing a vulnerability with a brightly lit room or an open window.

  • Remember, first responders may be tied up.  If the disorder is widespread, don’t depend on a call to 911 to save you. You must be prepared to save yourself.  Also keep in mind, as mentioned earlier in the article – the cops are not always your friends in these situations.

Be prepared for defensive action.

If, despite your best efforts, your property draws the attention of people with ill intent, you must be ready to defend your family. Sometimes despite our best intentions, the fight comes to us.  (Have you seen the movie The Purge?)

Many preppers stockpile weapons and ammunition for just such an event.  I know that I certainly do. Firearms are an equalizer. A small woman can defend herself from multiple large intruders with a firearm if she’s had some training and knows how to use it properly. But put a kitchen knife in her hand against those same intruders, and her odds decrease exponentially.

When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation or borrow a cup of sugar.  Make a plan to greet them with a deterring amount of force.

  • Don’t rely on 911. If the disorder is widespread, don’t depend on a call to 911 to save you – you must be prepared to save yourself.  First responders may be tied up, and in some cases, the cops are not always your friends.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some officers joined in the crime sprees, and others stomped all over the 2nd Amendment and confiscated people’s legal firearms at a time when they needed them the most.

  • Be armed and keep your firearm on your person.  When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation over a nice cup of tea.  Make a plan to greet them with a deterring amount of force. Be sure to keep your firearm on your person during this type of situation, because there won’t be time to go get it from your gun safe. Don’t even go to the kitchen to get a snack without it. Home invasions go down in seconds, and you have to be constantly ready.

  • Know how to use your firearm. Whatever your choice of weapon, practice, practice, practice. A weapon you don’t know how to use is more dangerous than having no weapon at all. Here’s some advice from someone who knows a lot more about weapons than I do.

  • Make sure your children are familiar with the rules of gun safety. Of course, it should go without saying that you will have pre-emptively taught your children the rules of gun safety so that no horrifying accidents occur. In fact, it’s my fervent hope that any child old enough to do so has been taught to safely and effectively use a firearm themselves. Knowledge is safety.

  • Be ready for the potential of fire.  Fire is a cowardly attack that doesn’t require any interaction on the part of the arsonist. It flushes out the family inside, leaving you vulnerable to physical assaults. Have fire extinguishers mounted throughout your home. You can buy them in 6 packs from Amazon. Be sure to test them frequently and maintain them properly. (Allstate has a page about fire extinguisher maintenance.) Have fire escape ladders that can be attached to a windowsill in all upper story rooms.  Drill with them so that your kids know how to use them if necessary.

  • Have a safe room established for children or other vulnerable family members. If the worst happens and your home is breached, you need to have a room into which family members can escape. This room needs to have a heavy exterior door instead of a regular hollow core interior door. There should be communications devices in the room so that the person can call for help, as well as a reliable weapon to be used in the unlikely event that the safe room is breached. The family members should be instructed not to come out of that room FOR ANY REASON until you give them the all clear or help has arrived. You can learn more about building a safe room HERE.  Focus the tips for creating a safe room in an apartment to put it together more quickly.

Again, even if your plan is to bug in, you must be ready to change that plan in the blink of an eye. Plan an escape route.  If the odds are against you, if your house catches on fire, if thugs are kicking in your front door… devise a way to get your family to safety.  Your property is not worth your life. Be wise enough to accept that the situation has changed and move rapidly to Plan B.

You have to remember that civilization is just a veneer.

So many times, when interviewed after a disaster, people talk about being “shocked” at the behavior of others.  Their level of cognitive dissonance has lulled them into thinking that we’re safe and that we live in a civilized country.  They are unwilling to accept that civilization is only a glossy veneer, even when the evidence of that is right in front of them, aiming a gun at their faces, lighting their homes on fire, or raping their daughters.

They refuse to arm themselves and prepare for an uncivilized future.

Accept it now, and you’ll be a lot better off when the SHTF.

Look at what happened during the Ferguson riots. Look at the behavior of the stampeding masses on any given Black Friday shopping extravaganza. Look at the horrifying rhetoric espoused by people angry about the politics of our country.

Then tell me again how “civilized” our country is.


Dane Bramage eforce Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:14 Permalink

"Many people are wondering, how do you keep your family safe during widespread unrest? "

Here's the obvious answer = don't go join the riot/protest.  The idea that "civil unrest/war" due to ideologues is going to break out widespread is pure fantasy.  You know what places will get riots?  Places like Portland, Oregon or Oakland, CA... "blue" cities.   You see much Antifa in rural, red-state "fly-over" country?  Yeah, thought not.

By all means be a prepper/survivalist.  That is simply prudent as society is indeed fragile, but the idea that any real threat is going to occur due to the black-clad, masked meth-head looking schmucks?  BWAHAHAHA!   Those kids just need some good ole hickory shampoo.  Can you imagine how fast they'd disperse in the face of real violence?  Soros doesn't pay them mercenary salaries folks... they'd be scrambling back to their mom's basements faster than you can say X-Box.  

So let them shit their beds in the blue cities... mess up someone's commute, burn some garbage and break business windows.  Maybe the rest of the dumb-ass lefties that actually have to work will think 2x about their socialist paradise voting practices. 

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Shillinlikeavillan NemesisteM Sat, 06/30/2018 - 05:38 Permalink

It's pretty simple: "make friends" with a leftard(keep ur enemies close)... as shitty as this experience will most likely be(keep them at arms distance!), it will give you a heads up on any bullshit the leftards are planning that is flying under the radar(stuff not being posted on fagbook, the msm, etc). This, combined with other sources of information and prudent planning(guns, ammo, food, water, etc) will fully prepare you for dumbshit moves on the street...

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FBaggins fishwharf Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:47 Permalink

To reveal how naive and dumbed down most of the American people really are, just ask, “If the anarchist or leftists causing the unrest are really against Trump or the right, then why do their actions only serve to drive more working and middle class people away from Democratic ranks toward the more moderately appearing right?”.

All through the nation, everywhere, we know that the police since 2016 have failed to protect peaceful liberty rallies from the ret-a-mob Antifa idiots. They are allowed them to burn cars, smash windows, loot stores, and beat up people. All of what they do is given great exposure and amplification by the corrupt CIA, deep-state-controlled US corporate media.  Why? You would think that people who think they are liberated or have free speech by virtue of the independent media would be able to connect the most obvious dots.

How is it that George Soros whom everyone knows funds and directs the Antifa protests and unrest, is also a champion of the US establishment as well as a chief agent provocateur for inciting unrest socially and economically in foreign nations targeting for regime change by the Rothschild banksters, the CIA, MI6 and the Mossad? Soros has large estate homes in England and in the US and continues to address elite gatherings in these nations. He claims to be anti-Trump and anti-Zionist but is a master of deception, and everyone of his abuses have served directly or indirectly those ends.   

How is it that in light of actions of the fascist US-UK-Israeli-led war against Syria, there is not a peep of protest or directed unrest against it by Antifa?

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SybilDefense Shillinlikeavillan Sat, 06/30/2018 - 07:56 Permalink

Are there twitter feeds, Facebook pages, websites or other blogs that a normal person can access to see what the flash-mobs are up to?  IF you know any, please post them here but with warning: DO NOT TROLL THESE SITES! To catch squirrels you have to climb a tree and act like a but.  Once only ONE of us blows their cover, they will move. Resist lashing out at the idiocy. I would like to make an app called the Enigma IDIOT SCANNER which monitors hostile feeds. (Any assistance would be welcome via my gmail account similar to my ZH handle)  Like, where do you have to meet to get your $20 Soros Antifa money? (I'll go with my backpack and face scarf just to drain Georgie's coffeurs $20 at a time). We need recon and some serious inside undercover intel.  Right now its uncoded (?), as the left are trying to recruit more zealots.  Soon it won't be so easy, and one will have to understand Leftard to know where to go/avoid/report.  Like a pink pussy hat emoji may soon mean "meet George at the Gamestop to get on the riot bus".  Who knows? WE need to!  I want to help!

Also, at what point does a civil "war" allow for the shooting of the enemy?  The gov does it all the time and no one goes to jail.  I just want to know when its "game on" and when the 50 angry villians walking down my street can legally become targets with impunity.

SybilDefense: crazy-proof your life

App assistance via gmail please?!

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Dilluminati RedBaron616 Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:42 Permalink

These wild-ass articles are laughable in many respects.  I have commented a few times to the following website which as an example I find the content "laughable."  In respect to finance, guns, and a world-view that is exploitative of the reader.

^ This site has most of it's prepping advice from "fantasy world"  or is designed to sell merchandise frankly that is stupid, if you had followed their economic advice you would have lost allot of money and be reduced to their same "thought denial" and rationalizations having to invent contrived scenarios to explain your own behaviors.  The economics, gun advice, pretty much all of it.. laughable.  

Another blog

(good advice ^)

Or how about this?  Some useful information!!…

I was surprised that survivalblog linked this..…

Let me be honest if you have served in the military which is now a small part of the US population, you have been taught fundamental survival skills, some take degrees or more advanced training, and some twist that knowledge into narratives of fanciful thinking and sales oriented fantasy.  

When you look at the target audience of the two blogs one is oriented to military and the other to "rubes" who have no real experience and who are looking for answers and sales motivated by fears.  The fact that survivalblog offers the economic advice of: and I cannot make this up... shitcoin, international paypal, and gold-silver.. well uhmm I'd think it is more about tax avoidance which has nothing to do with prepping.. I pay too many taxes and do not want to pay more.. but make pretend soldiering.. you should join the guard, join a militia.. but make believe Rambo just makes you a cunt!

So really.. you are down to making the assessment of what is rational prepping and what is fantasy prepping.  And the two are different.  But any of these articles if you just pay enough, buy enough.. get the brand name.. all that stupid shit and.. and.. lurid and insidious reasons to do so.. are dumb.. makes you a cunt.

My best advice if running from a tsunami is to DROP YOUR BUGOUT BAG AND RUN!!!!!!, again big cloud rolling down the mountain.. volcano.. grab nothing RUN!!!!

Some of the prepping advice and such is so bad.. so testosterone and irrational it is almost laughable (it is) and if you point this out to these people you will see that they are manipulative and as dishonest as they are in denial of their assertions..

But any of these articles that start with the scare tactics of some "Year 2000" computer catastrophe, or something like that.. well they are cunts.. will natural disasters happen?? Yes..

But again.. avoid the cunts and get sound advice and smell the spin…

^ And here is the best advice: Stop throwing gear at the things you suck at in shooting.


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E. Grogan eforce Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:33 Permalink

That and the fact that they don't have guns. I live in CA on the coast and people actually look horrified when I even mention the word "gun". These people have no idea that they are sitting ducks ad they have no idea what is really going on. Meanwhile, our local hardware store is offering free classes on how to shoot and keeps their prices on guns as low as possible, which seems pretty community-minded to me. There's the difference between libs and conservatives.

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TGF Texas wadalt Fri, 06/29/2018 - 22:53 Permalink

Totally missed the most important item:

When the mob starts heading your way, plant a polymer tipped 130g @ 3300 FPS bullet into one of their pumpkin heads from 200 yds out. 

Once their buddy's head explodes next to them, like it had a hand grenade in it, it's all over except for the crying.


It's the single greatest mob control device ever invented. 

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Theosebes Goodfellow Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:05 Permalink

It has everything to do with teaching her how to plant her feet? Thank god you weren't the dickhead that taught me how to shoot.

If the person is small maybe they should be shooting something they can actually handle. For self protection, I doubt anyone is going to have time to get into the proper stance before pulling the trigger. Jeez some of you guys are complete douche nozzles and idiots, all in one.

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Theosebes Goodfellow HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sun, 07/01/2018 - 00:52 Permalink

~ Jeez some of you guys are complete douche nozzles and idiots, all in one.~

A million pardons, you highness. Did some royal subject of thine pee in thy Cheerios this morning? Perchance your royal visage missed my recommendations for a smaller gauge shotgun?

By the by, as an owner of over 30 years of a lovely Winchester 1200 riot pump, trust me when I say that if you DO NOT have your feet planted correctly when firing a 12ga shotgun, you will find yourself sitting on your royal derriere after the 1st round. Unless of course, you began firing from that rather awkward position, in which case you will fire the next shot from flat on your back.

TL;DR: Foot position matters.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Cryptopithicus Homme Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:07 Permalink

That's horrible! To take someone that isn't used to shooting and put them on a 12 ga? A woman? You just moved up to being the ultimate fucking douche, IMO.

Why don't you buy her a 410 Mossberg? I have the youth model. It's light weight and you can adjust the stock. Anyone shows up inside my house, they are not walking away if they get shot in the chest with it.

That's shitty to throw a 12 ga at a woman. I hope she's built like a football player otherwise she is going to hate you and hate the bruises on her shoulder. So you can what, look like a man?

What a fucking asshole. I grew up shooting. After a BB gun the first thing I shot was a .22 rifle. After that I graduated to a bolt action. It was one step at a time.

It's one thing to teach your spouse how to handle firearms, it's something else entirely when you are just being a swinging dick and an asshole, all in one. You just won that prize.

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ImGumbydmmt Cryptopithicus Homme Sat, 06/30/2018 - 04:33 Permalink

I really like my 12ga shotties. and allegedly the military has proven all experience levels of shooters get more hits on target with  a shotgun.

However, if your wife is small statured like my wife is; the 12ga, is just too much recoil.

Another comment mentioned 20 ga.

Possibly a solution, but my wife is 5'-4" and 20 ga is still to much for her.

I would like to suggest a .410 shotgun.

3 inch loads w/ 5 pellet triple aught (000) buck shot and slugs by Brenntke have the ft lbs of .44 magnum.

Also there is an AK47 .410 and an AR15 .410 shotgun, both of which are magazine fed, so much simpler to reload.


But what my wife really likes is the 5.56mm Keltec SU-16CA  that takes standard AR15 mags.

Its kind of like the .30 carbine in user configuration. very lightweight, w/ no pistol grip, simple peep sights, hunting style stock and w low recoil ammo and comes in 20 and 30 round magazines.

I had some doubt about the quality of a kel tec so took it out for a hard run through  few magazines, and surprisingly it actually performed flawlessly.

Good luck with it all

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