another%20day%20at%20the%20officePractical Information From A Combat Veteran and Security Professional

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This Election As A  SHTF Scenario

6080137063_71b986b12f_bIf your reading this blog, odds are, you are already aware of how serious this election in November is.

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Documentation To Take If Bugging Out

BF-AB155_02docJ_E_20110701215220Often times when we think of bugging out we consider a number of tangible things: Vehicle to use, equipment, food, water, and defensive weaponry to have readily available for a quick move out are just some of the things to consider.

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Keep Russia Russian!

(Re blogged from Thoughtfully Prepping). (Amazing! An ex KGB Communist dictator actually gets it! While our “freely elected” politically correct fools don’t!)

putinVLADIMIR Putin is attempting to outlaw “alien values” in Russia’s judiciary system with a raft of new rulings.
Putin’s party want all laws to reflect the country’s traditional values.

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S&W M&P 15 Sport-II

m&P 2Most of my readers know that I tend to favor the AK system over the AR system for a number of reasons. I describe them here. But for a while I have decided to add an AR platform rifle to my battery.

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Deadly Force: Have You Really Thought About It?

Violators-Will-be-Shot-K-7669My company teaches a range of defensive firearms classes including Arizona Concealed Carry. And it never ceases to amaze me how few people have ever really seriously  considered the ramifications of using deadly force against another human being, either in a current Rule of Law situation, or even TEOTWAWKI Without Rule Of Law.

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The Survival Mule. A Combination Locker/Trailer

3d4d00626ce4649714784624e563b73eNecessity is the mother of invention. A lot of good ideas are born when someone has a need, can’t find it on the market, so developes it himself.

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Tactical Pistol Shooting 2nd Edition

Tactical Pistol ShootingIt wasn’t that many years ago that this type of information was hard to come by. Erik Lawrence is a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, and this second edition of his book is an outstanding reference.

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“Us” looking Inwards. (Another excellent article from Thoughtfully Prepping)

selfexaminationDo you know yourself?
I mean REALLY know yourself?
Can you look into a mirror and analyse yourself?

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In Defense of the Venerable 1911a1 .45acp

untitledNew innovations replace old ideas and we call it progress. The plethora of modern high-capacity magazine handguns has caused many to relegate the 1911a1 to the trash heap along with the Model T Ford. Hold on cowboys, not so fast!

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The Zika Virus. What It Means To You

Anopheles_stephensiMosquito borne diseases have been the bane of mankind from the beginning.  Malaria, for example, is an ancient disease that probably originated in Africa. It has been described by the Chinese as far back as 2700BC and the Sumerians from 1700 BC.

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When it all begins

Although this is from an excellent U.K.based blog, the principles certainly apply here in the US.

Thoughtfully Prepping

accesscontrolWhen what begins? Whatever, it doesn’t matter.
During a crisis aka event, SHTF, scenario, or whatever you want to call it, loads of people will go into instant brain lock.

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Oral Hygiene When SHTF

Toothbrush-20060209Sometimes when prepping, it is the little things we forget to prepare for. And often, it is things we do daily, like brushing our teeth. Not as glamorous a subject as the fastest way to reload an AK, how to build a fire in the rain, or how to find water in the desert. But it is a subject, that if ignored, can put you down seriously. And possibly permanently.

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The M-1 Garand As A Plan B Rifle

m1_garand_rifle_-_usa_-_30-06_-_armc3a9museumThe attack on “assault rifles” has begun anew. Regardless of the hoopla in the media, the odds of any significant restrictive legislation being passed at the federal level is slim until the results of the next presidential election at least. However certain local People’s Republics continue to assail the Constitutional rights of American citizens in regards to the types of firearms they can own.

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My Top 10 Favorite Prepper Blogs For 2015

Picture1There are a LOT of prepper oriented blogs on the internet. A LOT! You could spend a whole day (or more) trying to do just a brief visit of many of them. As a prepper blogger myself, I spend a bit of time reviewing other blogs for some essential reasons. Partly for my own education and entertainment, and partly to see what trends preppers seem to be interested in.

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Protective Masks For Preppers

M50_gas_maskDepending on what you perceive to be the major threats you wish to prepare for, there is a tremendous amount of equipment and supplies to choose from. Should a protective mask be a part of your preps? How do you go about making that decision? And what kind of mask would you want?

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10 Items To Stockpile For A Disaster

TornadoThis is a guest article by Barbara Allen (Nom de plume). Nature is known for not giving a rat’s about humanity and what we do in relation to politics and war. If you’re someone who isn’t afraid of a future economic collapse (and therefore refuse to buy gold to prepare for it) or afraid of the amount of war going on in the world right now, that is completely fine.

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Ground Insulation When Sleeping Outdoors

Therma rest z lite_I recently did an article on selecting sleeping systems for SHTF. Having a quality sleeping bag is a necessity in most climates, but it is only part of the story. Insulating yourself from frozen ground, ground moisture and wind are also critically important.

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Sleeping System Selection For Preppers

91ay4IcH-BL__SL1500_In a SHTF situation, sleep is going to be a critical component of your survival. Especially if you have to bug out, proper sleeping gear can be of paramount importance. So how do you go about selecting proper sleeping gear, especially a sleeping bag?

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Body Armor. Should You Include It In Your Preps?

untitledI get this question sometimes from students in my classes, and by e-mail from people who read this blog. So, as an average prepper (if there is such a thing) should you spend the money and effort to get body armor, and if so, what kind?

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What Skills Can You Barter in SHTF or TEOTWAWKI?

Preppers often think in terms of extra supplies or equipment to survive an extended SHTF situation or even TEOTWAWKI. But at some point, those supplies will run out.

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Jiff_Peanut Butter For Prepping

It’s the food you slap between two pieces of bread and with a little jelly, and feed a hungry kid. (or a hungry you). It’s the midnight munchie sandwich, along with a glass of milk

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CrusaderWhy Christmas Matters. ( And Should Matter To Even Non-Christians)

December 25th is the day that Christians world-wide celebrate the traditional birth of Jesus Christ. The religious meaning to Christians is deeply felt. But Christmas, as well as Christians, are under relentless attack, both in Western Europe, and the United States.

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Runny_hunnySurvival Uses For Honey

Honey is one of the most amazing foods you can acquire. And it has a large number of uses in a survival situation. Cave paintings in Spain indicated that humans were harvesting honey as long as 8,000 years ago. Honey is made by honey bees from flowers. There are a lot of different varieties and flavors, but it is the survival benefits we care about here.

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suntactic 2Solar Options For Bugging Out Part 1. Man Portable

Everyone should think deeply on their options in a SHTF situation.  Even if your primary plan is to stay put and bug in, you still should have a bug out plan. A place to go, a route to it, bug out bags pre packed, and a concept on how you will operate while on the go. And a way to power small electronic devices you may be taking.


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When you find yourself living out of a rucksack,( Bug Out Bag) either camping, or bugging out in SHTF, you carefully watch the size and weight of anything you carry.

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Radar2Situational Awareness=Staying Alive

The world is an increasingly dangerous place. Violent crime, expanding terrorist attacks, and the increasing possibility of economic collapse are all wake up calls to anyone with two brain cells working in tandem.  There are no magic bullets to keep you safe at all times. But there are techniques you can develop to give you the best chance.

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santa-gun-jpg_221736Have A Very Merry Prepper Christmas!

I posted some suggestion for Stocking Stuffers for Preppers earlier,and thought to give a look at some under the tree gifts you might consider

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200px-Jared_Loughner_USMSActive Shooter Incidents. Is Being Armed the Total Solution?

Active Shooter: “An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms”. Department of Homeland Security.

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Cold Steel's Recon TantoRecon Tanto: Cold Steel’s Excellent Fighting/Survival Knife

I have been an armed professional for over 40 years now, and quality knives have always been an important part of my personal kit. I have carried a wide variety over the years. The last one I carried in the Army and still carry is Cold Steel’s Recon Tanto.

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Tactical%20RifleThe Tactical Rifle (Book Review)

Gabriel Suarez is one of the most prominent small arms instructors on the scene today, and has been for quite some time. He is a former Southern California law enforcement officer who has been teaching advanced small arms training full time for a number of years.

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Quick Clot combat guaze_Quick Clot to Control Bleeding

It is a sad fact that throughtout history warfare has been the prime driving factor in human technology development. Recent wars have directed more attention to medical aid for wounded and injured soldiers.

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wfxza4czwe5jxlzzpt5lStocking Stuffers For Preppers

Yes, it is that time of year again! Preppers around the world are gearing up for Christmas! Major purchases on lay away, and wish lists being created. I just love the Christmas tradition of the stocking and all the little goodies to be found inside. So I made a list, checked it twice, for all those preppers who were not naughty, but nice. Inexpensive, but useful stocking stuffers for that special prepper in your life!

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1280px-ThreefederalhydrashoksSelecting Ammunition for the Defensive Pistol

The handgun is in reality a poor defensive weapon compared to a rifle or shotgun. But it has the advantage of being lightweight, portable, concealable, and probably more likely to be on you when you need it.

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S&W_625JMRevolver vs. Automatic

Many of my students are civilians who will take a CCW class to learn the law in regards to self defense, or a basic pistol class to enhance their marksmanship skills. Many of them are not involved in apprehending bad guys or offing terrorists for a living. When it comes to firearms selection they have many questions as to what the “best” handgun to use is.

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Picture1Survival Rifle on a Budget. The Mosin-Nagant

The French development of smokeless rifle powder coupled with their developing an 8mm cartridge for it, and a new rifle, the 1886 Lebel set off an arms race with the major powers each attempting to field a bolt action rifle chambered for a smokeless powder cartridge as soon as possible.

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Safepacker holster with pistolThe Safepacker Pistol Holster

The Safepacker holster is one of those unique designs that fulfill a number of functions. Constructed of tough Cordura nylon and thick closed-cell neoprene padding, the Safepacker was originally designed to completely protect a firearm and reload for armed mountain rescue teams

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SKSThe SKS as a Civilian Defense Rifle

Many people are making a personal decision to purchase a rifle for defensive purposes. There are many reasons for this. As I have stated often, the handgun is in reality a poor defensive weapon, it’s only real advantage being small and light enough to be carried easily either open or concealed.

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1024px-ak-47_type_ii_part_dm-st-89-01131The AK as a Defensive Rifle for Preppers

I have carried and used various models of the AK from Vietnam to Afghanistan and a lot in between. I use it as my basic defensive rifle now. Here is why.

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Condor IFAK openCondor Rip Away IFAK Pouch

A good IFAK choice. An Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) is an essential piece of preparation gear.You want one that you can carry on you conveniently and still have enough items to take care of emergencies until you can get more help or to your larger medical supplies.

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Israeli bandage_Israeli Combat Bandage

THE bandage to buy! Just about the time you think no one can build a better mouse trap, sombody comes along and does.

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surefire x 300 ultra_Should You Mount A Light On Your Handgun?

Weapon mounted lights have been around for some time now. Various people have different views in regards to them. Are they a help? A hinderance? Are they worth the financial expenditure out of your preps budget? Lets see if we can answer these questions.

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i-am-the-storm 2Are You The Storm?

Although I have been a “Prepper” of one sort or another all of my life,  it wasn’t untill I started this blog that I interacted to any degree with the Prepper community. Reviewing the vast number of prepper websites, I notice that there are different mental attitudes towards prepping.

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i phone 6The Smart Phone As A Survival Tool

Being a bit old school, I finally decided to join the 21st century and bought an Apple i-Phone 6. I did it primarily for business communication as I am handling a lot more now and needed more than just the functionality of phone and text that my old clam phone provided. As I started using it, I saw a number of features and apps that would be useful in a SHTF situation as well as day-to-day survival.

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Silent Running

200px-anne_frank“Teach the children quietly
For someday Sons and Daughters
Will rise up and fight
While we stood still.
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me running?”
Mike and the Mechanics
Silent Running

f you think it can’t happen to you and yours, remember Anne Frank

Custom Glock Backplates

Dont' tread on meArmed professionals have been customizing their weaponry from the beginning of time. Warriors painted their shields with their own design, or the emblem of those they served. The firearms age continued the custom.

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Front Sight Firearms Training Institute 2 Day Defensive Handgun Class

Front Sight 4As a professional firearms instructor, I know that you never learn it all. And it is important to take additional training from other instructors and organizations to stay on top of your game. So when a former boss gave me a Front Sight Legacy Membership which included a lot of free classes, I took the opportunity to start with their basic 2 Day Defensive Handgun class. So how did it go?

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The Bicycle In SHTF

Montague ParatrooperTransportation could be very important in a SHTF scenario. Each person and each group has different treansportation needs and capabilities depending on a number of factors. We have discussed the aspects of selecting a Bug Out Vehicle, but would a bicycle be a practical alternative or addition?

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Night Vision Considerations For Survival

Yukon Nvnt 400Night vision is a consideration many preppers avoid. Partly because the technology is foreign to them if they never used NVD’s in the military, and partly because of the perceived cost. But before you invest in that next expensive firearm, consider the possibility of a night vision device to go with one you already have. You might be glad you did.

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       991007-F-8032B-007How To Avoid or Survive A Carjacking

Many preppers consider prepping to be activities to prepare for a SHTF “Big One”. But staying safe and sound until then is also a serious part of prepping. Carjacking is an increasingly serious crime and protecting yourself from it should be part of your preps.

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