Over the last few months, a tremendous number of Americans have purchased firearms because of the current situation. There are things to consider AFTER buying a gun for the first time. Watch the video here.
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I have been away from the desk for some time now dealing with business issues, but it has given me the opportunity to draw some conclusions as I watched this pandemic go on. There are some lessons to be learned. Just a few of my thoughts.
Experienced preppers saw this coming, but it is a good object lesson. If so many people began panic buying in a relatively mild SHTF scenario, imagine their mental mindset if a extremely serious crisis occurred. The run on toilet paper is a classic example. Totally illogical. This virus had nothing to do with needing more toilet paper. But when talk of quarantine began immediately, people panic bought what they though they might need quantities of. And it is a snowball effect. Enough people panic bought to clear the shelves, and then other people assume they need to panic buy the same items so as not to not be left out. On and on until serious shortages occurred. The same with firearms and ammunition. People who had never considered buying a firearm before suddenly went out and bought what was available, and cleared the shelves of ammunition, as well as reloading supplies. I was in my local Cabelas recently looking for reloading powder. One of the sales associates told me that they had people come in, grab whatever ammo was still available, and then asked if they had any firearms chambered for it. The also had signs on the reloading bullet shelves stating “This is not loaded ammunition. These are only bullets”. ????????????????? Obviously a WHOLE lot of new buyers. A new breed of “Last minute preppers”.
Economic Effects and Government Restrictions
The stay at home directives, especially the drastic and illogical ones in Blue states, has had a paralyzing effect on the economy. This is worldwide as most of you know. The tremendous loss of jobs created a three trillion dollar “stimulus” bailout. Where do you think this money is going to come from? Printing presses and borrowing. This is going to have a serious effect on the dollar with predictable consequences. The loss of jobs has slowed down our supply train distribution creating shortages of essentials such as meat. Government over reach in many areas is starting to generate increasing push back from citizens who are watching their businesses and lives being destroyed. Civil disobedience of government is growing, even with armed protestors showing up at state capitols. Churches are beginning to defy government “no assembly” rules increasingly. With corresponding government push back. As the rules loosen in some areas of the country, if we have a spike in Covid-19 cases, expect government restrictions to increase, with increasing citizen push back. This can, and probably will lead to serious situations, primarily in Democrat controlled areas. At some point, people (at least a large number of them) are simply not going to stand for it any longer, and will prefer to take the risk of catching a virus with a 99% survival rate, to watching their lives dissapear.
I don’t have a crystal ball, but these are my conclusions. We are looking for increasing economic stressors going forward. Many of the unemployed will no longer have jobs to go back to. Look for increasing calls for more government control , possibly including mandatory vaccinations. With corresponding citizen push back and increasing civil unrest. Shortages of essential items will increase with corresponding price increases. I’m not trying to be doom and gloom, but that is just how I see it.
Be prepared for the worst case scenario. GET OUT OF DEBT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Continue your preps based on your perception of the situation in your local area as well as world wide. Form Mutual Assistance Groups with like minded citizens. Find alternative means of income, especially if you are currently unemployed and living on the $600.00 a week federal unemployment assistance which will run out at the end of July. Mitch McConnell has stated that it will not be renewed. Educate yourself, and practice your prepper skills. And have faith in God.
For a good read while you are spending all this time at home, try this.
And finally, stay safe, trust in God, and never forget that self reliant people can always survive any challenge.
The knife is the primary survival tool. If you find yourself in a survival situation and can only have one tool, it needs to be a knife. Why? Because you can make things with it. You can make a fire, make a shelter, make weapons. A good knife is essential.
There are a lot of independent knife makers in the country. One of them, Todd Schexnayder of Hahnville Louisiana is one of them. Todd and I are served on the Army Pistol Team together, and he does great work. I have attached pictures of some his work for your review. If you are interested in his work, he can be contacted at email@example.com. So if you like what you see, drop Todd a line.
You can see more of his work on his Facebook knife works page at https://www.facebook.com/tschexnayder2/media_set?set=a.756809087687266&type=3
This a guest post from author Norman Bobby. His site can be located at https://gunandshooter.com/
When you look at the subject matter around preppers and firearms, you find some obvious pillars of importance. Preppers need continuity; reasonableness (which may not be a word) and efficacy.
In the grand scheme of things, that means more often than not, you go with tried and true firearms that are easy to maintain; built incredibly well and shoot a very popular caliber and that’s that.
In this article. We wanted to take a look at the market with a fresh set of eyes, not to overlook the obvious choices on purpose but to see if there are any additions that need to be considered by the prepper community in their quest for the perfect firearm.
A quick note: 15+ years ago, the author would not have included a 5.56 gun on this list, and instead opted for a .308 rifle either in bolt action or in semi auto, but with the proliferation of the 5.56 ammunition at low pricing; the obvious status of the AR clone as a mainstream firearm and the clear advantages of improvement in stopping power through understanding of ballistics and improvement in technology and engineering, that has changed.
It’s just not as ideal anymore to recommend a larger caliber weapon. When given the apocalyptic scenario most preppers envision as “worse case” can easily be handled by a more abundant, easier to handle caliber.
Remington 870 or substantially similar pump action shotgun in 12 gauge
Tough as nails; made to spec in the millions of volume; for decades; and relies on one of the most popular and readily available and inexpensive cartridges in the history of shooting. That is a pretty good place to start for the Remington 870. But that’s not all…it’s easy to handle; can be used for long-range hunting and can handle every game animal from birds to caribou if given the right ammunition; mindset and conditions.
The trick to succeeding in the Prepper market from a gun perspective is offering capability without compromise. You’d need to be judicious with your ammunition purchasing but it can be done without negatively affecting whatever type of animal you want to hunt.
It’s also a short-range winner and will stop any human threat.
The Remington was an arbitrary choice when looked at from a realistic perspective, but you could insert Mossberg 500/590 or Winchester or whoever you prefer there easily.
That also comes with some need for explanation: it wasn’t an ONLY arbitrary choice, choice. It was the best from a historical performance perspective that was still readily available to the public at good price points.
Remington 870 because of aftermarket support; historical performance and maintenance.
The workhorse of the modern Prepper’s gun stash, the 10-22 is accurate; proven historically, amazingly timeless in its aesthetic and build quality and inexpensive. It also shoots .22 LR cartridges which have been proven in awkward scenarios that they can be used for all manner of needs.
Hundreds of thousands of rounds have been shot through most of the available 10-22’s that span more than a single decade of use from a manufactured date perspective.
It’s cheap to outfit; everyone makes parts for them and the maintenance is best in class.
The high capacity, but still accurate platform makes it a must have in your home.
Having a Ruger 10-22 in your possession during a major event means your heavier firepower won’t have to be used and you will be optimizing bullet/cartridge usage during times of need.
You can reasonably take small game to over 100 yards with it; it’s unbelievably easy to maintain and it won’t stop working if you shoot too many rounds through it. Literally thousands of aftermarket parts exist for it; and everyone and their brother owns one. Besides, aren’t .22’s the best way to dispatch zombies anyway?
Kel-Tec PMR 30 (or their new .22LR variant)
This is a bit of an odd inclusion here, but the utility and overall novelty of the gun thus far pushes this into an unconventional list and makes you maybe wonder if the author has lost his mind.
The Magnum variant is concealable, offers great stopping power and hunting capabilities and is inexpensive relative to other market offerings that give substantially similar results.
It’s innovative and fun to use and despite having had some difficulties at launch it seems to have those problems ironed out now. The option to have a magnum 22 on your side or for small game hunting is fantastic, and yet, the rounds aren’t hard to come by in an emergency and it’s relatively easy to expect that a decent chunk of the population might have guns chambered in .22Mag and that you can scavenge ammo somewhere in dire situations.
You can also single shot .22 LR with the gun.
It’s probably a generation 5 Glock 19 too. As blasphemous as that may be to the seasoned prepper type, it just makes sense. Yes, you will not have the proliferation of parts on the market given many of them have changed in Gen 5, and you probably don’t get the benefits of the previous generation’s mag well designs, but you do get a gun that’s built nearly perfectly from a functional perspective and the good far outweighs the bad.
Rather than the 17, get the smaller framed variant which still takes nearly all Glock 9mm mags; shoots the ubiquitous and readily available 9mm Luger and can be handled by basically anyone from child to adult.
Proven reliable; durable; and made into the millions of copies this is a gun that won’t easily be outdone in your arsenal. It is also easy to maintain; inexpensive and accurate; reliable, and beloved by millions, so finding a part or service for the gun will be easy.
An AR15 clone
We aren’t going to waste time telling you about a specific AR clone. That’s boring and unnecessary, when it’s already likely you own one or you are contemplating ownership. It’s a foregone conclusion that it’s the most popular gun in America, and the very reasons it makes sense is that predictable boringness that comes from the AR 15 marketplace.
- Great caliber dynamics; readily available; cheap to shoot
- Modular; customizable easy to work on as an amateur
- Millions of parts floating around that bolt-on/drop-in
- Shoots accurately to 350 yards and can easily stop human targets as well as slay game animals up to about 400 lbs. if done right
If you call yourself a prepper and you don’t have an AR-15 yet, you’re probably behind the curve. Catch up.
A 308 rifle of some sort and a lever Action .45-70 of some type.
Both of these guns are not nearly as practical from an ongoing basis, but if you’re in the market for a group of prepper guns, these should probably occupy some time in your thought process if nothing else. Both offer moderate to intermediate shot stopping potential on targets that exceed the 350 lbs. range.
The rounds have been around for a very long time and you’ll be able to find them on the shelves of any sporting goods store, and 25% of American Gun owner’s closets.
They are understandable guns and built to endure heavy recoil and punishment over time, especially since they are both former U.S. Military calibers.
They aren’t ideal if you compare them to the above list, but they make sense of you want to cover the endpoints; or you’re looking for something else to spend your prepper gun dollars on. And by the way, stocking up ammunition and parts for these guns will run you a hefty premium, so those dollars would be spent quickly.
Buy guns that are easy to maintain and don’t suffer from ongoing problems; offer chamberings that are obvious and which can pull double duty as needed.
This is a guest post by Tadej Kozar. His website can be found at https://campingtentlovers.com . Although geared for the recreational camper, it has some good information for survival for groups.
Today we will talk about a type of tent that is a perfect shelter for a group of people or families. Cabin tents are one of the most popular large tents available on the market. These tents have walls so it is easy to move inside the tent and also do activities without bending.
If you want to have enough space on a camping trip you should read on to see how this type of tent can change your way of camping. You can also set it on your backyard and invite some friends to have a backyard party around the grill.
Let’s see how a cabin tent can help you to have a pleasant outdoor experience.
I will cover some features of a mentioned tent which you should know about before buying it.
Cabin tents are known for its large space and several rooms. In general, tents have just one room where you sleep. However, cabin tents are made for families who need more space and privacy. Think about going camping with the kids. I am sure you would love to have some privacy and your kids as well (especially if you have teenagers).
Tents that look like a cabin can also have more than one door for an easy entrance and exit.
You can pick a tent regarding the numbers of occupants. For example, if you have a 4 member family then you can pick a cabin tent for 4 campers. These types of tents can occupy from four to twelve people or more so choose the one that will have enough space for all of you.
Still, I recommend that you don’t limit yourself with an exact number of campers. A four-member family should pick a five or six-person tent as there is never enough space.
Heavier than other tents
These spacious tents are heavier than hiking or backpacking tents due to its largeness and a number of tent poles. So this is a shelter that isn’t appropriate for one-night camping or if you want to go outdoors on foot.
However, they are perfect for going in nature with a car or some other transportation vehicle.
Setting it up
These tents are not as easy to pitch as pop up tents of course. Setting up a cabin tent takes time and it is the best that you involve other campers to help you with this task. I recommend that you pitch the tent at home before going to the wild. This way you will be sure that there are no missing pieces and will be confident to have a shelter when you come to the campsite.
On which season are you going to camp? It is important to know if your tent is a 3-season or 4-season tent. A cabin tent is luxurious and feels like a home in the wild but still, you should pick the one that is appropriate for a camping season.
Camping in the spring, summer, and autumn isn’t so demanding as the weather is milder than in winter. In this case, you could look for a tent that is a 3-season tent. A 4-season cabin tent is a little bit different as it should have a higher hydrostatic head, is waterproof and water-resistant.
An all-year tent is heavier as it should withstand the heavy rain, snow, and strong winds. If you decide to go outdoors in winter don’t compromise on a tent’s price and get a 4-season shelter.
Tents with a cabin style have large windows in general. This is another great feature that reminds us of home. Large windows will give you enough light through the day and an opportunity to watch the animals. When you want to have more shade, you can close them as they have this ability.
A tent with screen porch
Cabin tents are made for a camping experience so campers can feel like at home. With this in mind, tent manufacturers make cabin tents with a screen porch. A porch is a wonderful feature to have as it will enable you to have a meal with your loved ones and enjoy watching nature. Get a folding table and chairs and place them here to enjoy throughout the day.
You can open the mesh of the porch or close it at evenings when mosquitos come along. It can be used for storing your camping equipment or personal items as well. This way you will have enough space inside the tent for sleeping and resting.
A Cabin Tent – Your Luxurious Outdoor Home
Dear camper, I am sure that on this point you have enough knowledge to know if this type of tent is what you are looking for. Cabin tents are large tents that are best to use for families or a group of people who won’t move a lot.
Think about tent’s features and how your camping trip will look like. If you want to have a long and relaxing vacation in nature with your friends, family or other campers, you should give a cabin tent a try.
For a large selection of tents for more that two people at great prices, check out Amazon here
This is a guest article by John Lewis, a blogger, survivalist and outdoor enthusiast. You can follow him over at Epic Wilderness.
Archery is a sport which does not cost you too much money, but still gets you physically and mentally fit. Many people are now moving towards archery equipment for hunting and survival because the cost of getting archery equipment is much lower than getting a firearm.
While you are in archery, the gear that you may need to invest in include bow stabilizers and bow sights. If you want to check out this gear, you can check out this blog here. This gear is tailored to get your aim right to that you can shoot your target accurately as many times as possible.
So, still thinking whether you want to acquire archery skills in your self-reliance journey? Here are 3 reasons to consider while making that decision.
Reason 1: Using it to hunt
Hunting in general is an important survival skill by itself too because you may need to obtain food sources while you are bugging out. If you have archery skills in the bag, it can help you hunt fish, bear or deer depending on your preference.
Also, bows are much more effective for hunting because of the low-level noise that it makes. For guns, you need silencers to make the noise bearable. Otherwise, the amount of noise you cause would catch unnecessary attention. Especially when you are hunting, if you are not careful enough and cause too much noise, your game will be aware of your presence and react accordingly.
But even for bows, you may want to invest in bow stabilizers to reduce the amount of noise that you make while shooting. Trust me, this is a worthwhile investment.
Even if your bow is not strong enough, you can aim to get small game like rodents and rabbits. Another aspect you can look into is to bowfish as well. To bowfish, you can add a line to the arrow but make sure that the line is sufficiently strong to carry weight.
Reason 2: Being able to build it yourself
This reason would be more in reference to practicality. When you are caught in a really bad disasters, we can reasonably assume that all supplies and equipment would be gone. Your access to bullets and firearms would be limited which means the next best ranged weapon to protect yourself would be your archery gear.
You can use a boot knife to craft wood that is strong enough such as oak or lemon trees into the base of your bow. Next, you need to utilize items like ropes or fishing lines to make your bowstring. If you are in the wilderness, you can use vines or strong fibrous stems and make it into your bowstring.
While things like sticks can be used to make arrows and stone chips can be the broadheads. If you want sharper broadheads, you can try to use glass by breaking a window or some glass bottle.
The goal is to make a bow and an arrow into something that can shoot accurately and consistently. Not to mention being able to make powerful shots too!
Reason 3: It is cost-effective!
So, there are two ways how getting archery gear is cost-effective. First, your archery gear is more versatile. The arrow can be used as a drill to help you with kindling a fire. The string for the bow can be used for other purposes such as a fishing line, to set traps or help build your survival shelter. This is in comparison with other gear of course.
Next, arrows can be reused again and again, until the fletches come off or the arrow-point becomes dull. To do this properly, you may want to choose an arrow which is made from durable materials. Usually, the body of an arrow is made from wood or carbon which are usually enough to sustain force.
You may also want to learn about the various arrow tips that are available such as using blunt tips for small game. People would get arrow-tips which are pointed with larger broadheads to do more lethal shooting.
After you are convinced about learning archery as a survival skill, it is time to delve into getting the best kind of gear. In looking out for a good stabilizer there are several things to consider including getting one with the perfect length and weight, ensuring that it is made from sufficiently durable stuff and ensure that it is adjustable (depending on your preference of course).
Getting the best gear would not end it all yet. You still have to find out how to utilize this gear to make your shots consistent and accurate. You have no choice but to practice shooting consistently and find out what works! If you have any other ideas you would like to share, feel free to comment below!
Like most preppers, I am constantly re evaluating my gear. And you should too. Situations and needs change. I still live on the edge of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert. And up to now, my basic brush blade has been my Nepalese Kukri. But some of my plans have changed, and I decided I needed a full bladed machete. I have always like the Kukri blade design. This type of blade was believed to have been first used by the ancient Greeks as a cavalry sword called a Kopis, itself derived from an agricultural tool. It it is also suspected that this design was introduced into Nepal during Alexander the Great’s invasion of India. Whether it was or not, this is an outstanding blade design. I decided to go with it when selecting a full blade machete.
It is important to understand the proper role of the machete. It does not replace a good ax or hatchet for chopping thick wood. It is designed to clear brush, cut smaller items of wood, and is useful as a close combat weapon.
I studied the reviews of the various models in this design and settled on the Schrade SCHKM1. I am glad I did. The blade is full tang and constructed of 3cr13 steel. This was a good choice because it has a good hardness but is soft enough to withstand constant high impact use. The blade came nice and sharp. The Kukri design allows for powerful chopping strokes. It has a blade length of 13.3 inches (33.8 cm) and a weight of 1 lb 6.6 ounces, and the blade is 1/8 inch thick. It is full tang. The holes in the blade are to lighten it and serve no real functional purpose unless you want to imitate the main character in “The Book of Eli”. I haven’t had the chance to put it through hard paces yet, but did trim some branches off a Palo Verde tree that was blown over in a recent monsoon storm. I like the balance and heft. The blade is thick powder coated and the handle is what Schrade calls their safe-t grip. It is rubberized and non slip. The handle has a front quillon which is extremely ergonomic and safe.
The scabbard is in itself well designed. Double stitched and designed to be worn on your belt with leg straps, slung over your back, or attached to your ruck. It also comes with a quality sharpening tool in a detachable pouch as well as a ferro rod fire starter.
If you are looking for a lightweight, well designed machete of the Kukri design, this would be a good selection. Available from Amazon.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest article by Trysh Sutton of Pure Path Essential Oils. I am in the process of expanding and upgrading my SHTF medical capabilities, and this is a brief but concise article that explains the contribution essential oils make to your medical planning.
When it comes to holistic health, there is nothing more beneficial and powerful than essential oils. Adding them to your survival kit is an easy way exponentially increase its versatility, without having to include several new, bulky items.
The wide range of uses and benefits they provide will help you to truly be prepared in ways you may not have considered to be important until now.
Here are the top four essential oils that everyone needs in their survival kit.
This oil is probably the first one you should buy for your survival kit because it is widely believed to be the most versatile essential oil, and with good reason.
Lavender is known for its host of benefits, from its antimicrobial properties to wound healing. Using lavender oil for cuts and scrapes will not only clean the wounds, but help to speed up the healing process.
Another huge benefit it provides is relieving pain. Whether it’s chronic or temporary pain, lavender can help to reduce the pain so you can move effectively without being distracted and limited by the discomfort.
Furthermore, when SHTF, there may come a moment when you or someone in your party will be under extreme stress which can cloud mental clarity and severely impact your ability to survive. Inhaling lavender oil will help to reduce stress and have you thinking much more clearly so you can make the best decisions for you and your family.
Peppermint oil is another essential oil that needs to be added to your survival kit to prepare you for everything that’s going to come your way.
For one, it is an incredible pick me up that is used by many athletes to boost their performance during competitions. Inhaling peppermint oil improves your breathing significantly and allows more oxygen to enter your lungs, drastically improving the performance of your muscles when you need them most. So if you’re feeling mentally or physically exhausted and need a quick boost, peppermint oil should be your go to.
Additionally, it has been shown to relieve nausea in minutes when inhaled so if you have someone prone to nausea in your party, that’s just another reason to keep a bottle in your kit.
Orange essential oil has antiseptic properties that makes it an ideal cleaning solution for wounds, thereby reducing the possibility of infection.
Like lavender, it is also an excellent intervention technique for dealing with pain, confirmed in a study by Arak University. In the study, it was found that inhaling orange oil significantly reduced pain in individuals with fractured limbs.
Clove essential oil is an amazing insect repellent which can be very useful when setting up camp in an area where mosquitoes and other insects are plentiful. Combine this oil with a carrier such as coconut oil or jojoba oil and apply to the exposed arm and leg areas.
Essential oils are compact, easy to use hacks that can help you in long list of ways when SHTF. Whether you need to clean a wound, reduce pain or boost your energy levels, adding these oils to your survival kit will allow you to make the best out of any situation that arises.
Editor’s note: This article is by guest author Jack Billington. Prepper fiction is becoming more popular in the prepper community. I will continue to occasional do reviews of it. I think it is useful,(besides the entertainment value) to analyze the scenarios and the player’s responses to see if they are realistic.
I just finished reading Forsaking Home, the fourth installment of the Survivalist Series by A. American. I really enjoyed the first three books in the series and was excited to see how things would work out for Morgan Carter and the rest of the gang. While I was not disappointed in the least, I was surprised how some of the events played out in Forsaking Home. It was not what I expected, although all of the loose ends from the previous three installments were tied together in this book which was a relief and a disappointment. I am glad to know how everything works out for Morgan and the cast of characters but I am bummed that things may have come to an end. I don’t know that this is the last book in the series or not. Things could be done for Morgan Carter but maybe Mr. American will let us know how the rebuilding of the United States goes eventually.
The first three installments of the Survivalist Series revealed the challenges that Morgan Carter faced after the collapse of the electrical grid across the United States. After a long journey, he finally made it back home to his family and made some great friends, and terrible enemies, along the way. Nothing could have prepared him for everything he has faced but between the relationships forged and the preparations that he did make, he is in much better shape than most. As the days continue on, Morgan, along with his friends and family, is forced to try harder and harder to provide the food, security, and hope that is necessary to continue to thrive. This is all on top of the DHS’ attempts to smother any resistence they get from those who do not want to conform to the government’s new rules of martial law, etc.
Forsaking Home takes us along as Morgan continues to try to keep his family and group alive and together in their newly established oasis by the river while Sarge and his self-titled band of misfits try to pull together an operation that will take down the DHS camp that is holding Jess and her friends captive (in the name of their own good of course). While things continue to be chaotic, there are many who wonder what the future holds and whether or not they will even survive to see. I think that compared to the previous three books there was perhaps a little less excitement overall but the story was still very captivating and I appreciated the realism in the behavior of the characters and the facts contained.
There were some great take away points that I highlighted as I was reading the book that I wanted to remember to share.
Point #1 – People will fight to the death for the food needed to survive (there may not be a greater truth).
Food is freedom. Control the food, control the people. While a lot of people don’t see it that way, if you think about our current situation, it really applies. How many people do you think have gone to the [DHS] camps because they are hungry?
Point #2 – The skills of the generations that came before us are what made their survival possible and their lives better. Knowing these skills could be the key to future survival if the grid did go down.
There’s decades of skills lost that would make our lives easier. The rush to make life easier, more convenient, overshadowed those skills, and we’re paying the price now.
Takeaway # 3 – The idea of preparing for the unknown is not crazy. Obviously the electrical grid has not collapsed but if it ever did (and it’s possible), it will be those who prepared who will survive.
You guys remember that show Doomsday Preppers? I used to watch that and laugh at those people. I thought they were all so crazy. But they were right. Everyone called them crazy, but they’re probably the best off out of any of us.
Among these points and the additional practical skills and knowledge that is shared in the book, one of the other things that I appreciated was the inclusion of a few characters that had used their bikes with trailers to travel and move their belongings after the majority of vehicles became useless. This is something that can be a useful tool for a prepper, not only as an alternate form of transportation but as a means of exercise and maintaining physical fitness for long term survival.
I truly enjoyed all four of the books in this series and can honestly say that I was anxiously awaiting the release of Forsaking Home. A. American continued to do a great job in the latest installment with the characters and the storyline. It is easy to relate to all of the characters and how they feel and function but there were definitely some that I almost feel like I had met before. As an example, Sarge and crew easily remind me of my time in the Army and several of the Soldiers who I worked with, not only in attitude but in the shenanigans department as well. For those who are interested in the Survival/Post-Apocalyptic Fiction genre or have thought about checking it out, the Survivalist Series by A. American would be well worth your time. Just make sure to order all the books at once because you will go through them quickly.
The Survivalist Series can be found through your local book retailer or online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Powell’s Books.
Author’s bio: Jack is a home security counselor & self-defense instructor. On Secret Storages, he writes about different shooting accessories: hearing protection, holster, glasses, etc.
A beginning Prepper will start out focusing on the basics: Beans/Bullets/Band Aids. And hopefully the training that goes with them. As time goes on and experience increases, he hopefully becomes more adept at identifying those threats that have the potential to cause him harm, and to start mitigating them. And expanding his equipment and supplies.
At some point you have to decide if a chemical/biological/nuclear threat scenario is something you need to concern yourself with. And that you need to equip for. Some preppers will, some wont. I covered protective masks some time back.
Emergent BioSolutions makes a product they call Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion. It has been used by the United States Government as well as other agencies. They sent me one of their packets, but I have decided not to open the packet. I will rely on published data instead. The purpose of these kits is to decontaminate your hands, arms, face, neck, and inside your protective mask in the event you are contaminated with a biological warfare agent. The agents that it will effectively neutralize are:
- Cyclohexyl Sarin
- HD (Mustard)
- T2 Toxin
The kits come with two packets, one blue, one green. The blue one is a training packet only. The green packet is the real deal.
The kit comes in a cardboard box with instructions.
So, do you need to invest in this product? Only you can answer that. I think that the threat of a localized terrorist biological attack is a legitimate concern. These packets are extremely light weight, small, fit easily in a shirt pocket, and by all accounts, effective. The negative side is that they are expensive at $50.00 a kit.
You can see a good You Tube video and learn more about this product here.
You can by the kits on Amazon
It is a common prepper mantra that redundancy is critical. Try not to ever rely on only one method to accomplish the critical. Fire making is a critical survival skill, and you should always have at least three methods on hand to start a fire.
A ferro rod should be in your survival kit along with other options such as lighters or matches. There are a lot of them out there. Sometimes you get them free as part of another item or set. Sometimes they are individually free-standing. But they are everywhere in various sizes and grades of efficiency. When Survival Hax asked if I would like to review theirs, I said sure. They import a number of reasonably priced but quality made survival item, and I have reviewed a number of their items before, all with good results. But I was wondering what could make a ferro rod fire starter worth $20.00. When the package arrived and I opened it, I found out.
This thing is BIG! The ferro rod is six inches long. In seriously cold weather, with most ferro rod fire starters you would need to take your gloves off to properly manipulate them because of their size. Not this rod. It is big enough that you should be able to manipulate it in extremely cold weather with mittens on. THAT is what makes a ferro rod fire starter worth $20.00.
In addition to the large size of the rod, it comes with an excellently designed striker, which has a serrated half-moon striking surface. It is long enough to get good leverage and create a good shower of sparks. It also functions as a bottle opener and hex wrench.
Attached to it is a small waterproof capsule with cotton tinder inside. Although a bit small, it suffices for the intended job. Especially with the amount of sparks you can generate on the large rod. Personally, I keep cotton ball impregnated with Vaseline in old medicine plastic cases for my tender. Holding the whole set together is a large roll of 550 cord, which has a small whistle on the end.
This is an outstanding fire starter. The size allows you to use it effectively even with thick gloves on, and it is of high quality. If you are only going to have one ferro rod fire starter, this one should be it!
This is a guest article by Anthony Maldonado
There are plenty of outdoor activities. Some want to practice outdoor sports, some enjoy just running in nature, some want to go for hunting and some would enjoy just a picnic in nature or camping under the stars. It is very healthy to spend some time in nature. That way we clear our mind from the negative thoughts and release all the negativity. Our muscles relax and our lungs fill with fresh air. With the everyday use of the technology and working all week-long, we try to reconnect with our roots and spend some time in nature in order to recharge our batteries and have plenty of energy for the tasks we have to do. Most of the people want to use the free time they have to spend some time in nature with their friends and family and have a good time. They decide for some outdoor activity and enjoy the benefits they get from spending some time in nature.
Before deciding on any outdoor you need to prepare and take the equipment needed in order to avoid some impediments that will ruin your time in nature. In this article, we offer 7 best survival gadgets for your outdoor needs.
- Gadget number one – Personal water filter – There is no life without water, so you need to take plenty of water with you when you spend some time outdoors. Sometimes it happens that you run out of water, so the personal water filter is a must have gadget with you when spending some time outdoors. Our bodies need to be hydrated so that they can work properly. This tool can be found online or in many shops. It is not very expensive. With the personal water filter you can drink any water you find near you. The filter filters the water and after that the water is safe or drinking. So, when you consider some outdoor activity make sure you do not run out of water or just take the personal water filter.
- Gadget number two – A flashlight and a battery charger – During darkness, you will need a flashlight with you. When spending time camping or maybe doing some other outdoor activity you should have a flashlight and some batteries for it. Rechargeable batteries will need a battery charger in case the ones you have do not work. A solar battery charger will be perfect for charging your batteries for your outdoor needs.
- Gadget number three – A lighter – Whether you smoke or not you definitely should have a lighter with you. It is very useful not only for lighting your cigarettes but also for starting a fire. You may need to get warm or you can use the fire as a source of light.
- Gadget number four – A hand warmer – When your hands are cold you are unable to perform the activities you need to do. When our hands are warm we are able to do important tasks. Hand warming devices are easy to use; they are re-usable and can be used 12 hours straight. They make your hands warm faster than using gloves.
- Gadget number five – Sun oven – This might be a more expensive gadget, but it will definitely serve you if you want to spend some time outdoors and prepare the food in nature by yourself. This oven uses the sun lights as energy and heats up to 200 degrees Celsius. You can prepare some food using this oven and enjoy your time outdoors.
- Gadget number six – A gun – This may not be something that will come to your mind when you want to spend some time relaxing in nature, but it is something you must have with you. There are many animals in nature, especially in the woods. Animals see people as a threat and they just want to protect themselves so you need to have a gun with you in order to defend yourself from the possible danger.
- Gadget number seven – First aid kit – When spending some time outdoors, you must have a first aid kit with you in case of accidents, or maybe if bitten by an insect, if you cut yourself accidentally and so on. Also have some disinfectant swith you and bandages in case you got wounded. You never know what may happen. It is better to be prepared.
Anthony Maldonado has over Thirty (30) years of experience in the field of hunting, sports and self-defense related fields. Now he keeps on doing it through teaching others about how to prepare and DIY. He is an expert in the area of DIY. He is presently working at his tenbesttipz.com
This is a guest article by Billy Trotter, a knife designer in the UK. His website is at: https://perkinknives.com/
Sure, you may have never even thought about sharpening your knife before, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. In fact, that means that you should definitely do it. No two ways about that, really. Otherwise, a few months will simply pass, and before you even know it, all your knives are dull and pretty much useless in the grand scheme of things. Now that isn’t a desirable situation by any means. Especially if you’re the kind of person who uses your knives a lot.
Now, whether it’s for a stainless steel folding knife or a survival knife, knives on the whole do require a great deal of care and looking after. If you happen to be a knife enthusiast, you will most certainly know exactly what I am talking about. If you don’t know even a single knife care tip, having so many knives is really not going to be of much use, whatsoever. Making yourself aware of a few vital tips is pretty much the first step towards taking good care of your knife or knife set.
On that very note, let us take a good look at some of the most important knife care tips:-
- Testing your knife with a piece of paper: Though it may sound a bit silly to some of you out there, this is the best way of figuring out whether they really need to be sharpened or not. If the knife cleanly cuts through, then you know for sure that you’ve found the razor edge that you need.
- For sharpening, start with a paring knife: In this regard, it is recommended that you start with a much lighter and smaller 8-10 inch plastic paring knife. Also, remember to try and avoid any knives that happen to have bolsters. That is one aspect that you cannot afford to forget about.
- Honing your knife is just as important as sharpening it: Don’t automatically assume that just because a knife isn’t cutting cleanly means it isn’t sharp. The sharp edge might have rolled over, or it may even be out of alignment. Make sure that you use a honing steel to fix a rolled edge.
- Apply more pressure when sharpening: One of the most common knife sharpening mistakes is a lack of properly applied pressure. You need to make sure that you are applying the proper amount of pressure.
- The angle of sharpening does matter: If you take a look at all the expert knife sharpeners, you will see that all of them use specific degrees for particular tasks. It is as simple as that, provided you want to achieve as much accuracy as possible. Like splitting chickens would be about 20 degrees and cutting cucumbers would be about 10.
At the end of the day, be it getting to know and implementing different types of sharpening, or slowly getting on your way to becoming a master bladesmith, you need to take care of your knives in every way possible. After all, what’s the point of getting some of the most expensive and exquisite knives on the market if you’re not going to take good care of them and simply neglect them?
Apart from the above tips, make sure that you know exactly which of them are most important for your knife in particular and focus on those tips in particular. After all, not all knives are made equally or from the same materials. Keeping that fact in mind at all times is a must.
For additional information on blade sharpening equipment, check our article “Sharpen Those Blades”
Many preppers spend much time and money preparing for extreme problems such as SHTF or even TEOTWAWKI. They sometimes forget that prepping is as much involved in day-to-day survival as the extreme catastrophes. Most of us spend a considerable amount of time in our autos, but many people fail to have a proper emergency kit in them. Survival Hax makes a good basic roadside emergency kit to get you started.
When I received my example from Survival Hax, I opened it up and laid out the contents. Here is what comes in it.
- Bungee Cords x 3
- Jumper Cables x 1
- Cable Ties x 15
- PVC Tape x 1
- Flashlight x 1
- Fire Starter Flint x 1
- Long Candle x 1
- Gloves with grippers x 1
- 9 in 1 Multitool x 1
- Tire Pressure Guage x 1
- Reflective Safety Vest x 1
- Light Sticks x 2
- 8″ Crescent Wrench x 1
- 9 Foot Tow Rope x 1
- Reflective Warning Triangle x 1
- Rain Poncho x 1
- Glassbreaker / Seatbelt Cutter Tool x 1
- Emergency Whistle x 1
It also comes with a first aid kit which I will cover shortly.
The bag it comes in has reflective tape and closes with a velcro handle. It also has room to add more items which I will cover shortly. The reflective safety vest and rain poncho are pretty basic. They will do the job, probably more than once, but were not meant for sustained use. They will help keep you safe fixing a flat on the side of the road. The warning triangle is a good item. It gives oncoming traffic warning that they are coming up on a stalled vehicle and to drive accordingly. It is especially good if you are just around a curve, and you put it out a bit back from the curve. The glassbreaker/seatbelt cutter seems adequate for the job, but this item should be kept up in the driver compartment with you. It will help you escape your car if your seatbelt or window are stuck. But only if you have it with you. The flashlight is a battery free squeeze generator type and would help you to deal with emergencies at night, as well as the light sticks. The 8″ crescent wrench seems to be basically functional and well made, but I haven’t actually tested it. The bungee cords and twist ties would have a number of functional uses. The jumper cables are pretty light duty but similar to what you would buy at Wall Mart. The whistle, fire starter, and emergency candle would be useful if you were stranded somewhere for a while, but you would really need a lot more in an emergency survival kit. Tire pressure gauge and whistle are self-explanatory. The roll of electrical tape would have many uses. The tow strap looks good enough to perhaps tow a mid-sized vehicle on a paved road, but it is not a heavy-duty strap
The one item that I was particularly impressed with is the multi tool. This is a very well made item. The handle is slightly rounded, and stainless steel. The blade could use a good sharpening, but that is an easy fix. Really a good little tool. Finally, the gloves are interesting with their rubber grip buds. They will do fine to keep your hands clean while changing a tire.
The First Aid Kit
I treated this separately because I think a first aid kit for an auto is an essential item. Here is the packing list for the kit.
- Gauze Pads x 4
- Band-Aids x 20
- Alcohol Prep Pad x 6
- Tourniquet x 1
- Antiseptic Wipes x 4
- Scissors x 1
- First-Aid Tape x 1
- Metal Tweezers x 1
- Mylar Blanket x 1
- Elastic Bandage (small) x 1
- Elastic Bandage (large) x 1
- PVC Gloves x 1
As you can see from the contents, this is a pretty basic kit for minor injuries. I recommend that you upgrade it with some serious bandages such as the Israeli combat bandage. If you are on medication, you should add at least two days to a week’s worth and rotate them out regularly. A better tourniquet would also be recommended.
As for additional items to add to the kit , I would recommend a basic tool kit.
Keep in mind that pre made kits like this have items that are meant to get you through an individual emergency, and not necessarily to hang through a year of SHTF or TEOTWAWKI.
This kit normally retails for $49.95, but If you buy this kit on Amazon here, you can get a $25.00 discount using the promo code OFROAD50 at checkout.
I think that this is an excellent starter kit for someone who has no emergency roadside kit set up. It has a lot of the basics you would need for safety, and you can add additional items to suit your individual needs. Using the promo code this kit will only cost you $25.00 which is a lot less than buying the items individually. I think it is a good buy for the price.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
My father taught me this poem as a child. I can still recite it. At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918 the most horrendous war the world had seen up to that time ended. Unless you are a military historian, most people do not understand the horrific carnage that raged in Europe between 1914 and 1918. It was the first World War. I have been to the battlefield in Verdun France. The local farmers were still carrying gas masks to protect against the occasional gas shell that could still be dug up.
November 11 is celebrated in the United States as Veterans Day. It is also celebrated in the UK and Commonwealth countries as Remembrance Day. We celebrate it to honor all veterans of the armed forces. Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May, remembers all who gave their lives for our country in war. Replica poppies are often worn on both sides of the Atlantic to remember our veterans.
It is important to remember the sacrifices of our nations veterans in all of our past and ongoing wars. But the value of veterans is not only in what they have already done, but in what they are capable of doing. The United States of America was founded by veterans. Many of them veterans of the British Army in the French and Indian wars. Many of various European armies and continental wars. And up until recent years, veterans played a dominant role in government.
The United States is going through a major political crisis right now. Last November middle America began waking up to the economic and political disaster we had become after eight years of Obama supported by 30 years or more of leftist indoctrination in our education system, and elected Donald Trump. Since that election, we have seen just how deep the corrosion and criminality of the Deep State and the mainstream of both parties had gone. And they will do everything they can to reverse that trend, legal or not.
The potential of serious upheaval in this country is the reason the Founders put the Second Amendment into our Constitution. And the ongoing series of wars this country has been involved in has given us a tremendous number of combat veterans.
Every member of the Armed Forces takes an oath to defend the CONSTITUTION against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. And millions of them are highly armed and remember that oath. And will live by it.
That is a factor that the Deep State, the corrupt establishment of both parties, and the Marxist/Leftist likes of ANTIFA need to remember.
Happy Veterans Day
This is a guest article by Will Bermudez
“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst!” This already famous truism is the perfect advice for all humanity: the smartest thing to do to ensure our survival is to have a strategy for the times when such planning will be required. One may hope those times will never come, but being ready for any circumstances is a moral duty. One essential detail you need to think about when developing a survival strategy – whether if it is for living in the wild or for surviving a natural disaster – is sleeping arrangements. Depending on your needs, you’ll be inclined to choose between a mattress and a sleeping pad. I tried both options, and I can’t decisively swing over one or another. They both have numerous pros. But in the end, the choice is based on individual preferences. That’s why I put together a short guide to help you consider vital factors when making your purchase of either a mattress or a pad – or both.
Whether you want a thin sleeping pad or a thick air mattress, seek the most comfortable option according to your needs. If you have health issues, allergies or back pains or you just have to sleep in a specific position, choose the product that addresses your problem. Read the descriptions of the products carefully; ask the retailer for more details and, most importantly, read the buyers’ reviews. Test the pad or the mattress, if you have the possibility, for at least 15 minutes, in your favorite sleeping position.
Think storage and transportation
Modern pads and mattresses are designed to pack small, especially the outdoors models. Some pads pack to the size of a soda can. Deflated mattresses take little space in backpacks as well. But remember that you should focus on quality: the ultra-light ones may not offer the same sleep experience as the full body length ones. Sometimes too thin can mean a hard bed; too large, and the pad or mattress is difficult to carry. Considering you’ll probably sleep on the ground or the floor of a shelter, you should go for a thicker product, but still easy to transport.
Think materials and durability
The sleeping pad & mattress industry has evolved a lot over the past decades in all aspects – materials, weight, versatility, features. Pads are usually made of dense foam filled with tiny closed air cells. Most airbeds are made of PVC and other leading-edge materials meant to increase their durability. A thicker PVC layer (0.6 mm, for instance) offers better insulation, but can also bring extra weight. Good news is that lately, manufacturers went for fumes-free materials for airbeds, which reduces the safety concerns regarding the chemicals in these products.
Think power source
Consider the fact that you may not have an electric power source or that the one you have might get cut off. Thus, if you want to choose an air mattress, look for a self-sufficient product that can be inflated manually, or that can work on batteries as well.
Think quality and price
Try to find the best brands on the market, the ones that have been around for a long while and have developed a wide range of models, making them better and more affordable. Research thoroughly what others have to say about a particular product or brand; TryMattress recommends checking the website of the manufacturer and even the social media accounts since many people choose to give reviews on these networks. Last but not least, consider the fact that a good and reliable product will not be cheap, but it will be a long-term investment in your safety and comfort.
Publisher’s note: Amazon carries a good selection of sleeping pads and air mattresses.
Again. A church was attacked. 26 people, some children were murdered. As usual, the liberal cry of “gun control” rings out, ignoring that the murderer was stopped by two honest citizens with guns before he could continue the carnage.
Christian churches and Jewish Synagogues have come increasingly under attack in recent years. Many preppers worship at one or the other. But oddly enough, people who will prep to the max and arm to the teeth will often not even consider proper security measure where they worship. It is a combination of the psychological trust that God will protect them, as well as the idea that a House of Worship is meant to be an open and welcoming atmosphere available to all, and that proper security measures would hinder this. There was a time in this country when even a hard-bitten criminal might hesitate to commit a crime in a religious place. Those days are long gone.
And there is a reason I know this. In my real life, I am in the security industry. I have a degree in Industrial Retail Security. I am a member of the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS) one of the largest security organizations in the world. I hold their Physical Security Professional Certification, which is one of the most difficult to acquire security certifications in the world.
But more importantly, in the context of this article, I am the Chair of the Phoenix Chapter ASIS House of Worship Committee. And we provide FREE security surveys and advice to any House of Worship that requests it. Notice the emphasis on the word FREE. And I am about as busy in this role as a Maytag Repairman.
Most large churches in this country have quietly adopted a security posture. Some have gone as far as to actually incorporate in-house security guards. Some hire outside security for services. But it is the medium and smaller churches and synagogues that are sadly lacking in proper security. And need it the most. Many of my comments below may ruffle some feathers, but ruffled feathers beat the hell out of a bullet to the head.
There is no such thing as perfect security. But there is a lot that medium and small-sized religious house can do to mitigate the threat.
First, accept the fact that it CAN happen to you!
Yes, you Pastor and your flock. And why not? It has been happening in churches all across the country for some time now. What makes you and your church more special than anyone else? I am not trying to offend anyone here, but it is time for the religious community to WAKE UP and accept the fact that they are targets, and perceived as soft targets, for criminals, the mentally disturbed, and terrorists.
Second, Get Organized
Take stock of your assets. Does your congregation have active or retired Law Enforcement Officers? Military? Combat veterans? Form a Security and Safety Committee. This would be made up of the Senior Pastor and whatever security expertise you may have in the congregation. Take stock of your current situation. Where is your church located? Out in the country? High crime district? If you want some good crime statistics of your local neighborhood, ask your local police. Or you can purchase an in-depth report from CAP INDEX at https://capindex.com/ . It may cost you a little, but it is in-depth and compares your community to surrounding areas. Do a complete and proper physical security survey of your church or facility. If you have members of your congregation who has experience doing these, so much the better. If not, see if you have a local ASIS chapter nearby that will do one for free. Or ask your local police department if they will do one. If nothing else, hire a professional security consultant to do one. Trust me, it will be worth it. A professional physical security survey will show you your vulnerabilities and will show you how to avoid all kinds of pitfalls ranging from local ordinance violation to avoiding theft of your offerings up to mitigating an active shooter situation.
Third, Start Planning
By now your Security and Safety Committee should have a pretty good idea of your assets and vulnerabilities. If you have active Law Enforcement in your congregation, see if they will rotate being armed and in uniform posted in the lobby or out front during services. Get to know your local police department. See if they will use your parking lot during services to do their paperwork or when taking breaks. An armed uniformed presence is a serious discouragement to active shooters. They are called predators for a reason, and are looking for soft targets that will get them the most body count.
All church staff should have an understanding of situational awareness. Ushers and greeters should be especially alert. At least one member of the Security and Safety Committee should be tasked with keeping abreast of current trends in regards to church security. A few people should be trained in advanced first aid, and supplies kept on hand. If you have older parishioners, a defibrillator would be a good idea. There is a tremendous amount of free information from security organizations on the web. You need to develop plans for various contingencies and train for them. How do you evacuate in case of fire? If an active shooter situation occurs, who calls 911?, How is the children’s center secured? What is the evacuation plan? Etc. And rehearse those plans. Here is a link to an ASIS pdf document that has a number of recommendations for church security.
The Subject of Firearms in the Church
This is a delicate subject but one that needs careful consideration. Do you want an armed presence during services? I believe that the best defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun who is trained to use it. Much of this will depend on your location, and the various laws that apply to your jurisdiction. It will also depend on the culture of your organization. This is a subject that the Security and Safety Committee needs to take a hard look at. Exactly who do you want to be armed during services? And under what set of rules.
This is a very short article on a very complex subject, and my intent is to make members of religious organizations think. This barely touches the surface of the issues involved. Christians and Jews especially are under increasing attack in this country from the mentally deranged and political and religious fanatics. Our Sanctuaries are no longer safe.