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How To Make A Slingbow – Learn How To Make A Slingbow

In this video you’ll learn how to make a slingbow

A sling-bow is basically a slingshot that’s altered to shoot arrows.  They are pretty powerful depending on what materials you use to construct them with, and can be made on a very slim budget. So without further ado lets begin!

You’ll need:

  1. A sling shot
  2. A golf tee
  3. An O-ring
  4. Two medium zip ties
  5. An old beat up arrow
  6. A few strips of duck tape

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The first thing you need to do is to prep the sling shot.  The first step in doing this is to take off the existing elastic bands, and discard them.  Next take your heavy duty replacement bands and trim them until there’s 1 inch of band for every 5 inches of arrow.

For example I trimmed my bands to 5 1/2 inches, and they work perfectly with my 25” arrows.  Next put your bands on and leaving a quarter inch to a half inch of extra band extending at the end.  To test pull it back to it’s max draw and have someone measure the distance from the pocket to the extra bit of band on the sling shot.

You want this number to be less than the length of the arrow by one or two inches.

DIY Slingbow

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The arrow rest is what is going to hold the arrow before and during the release.  You want the O-ring, to be perfectly vertical, so to do that you first need to put one of the zip ties through the O-ring and then around the end tag of the elastic band like in the picture above.

Don’t tighten it all the way yet, we’ll get to that later. Then next to get the ring to stand vertical you need to counter twist the other zip tie. If you are confused at this point just reference the pictures above.

Now tighten the zip ties until the ring is right in the center, and vertical.

If you need further instructions check out the original article here, http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Sling-Bow/step8/The-Nock/

Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

What to do before and during your purchase

If you are a prepper and just starting out, then one of the tools which you are sure to acquire is a gun. Yet, for those which have never purchased a gun, the process may be a little frustrating. There are a few things which must be considered prior to and during your purchase. Here is a list of the top considerations you need to have in line before and during a gun purchase.

Before you Purchase a gun

Before you purchase a gun, you need to select the gun which is appropriate for you. Now, if you do not have a gun then you will need to find a way in which to test various guns to find the perfect fit. There are a few ways in which you can do this.

  1. Find a friend that has a few different guns and ask to shoot them. Ensure that the person that has the guns knows what he/she is doing. You do not want to kill yourself just because you and the person that owns the guns thought it would be fun to unload a few rounds.

 

  1. Go to a firing range and ask if they can instruct you. Typically, you can find someone that will be able to match a gun to your needs, your build, and your ability.

Planning your Purchase

Remember that when you go to purchase a gun that you are entering into a commercial space. The person that is selling you the gun is going to try to up sell whatever they can to get the most profit from you. Do a bit of research on the various guns which are available. As with any commercialized product there are different makes and models available as well as different bells and whistles for each. This does not mean that you have to purchase these things. Do not get bamboozled by the salesman which is trying to get more on their commission and profits.

Once you have picked the gun or rifle that you want, then you need to ensure that you have the proper paperwork in place to purchase the gun. Where Hollywood would make it sound as if you can just go into a pawn shop or a gun shop and slap down a bit of money and get a gun that day, the reality of the situation is that you will have to have your paperwork processed and that the paperwork will have to clear before you can pick up your gun. In most cases this will take 7 days or more. To help expedite the process have:

  • Your gun safety license or a copy of the license
  • Your driver’s license and a secondary proof of Identity
  • The cash to pay for the gun
  • A background Check printout on you

The last point is essential in helping things along. Most of the delay that you will find is a result of the governmental stipulations requiring that all those which purchase a firearm have a background check conducted. Where the establishment may require a new background check, it may not if you have a notarized and authentic source for your background check.

Purchasing your gun

Again, I really want to drive the point home that you will be purchasing from someone that is not concerned with your safety and how you shoot the gun. They are concerned with your dollars and you leaving the store legally with a weapon. That is it. When you go in to purchase a gun, you need to have in mind the type of gun and the features which you will want to have on the gun. Be sure to ask about warranties, different models, and ask about the cost of ammunition and upkeep for the particular model that you select. If you are choosing a Glock or another similar gun which is notorious for not having a safety, ensure that you acquire a trigger lock or another way to ensure that you do not accidently fire the gun.

Gun stores love preppers, for some reason they think that the majority of us are ill informed theorist. This has, unfortunately, led to many gun providers offering over the top guns to those that make it known that they are prepping. Keep it to yourself that you are planning for a catastrophic event. Instead use terms like “I want some extra defense” or “what is your best long range hunting rifle”. You may want to consider stating that “I have a bit of precision training and I want a gun that has a bit more power than a (put gun type here).” The more informed you are the better you will be in getting things accomplished.

It is part of your plan so plan wisely

You do not want to look like a novice when you go to pick out a gun. Look like you have been there before and that you have a firm grasp on weaponry. The worse thing that you can say when you go to purchase your first gun is “I have never purchased a gun before and need a little bit of help” or something to the equivalent. Yes, you can ask questions and yes it is important to get help on a topic if you do not understand what is being stated. However, you do not want to be the target of every sales person that says you must have this and that in order to have a prepper ready arsenal.

TIP: Where gun purchasing does take time and there is usually a waiting period, you can usually purchase your ammunition the day that you go to a store. If you are certain that you are going to get a particular gun, go ahead and start buying up the ammunition for it. As the amount of boxes you can purchase is limited, buying now and later will give you more bullets.

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10 Ways You’ll Fall In Love With A Prepper

10 Ways You'll Fall In Love With A Prepper

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Becoming more knowledgeable about preppers and their lifestyle will reveal how beneficial they are to society as a whole.

They focus on an individual lifestyle and fight for everyone’s freedom. Freedom to preppers includes freedom from government dependence, so they keep resources available to them to ensure they can be self-sustainable.

This way of life was normal, and even necessary for survival, only a few generations ago, yet modern thinking has shunned the entire notion of it.

Benefits of the prepping lifestyle

A true prepper is an independent, free-thinking, innovative individual who devotes a good amount of time to stocking resources and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sustainable.

They conserve resources and wealth in contrast to most modern people today.

Most importantly, they highlight valid arguments against the seemingly invincible modern way of life.

1. Preppers have their own resources.

They have built an entire lifestyle revolving around having a stock of all necessary resources. If you are in need of some necessary or basic resource, then it is very likely your prepper friend already has the item.

Even in times of non-emergency having resources handy can be extremely helpful. For example, if a low-key storm happens to knock your power out then a prepper will likely have a generator or some strategy for continuing on with the day.

If you need a particular ingredient for dinner, there will be no trip to the store for that one item. Instead, it is probably already in your prepper’s stock room.

2. They are handy.

Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.

9 reasons I won't be trusting the government any time soonA good prepper has a strong knowledge base encompassing various skills that are useful in everyday life. From preparing meals from scratch to knowing the best fishing spots, the information a prepper acquires will prove to be helpful in the most unexpected ways.

3. They are generally conservative with their money and resources

Preppers are great partners because they are experts at cutting costs and reducing waste. Prepping strategy involves buying in bulk which will save money and leave you with plenty of spare resources.

Learning valuable skills, such as growing your own food or general car maintenance will also help reduce costs. By cutting wasteful spending and focusing on the future, you will have more money to save, invest, and prepare.

4. They are prepared for much more than just catastrophe.

The prepping that is done to protect from an apocalypse situation can also be just the thing that helps you pull through losing your job, the death of a loved one, or unexpected major medical expenses.

These situations are extremely common and you should most certainly expect to deal with at least one of these challenges during your lifetime.

Despite how likely we are to experience these events, most people fail to prepare for these events and have extreme difficulty recovering financially. Having plans and resources available will help you through.

5. They are realistic.

Most techniques that preppers use were actually historically necessary to survive not too long ago.

For example, in your grandmother’s early adulthood, she probably canned food for the winter, had guns in the house for protection, and may have even had a garden to help provide food.

Only a few generations ago people were much more independent and realistic about their needs. Back then it was not considered prepping, but living. Without planning for the future, you were doomed to fail.

6. They fight for freedom.

The Democratic Party usually argues for social freedoms, whereas Republicans promote economic freedom. Survivalists and preppers fight for all around freedom.

This group has been ostracized by the media and government and labeled as outcasts, doom-seekers, and even domestic terrorists. They strive for less government dependence and have viewpoints more in line with our founding fathers versus the modern socialistic trend.

7. They can be your insurance plan.

Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.

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They make plans, store up stock, gather resources, and ensure their safety during any kind of natural disaster, economic collapse, or even total societal meltdown. Though it is much wiser to prepare for yourself, if some emergency does happen then you will know right where to turn.

8. They help the entire community.

Even if you yourself don’t have an emergency kit or supplies, having survivalists in your community greatly increases your chances of survival in a disaster situation.

The more preppers you have in your community the more likely your area can survive any disaster or economic collapse. Together a group of preppers provide the area with a variety of imperative survival skills, stocked resources for immediate needs, and of course the ingenuity needed to rebuild.

9. They are independent.

A skilled prepper has all of the necessary resources he needs to survive on his own, independent of any external situation. They have learned to become problem-solvers, innovative, and most importantly, self-reliant.

They generally live their lives without the desire or need to be told what to do, and love the individualism within others as well. They tend to favor freedom, socially and economically, and are rarely swayed by twisted politics.

10. They see the world differently.

Preppers and survivalists alike have the knowledge of what it really takes to survive in a completely different world.

Today’s modern human does not take into consideration how convenient and easy meeting our basic needs has become. Preppers, on the other hand, tend to appreciate resources, hard work, and luxury much more than the average person.

They generally shy away from the excessive consumption and waste culture we have created today. A person with a greater appreciation for everything in life is generally a happier person.

Preppers have been portrayed by the main media and government as loners and crazy doomsday-seekers, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are numerous advantages that preppers provide to not only their community but also to the nation as a whole for fighting for our freedoms and independent lifestyles. There are countless ways you will fall in love with a prepper, these ten just top the list!

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9 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Relying on the Government Any Time Soon

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We live in an age when an increasing number of people are relying on the government.

Reliance on the government does not just extend to social welfare programs; even middle class people are taking advantage of the ‘free’ public education and low cost health care insurance programs that their taxes fund.

However, there are a multitude of reasons that many of us insist on doing for ourselves. Here are the top nine.

1. The Government Can be Heavy-Handed.

Is anyone else concerned about increasing the scope of power that a small amount of oligarchs wields over us? Every day brings a new example of Big Government telling people what to do with their most intimate lives.

For example, in some states the government has done away with all exemptions for vaccination.

If you want your children in a public school or a state-funded hospital (and they’re all state-funded now), you have to let them decide how your children are raised. Rather than biting the hand that feeds you, stop taking the food.

2. The Government Is Inefficient.

Anyone who has been in the military or any government service can attest to the immense amount of paperwork needed for even the smallest decisions.

Committees of experts and a team of consultants are necessary to make a decision on what color of toilet paper to put in the restrooms.

Government employees spend their days in meetings and pushing papers, with very little actually getting done. Depending on a government program for any necessity means becoming yet another piece of paper on a desk somewhere.

3. The Government Wastes Money.

Bureaucracy is expensive.

All of those paper pushers sit on government-funded chairs at government-funded desks writing on government-funded laptops and then take home government-funded paychecks.

Most tax dollars are spent on all of the people working in big shiny buildings before they ever reach the intended target.

Sure, a lot of us are paying taxes for these services we will never use.

However, it is usually impossible to avoid taxes. It is, however, possible to avoid becoming another drain on tax dollars.

When fewer people use government services, the government will have less of an excuse for its blatant waste of funds.

4. The Government Is Always Late.

Hurricane Katrina is a fine example of the government being a day late and a dollar short.

People waited for Uncle Sam to dig them out of the wreckage left behind but no one came until the formerly world-renowned city of New Orleans was a cesspool of sewage, looters, and rotting bodies.

They’ve done little more than damage control since then; the waterfront has still not been rebuilt and many levees remain in such poor condition that another hurricane might cause the same situation.

5. The Government is Corrupt.

You might as well send a check to the mafia every month; they probably have less overhead.

There are a few people who can successfully depend on the government, but they’re lobbyists and the cronies of our representatives.

Unless you can afford to pay off a few senators, the government cannot be relied upon.

Even worse, collectivist government programs are where some of the worst and most egregious corruption occurs.

Contractors for bridges and roads, for example, are chosen by who they know and how many minorities work in the back office while the well-connected CEO pockets millions.

When you rely on the government for anything at all, you are feeding the beast.

6. The Government Doesn’t Care.

Anyone who thinks that the government cares about the people it claims to help needs a reality check.

click here to saveOur soldiers come back to find there are no resources for even the decent care of their battle wounds. Young widows and infirm widows are cut off of needed benefits over paperwork errors every day.

The government doesn’t care about your kid or your grandma. Institutions are not people; they do not have a heart or emotions. Only people can care, and that’s why charity is best handled in our own homes and neighborhoods.

7. These Benefits Won’t Be Around Forever.

Don’t get too comfortable relying on the government to handle the distribution of aid and benefits.

Programs like Social Security are being driven into the ground and costing far more than the benefits paid–and far more than taxpayers can financially sustain.

The programs simply cannot continue to exist in their current form. Smart people don’t let themselves become dependent on aid that is, at best, temporary.

8. There Is Pride in Self-Sufficiency.

If you’ve ever seen a four-year-old feed the chickens or complete even the simplest chore, you have seen pride. Yet somehow our society beats this important human feeling out of us by adulthood.

We forget how good it feels to do things ourselves.

Refuse to let go of that simple joy.

Taking care of yourself and your own is sometimes difficult, sometimes a sacrifice, and always worth it.

9. I Don’t Need To.

Even the best and most hardworking people of our times have an odd sense of entitlement.

It’s easy to see how this develops.

Most Americans work hard and pay their fair share; it’s only right to expect something in return. However, there was a time when government dollars were not a fact of life.

People maintained their own roads, grew much of their food, and lived without carefully tracked and rationed public utilities we now take for granted.

I can run my life just fine without government assistance, so I will.

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Top 10 Forums For Survivalists

Top 10 Forums For Survivalists

We wanted to create a list of the Top 10 Forums For Survivalists because we previously made a post of the top 20 websites for survivalists that has gotten a lot of positive comments. We didn’t want to leave out the forums, because they are different than traditional websites so we felt that it was important for us to share forums as a separate post.

Becoming a survivalist is not so much as a destination as it is an ongoing journey. A true survivalist is constantly looking for ways to not only improve their prep gear, but to also find the absolute best information wherever they can get it.

Anyone that wants to be a true survivalist should take a look at these top 10 forums that will help them answer major questions, find the newest gear, discuss pertinent news stories, and enjoy a sense of community with like-minded individuals.

1. Americanpreppersnetwork.net/

American Preppers Network is a comprehensive website that will be useful for those that are new survival techniques as well as highly-trained preppers that have been living this lifestyle for years.

The forums are filled with helpful threads covering everything from basic 3-day kits to simple tips for surviving in different environments. Users also maintain a working map of upcoming expos, items for bartering, and meetups.

2. Zombiehunters.org/forum

While the name may sound a bit odd, Zombie Hunters is actually one of the most popular survivalist forums to-date and has been going strong for over 12 years.

In addition to basic tips and suggestions, there are also a number of relaxed threads with funny, interesting, and though-provoking “what if” questions about certain survival situations such as getting caught in traffic during a zombie apocalypse.

3. Prepperforums.net

Prepperforums.net has recently undergone a major renovation with a clean, responsive, and intuitive layout.

Members will be able to find any information that they will need on bug out bags, survival kits, hunting tips, and more. The highly-active community also discusses current news and events from around the world with a focus on how it may affect their prepping.

4. Wildwoodsurvival.com/_jthy/

Survivalists that want to avoid the frills or unnecessary discussions may enjoy Wildwood Survival forums.

This website breaks down its forums into basic categories such as shelter, fire, tracking, and foraging. The discussions often focus on a specific location such as the Pacific Northwest, and then offers tips and suggestions for surviving in that area.

5. Bladeforums.com/forums/

These forums do focus on knives, hatchets, and other bladed tools, but it also has quite a bit of information for the survivalist.

Every survivalist is going to have at least a handful of blades on them at all times, and the members of these forums offer in-depth reviews of various bladed products and can even help survivalists save money with upcoming sales and redemption codes.

6. Thesurvivalmom.com

The Survival Mom is a sister site to American Preppers Network and focused on busy mothers that use a minimalistic approach to their prepping.

While the layout is geared towards women, anyone can join the forums and enter into discussions on survival products, upcoming sales, foraging, home gardening, and countless other topics. This is one of the best websites for those that are prepping on a strict budget.

7. Survivalistboards.com

Survivalist Boards is another comprehensive site for those that are ready to get serious about their survivalist mentality. The community is extremely active and members continue to help one another with everything from new bargains on gear to trades and bartering.

As an added bonus, Survivalist Boards also has regular giveaways for active members with prizes such as new knives, backpacks, flashlights, stoves, and more.

8. Survivalcache.com

This website is useful in the fact that it covers many of the topics that a survivalist may wonder about but is generally not covered in other forums.

The primary focus of Survival Cache are the products that most preppers will want to acquire with regular reviews done by members and moderators. he forums are primarily used to discuss recent articles or make suggestions on what future articles members would like to see.

9. AR15.com/forums

Much like the name implies, the AR15.com forums focus on the guns, ammo, and knives for survivalists. Members often post their experience with certain guns and how they feel those weapons would hold up in a survival situation.

While there is quite a bit of information on AR-15s, members will be able to find broad information on other guns and manufacturers including pistols, AK-47s, precision rifles, and hunting rifles.

10. Wilderness-survival.net/forums/

The Wilderness Survival forums covers some of the highly-specific skills that a survivalist will need when out in the wild.

The discussions often bypass the basics and move directly into more advanced information such as the medicinal uses of specific plants or how to make emergency repairs on specific vehicles. Overall, these forums are a great option for the advanced survivalist.

Becoming a true survivalist is about constantly searching for the best information, new techniques, and advanced gear that can be used to survive and thrive in any situation.

These 10 forums are great places for preppers and survivalists to collect information as they move toward self-sufficiency.

 

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The 5 Best Concealed Carry Tips for Responsible Gun Owners

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Now that you have decided to begin carrying a concealed weapon, you will want to do this in the safest manner possible. Your point is to protect yourself and your family from negative outside influences, so you do not want your weapon to be a detriment to your safety, and it doesn’t have to be. You can carry a concealed weapon and prevent unfortunate disasters from occurring. The way to do this is to follow these five best concealed-carry tips for responsible gun owners such as yourself.

Tip #1: Practice Wearing Your Concealed Weapon Around the House.

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People who receive this advice opt not to take it because they believe it is silly, but this tip is actually very important because it allows you to become accustomed to the feel of the holster before you go out in public. Therefore, before you take your first step outside with your new concealed weapon, wear it around the house first. Be conscious of how it feels when you sit down and stand up. Notice when you make movements that cause the holster to shift. This preparation will help you find the best way to wear your holster when you are out in public so that there aren’t any embarrassing scenes.

Tip #2: Practice Wearing Different Types of Holsters.

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You may find that you don’t like the way your holster feels. The simple solution to this problem is to purchase a new holster. You have many options, so try wearing several different holsters until you find one that is the most comfortable for you. The holster is so important that you may wish to find the right one before you purchase a firearm. Those who ignore this tip find that they would rather leave their concealed weapons at home because they don’t enjoy how their holsters feel. This will not happen to you if you choose the right holster before you start wearing it in public.

Tip #3: Don’t Touch Your Weapon.

People who do not follow the first tip will also break this third tip. It’s very important that you do not touch your weapon because if you do, others will be aware of the fact that you are carrying a concealed weapon. This occurs most often because people aren’t used to how the holster feels, and they can’t resist the temptation to constantly adjust it. When you believe that your holster is out of place, you must wait until you are in a private area to readjust it so that you can avoid accidentally exposing your weapon to other people.

Tip #4: Practice Drawing Your Weapon at Home.

You cannot perform too many practice maneuvers with your new gun and holster, so make sure that you practice drawing your concealed weapon from its hiding place in the safety of your home. If you have never done this before, it will be very awkward for you when the need presents itself out in public. This can lead to mistakes that can turn out to have unintended consequences in the end. To prevent this, make sure that you are comfortable taking your gun out in every possible situation. Also, practice these movements when you are wearing different types of clothing because it is going to feel one way when you are wearing light summer clothes and entirely different when you are wearing a heavy coat.

Tip #5: Don’t Tell Everyone That You Have a Concealed Weapon.

It will not be necessary for you to conceal the fact that you have a weapon if you are telling everyone that you are carrying it, so don’t do this. Of course, you will want to inform your spouse that you have a concealed weapon along with close friends and family, but this is information that the rest of the public shouldn’t know. If people who wish to do you or your family harm learn that you have a gun before you are ready to tell them yourself, they could obtain the upper hand. Prevent this scenario by keeping your concealed weapon a well-guarded secret.

3 Things to Include in Your In Your Bug Out Vehicle

In an ideal situation, you will have everything from your BOB to your BOL to your BOV preset and ready to go in a SHTF scenario. The problem is that most people do not live in the ideal world.

Most people nowadays live from paycheck to paycheck with minimal money that is free to use as they please. So, your BOV (bug out vehicle) is likely going to be a vehicle that is used on an everyday basis.

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That being said, it might be a little difficult to keep your entire bug out readiness equipment and essentials stockpiled in the vehicle. If you are one of the many that this rule applies to, you will likely have limited long-term storage space.

There are three main things that need to be kept and stockpiled in your vehicle at all times, just in case a SHTF scenario occurs.

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By no means am I suggesting that you go get plastered while driving to your BOL (bug out location). Keeping a half gallon of the cheapest vodka you can buy could actually save your life.

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Vodka is a great disinfectant when you do not have any other way to sterilize equipment. If you get injured, you can pour it onto the wound, and it will help kill some of the infection that could occur.

Vodka is also extremely flammable. In a situation where you need fire in a hurry, pouring a little vodka and then lighting a flame will almost light up the sky.

Vodka can also be used as a temporary pain reliever or sedative (or sedative). There are many ways that this substance can be used in a SHTF scenario, but you have to remember that it is not meant to party with! 

Never too many Tools

When you think of tools, you probably think of hammer, nails and drills.

When I say tools, I mean hammer, nails, drills, sockets, wrenches and every other tool that you can possible fit into the area.

If you need to build a temporary shelter, tools can come in handy. If you break down on the side of the road, tools can get you going again.

If you need to climb, dig, hide, break into an abandoned house, tools will come in handy. The need for tools is going to be never-ending, so you should start gathering them now.


Not only will tools be handy for survival, but they will also be in great demand if there is a need to rebuild civilization. Having equipment to build homes, beds, furniture and more could almost guarantee you a place in a civilized group.

Remember, most groups will not accept new members who cannot contribute to the group as a whole. 

Weapons and Ammo

Not that you will necessarily have to shoot someone, but that you may need to get some food or protect your family.

While you BOB will likely have some ammo and weapons, it will likely be very little compared to what you can store in your vehicle.

You can never have enough protection and hunting equipment. Also, there is a great chance that when SHTF gun ammo will be as good as gold when it comes to the barter system.

Not everyone will have been as prepared as you, and they will need ammo to get food for themselves or their families, and that is where an abundance of the cheapest ammo that you can find will be handy.

You might even have enough stockpiled to gain some comfort items with the crappy ammo that you have stored for this exact circumstance. 

In an ideal situation, you will have things like tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, lighters, fuel, ammo, food, water and everything else in your vehicle.

If you cannot spare a vehicle to keep stockpiled, make sure that you have your BOB ready to go and your vehicle filled with things that you will need to acquire the fundamentals for surviving the SHTF situation. 

What else would you include in your Bug Out Vehicle? Leave a comment below!

Improvised Armor and How It Could Save Your Life

Today I’m going to talk about improvised armor, or maybe in some circumstances “augmentation armor”. Most body armor on the market today (including ours) is geared for shooting situations. Not surprising, since they are designed to withstand bullets. Some styles however, are also knife resistant.

This is the only short-fall I have come up with for our soft plate, as they are not rated against knives at all. The steel plates, obviously, will stop a bladed weapon.

However, in *most* shooting situations, the attacker is most likely to place his shots in the “center mass”, or chest. Several reason for this, such as when a person who is lacking in training and/or experience in a firefight starts pumping adrenaline, he aims at the person.

Not any particular point on that person, and that means (usually) the torso. Most of our vital organs are contained in the top 12 inches or so, which is why the standard plate size is 10X12.

Would a hit below your plate still be lethal? Could be, but with medical help available, it’s much more likely to be survivable then a hit to the chest. All this to explain why most body armor is confined to the upper torso.

Now, if you’re planning for a firefight, that’s all well and good. If what you’re trying to be prepared for is a situation where you may need protection for a trip to the grocery store, maybe a street fight setting, there is (in my mind) a glaring short-fall.

A common weapon in street fights is a knife, and most knife fighters don’t thrust at the top 12 inches of your chest. They aim for the lower torso, where there are no ribs to hinder their blade, or they slash at your face and arms.

So what do we do about that?

Well, there are a whole host of knife resistant materials out there, some of which I’m looking into for manufacturing a line of knife protection. Still in the works though.

But let’s assume for a moment that you don’t have any of this protective gear. Maybe it’s too expensive, maybe you just didn’t think you’d need it, or whatever reason you may have.

Now we’re in a situation where you’re worried about being knifed on the way to work for the contents of your lunch box, or for the gas in your car, the shoes on your feet, or whatever.

Use your imagination.

What can you do? In it’s earliest forms, armor was designed to repel bladed objects. All of our modern stuff is really just designed to match the threat of advancing fire-arm technology. 

You want to protect against a blade, just get back to basics.

The basics of blocking a knife, is that you just need enough between it and your skin to absorb the force of the attack. And let’s face it, in this sort of scenario, if your attacker suddenly finds his best weapon in-effective and you show a bit of resistance yourself, he’ll probably move on for a “softer” target.

So what can you use? Well, as I said, one of the most vulnerable places in your abdomen. So put something under your shirt. Got a piece of wood? No? Go take the fronts off your kitchen drawers, they’ll work nicely.

Appropriately sized cookie sheet? Nice place to start, although some of them are a bit thin. We’ll come back to that.

How about doggy chews? I mean the real raw hide ones?

Some of the earliest armors were made of leather or raw hide, depending on the goal of that particular piece. I have a pit bull. He likes the big raw hide rolls that are roughly 8 inches across. If you soak one of these in water, unroll it, maybe form it a bit of you want to get fancy and let it dry.

If you really want to be sure of it, go for multiple layers, but there’s some serious stopping power in raw hide. Regular leather works well too, but it needs to be thicker, since it’s softer. If you have a way to layer the tanned leather with the raw hide, with an adhesive, then you’re really gonna be talkin’.

Another thing that you probably have in abundance: Paper. Yes, I said use paper to thwart a knife attack. The ancient Greeks used linen, and they had to stop spear thrusts, from trained warriors. Not just a knife jab from a street tough. The key is layers.

If you don’t trust me, go get your phone book (if you have one) and try to stab through it.

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Back when I was young and… Ok, youngER and MORE foolish, some friends and I were messing around with a Dirk, trying to stab it into a ream of paper. I can attest to paper’s resistance to stabs. And you don’t even need a whole ream of paper under your shirt.

Grab a couple issues of Southern Living, maybe tape them together.

At the VERY least, you’re talking about reducing the energy from a knife thrust so you get very limited penetration in your wound. Best idea yet? Get a composite put together, using paper, leather, raw hide, whatever you can come up with.

Get yourself a knife and to some experimenting. Now, briefly (since I’ve covered the different materials already) let’s talk about other areas of your body you might want to “harden”.

First one that comes to my mind is your fore-arms. Face it, someone slashes at you, a pretty good instinct is to block it with your fore-arm. Even with no armor, you’re better off taking a slice to the arm than to the neck or face. Better yet is if you’ve had a bit of defense training and can avoid the blade all together. But sometimes you get cut, and you don’t need to.

Especially if you have reason to prepare for trouble ahead of time. All of the materials I listed above for your abdomen can be used on your arm. Ok, the drawer fronts might be pushing it… Drawer sides are a bit less awkward… Laugh all you want, but a board strapped to the outside of your fore-arm will protect you, awkward or not.

Obviously though, if you expect trouble, less awkward is better.

None the less, samurai used wooden bracers for their armor. Smaller pieces, strapped together so they can form around your arm. They don’t have to be as thick as a piece on your belly, we’re not talking about the same amount of force being applied.

Slashing attacks are quick and not intended to penetrate deep into the victim. Raw hide would work well here, and could be formed to your arm very well indeed.

Anybody seen World War Z?

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That’s when Brad Pitt wraps the magazine around his wrist to protect against zombie bites? Yeah, works here too.

Really desperate? If you can get away with it without the wife taking your head off (kinda defeats the purpose of what we’re talking about here…) You can use the flat-ware, taped our bound together in some fashion around your arm.

Odd? Yeah. Ugly? Yep.

Stop a knife slice and keep you alive? Sure will.

The bottom line is, your imagination is really your only limit in this endeavor. If you’re really serious about it, create a system and test it, just like any other emergency prep skill. Best learned and tried BEFORE you need it.

Oh, just don’t test it while you’re wearing it. Please? I don’t want angry letters blaming someone’s injuries on me cause I told them to test their armor. But that’s the basics of “hardening” your body against knife attacks.

Hopefully next week I can start talking about hardening your house!

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Body Armor Basics

Several months ago, I started wondering about Body Armor. Let’s face it, one of the things you can expect in a post-collapse society is people willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want. Or to have a bit of “fun”.

Having Body Armor would give you a valuable edge in such a situation, and I think we can all agree, we want every edge we can get. So I started shopping around online, looking for bullet proof vests. When I started to find them, they were the full chin-to-shin set ups for buku duckies, and quite frankly, not what I was looking for.

Then there were the ones called “carriers”, priced anywhere from $50-$150, and I thought “there’s no way it’s that cheap”. I finally realized that these were nothing more than vests with pockets that you can put armor plates into.

I was disappointed.

I was looking for just a basic bullet proof vest, and no-one seemed to carry them (I have found some since, but I’ll discuss later why they got a thumbs down). Then I got a belated Christmas present from my dad. He had pre-ordered the Survival Summit webinar, a copy for himself, and one for me. I highly recommend this resource, it’s put out by The Prepper Project, at www.theprepperproject.com.

One of the topics discussed was Body Armor!

This is where I got my basic understanding of modern Body Armor, and I’ve managed to expand my knowledge somewhat since.

Turns out, vests are pretty much a thing of the past. The ones you can get are, by necessity, constructed of flexible materiel, such as Kevlar or something similar.

This gives the vest the ability to move with the wearer, but limits it somewhat in stopping power.

I haven’t found any soft armor vests that are rated above a IIIA, and those are precious few and pricey. Most of them tend to be level II, and I wanted at least level III. Ok, let’s back up.

What does Level IIIA mean?

These are ballistic ratings, established by the National Institute of Justice. The following link is to the NIJ publication on Ballistic Resistance Standards. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/223054.pdf They start at the lowest rating, IIA, and progress through II, IIIA, III and IV.

Basically, to be a IIA, the armor has to stop 9mm, and .40 caliber, Level II has to stop 9mm and .357 magnum. IIIA has to stop all the above and up to .44 magnum. So far, these are all pistol rounds. To make the jump to the higher velocities of rifle cartridges, you have to go to Level III, which is rated to stop anything up to and including 7.62mm (rough equivalent to .308) FMJ rounds. Level IV is rated for .30 caliber Armor Piercing rounds. Now you start to see why I passed over the Level II vests earlier in my search.

My understanding of things thus far, is that there are very few Level IV plates capable of stopping multiple hits, and they are very expensive. We’re talking $250 for one plate, at the lowest price I’ve found. And so, I was left debating between a plate that can take multiple hits of *almost anything you throw at it, or something that will stand up to an AP round, then be pretty well worthless. I decided the probability of facing an AP round was fairly low, so I looked at Level III armor.

There are basically three types of armor out there, steel, ceramic, and flexible. There’s lots of different flexible plates out there, and not all are created equal. I happen to think the one’s offered by AR500 armor (my supplier) are not only an excellent value, but at the forefront of the industry.

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When it comes to steel vs. ceramic, there are several things to consider. First in my mind, ceramic plates have a shelf life. That’s right, even if they never take a hit they eventually wear out. This has mostly to do with the material used to contain the ceramic tiles that make up the plate, and bind them together. T

hey also are susceptible to high temperatures. So if you’re a police officer who keeps an “active shooter vest” in the trunk of his squad car just in case, you may need to check it every once in a while, or there’s a good chance it could fail you when you need it. The other big problem with ceramic plates is cost. I have not been able to find a ceramic level III plate the falls under $200.

Maybe that’s no big deal for you, but for me, it’s definitely a factor.

Oh, one more thing about ceramics. Remember I said they were made up of tiles? Well, that’s how they dissipate the energy from the round. The specific tile hit shatters, resulting in spent energy absorbed from the bullet. So now you have a vest with a spot approximately 2″ square that is unprotected. Maybe you’re not concerned with multiple hits, but for me that’s a problem. The plus side to ceramic is that it’s extremely light.

I’m talking, floats in water kinda light.

*Edit – since publishing this article, I am informed that the floating plates I saw were not ceramic, they were a modern type of polyethylene. This is a new type of armor to me, and I am currently researching it. Ceramic plates usually run about 5lbs*

Ask any LEO you know, wearing armor gets hot and heavy, so for you, it may be worth it to have a vest that won’t weigh you down. On to Steel. ar500 is not just the name of the company for whom I am a certified dealer, it’s a quality rating of steel.

When people go to the range and shoot steel targets, they are made of ar500 steel. This steel is crafted and tempered to such a high strength that a bullet cannot penetrate it. (Ok, not all bullets. See the balistic ratings above). It is multi-hit capable.

The only times I’ve seen penetration by anything short of an AP round was when a test placed two .308 round virtually on top of each other at 20 yards, which just isn’t a likely real life scenario.

There are two major drawbacks to steel armor.

One is the weight. Where ceramic plates are light enough to float, steel plates usually weigh around 8-9 pounds each.

The other big problem they have is called Spalling, or Fragmentation. Essentially, when the bullet hits a plate harder than itself, the energy of that projectile is spent by the bullet itself exploding, and turning into shrapnel flying out in a 360 degree pattern, roughly on the plane of the plate it struck. Now, take a moment, stand up from your computer and take a stance like you’re holding a rifle. Or pistol.

Doesn’t matter.

Think about what is in the plane of your chest plate.There’s the major arteries in your biceps (remember your first aid class where you found that pressure point to stop the bleeding? It can work the other way too). Also, and maybe even more important, your neck (if you have good shooting form) may be forward of your chest.

That’s scary. Needless to say, the problem of spalling as a BIG problem. This is what a box looks like when you shoot a bare steel plate inside of it.

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Enter modern technology. There have been many attempts to mitigate the spalling effect off of a steel plate.

Some of the more basic ones are nothing more than trying to beef up the construction of your plate carrier, in the hopes that it will contain it. I even saw one guy that puts a light gauge metal plate over the top of his steel plate. The theory was that the fragments will lack the energy to pierce the sheet metal, since they will have less energy than the whole round. Seemed to work well enough. But there are a few companies that have moved to a type of plastic coating.

Really more of a really stiff rubber. The coating is strong enough to catch and contain all bullet fragments from multiple hits, effectively dealing with the spalling.

In my opinion.

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You can see the bulges where the coating contained the fragments of all the bullets. And so, these are some of the basics of Body Armor, along with some of my reasoning about what I shop for and what I sell.

8 Simple Steps to Throwing Knives Like a Professional

Step 1) Watch This Video

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Step 2) Order Your Knives Today and Start Practicing

Where to Order The Knives Mentioned in The Video

Gil Hibben Tanto Thrower Triple Knife Set

Gil Hibben Tanto Thrower Triple Knife Set

Set 3 Ninja Stealth Black Throwing Knives with Nylon Case

Ninja Stealth Black Throwing Knives

How to Throw a Knife Like a Professional

Throwing a knife like a professional is not any different than most other things. You need proper instructions and a lot of practice. The fundamental throwing movement for throwing a knife is not complicated. In the video above you saw how simple it can be.

By getting familiar with the technicalities of the throw and practicing them on a consistent basis you will improve your knife throwing ability. Striking a target with perfect accuracy needs several thousand reiterations and all it takes it practice so keep that in mind.

To throw a knife like a professional you will need to follow some of the instructions as given below:

 

1- At first, you will want to hold the knife on the tip side to be fixed between the thumb and index finger. You will want the tip should pointed towards the palm. You will want to remember to ALWAYS avoid double edged knives because they will scratch you.

2- Next you will want to stand with your shoulders upright and put a foot a step in front of the other one. If you are throwing with your left hand, step your right foot forward and vice versa.

3- Position both your arms at the goal and stick the eyes on the striking point.

4- Lift your throwing arm leisurely straight upward and then move it rearward so that the knife is at the back of your head.

5- Snap the throwing knife forward speedily. As you move your arm down instantly, swing your weight from the back foot to the front foot.

6- Maintain your wrist in a straight line and your shoulder immobile all through the knife throwing motion. Just one arm should be in motion.

7- Liberate the knife when it contacts the discharge point.

8- Trail through. Carry on stirring the throwing arm next to the unchanged path after you liberate the knife. It will assist it link to the target.

A final note, when practicing throwing knives, be sure to use different blades. Once you master one throwing knife, switch to a different one. With enough time, you will be able to pick up a random blade and be able to throw it perfectly without a thought. You will have created muscle memory.

Have you tried throwing knives?