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Survivalist Cody Lundin Sues Discovery over Dual Survival Controversy

This is an article that we came across that was originally posted on

It’s something that we have seen over the last few months, even years and wanted to share more with you.

Be careful who you are following and picking up tips from when it comes to off grid living and survivalism. It can be the difference between living and dying.


Former “Dual Survival” host Cody Lundin is suing the Discovery Network, claiming the scripted survival show’s producers purposely made him look incompetent and paired him with a problemed soldier who threatened to kill him on multiple occasions.

The trouble came to a head during the filming of the fourth season of “Dual Survival,” after the Discovery Network fired Lundin from the show and then made it seem like the Survivalist could not hack it during the so-called “wilderness survival situations”. But according to Lundin, the show producers may have been putting the crews, and the viewers lives at risk.

In a Facebook post, shortly after he was fired, Lundin wrote on his Facebook Page,

“It’s shocking to me that Discovery would treat anyone in this manner,” he wrote. “Programming of this nature must be produced and marketed in a responsible manner with the highest level of regard for the safety and health of the hosts, production personnel, and members of the viewing public. I have shared this message with them many times. Failure to observe this standard could have tragic consequences that, with proper precaution, can be avoided. There can be no compromise when dealing with people’s lives.”

Shortly after he told TV Guide:

“You’re dealing with people who have no experience in my profession who are making a show on survival skills,” Lundin says. “They asked me many, many times to do stupid s–t that I refused to do. ‘Fall into cold water so you can get hypothermic.’ ‘Scale that cliff.’ ‘Can you climb that coconut tree?’ I try not to put out dangerous s–t that’s going to be replicated by someone to their detriment. They hated me for it.”

In the suit against Discovery, Lundin is claiming producers made it look like he was losing it during filming; but Lundin claims the real problem came after co-host Joe Teti waved an ice axe around while threatening to bury Lundin on a mountain in Norway. He also claims that while shooting in Hawaii, Teti threatened to impale him with a spear.

Lundin alleges Teti, a former CIA operative with a disputed military record, said, “You better not blow this for me … I think you know what is going to happen to you,” TMZ reports. Lundin claims Teti showed him pictures of people he killed while in the CIA.

The bizarre saga of Discovery Channel reality star Joe Teti has taken many twists since he replaced the original Dual Survival co-host Dave Canterbury.

Almost immediately Teti became embroiled in controversy after a number of his former military commanders accused the host of padding his military resume, some going as far as accusing him of lying about his combat record and violating Stolen Valor laws.

According to a number of his former military commanders, Teti has been embellishing and perpetuating falsehoods about his military career.

“He’s an embarrassment to the Regiment,” retired Army Sgt. Maj. George Davenport told the Army Times in October 2014. “Teti was renounced by the Special Forces Association after nearly two dozen Special Forces soldiers accused him of misconduct. “He is no longer a member and cannot rejoin,” retired Army Col. Jack Tobin told the publication.

The Discovery Network has refused to comment on the lawsuit, or why Teti was eventually fired from the show and then barred from entering the Discovery Networks headquarters.


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10 Best Books About Survival Part 2

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the 10 Best Books About Survival

this is part 2 of the “Best Books About Survival” list we have.

For part 1, visit the link here –> 10 Best Books About Survival

As a continuation we’re going to start at number 5…

5) SAS Survival Guide  

SAS Survival Handbook
This bestselling survival handbook written by ex-Special Air Service survival expert John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman contains some of the most reliable and respected survival info available.

From old-school navigation skills to up-to-date technologies like GPS, you can learn survival skills for any climate, on land or at sea. Disaster survival and other contemporary topics have been added to more recent additions of this popular and trusted book.

4) When All Hell Breaks Loose 

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When All Hell Breaks Loose 
Another great read from Cody Lundin is his 2009 disaster survival guide, When All Hell Breaks Loose.

For those that liked 98.6 Degrees, you’ll love this large book filled with disaster preps and emergency skills. With topics ranging from bugging out, to building an emergency outdoor kitchen, to dealing with a dead body, there is a wealth of information covered in this very detailed book. This is not just a disaster survival or urban survival book; there are lessons in here for almost any type of emergency. This is one of my favorite books.

3) Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants 

Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
Every survival library needs a copy of this book, and so does every Bug Out Bag. The 400 plants described in this book are found throughout the eastern half of the U.S., with many of them growing coast to coast.

This concise book tells you which wild plants to use for salad, tea, root vegetables, and many other foraged foods. Don’t let the black and white line drawings deter you.

This book has the details and an extensive number of plants that many slick-looking books with color photos are lacking. Never go hungry again with this book in your pocket.

2) Tom Brown’s Field Guide To Wilderness Survival 

Tom Brown’s Field Guide To Wilderness Survival
This back-to-basics book shows you how to take care of shelter, water, fire, food, tools, and supplies, along with instructions on identifying wild edible plants, tanning hides, improving your archery skills and much more.

This book, along with the author’s score of other books, have created an East Coast survival skills phenomenon.

1) The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook  

Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
This handbook by Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C, is a very detailed medical book, full of technical info written in easily understood language.

This book caters to the outdoorsy crowd and covers many scenarios that you would commonly face while in the wilderness. Muscular and skeletal injuries, toxins, cold injuries, dental problems, and many other ailments and injuries are explained and a variety of treatments are offered.

If this book doesn’t keep you in one piece on the way to the doctor, nothing will.


For part 1, visit the link here –> 10 Best Books About Survival

10 Best Books About Survival

Looking for the 10 Best Books About Survival?

You’re in the right place if you’re looking for the best books about survival.

10) Your Survival

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Your Survival   
This manual by Dr. Bob Arnot and Mark Cohen is a simple, easy-to-read book focusing on disaster survival. The book is broken into three sections that provide advice “Before Disaster Strikes,” “During an Emergency,” and “After the Crisis.”

This book is packed with expert tips and helpful checklists so you can purchase and organize your food, first aid equipment, and supplies. As a bonus, the book comes with a 90-minute disaster preparedness video that the whole family should watch.


9) How To Stay Alive In The Woods   

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How To Stay Alive In The Woods   
This Bradford Angier book is an absolute classic, and the small paperback can be easily tucked into your gear and taken along for the trip. The content is fairly solid, though the drawings leave you a little short on the details of certain skills like setting traps and fire building.

Although the language is somewhat dated now (it was written in 1956), the book has one great thing going for it: The information is evergreen. That is, the skills presented have anyways worked and always will work. If you are lucky, this little book might be all you ever need.

8) Outdoor Survival Skills  

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This is the book that started my obsession with survival skills. I was 16 years old when I first bought Larry Dean Olsen’s Outdoor Survival Skills. This is a solid little wilderness survival book that shows us that less is sometimes more.

The book teaches Native American-inspired skill sets to acquire shelter, water, food, fire, tools, and much more. With this book you can effectively learn how to make string, archery tackle, and even functional friction fire equipment. Over the years, I’ve actively field-tested the lessons in this book, successfully replicating the skills outlined in its pages. If I can do it, so can you.

7) The Survival Handbook

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The Survival Handbook   
The Survival Handbook, by Colin Towell, is exactly what you would expect from the looks of it. This big book is a thorough study in all things survival. From different scenarios to different climates, the book covers the global skills you would need to survive in a wide variety of conditions and regions.

The contemporary writing and illustrations make this book attractive to younger readers, but the skills are the same as the those you would find in a more venerable book. If you can afford only one survival manual, this might be the one for you.

6) 98.6 Degrees  

98.6 degrees

98.6 Degrees
Cody Lundin’s first book, 98.6 Degrees, may be the ultimate “survival kit” book. It explains the physiological needs for certain things, and then explains the gear required to provide for these needs. With humorous text from Lundin and quirky drawings from professional cartoonist Russ Miller, the book is loaded with legitimate backcountry expertise presented in a memorable way.

This book may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s one of the most highly rated survival books to come out in recent years. If you like survivalist/naturalist Cody Lundin on the “Dual Survival” television show, then you’ll probably enjoy the skills and techniques taught in his book.f

click here for part 2 of 10 Best Books About Survival.


City Tells Veteran He Will be Arrested if He Continues to Live Off the Grid [VIDEO]

Wow, wow, wow.

It seems like every single day the world is getting worse and worse for us within the USA who want to live off the grid.

The city of Huntsville, AL has told a couple who are living completely off their land that if they continue, they will be arrested for trespassing on their own land. You read that right, trespassing on their own land.

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Military veteran Tyler Truitt, along with his girlfriend, has setup his home on two acres inside the Huntsville city limit. He uses a solar system to supply the property with power and collects rain water.

However, Huntsville is telling him that if he doesn’t get hooked up to city water and power, he could be arrested. According to local media coverage:

“They came and they condemned our house and told us if we stayed here we’d be arrested for trespassing on our own property, and the reason why is, they said, it was unsafe living conditions because we don’t have city utilities hooked up,” Truitt explained.

The former military member says he just wants the freedoms he swore he’d protect.

“I took an oath that I would support and defend the constitution and the freedoms that entails, and I really feel like those are being trampled upon,” Truitt said.

Truitt is prepared to fight for his property. “You have to stand up for what you believe in. They could come out here today if they wanted to and take us to jail for trespassing if that’s what they want to call it and, you know, that’d be fine with me. I’ll still come back the next day and the next day and the next day because it’s my home and because I live here. Where else am I supposed to go really?”

The city is currently in the process of suing Truitt along with the criminal threats.


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This Tent Will Change The Way We Think Of Camping! You Have To See This!

The future of camping is already here. It’s called The Orange Solar Tent and it brings technology and nature together at last.

United States design firm, Kaleidoscope, teamed up with UK telecommunications company, Orange Communications, to bring this idea to life.

The tents were originally designed for use at music festivals such as the Glastonbury Festival in the UK, but they would be perfect for camping anywhere at all.

Watch the video below to see how it works.


#1 Future Of Camping

Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication bring us this revolutionary new tent.


#2 Sleeps 4

These tents can be deceiving, comfortably sleeping 4.


#3 Festivals

Originally designed for festivals, campers got there hands on it and a new breed of camping was born.



#4 Solar Cells

The solar cells provide heat naturally for the tent, while providing shade and heat reflection in the day.


#5 Radiation Illumination

These tents are completely solar powered. Truly amazing.



While we think that is badass…. it’s a little pricy compared to this Double Layer Waterproof Camping Tent


Could This Mini Turbine Power An Entire Town?

We see it in cell phones and computers.  As technology advances, it often gets smaller.

GE Global Research is now testing a turbine about the size of a desk that could power a small town of about 10,000 homes.

Doug Hofer, a GE engineer in charge of the project, shows a model of the tiny turbine.


Most turbines are driven by steam, requiring them to be much larger.  But this one is driven by “supercritical carbon dioxide,” which is highly pressurized and extremely hot (up to 700 °C). The CO2 is so hot and pressurized that it forms something called a supercritical fluid, which is technically neither a liquid nor a gas, but rather, in a way, both.

The turbine is projected to be over 5 percent more efficient than steam turbines in the process of converting heat into electricity. Even more promising, the GE prototype is 10 megawatts, but the company would like to scale it up to 33 megawatts.

“The key thing will come down to economics,” says Doug Hofer, the GE engineer in charge of the project. While there’s work ahead, he says, “at this point we think our economic story is favorable compared to batteries.”

China’s Latest News on The US DOLLAR: “NO DOLLARS” for New Yuan

I came across this article and had to share it with you.

It doesn’t look like good news for those of us still living and relying on the US dollar for the long-term. Let us know what you think after reading the article.

In a shocking move likely to crush the US economy overnight, China is refusing to make its new gold-backed Yuan, convertible from or to US Dollars.  The new Yuan will be introduced next Tuesday, April 19.

When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to add the Yuan to the basket of world currencies used for Global Reserves and International Trade, they wanted China to make the Yuan more reliable as a currency. Since then, China has almost un-pegged its Yuan from the Dollar, allowing its value to fluctuate on world markets.

But for years, China has been amassing huge amounts of gold bullion; some have said their appetite for bullion has been “staggering.”  And with a new gold-backed Yuan to be issued next Tuesday, the entire world will have a choice of a new currency to use for international trade:  The old US Dollar which is backed by nothing, or the new Chinese Yuan, which is backed by gold.  Which currency would YOU use?

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When this new currency is issued, countries that have been forced to use US Dollars for decades, and have had to keep billions of dollars in their foreign currency reserves, will be free to dump those dollars.  But they won’t be able to dump them to China for the new gold-backed, Yuan!

China has reportedly decided “there can be no conversion of gold-backed Yuan to or from US dollars.”  What China fears is that many countries around the world will want to trade their reserve US dollars  for the new Yuan, leaving China with mountains of worthless US dollars.  China already has several trillion in US dollar reserves and does not want or need more.

If news of this decision by China is correct, then countries around the world may just have to decide whether or not they wish to continue trading with the USA at all?

The upheaval this could cause as early as next week, would be staggering.

This is a fast-=developing story; check back.

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Matt Damon gives SHOCKING Speech on Global Elite calling for Global Disobedience!

Damn… I’m glad to see that more and more people are opening their eyes! This is worth sharing!

Every day we see more and more people waking up and looking behind the curtains. Even celebrities start active campaigns to help change what is wrong with the world.

The famous actor Matt Damon made a BRAVE speech where he mentions the “topsy turvy world” we’re living in where the wrong people are in jail and the wrong people are out of jail.


He also says that “the wrong people are in power, whilst the wrong people are out of power.”


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9.5-pound Smallmouth Bass Caught in Idaho

Quinten Kelly of Lewiston, Idaho landed an enormous smallmouth bass, just shy of the Idaho state record.

Usually when we get word of a bass flirting with the 10-pound mark, we assume it’s a largemouth. This catch, however, made our jaws drop. Quinten Kelly recently landed an absolute giant smallmouth out of Idaho—9.5 pounds, to be exact.

Kelly’s catch just barely missed the current 9.72-pound state record caught in 2006 by Dan Steigers. Either way, it’s a catch he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

Not many details yet on the catch, but there are reports that the fish was released alive and well after the photos were taken.


Quinten Kelly's Monster 9.5 pounds smallie caught in Idaho

Posted by Smallmouth Nation on Monday, April 4, 2016



DIY: How to Make Endless Hot Water Without Electricity

As we all know, when SHTF you will need to have certain skills in place so that you increase your odds of surviving.

One of those skills is the ability to purify water and in this video we will show you how to make hot water without electricity.


Using some recycled parts and a small rocket stove you can heat and pump all the hot water you will ever need without power.

This ingenious technique utilizes thermal siphon pumping to move the freshly heated water into the reservoir.



Video about How to Make Hot Water Without Electricity

“Worlds Brightest” Military Grade Flashlight Now Available To Public

You know how after someone takes a picture of you at night with the flash on, it takes like 3 minutes to see properly again?

Now imagine that flash is 100x brighter and it doesn’t turn off. You’d have the ability to disorient any would be attacker with the push of a button.

That’s what you get with the LumiTact G700 – a new Military Grade tactical flashlight.

The truth is, most people underestimate the importance of owning a great flashlight. And these days, in a world where terrorism, and natural disasters are becoming the norm, it’s more important than ever to have the right tactical gear.

This light’s incredible LED technology is used by the U.S. Navy Seals, the Coast Guard, Firemen, Policemen, U.S. Search and Rescue and now it’s been placed inside of an amazing Flashlight called the LumiTact G700…








These $200 lights are currently selling for 75% off their normal price! So make sure you hurry and grab yours now at the discounted price.

So if you want to make sure you’re always prepared for the worst, this flashlight is a great start. It has our vote.

How to make self-rising flour

How to make self-rising flour

Diversify your all-purpose flour to make it truly all purpose

If you are a prepper then the odds are you have a supply of grain somewhere in your food storage. You may have all-purpose flour stored up and even some self-rising flour. Still, you need to know how to create your own various flours and backing ingredients from scratch. Produce and baking ingredients may not be available in a survivalist situation. Where many overlook ingredient preparation skills, it is a vital part in being able to make and cook your own food. As bread is one of the cheapest foods to make (and yes I now there is little nutritional value in it), understanding how to make self-rising flour is important. Here is a step by step guide on how to make your own self-rising flour.

Step One: Get some grain seed

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If you do not have wheat or nuts, you can generally find a supply at an orchard or a farmer’s market. As grain grows in an abundance (as of now) the seeds are relatively cheap. Wheat seeds have a light brown texture or a somewhat white appearance. You do not want to get dark or roasted seeds. If you do not want to use wheat you can substitute barley, oats, nuts, rye, corn, and such to make your flour. Keep in mind that for the best results wheat should be used as you are going to prepare the ingredients for a chemical reaction. ENSURE YOUR SEEDS ARE DRY. If you need to use a dehydrator to ensure that all the moisture is out of the seeds. It is better that you have a dry seed then to have anything wet. If using nuts, you will want to shell the nut. Keep in mind that certain nuts have a low shelf life and do not make good flour (such as walnuts) where other nuts are great for flour (such as almonds). Do a bit of research to see which choice is best for you.

Step Two: Grind it to a powder

The next step is to grind the seeds to a powder. You want to ensure that there are no big chunks of seed within the mixture. Personally, I use a food processor and put the setting to pulp. The flour should be nice and fluffy. If it looks like blue cheese or has a sandy feel to it you need to grind it more.  As there is no liquid in the seed you should not have a paste.  If your seeds do form a paste then you will need to remove the moisture from your remaining seeds and start over. Of course, you can always cheat and go to a health food store and they will usually grind it for you.

Step Three: Add Backing Powder

Backing powder is going to be the main substance that causes the flour to rise. However, you do not want to overdo it. The ratio is 1 and ½ teaspoon for every cup of flour that you have made.  One pound of unground wheat will make about 4 cups of flour when ground. This would be the easiest way to add the baking soda as it would be a full 6 teaspoons.

Mix the contents in thoroughly.  It is recommended that you put the flour and the baking powder into the food processor and hit the pulse button a few times. If you are making the flour in a wilderness situation then you will want to mix the flour until there are no visible signs of the powder in the flour.

Step Four: Add Salt


¼ of a teaspoon of salt is added to every cup. Again, it is better that you add salt on a pound (4 cups) as it makes the math a bit easier. You do not want to use salt that has thick grains such as rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt, or Epson (as that should never be used in cooking). Salts should consist of iodized table salt. Mix

Ensure that you package the flour in an area that cannot get moist. Air tight containers are best. Also, label the flour so that you do not get it mixed up with your all-purpose flour.

Important Note:

While your bread may consist of fruits and nuts, it is not advised that you add anything to your flour except that which is needed to convert it to self-rising flour. As you are setting up the flour to create a chemical reaction, you should not add spices and other ingredients to the mixture which could compromise the process. Save your dehydrated fruits, nuts, and spices for when you are ready to bake your bread and then follow the recipe.

Why should you make self-rising flour?

From a prepper’s perspective, it may be more beneficial to stock up on bags of self-rising flour than to make it. Yet, this is not necessarily true. You will need to use all-purpose flour for many occasions and will rarely need to have the self-rising flour. Salt and Baking Powder should already be a part of your food storage. Therefore, you should already have everything that you need in order to make the flour. Why buy something extra that will take up additional space on your shelves?


An additional benefit to making your own self-rising flour (or purchasing it) is that you will eliminate the need to store up on yeast. Granted, if you are planning on making wine you will need yeast, but for baking and other standard uses, the self-rising flour will work out just fine.

Financially making your own flour saves a ton of money. The average bag of all-purpose organic flour costs between $7 (for Gold Medal) to $54 (King Arthur Flour).  Making your own all-purpose flour costs you about $2. Plus, making your own self-rising flour eliminates the dyes and the bleach used in commercial brands. Bottom line, you get a better product that last longer for cheaper.


ALERT: Anonymous uncovers ISIS plan to attack 7 cities TOMORROW…including this U.S. city

It’s clear Islamic jihadists are on a rampage, with two major attacks in the past eight days and multiple others apparently narrowly averted. The Belgian capital of Brussels is currently on lockdown and at the highest levels of alert, indicating a “serious and immediate threat,” after an “arsenal” of explosives and chemicals was discovered in a home raid earlier.

Now, we’re getting word of ISIS’ plans to attack several locations tomorrow, Sunday — including the U.S. city of Atlanta, Georgia. The report from the online activist group Anonymous — which declared war against ISIS in the wake of the Paris attacks — is reportedly being taken “seriously” by the FBI.

As International Business Times reports:

Anonymous, the loose collective of online activists, said Saturday it has uncovered information about Islamic State group attacks in Paris as well as at locations in the U.S., Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon, all apparently set for Sunday. OpParisIntel, a group within Anonymous, released a statement saying it had collected information about imminent attacks by the militant group — aka Daesh, ISIL and ISIS — in the French capital a little more than a week after a series of coordinated attacks there left 130 dead and hundreds injured.

Anonymous also said the Islamic State group is planning an assault at the WWE Survivor Series event scheduled to take place in the Philips Arena in Atlanta Sunday at 7.30 p.m. EST, as well as attacks at multiple events in Paris.

The collective published the list of potential targets alongside a statement: “The goal is to make sure the whole world, or at least the people going to these events, know that there have been threats and that there is possibility of an attack to happen. Another goal is to make sure Daesh knows that the world knows and cancels the attacks, which will disorientate them for a while.”

The targets listed by Anonymous are as follow:

  • Cigales Electroniques with Vocodecks, RE-Play & Rawtor at Le Bizen (Paris)
  • Concrete Invites Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull at Concrete (Paris)
  • Demonstration by Collectif du Droit des Femmes (Paris)
  • Feast of Christ the King celebrations (Rome/Worldwide)
  • Al-Jihad, One Day One Juz (Indonesia)
  • Five Finger Death Punch (Milan)
  • University Pastoral Day (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon)

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How To Choose The Best Rifle For Hunting

How To Choose The Best Rifle For Hunting

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Tips for choosing the best gun for off grid living

When you are looking into the purchasing of a gun for hunting in a wilderness survival setting, there are several factors which should be considered.

Price should not be the main factor but rather the functionality and the compatibility that you have with the rifle.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the best rifle for hunting.

What is your level of expertise?

Some rifles require a bit more experience in shooting and maintaining.

Where you may want to have the biggest, baddest gun available, it will do you no good if you cannot use it.

Does the gun have a scope? If so do you know how to calibrate it and keep the lens clean?

Regardless of what people may think, guns are not just a mechanism where you load the bullets, point, and pull the trigger.

You need to determine your level of experience with guns first so that you can determine the best gun for you.

What is the caliber of the gun?

The second most important factor in picking a gun for your disaster plan/ wilderness survival is to determine the caliber of the gun. .22 rifles have little to no effect in the wilderness game hunting.

Sure, you can get a squirrel or maybe a rabbit with this gun but that is about it. You might as well have rocks to throw at them.

A .30 is not much better but can take down a deer, though a 7.62 is more apt for that. If you really want to go for the power a .300 will bring down about any animal you come across and is commonly used to hunt bear and other large game. 

Any caliber higher is just overkill as there will not be safari animals roaming the wilderness.

Consider, bullets leave an exit hole and firing a high powered rifle at a small animal will all but obliterate it.

You want to get a powerful rifle that does not leave a large entry of exit point. This way you can hunt both large and small game as the necessity requires.

Does the rifle take a clip or not?

Remember, everything that you need to bring with you must be in your emergency preparedness kit.

This means that if you need to have clips for the rifle, then they will need to be stored somewhere in your bag.

If the rifle takes bullets without a clip, then you will need to have a place where you can store a few boxes of bullets.

It is more realistic to find a rifle that takes a clip which can easily be stored in your survival gear then trying to find a place to store hundreds of individual rounds of ammunition.

If you prefer to have a gun that does have loose bullets, consider storing the boxes in the side pouches of your survival pack or carrying a few boxes in the pockets of your pants (as it is hoped for that you will have jeans which have several pockets and not just blue jeans).

How heavy is the rifle?

Yes, your physical strength will gradually increase as you become more self-sufficient living off the grid.

However, in the first few weeks or months, you are going to be getting used to the wilderness environment.

It does no good to get a rifle that you cannot hold for a long period of time or one that you cannot stabilize to take the shot when needed.

Know the limits of your strength and find a model which is appropriate for you. There are several different models that accommodate the caliber needs you will have.

A good test it to hold the rifle straight out in front of you for 2 minutes or so. If your arm gets weary quickly, then the gun is probably not a good fit for you

. If you find that the rifle can be held steady and that you are comfortable with the design then check the quality of the manufacturing and purchase it.

How loud does the rifle fire?

In normal hunting situations, the noise put off by the rifle is not that big of a concern.

You are hunting and you have found the game that you are going to kill, so what does it matter if it is loud or not.

Yet, in a survivalist situation you do need to consider the noise of the rifle.

Why is this?

The main reason is that you are in a survivalist situation and do not want to give away your location.

Where it is true that you will probably not be able to shroud your location entirely, a gun that is too loud is like a beacon telling others where you are located and that “there is food here”.

How does the rifle handle outdoor storage?

Ideally, guns are stored in a dry place where there is little to no moisture or dirt which can come in contact with them.

Realistically, your campsite may not have these accommodations.

If the rifle that you purchase requires special maintenance or else it jams or parts break, then it is not a very effective gun for your wilderness survival.

You want to pick a hunting rifle which can be kept in moderate conditions and requires minimal maintenance.

Keep in mind that with any rifle you purchase there will be pros and cons.

You may have to sacrifice the weight of the gun for the proper caliber to get the job done, a clip may be sacrificed to loose bullets on a gun that has a higher precision rating.

You may choose to purchase a blot action rifle and a spare bolt mechanism over a self-loading rifle.

There are many considerations that you should take in to mind.

Above all, you need to ensure that you can carry the gun over the course of your survival navigation and that you can use it properly when required.

Top 10 Survival Gear Mistakes to avoid, I never would have thought of #5!

Are you really prepped or are you doomed for failure?

You have a survival bag made and you believe that it is up to par.

However, many times those which take on off grid living find that their survival gear is greatly lacking.

Understanding the common mistakes which new wilderness survivalist make concerning their survival gear will ensure that you do not do the same.

So here they are, the top 10 mistakes to avoid in your Survival Gear.

1) Keep away from Goliath Sized Packs

You want to ensure that you can carry all your gear in your survival pack, but at the same time the pack has to be manageable.

Getting a pack that is huge will only make you a target for others which are trying to survive as well as become a burden to you.

As you will be toting the pack over large distances, ensure that the pack does not weigh more than you.


Image Source: Flickr user Jonathon Seah

The best survival packs are those which contain all the necessary items in the smallest space.

Consider, if you have to tote a 70 to 100 pound bag on your back that is the equivalent of carrying a 9 year old child all day.

2) Don’t pack just water, pack water purification tools

If you pack bottled water and a few canteens and expect to survive then you have already been defeated.

Water will be your primary objective in wilderness survival.

You need to ensure that your pack has water filters, water purification tablets, and that you have a way to heat up water.

Water purification tablets should be used with any water which is held for a day of more to ensure that you do not get contaminants.

When possible, you should save those bottled waters and canteens for days when you cannot find any fresh water.

3) Don’t forget to pack paracord

String is often overlooked as a luxury item.

However, a nice amount of paracord can be used to make fishing line, it is needed for a bowdrill, it can be used to hang your clothes or to make a very quickly shelter (if you have a tarp or large sheet).

Where it may not appear at first glance that string is important, you do not want to have to sacrifice your clothing or weave rope cords if you can avoid doing so.

4) Go beyond the standard first aid kit

Your emergency preparedness kit needs to go beyond the everyday first aid kit.

By this I mean that you need to have ample gauze, bandages, tweezers, superglue, needle, thread, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Nail clippers, pillars (for when tweezers just won’t work), and if possible a survival heat blanket. These are best to have packed in your bug out vehicle

Do not forget to pack Benadryl or the equivalent either as you may have an allergic reaction to plants and other digested food.

5) A pack without a whetstone is a doomed pack

Regardless of how sharp your knife and axe are currently, they will become dull. Yes, you can make you a “natural” whetstone, but why?

This is time that can be dedicated to hunting and tracking and other survival skills.

Besides, if you are in a situation where you need a sharp blade you do not want to have to go about finding a suitable substitute for a whetstone. 

The size of the stone does not matter too much (though you do not want to get one that is too small) so long as you can keep your knife and axe sharp.

6) You forgot to pack dehydrated food

Yes, you are going to hunt and gather food in the wild.

Until you can actually do so, you have to eat.

Finding a good game trail can take days to find. If your wilderness survival begins in winter, plants and game may be unavailable for a substantial amount of time.

To minimize the probability of starvation, you need to have non-perishable food. The best way to do this is with dehydrated food.

Dehydrated food lasts a very long time, and let’s face it if you forget food it will probably outlast you.

7) Don’t pack your gun

You may have seen on prepper videos and other survivalist broadcasts that certain survival gear packs have guns stored in them.

This is a very bad idea.

First, it is impractical to have one in your pack.

If someone comes up on you and you need a gun, the time that it takes to get out the gun and then use it will be too long.

The person will already have fled or mugged you.

You’ll want to have your gun on your person, ideally in a gun holster.

8) Avoid florescent colors when selecting a survival pack

Logically, a fluorescent survival pack will hinder your chances of survival.

First, as a survivalist you want to blend into the surroundings and not be noticed. Colors which attract attention are a danger to you.

The more attention that you draw from other survivalist the lower your chances of survival become.

Yet, your main concern should not be from the other survivalists.

Consider, if you are trying to track or capture game and you have a bright pack giving away your location you won’t be successful.

This is why camo was invented. 

Pick a pack that has natural greens, browns, or one that has a cameo pattern.

By picking a design that accents your natural environment your chances for survival increase dramatically.

9) Have a way to repair your pack

The easiest way to have your survival gear go to ruin is to have a damaged pack. You can easily avoid such by packing a small sewing kit, or better yet, choose duct tape.

Tears and rips are bound to happen to your pack.

If left unattended, they will grow leaving you to decide what gear can be carried and what gear must be sacrificed.

10) Pack a complete pack; do not rely on a partner survivalist

Finally, do not pack a half pack.

Those who go into a survivalist “partnership” do so with the lowest probability for survival.

If you are in a wilderness survival situation, your pack should have everything you need to survive.

Think about it.

If food rations get low and your pack does not have the food in it, who is going to be the person to control the food.

If an emergency happens and the decision comes down to you or him, do you think that your survivalist buddy will let you live and die?

More than likely they will not.

Make sure you pack a complete survival gear kit.